Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, December 2, 2021.
Abortion Oral Arguments Recap
Yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing over Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban has many asking if abortion could be restricted nationwide. Caroline Mala Corbin, professor of constitutional law at the University of Miami School of Law, joins us to discuss the hearing at the high court.
A New York Times report finds that Austin is set to become the least affordable metro area in the country outside of California. Reporter Edgar Sandoval joins us to talk about Austin’s affordability crisis, and how the city hopes to address it.
Cybersecurity Risks in TX Counties
Ransomware attacks have infiltrated computer systems in dozens of Texas towns and counties. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga set out to find how some governments responded and what they’re doing to prevent future attacks. He joins us today with his findings.
Fruitcake Fraud, and a Fruitcake Fraud Documentary
The Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana has been selling fruitcakes for 125 years, becoming a Texas institution along the way. Now a new TV documentary traces how a multi-million dollar embezzlement nearly switched off the ovens. KERA’s Jerome Weeks has an overview of the new Discovery+ documentary “Fruitcake Fraud,” and we have a Q&A with director Celia Aniskovich.
Texas Social Media Law Ruling
A federal judge in Austin has blocked enforcement of a Texas law that restricts how and when social media platforms can remove or moderate content posted by users. The law was signed by Gov. Abbott in September, and sponsored by Republican lawmakers. Thomas Leatherbury, director of the First Amendment Clinic at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law joins us with more.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.