Texas Matters: The embattled Texas school finance system continues to discriminate against districts in poorer areas. Right now the Johnny Manziel autograph controversy is one of the biggest storylines in sports, and Texas Monthly explores his role as an American anti-hero. Also on this episode: Texas contract workers have little protection from injury and wage theft, but the Workers Defense Project is trying to change that. Sunday is the 200th anniversary of the "tremendous slaughter" that was the Battle of Medina.
Fronteras: Excessive alcohol consumption cost United States taxpayers more than $220 billion in 2006. Several hundred people living on the banks of the Tijuana river canal were evicted. What are they planning to do now? Immigrant families in the U.S. with mixed status wonder about the fate of immigration reform now that Congress is in recess. One of Mexico’s most isolated indigenous groups is fighting logging in old-growth forests. Also, hear how a civil rights giant is now a comic book hero.
About 300 people gathered outside San Antonio City Council chambers Wednesday evening for a protest and prayer vigil demonstrating their opposition to the city’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.
The ordinance would consolidate existing policies for race, gender, age and disability, and would add language to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. The ordinance covers employment practices for the City of San Antonio and those of city contractors.
Health experts say food and beverage marketers are aiming their advertising at Latino children, and too much of that advertising is trying to get kids to buy junk food.
Advertisers are doing little to dispute the fact that they are marketing to Latino kids. They justify the strategy with numbers that show the market segment is growing in population size, media exposure and spending power.
On Friday a Burnet County judge will decide if Llano ISD can continue to use the CSCOPE lesson plans for the start of this school year.
The decision could have an effect on what happens in school districts across the state as educators and districts struggle with how to meet state standards for education without a curriculum framework that was tailored to meet those marks.
The Texas Tribune, an online news website covering all things Texas politics, has organized a Mental Health Symposium here in San Antonio with the University of Texas San Antonio. Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune, joins us to talk about why.
Konni Burton, a Republican from Fort Worth who is active in politics and is on the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee, has announced she is running for the state Senate seat currently occupied by Wendy Davis.
Earlier this month Davis announced she would either run in the governor’s race or run for re-election in the 2014 election.
In an online video released Wednesday, Burton took aim at Davis' stance on abortion:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says an average family will spend an estimated $241,080 over 17 years -- $301,970 adjusted for projected inflation -- to raise a child born in 2012. The number goes up almost every year, but this year’s increase of 2.6 percent is less than the previous year’s increase of 4.6 percent.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is joining another group of attorneys general to take issue with the selection process in the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.
Over the next few months the federal government is set to spend millions of dollars hiring people labeled "navigators," who are tasked with helping people get signed up and "navigate" Affordable Care Act.