From Texas Standard:

Texas' campus carry law has been in effect for a little over a week now and after months of research and planning, schools across the state are now implementing the law. But the dust hasn't completely settled – a court battle could change the way the law is applied.

Survivors of a mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.

On Aug. 1, 1966, 25-year-old former Marine and student Charles Whitman murdered his mother and wife before climbing to the top of the University of Texas Tower with six firearms. He shot and killed 14 people.

Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt speaks with one of the survivors from that day, Forrest Preece.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the hot air balloon accident that killed all 16 people on board in Texas over the weekend. It’s raised questions about whether the federal government should tighten its safety regulations on hot air balloon operators.

Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt speaks with John Burnett, NPR Southwest correspondent.

Guns are a major issue in the current political season. We’ve recently seen Democratic members of Congress stage a sit down strike on the floor of Congress and a Fillibuster by a Senate Democrat calling for votes on keeping guns from suspected terrorists on the no fly list.

“Making a Killing” is a documentary by Robert Greenwald takes a look at the untold stories of guns in America and the political power of the National Rifle Association.   

This week the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals delivered the ruling that the Texas Voter ID Law violates a key section of the Voting Rights act. The courts have held that the Texas Voter ID law undercuts federal voting protections for Hispanics and African Americans.