Here are the stories for Texas Standard for Thursday, June 2, 2022:
Loving. Kind. Good people. That’s how residents of Uvalde describe Irma and Joe Garcia. Longtime educator Irma was killed during last week’s shooting at Robb Elementary. Joe passed away days later, dying from a heart attack amid his grief, after leaving flowers at his wife’s memorial. The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports the couple had an impact on the community.
Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered Senate and House leaders to create special committees examining topics including school and firearm safety – but stopped short of calling a special session, as many Texas lawmakers have demanded. Gov. Abbott also announced random safety reviews of Texas’ public schools. Cayla Harris covers Texas politics for the Houston Chronicle, and she joins us with more today.
Within the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. That would leave the legality of abortion in the hands of individual states. As Houston Public Media’s Haya Panjwani reports, women believe their access to contraceptives may also be at stake.
Fans of the search engine DuckDuckGo often choose it because the company promises that it doesn’t track or sell information about what users search for. But DuckDuckGo is in hot water now, after revelations the company allowed Microsoft researchers to scoop up data about its users’ search activities. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga is here to tell us what it’s all about, and how people are reacting.
We’ve been asking for your thoughts about Uvalde. Here are some of them.
Tuesday marked a week since 19 students and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde. Since that time, our home station KUT Austin has been asking listeners how they’re feeling about what happened and what leaders should do to prevent the next mass shooting. Here are a few of the folks they’ve heard from.
Adrian Quesada has made music in Austin for more than two decades. His resume includes groups like Brownout, Grupo Fantasma and the Grammy award-winning Black Pumas. Though Quesada’s latest is labeled a solo project, he’s not flying alone: a number of collaborators join him on “Boleros Psicodélicos,” a dramatic and dazzling musical trip back in time. We welcome him to the Standard today.
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an order blocking Texas’ social media law from taking effect. Billed as an anti-censorship measure, it prevents tech platforms like Twitter and Facebook from removing user posts because of their viewpoints. Tech companies made an emergency application to keep the law from taking effect; Tuesday, they were granted relief. But it’s not the end of the line for Texas’ social media law. Stephen Vladeck from the University of Texas School of Law joins us with more.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.