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The 5th Circuit Rules on Clinics Providing Abortions: Wednesday’s show (June 10, 2015)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans Tuesday upheld nearly all of the provisions in a controversial law which could leave fewer than ten health clinics in Texas that provide abortions. The three judge panel upheld House Bill 2‘s requirements for such facilities to meet the standards of hospital-style surgical […]

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans Tuesday upheld nearly all of the provisions in a controversial law which could leave fewer than ten health clinics in Texas that provide abortions.

The three judge panel upheld House Bill 2‘s requirements for such facilities to meet the standards of hospital-style surgical centers and for doctors who perform abortions to obtain admitting privileges to nearby hospitals.

The law is now due to take effect in three weeks unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in just as it did last fall when it paused implementation while the appellate court heard the case.

Opponents intend to appeal directly to the Supreme Court, but will the nation’s highest court agree to hear it? On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Allison Winnike, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Law Center’s Health Law and Policy Institute.

Also this hour: Construction began last month to rebuild Terminal C North at Bush airport. Once that work is complete, Terminal D will be revamped, with the goal of attracting more international carriers. We discuss the expansion efforts with Mario Diaz, the city’s Director of Aviation, and Stephanie Buchanan, VP of United Airlines’ Houston hub.

Then: According to a recent study from the National Association of Realtors, millennials represent the largest share of new home buyers. It’s a finding echoed by Metrostudy, a Houston-based national real estate research and consulting firm. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Scott Davis, Regional Director for Metrostudy’s Houston office, about millennials’ attitudes towards home ownership.

And: This spring, Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle launched a collaborative series documenting the lives of the 1.4 million foreign-born residents of Harris County. In the most recent installment in the series, Houston Chronicle reporter Karen Chen examines how day laborers are exploited in the Greater Houston region. Chen will tell us more about her report.

Plus: Next week, former Beatle Paul McCartney turns 73. What does that have to do with Houston? Well, two of his relatives will be here then – his stepmother Angie, and his stepsister Ruth. They’ll attend a number of events during their stay, including the three-day Springboard South Music Festival, which starts June 21. News 88.7 FM’s Ed Mayberry caught up with the women to discuss their lives with the Beatles legend.

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