Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, May 25, 2023:
House investigators detailed all his alleged crimes. Is impeachment next for Ken Paxton?
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is accused of using his office to inappropriately help a campaign donor, a group of investigators working for a Texas House panel revealed Wednesday. Dallas Morning News reporter Lauren McGaughy joins us with an overview.
After abuse at a home for trafficked girls, these laws toughen caregiver background checks
Bills preventing employees at foster care facilities from perpetuating sex abuse are on their way to the governor. The legislation is in response to abuse at The Refuge, a foster care center for female trafficking victims. The Texas Tribune’s Sneha Dey shares the story with us.
Uvalde community unites in grief, one year after mass shooting tore it apart
The Uvalde community came together Wednesday night to mark the anniversary of the Robb Elementary School Shooting. Texas Public Radio’s Jia Chen reports.
Could new EPA rules have the Houston Ship Channel breathing easier?
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced stricter controls on toxic emissions from petrochemical plants. The Houston Chronicle’s James Osborne has reported on the crackdown’s impact on a chemical hotspot: the Houston Ship Channel. He joins us today.
Debt collector calls are the worst. Now imagine calls from an AI chatbot.
No one looks forward to hearing from a debt collector. But what if those repeated, aggressive phone calls didn’t come from a person, but an AI chatbot? That’s where the industry is headed, according to a recent story in Vice. Journalist and author Corin Faiffe joins us with the story.
What are the weirdest laws in Texas?
The Texas Legislature will finish its session having made lots of new laws. But there are plenty of old laws on the books that seem pretty weird by today’s standards. A class of middle schoolers delved into why they’re still in place, and how they got there to begin with. KUT’s Haya Panjwani reports.
Netflix pulls the plug on password sharing
Last year, Netflix signaled that it would no longer ignore the sharing of account passwords. Now the streaming giant is sharing how it plans to crack down, while offering paid options for account sharing. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga joins us with a look.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.