Texas Standard For April 29, 2021

From guns to immigration, green jobs and more, an historic speech by President Biden with big implications for Texas and the nation. Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News with more on the President’s speech to congress. And: A Supreme Court case on how far public schools can go in trying to control off-campus speech by students. Also: The outgoing mayor of Fort Worth on policing, the pandemic and changes to the city she’s governed for the past decade. Plus: Upsetting the Apple cart: Facebook pushing back big-time over a new feature on iPhones. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardApril 29, 2021 9:46 am

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Biden Address Recap

If you caught President Biden’s address to Congress, you know that big government is back. Biden laid out an ambitious spending plan saying it’s “time to grow the economy from the bottom up and [the] middle out” because trickle-down economics has never worked. Todd Gillman, Washington bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News talks to the Standard about the main takeaways from this joint address.

Food Insecurity Among Military Families

A new report from hunger relief group MAZON says military families are relying more on food banks and emergency aid to get by during the pandemic. Some spouses have lost their jobs or had their hours cut, putting more pressure on their already tight household budgets. From San Antonio, Texas Public Radio’s Carson Frame reports for the American Homefront Project.

Apple Blocking Ad-Tracking

This week, Apple rolled out a new iPhone feature: App Tracking Transparency, which forces apps to get your permission before tracking your activity outside the app. In other words, Facebook’s app can no longer see what sites you visit or other apps you use when you leave it. Many privacy advocates praise the feature, but some advertisers say it could upend and destroy online businesses. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga is here to walk us through the pros and cons of app tracking limits.

SCOTUS on School Free Speech

The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case about free speech at school, in a challenge to a landmark decision from 1969. Back then, the court ruled in favor of students’ rights to free expression, as long as it wasn’t disrupting the learning environment. The new case challenges where school is. Can a student be punished for speech off-campus and outside of school hours? Bradley Wilson, associate professor of mass communication at Midwestern State University, talks to the Standard.

Departing Fort Worth Mayor

For the first time in a decade, the city of Fort Worth will be electing a new mayor. Betsy Price, the city’s longest serving top official, announced in January the she wouldn’t be seeking re-election. She joins us today in an expanded conversation to talk about her time in the mayor’s office and what the future holds for Fort Worth.

Dallas Election Activists

All 14 Dallas City Council seats are contested in the upcoming municipal election. There are more than 50 names on the ballot. KERA’s Alejandra Martinez reports some of those names are activists who say they’re done rallying the streets, and are ready to shake up city hall.

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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