Here’s what’s on the Texas Standard on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Listen on your public radio station in Texas, or ask your smart speaker to turn on Texas Standard. Check back later today for updated story and audio links.
Debate over free speech on social media could reach the Supreme Court
Claiming their views are being censored, Republican lawmakers in Texas and Florida have passed laws to prevent platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from blocking or restricting political speech. Now after conflicting legal provisionsIn fact, the Supreme Court is expected to be involved. Tom Leatherbury With in First Amendment Clinic at Southern Methodist University has more.
What It Costs Harris County Residents to Save $50 Per Taxpayer
Last fall, Republican commissioners boycotted the Harris County Commissioners’ Court for several weeks to force Democrats to pass a smaller budget and lower tax rates. Andrew Schneider of Houston Public Media explores whether the savings are worth it for taxpayers service cuts.
Indigenous resistance grows to gas project in Rio Grande Valley
Opposition to LNG plants continues in the Rio Grande Valley as Carrizo members comecrudo tribe and other demonstrators near the plant over the weekend. Gage Davila of Texas Public Radio told more.
The lives of truck drivers in the US are changing
National truckers in is it for long? More and more drivethey say No, as stagnant wagessupply chain troubles and another poppye it’s harduh to make ends meet. Andrew Kay from Wired offers more on this. historical changes in the trucking industry.
The generation gap and how it affects the response of technical workers to layoffs
Mass layoffs in the tech industry are disproportionately affecting Gen Xers and Millennials in terms of financial hardship and career advancement. As long as it was big awakening for a generation is not experienced a cyclical economic collapsethis is not true per older workers. Tripp Mickle, tech reporter for The New York Times, knows more.
This Texas label makes old school records.
Grant Himmler makes turning plates on 80-year-old machines. We will hear from him and learn more about the work of his Old Faithful Records label.
Know someone who wants to join the National Guard? In some states, you can now get a commission for a find.
About half a dozen states are trying something new to attract new National Guard recruits: They pay commissions to people who help recruit new troops. Some National Guard leaders want to roll out a similar referral bonus program across the country. Desiree D’Iorio reports for the American project Homefront.
Election deniers raise money for a hospital in Ukraine. It was never built.
What happens when the far right group election deniers trying to build a hospital in a war zone? It can get messy, at least in the case Texasbased on “True the Vote”. A new investigation by Pro Publica and the Dallas Morning News has revealed the group has raised millions for a hospital in Ukraine. which was never built. ProPublicaCassandra Jaramillo has a story.
All of that, plus a roundup of the state of the Texas Newsroom and Welles Dunbar with “Texas Talk”.