5 things to know Tuesday, March 1: Apple, FBI congressional hearing

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch during an Apple event on Monday, March 9, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch during an Apple event on Monday, March 9, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Here’s what you need to know to stay informed this Tuesday:

1. Apple, FBI to appear in congressional hearing Tuesday.

The FBI was scolded Monday by a NY judge for shaming Apple for its refusal to give up customer information to government entitites, citing a law from 1789 to get “absurd results,” the Associated Press reports. The ruling, one of a dozen cases addressing the same issue, came a day before the FBI’s direction and Apple’s Bruce Sewell are to give testimony in a congressional hearing. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in Brooklyn said the FBI’s demand “reflects poorly on a government that exists in part to safeguard the freedom of its citizens.” Although this particular case involves a request for an extraction technique used some 70 times prior, it comes at a time when the FBI’s demand on Apple to hack the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters has sparked a national debate.

2. Happy Election Day!

Today is one the most important days in nominating our presidential candidates. On Super Tuesday, the most states, including Texas, are scheduled to hold their primary elections. Texas’ primary will matter in selecting the party winners for the first time in awhile, the American-Statesman’s Bob Gee reports. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m, at which time results will start coming in. Between these times you are encouraged to vote at any voting location in your county. You can review the American-Statesman’s voters guide, and check out what’s up for vote, here. Make your voice heard!

3. Approved $152 UT tuition fee raise.

A plan approved Monday will raise UT tuition $152 in the fall semester and another $152 in 2017’s fall semester, the American-Statesman’s Ralph K.M. Haurwitz reports. Although the increases had been expected, the vote on the raise was 5-3, exposing differences in philosophy among the governing board. The 6.2 percent hike will bring the cost of a semester at UT as an undergraduate to $5,207 per semester, up from this semester’s $4,903. The university last saw a tuition raise in 2012.

4. 2nd case of Zika virus confirmed in Travis County.

A woman under 50 contracted the Zika virus during her travels to Colombia, and has become the second confirmed case of the virus in Travis County, the American-Statesman’s Mary Ann Roser reports. The woman was not pregnant, nor hospitalized, and has recovered completely, health department officials said. As of Monday there were 14 confirmed cases of the virus in Texas. The health department lab in Austin will begin testing for Zika Tuesday, to shorten wait times for results. Health officials say they do not know of any cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in the U.S. yet.

5. San Marcos to receive $25 million in flood assistance.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday that San Marcos will receive $25 million in federal funding to help deal with the aftermath of the disastrous flooding that affected the area Memorial Day and Halloween weekend last year, the American-Statesman’s Marty Toohey reports. The city will decide where to allocate the funds during the next 90 days. In total, $142 million in federal aid was awarded to Texas, with $67 million in flood relief going to Houston.

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