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Why the new Texas social media censorship law was halted — for now (Dec. 3, 2021)

On Friday’s show: Why a new state law related to social media was temporarily halted from taking effect, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

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On Friday’s Houston Matters: A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new Texas law set to go into effect this week that would’ve allowed users banned from social media platforms for their political views to sue for reinstatement. News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider explains House Bill 20 and why it was halted.

Also this hour: Recent analysis from the Houston Chronicle found that Katy ISD blocks websites of certain organizations serving LGBTQ+ children, including a suicide prevention hotline. We learn more from reporter Hannah Dellinger.

Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

Plus: Rice University researchers have been leading a project that’s mapping out mutations of the coronavirus. Most recently, they’ve been focusing their efforts on the omicron variant, which was classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization last week.

And we hear how an engineering degree – and some sexism – led Houstonian Heida Thurlow to launch Chantal Cookware 50 years ago.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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