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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: Nuclear Anxiety In The Time of Trump

9/16/2017
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Texas is the home of the Pantex Facility in Amarillo, an important part of the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons complex. The Pantex Plant is the primary United States nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility that aims to maintain the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. Things are getting very busy again at Pantex. The Pantex Plant is one of three nuclear weapons sites in the United States being considered to produce plutonium “pits,” the...

Duration: 00:28:59


Texas Matters: When Confederate Statues Come Down

9/9/2017
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Confederate monuments are continuing to be dismantled in Texas. Last week San Antonio removed an obelisk dedicated to fallen confederate soldiers. Undercover of the night the commemorative cairn was evicted from Travis Park in downtown San Antonio. Also this week the Dallas City Council voted to relocate a statue of confederate General Robert E. Lee. And in August the University of Texas suddenly took down four statues from a prominent grassy area of campus. The figures of General Robert...

Duration: 00:19:12


Texas Matters: DACA, Democrats, Deals And Trump

9/9/2017
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This week President Trump announced through Attorney General Jeff Sessions the end of the Obama-era DACA program, which protected young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. “The DACA program was implemented in 2012 and essentially provided a legal status for recipients for a renewable two-year term, worker authorization and other benefits, including participation in the Social Security program, to 800,000 mostly adult illegal aliens,” Sessions said. “The...

Duration: 00:08:49


Texas Matters: 'Violated - Exposing Rape At Baylor Univeristy'

9/6/2017
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As the world's largest Baptist university, Baylor is unabashedly Christian. There is a strict code of conduct for all students that forbids, with the threat of expulsion, any sex outside of marriage, alcohol drinking, drug use, pornography and other acts. Students weren't allowed to dance on campus until 1996. During the last several years, however, Baylor officials were hiding a dark secret: Female students were being sexually assaulted at an alarming rate by members of the school's...

Duration: 00:29:00


Texas Matters: Audie Murphy - War Hero, Movie Star, PTSD Sufferer

8/23/2017
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Audie Murphy the icon wasn't born on the big screen, but on the battlefields of Europe. Murphy, a diminutive boy of 17, lied about his age to join the Army--the only branch that would take him--and went on to become the most distinguished and decorated warrior of World War II. Pretty good for a poor Texas boy, who was the son of sharecroppers. It was in San Antonio that the young man would discover his fame, reportedly gobsmacked at the idea that thousands people knew his name. He was...

Duration: 00:28:59


Texas Matters: How's Life In Libery City Von Ormy

8/10/2017
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In the last legislative session a bill to limit city annexations seemed on its way to passing the senate but then it was filibustered by Senator Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio). But for supporters of the anti-annexation movement it was a minor setback. The item was resurrected in the current specials session and it quickly passed the Senate. City annexations is an area of concern for many, especially for those who live in unincorporated areas outside of big cities. These are the communities...

Duration: 00:09:55


Texas Matters: Concerns Build On Border Wall Environmental Impact

8/9/2017
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Donald Trump ran for president with chant “build that wall” and the promise that Mexico would pay for it. However, getting Mexico to foot the bill for the controversial barrier doesn’t seem to be happening and the wall’s construction still needs to win congressional approval. On Thursday Texas Senator John Cornyn rolled out legislation that appears to back away in part from the Trump promise of a big beautiful wall that would stretch across the entire U.S. Mexico Border. The Republican...

Duration: 00:29:00


Texas Matters: Cutting Teen Pregnancy Funds And Looking For Maternal Mortality Answers

7/22/2017
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Segment #1 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently began notifying teen pregnancy institutions that their federal funds are being cut to the tune of about $200 million. Many of these programs were awarded five-year grants during the Obama administration but now, they are told one year of funding remains. Texas has the highest number of teen parents in the nation and the state has the fifth highest rate of teen pregnancy. Texas is also number one for repeat teen...

Duration: 00:28:59


Texas Matters: Texas vs. California

7/5/2017
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Segment #1 California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that California leaders view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states – including Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a law that allows child welfare providers to deny adoption because of “sincerely held religious beliefs,” a provision that critics interpreted as permitting adoption agencies...

Duration: 00:28:59


Texas Matters: Confusion With Texas Voters And A Check-Up For Healthy Women Texas

6/23/2017
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How Election Day Chaos Hurts Texas Voters Long wait times, confusion about voter ID and questions about voter registration – these are just three of the barriers that potential voters ran into during the last November General Election. That’s according to a new report from the Texas Civil Rights Project , a voting right advocacy group. Cassandra Champion is a staff attorney for the Texas Civil Rights Project and helped write the report “Texas Election Protection 2016: An overview of the...

