Texas Standard for December 2, 2021

Reading between the lines of questioning in one of the most potentially consequential abortion cases since Roe v. Wade. We’ll have the latest. Other stories we’re tracking: how the Texas Capitol city appears to be on track to become the least affordable city in the country after California. We’ll talk with the New York Times reporter who wrote about those findings. And: Small Texas towns, big problems with cybersecurity. Omar Gallaga on what they’re doing to try to manage the threat. Also: The fruitcake fraud of Corsicana, now the subject of a documentary film, we’ll talk with the director and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardDecember 2, 2021 9:30 am,

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.

Unaffordable Austin 

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.

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