Texas Standard for April 20, 2022

In 2013 she made a name for herself with a filibuster against proposals to restrict abortion. In 2022, Wendy Davis is back in the headlines. The former state senator is front and center in a legal challenge against a law that effectively bans abortions in Texas. We’ll hear how this legal effort differs from previous challenges. And: Back to the future for DeLorean? This time it’s with a big Texas twist, and a battery boost. Also: Must-see TV for Texans? The co-founders of a Texas-based television festival on what to watch.

By Texas StandardApril 20, 2022 9:00 am,

Wendy Davis, reproductive rights advocates fight ‘blatantly unconstitutional’ Texas abortion law

There’s a new challenge to Texas’ six-week abortion ban, this time helmed by former state Sen. Wendy Davis. It’s not the first time the constitutionality of the Texas law has been challenged, but it takes a different legal approach; here with the details is Joanna Grossman, law professor and endowed chair at Southern Methodist University.

Inconsistent domestic violence policies allow troops with criminal histories to buy guns

Ever since the Defense Department’s background check system failed to prevent the Sutherland Springs mass shooter from purchasing his weapon, the military has strengthened its reporting process. Still, advocates say it needs to do more to prevent violent service members and veterans from owning guns. Texas Public Radio’s Carson Frame has more for the American Homefront Project.

How travelers are reacting to the end of the mask mandate

An order from a Florida judge has ended federal mask requirements on public transit across the county: airplanes, trains, buses. As the Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports, the updated policy has been received with mixed emotions in the state.

Is it back to the future for DeLorean?

The iconic DeLorean – immortalized in “Back to the Future” – is set to return in Bexar County. Amid promises of incentives and tax breaks, production of an electric version of the space age auto is set to commence in the San Antonio region. Michelene Maynard, contributing columnist to the Washington Post, brings us more.

Stuck on what to watch? Here’s a list of new TV picks.

It wasn’t that long ago that television was seen as less prestigious or glamorous compared to film. That changed with the help of shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Now, with the proliferation of streaming platforms and popularity of limited series, the TV scene has changed again. Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson love TV in all its forms. They’re founders and co-executive directors of the ATX TV Festival, which is launching its 11th season. They join us to talk about the TV landscape and make a few recommendations.

Craft breweries may have to increase beer prices due to supply chain issues

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine almost two months created supply chain issues across most markets and resources. That includes Texas’ craft beer industry. Houston Public Media’s Haya Panjwani spoke to a local Houston brewery, which may have to make some tough choices if these trends continue.

That time Uncle Dale made us a baseball field

For many, baseball defines the summer. While it’s a spectator sport for most adults, commentator W.F. Strong looks back on his days on the diamond as a kid as his first introduction to teams, coaches, winning and losing.

UT Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey ‘blesses’ new Moody Center arena to replace Frank Erwin Center

A claim about smartphones given to immigrants misses key context

Conservative pundit Nick Adams claims the Biden administration is giving away free smartphones to immigrants – and that doing so is an impeachable offense. Is that a fact? Nusaiba Mizan with PolitiFact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman, comes through with a fact check.

All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas. 

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