Duration: 00:28:59


Texas Matters: Juneteenth Stories And Why They Matter

6/17/2017
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June 19 1865 is when word of emancipation finally reached Texas and its slave population. The news was delivered two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and about two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered. But what did "emancipation" mean for the no-longer slaves? Many were quickly reabsorbed into an economic system that looked similar to the slavery life. Others found liberty by establishing Freedom Colonies across the South, town-like...

Duration: 00:28:59


Texas Matters: How Bad Is the Opioid Crisis In Texas?

6/9/2017
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According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control drug overdosing is the top cause of death in America for those under 50 years of age. The opioid epidemic continues to grow worse and that is also true for Texas. Mark Kinzly is the co-founder of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initive (TONI) and he's is seeing how street heroin spiked with fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are causing more people to overdose. Texas Maters Host David Martin Davies asked Kinzly how bad is the...

Duration: 00:28:58


Future Flow In Doubt For San Antonio River Blue Hole

6/8/2017
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Every summer there is a drop in the water level of the Edwards Aquifer. This is one of the most prolific artesian aquifers in the world. It is the main source of drinking water for San Antonio and over two million people. But when the water level drops too low springs in Central Texas stop flowing. And the aquifer is about at the point for one special spring that has cultural, historical and spiritual significance. The spring water pulses out of the ground like a heart beat. The cold...

Duration: 00:04:34


Where To Find The Best Swimming Holes in Texas

6/5/2017
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This Summer you should consider getting out of the old routine and find some new places to enjoy the sun and water of Texas. The new book “The Swimming Holes of Texas” lays out where the best places are in the state to take a cool dip on a hot day. It’s a practical guide to some of our outdoor hidden gems. Filled with photographs by Carolyn Tracy and written by Julie Wernersbach. It’s published by the University of Texas Press.

Duration: 00:09:02


Texas Matters: Paging A Book Doctor

6/5/2017
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I need a book doctor. If you haven’t heard that term before, a book doctor is someone who will take a presumably moribund manuscript, put it on a strict regimen of big picture prescriptions – a look with a tongue depressor down the throat of the thing, shining a light there to see about improving development, structure, organization, and flow. The closer, more surgical examination to get at finer, more granular line edits can go to an editor or proofreader. A book doctor looks at the...

Duration: 00:04:49


Texas Matters: Honky-Tonking At The Broken Spoke

5/27/2017
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In 1964 James White opened the Broken Spoke and on most nights you can still find him there welcoming customers and introducing bands with his Broken Spoke manifesto. The stage at the Spoke has hosted many of country music's greats and hall of fame stars. Author Donna Lee Miller has chronicled the life and times of this historic gem in "The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk." The fact that the Broken Spoke still stands today is an act of defiance. It defies the economic pressure...

Duration: 00:28:59


Why Are So Many Texas Moms Dying?

5/20/2017
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Texas is one of the worst states in the nation for women to give birth. Between 2011 and 2012, 189 Texas mothers died less than a year after childbirth. And the question is why? Also – why is this statistic so much worse for African American mothers? HB 2403 is a bill in the Texas legislature that would look for answers. It calls for commissioning a study on how race and socioeconomics affect access and care for pregnant black women. The bill appeared to be on its way to passage but killed...

Duration: 00:08:59


Texas Matters: State Open Government Bills Get A Lifeline

5/13/2017
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With about two weeks left in the legislative session, lawmakers are entering the phase when bills start to wither and die. Thursday was a critical deadline in the state house which was made all the more deadly when Tea Party-aligned lawmakers, who groused that they were being punished for petty personal politics, engaged in running out the clock maneuvers which would kill lots of bills. Meanwhile, it was the artful parliamentary maneuvers in the Texas Senate that saved a slew of bills that...

Duration: 00:16:35


Questions Rise About Manuel Medina's Many Roles In Bexar County Democratic Party

5/13/2017
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Bexar County’s Democratic Party Chair is facing criticism over his use of the party’s headquarters during his unsuccessful run for mayor. Critics are also questioning how Manuel Medina controls of the local party and if greater transparency is needed. On Election night, May 6, Manuel Medina’s campaign headquarters was jamming. His supporters are cueing up for food and beer after spending the day getting out the vote. The election watch party is at the headquarters, 3000 IH-10 West at...

Duration: 00:05:33


Texas Matters: Impeach! How Texas Booted A Governor

5/6/2017
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Do you remember when in grade school being taught Texas history and there’s one sentence in the text book that says Texas impeached one governor, James Ferguson? And then we learned that years later his wife MA Ferguson was elected governor. And that’s about we students got about this very curious event. Well, now the time to fill in the gaps because it was in the summer of 1917 that Farmer Jim Ferguson was impeached and thrown out of office, 100 years ago. The story of the Fergusons rise...

Duration: 00:15:40

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