Texas Standard for September 20, 2022

A Texas sheriff opens a criminal investigation into the transportation of nearly 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. Florida’s governor under investigation for emulating the tactic of Texas’ governor, flying migrants out of state. We’ll take a closer look. And: Many in the town of Uvalde are turning to politics after frustration with how elected leaders have handled the aftermath of the mass shooting there last May. We’ll have details. Also: President Biden pushing for online privacy legislation. Guess who’s pushing back: a hint, she’s not a Republican. Plus: UT’s Steven Vladeck on Texas’ social media law, and what comes next. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardSeptember 20, 2022 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

San Antonio investigates migrants being moved to Martha’s Vineyard

The story of a group of migrants flown from San Antonio to Massachusetts’ Martha’s Vineyard, apparently lured there under false pretenses, continues to make headlines. Now the stunt, orchestrated by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, is the subject of a criminal investigation by San Antonio-area authorities. Dallas Morning News reporter Dianne Solis joins us with the latest.  

Outrage over the Uvalde shooting pushes survivors’ families into politics

In the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting, families of victims asked Gov. Greg Abbott to call for a special legislative session. Gov. Abbott refused, angering many families in Uvalde. Now, some are getting political, and even running for office. The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports. 

Texas is appealing the decision to stop investigating families of trans chilren

The state is challenging the decision by a Texas judge to stop investigations into families of trans youth. KERA’s Elena Rivera reports. 

The fight over tech privacy is heating up

Last week’s Senate hearing, where a whistleblower alleged lax data security at Twitter, was the latest indication that Congress is getting more serious about federal privacy legislation. Curbs on tech companies’ power has bipartisan support, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – who represents San Francisco – is among those attempting to slow new regulations. Protocol reporter Ben Brody joins us with more.  

What are the repercussions of Texas’ social media law?

A federal appeals court has upheld a controversial Texas law that limits social media companies’ ability to moderate content. The ruling startled many legal observers, and is a win for Republicans like Gov. Abbott, who allege conservative viewpoints are muzzled on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. University of Texas School of Law Professor Steve Vladeck offers his perspective in this Q&A.  

The Sounds of Texas

How long COVID is affecting children and adults

Recent surveys estimate around 5% of Texas kids are suffering from long COVID. Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst introduces us to a mom raising a 6-year-old battling long COVID, while dealing with persistent symptoms herself.

What you need to know about new ‘buy now, pay later’ apps

If you’ve shopped online lately, you’ve probably noticed them: Klarna, Afterpay or Affirm. These new services let you place an order, make a down payment, and break up the rest into smaller installments, typically 4. They’ve exploded in popularity and caught the attention of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. What should consumers know about these ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ apps? Nadine Chabrier with the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending fills us in. 

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

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