Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, June 30, 2022:
The “Remain In Mexico” policy enacted by then-President Donald Trump in 2019 is the immigration practice where migrants seeking asylum must wait in Mexico until called for their immigration hearing. After some time the Biden administration suspended the practice, but the State of Texas sued for its reinstatement. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a decision siding with the Biden administration. Denise Gilman, director of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law’s Immigration Clinic, joins with more.
Gov. Greg Abbott is implementing additional checkpoints along the border, in response to dozens of people found dead in a tractor trailer in San Antonio this week. He says inspecting commercial vehicles could help deter drug smuggling and human trafficking. But critics say the Republican is just scoring political points. The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports.
Access to family planning medications in question post-Roe
Demand is up for over-the-counter emergency contraceptives; the rush was initially so great that some pharmacies placed restrictions on how many individuals could buy, so there would be enough for all customers. (Most of those limits have been lifted now.) KUT’s Seema Mathur reports there are still questions about access to family planning medications after last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Chances are you’ve fired up a show or video on your phone and decided you’d rather watch it on your big-screen TV. You could switch to an app on your television – then find the video all over again – or send what’s on your phone directly to the TV. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga recently wrote for Wired that streaming from your phone is a lot easier these days than it once was. He’s here to tell us how.
The Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade led some businesses to speak out on abortion. Some companies have pledged support for employees who must travel out-of-state to seek abortion care; others say they oppose state bans on the procedure. But plenty of other firms have taken no position at all. Steven Pedigo, director of the Urban Lab at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, joins us with more.
Though they’ve become a hot topic in the news of late, drag shows have actually been around for centuries — and by some definitions go back as far as Shakespeare’s time. KUT Austin’s Emma Williams reports on how modern-day drag queens are expanding the definition of drag.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of retired Army Captain Le Roy Rorres, who resigned as a Texas state trooper after suing his job for failing to accommodate a respiratory condition. While serving in Iraq he was exposed to toxic fumes from burn pits. Joining us now to tell us more is Sig Christenson, military reporter for the San Antonio Express-News.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.