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Texas Matters is a locally produced news show that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues, newsmakers and culture of Texas.

Texas Matters is a locally produced news show that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues, newsmakers and culture of Texas.
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Texas Matters is a locally produced news show that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues, newsmakers and culture of Texas.

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Texas Matters: New Laws For Women's Health And Guns

8/30/2019
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On Sept. 1, more than 800 new laws that passed in the last legislative session go into effect. Other laws signed by Gov. Greg Abbott went into effect immediately and some laws were written to start with the new year. But most are kicking off at the start of September.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Time Of Death And The Execution Of Larry Swearingen

8/23/2019
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On Wednesday, August 21, the State of Texas prepared to execute Larry Swearingen. He was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter, a 19-year-old college student in Montgomery County.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: Red River Bridge War

8/15/2019
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In July 1931, Texans were wondering if their state was going to war with Oklahoma. The two neighboring states were in a showdown over a bridge over the Red River. While many saw this Red River Bridge War as a farcical episode it was also a watershed moment in history.

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: History & Myth Behind 'Maverick'

8/8/2019
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How did the family name of a founding father of Texas become synonymous with an independent-minded person? Find out on this episode of "Texas Matters."

Duration:00:28:59

Texas Matters: 2020 Voter Trends And Voting Rights Act

8/2/2019
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It was in 2003 when Republicans took the majority of the Texas House of Representatives. The GOP had already won the Governor's seat and control of the Senate. The House was the last piece of the state government to secure the trifecta that’s been in place ever since. Controlling all three vital centers of state power makes it much easier for the dominate party to pursue its agenda and essentially operate without aggressive oversight. This was not unlike how the Democrats ran Texas when...

Duration:00:29:12

Texas Matters: Combat In Climate Change, Water For Forgotten Texans & Can Port A Stay Wild?

7/27/2019
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The world’s rising heat is creating a serious problem for the United States Military. Despite the fact that the commander in chief, President Donald Trump, calls climate change a hoax – the Pentagon sees it differently. The U.S. top military brass calls climate change as serious threat to national security. The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, an annual report on security threats to U.S. interests, concludes that “global environmental and ecological...

Duration:00:29:14

Texas Matters: Killer Heat Waves, Sea Level Rise And Climate Food Choices

7/19/2019
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July 2019 isn't over yet and it's on track to deliver the hottest temperatures ever recorded since the dawn of weather tracking. It's beating the previous record month which was June 2019.

Duration:00:29:07

Texas Matters: Charting Charter Schools And ISDs

7/12/2019
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Texas passed its initial charter school legislation in 1995 and the state's first charter schools opened in the fall of 1996.

Duration:00:29:23

Commentary: Spanish For President

7/12/2019
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Last month, millions tuned in to watch the Democratic presidential debates in Miami. Three of the candidates broke into Spanish during the debates at different times. The country reacted. When the smoke cleared, it was former HUD Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro who had the most to answer for — for a perceived lack of fluency in his attempt. Texas Public Radio commentator Yvette Benavides sees his code-switching, not as deficient, but as part of a far more complex and...

Duration:00:05:31

Commentary: The Human Cost Of A Broken Border

6/29/2019
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This week, we’ve continued to see the disturbing images coming from the detention centers on the southern border. The families keep making the journey from their home countries to the US/Mexico border, risking family separation—and more. They are driven by a desperation to flee violence and poverty. But for some, the story brings a bleaker fate. This week, the photographs of the a father and his little daughter who drowned trying to make the journey has created a tipping point for those...

Duration:00:05:07

Texas Matters: Border Emergency Funding, Concentration Camps and Desperation

6/28/2019
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On Thursday night Congress passed a $4.6 billion emergency border aid bill, but it wasn’t the spending bill that many Democrats in the House said they wanted – including Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Duration:00:29:11

Texas Matters: Asylum-Seeking Children In Inhumane Conditions And The Perfect Novel: 'Stoner'

6/21/2019
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The situation on the border isn’t getting any better. The flow of asylum seekers from a destabilized Central America is running into a politically charged federal government response that is not focused humanitarian aid.

Duration:00:29:21

Texas Matters: When Texas Impeached; The Real Chicken Ranch Remembered

6/7/2019
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Do you remember learning about Texas history in grade school, and reading one sentence in the text books stating Texas impeached Governor James Ferguson? Then we learned his wife MA Ferguson was elected governor years later — and that’s all we got about this very curious event.

Duration:00:28:59

Where We Come From; Oscar Casares - A Novel

5/31/2019
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Oscar Casares is known for his short story collection, "Brownsville," a publication that has become a new classic about life in this border city.

Duration:00:13:17

Remembering A Visit With Music Icon Lydia Mendoza

5/31/2019
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The Texas Historical Commission has recognized musician Lydia Mendoza as a significant contributor to Texas history by awarding her an official Texas History Marker.

Duration:00:06:56

Texas Matters: A Surreal View Of The Border's Dark Future

5/24/2019
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Some politicians paint such a dire picture of the Texas/Mexico border it’s natural to wonder where all this is leading.

Duration:00:29:23

Texas Matters: A Monumental Debate And Songs Of SA's Westside

5/10/2019
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On Monday, State Senator Brandon Creighton rose on the Senate floor to present his bill SB 1663. He is proposing a stringent process for the removal or alteration of historic monuments in Texas. Sen. Creighton: Our historical monuments tell the story of Texas. Our history is part of who we are, part of the story of Texas, but history is never just one person's account. What followed was a four-hour debate on the Senate floor that was passionate and sometimes personal.

Duration:00:29:23

Texas Matters: Zen And Death Row With Patrick Murphy

4/26/2019
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Patrick Murphy was ready to die on March 28 , and the State of Texas was ready to kill him. It was the U.S. Supreme Court that stepped in and granted the surprise execution stay. That’s why Murphy is alive today.

Duration:00:29:24

Texas Matters: The Texas Tax Switcheroo

4/19/2019
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In early April, Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced that they will support a proposal to raise the sales tax in Texas and use those proceeds to cut property taxes.

Duration:00:29:23