The Standard’s news roundup gives you a quick hit of interesting, sometimes irreverent, and breaking news stories from all over the state.
Google is celebrating the “Queen of Tejano” music today with its first-ever Selena Quintanilla Google Doodle.
The video on the search giant’s homepage coincides with the anniversary of Selena’s first studio album, which was released on this date in 1989.
The colorful animation starts with the late singer as a child singing into her hairbrush and progresses through her short but stunning career.
In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Perla Campos, the Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodles, said growing up as a Hispanic woman in a predominantly white town outside of Fort Worth, Selena was an inspiration.
Campos said “There were always two women who taught me I could do anything and be anything I set my mind to: my mom and Selena.”
The man accused of driving a semi-trailer where ten immigrants died in San Antonio this July has pleaded guilty to transporting migrants in the country illegally, resulting in death.
Texas Public Radio’s Joey Palacios reports 61-year-old James Matthew Bradley made the plea in a federal district court yesterday afternoon.
James Matthew Bradley Jr. admitted to transporting the migrants for financial gain in the fatal human smuggling incident. He faces a maximum of life in prison and sentencing is scheduled for January. Nearly 40 immigrants were found in the trailer. Two dozen were hospitalized. Ten died from heat related illnesses.
Remember when President Donald Trump formed a federal voter fraud commission in May after he made the unfounded claim that he would have won the popular vote in 2016 if not for millions of illegal ballots.
Here’s a quick refresher from CNN.
In a quest to root out allegedly rampant voter fraud the president’s commission wants an ocean of sensitive information about every voter. Including the person’s full name, address, date of birth, political affiliation, voting, military and criminal records, part of his or her social security number and more.
While some states flat-out refused to turn over information on their voters, Texas agreed to turn over some data it said was already public, including things like full names, addresses, and Texans’ voting history. But the NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Texas sued and got a temporary restraining order to stop that from happening.
Elaine Wiant with the League of Women Voters said the order would have expired Monday. “But it has been indefinitely extended while some other legal issues are pursued.”
A state appeals court is leaving the restraining order in place while it considers the Texas attorney general’s argument in favor of turning over voter information.