In the past 20 years, suicides in Texas up 19 percent

Suicides are up 25 percent across the united states in the past 20 years, with North Dakota leading at an increase of about 58 percent while Texas is up about 19 percent. This new data is from a report published by the U.S. Center for Disease Control last week – and the report comes as the national media was discussing the news of two celebrity deaths by suicide.

Written and produced by Brandon Moeller. Aired on 90.1 FM KPFT’s The People’s News on June 15, 2018.

Bytes of Technology: Congressman tries to explain net neutrality, PC Magazine rates cell phone service providers

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If you wrote a letter to John Cornyn recently, the U.S. Senator from Texas, appealing to him to save the concept of net neutrality, he might have written you back with a letter where he argues he was trying.

Written and produced by Brandon Moeller. Aired on 90.1 FM KPFT’s The People’s News on June 15, 2018.

Bytes of Technology: Microsoft buys GitHub, Valve defines what games it won’t allow, E3 means new games coming soon

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One of the biggest technology stories this week is Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock.

GitHub is an open source code repository used by about 28 million software developers ranging from high school homework projects to massive international corporate entities like, well, Microsoft.

Written and produced by Brandon Moeller. Aired on 90.1 FM KPFT’s The People’s News on June 8, 2018.

Federal judge says high school pledge of allegiance case can move forward

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Today I am speaking with Randall Kallinen – a local civil rights attorney who has been practicing and representing clients for more than 20 years. Mr. Kallinen, you are representing a client and her mother who are suing the Klein Independent School District because the student claims she was harassed after she decided to no longer stand up during the daily reciting of the pledge of allegiance.

Written and produced by Brandon Moeller. Aired on 90.1 FM KPFT’s The People’s News on June 1, 2018.

Houston region has seen 800 public corruption convictions in the past 30 years

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According to a new study that looks at public corruption convictions in federal courts across the nation – Texas and other big states like New York and Florida each have high numbers of such cases.

Written by Brandon Moeller. Read and Produced by Steve Gallington. Aired on 90.1 FM KPFT’s The People’s News on June 1, 2018.

Bytes of Technology: TMCx Demo Day, China and recycling; Google and the Pentagon

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TMCx Demo Day, China’s suspension of recycled material from the United States and Google employees resist in response to artificial intelligence contracts with the Pentagon.

Written and produced by Brandon Moeller. Aired on 90.1 FM KPFT’s The People’s News on June 1, 2018.

After Santa Fe school shooting, Governor considers new gun controls while students begin to speak out

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Last Friday, a 17-year-old male student killed 8 fellow students and 2 adults at Santa Fe High School with guns he took from his father’s closet.

Written and produced by Brandon Moeller. Aired on 90.1 FM KPFT’s The People’s News on May 25, 2018.