David Martin Davies

Host, "The Source," "Texas Matters"

David Martin Davies is  a veteran journalist with over 20 years’ experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. 

He is a contributor to National Public Radio, American Public Media's "Marketplace" and the BBC's "The World."  Davies is also the host of KLRN public television’s weekly interview program "Conversations."  He has written for "The San Antonio Light", "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and others.

His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards.

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Texas Matters
12:32 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Battle Over Expanding Medicaid In Texas

Texas Republicans are now trying to find a way to get federal money without going "all in" with Obamacare.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There’s a mounting effort at the Capitol in Austin to try to find a way to do something about Medicaid, the joint state and federal health program for children, the disabled and the very low income.

Early in the week there were rumors that the House GOP caucus was going to vote in favor of expanding Medicaid in line with the Affordable Care Act.

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The Source
11:45 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Rep. Lyle Larson Pushes Legislative Term Limits

Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio.
Rep. Lyle Larson

We all saw Governor Rick Perry running for President while still getting a check for being Governor and the state paying for his personal security and some of his travel. Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, says it’s time for that to stop.

Larson has filed a bill called "Resign to Run" that would require candidates to resign from a state office if they are seeking a new position.

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Texas Matters
12:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Texas Matters: Changing The Beer Laws In Texas One Bottle At A Time

Maggie Villarreal, who owns Blue Star Brewing, and Blue Star employee Alicia Spence (handing the beer) distribute another tasty sample at Views and Brews.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There is speculation that beer is the reason the first human tribes stopped their nomadic wanderings and began to set up permanent settlements. They wanted to plant and cultivate the ingredients to beer.

Even before the first loaf of bread was baked these prehistoric partiers were home brewing their own suds. The settlement’s brew master was the community’s wise man, scientist, doctor and law giver.

Lawmakers vs. Brew Masters

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Border & Immigration
3:28 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Border Patrol Catches Sex Offender In Del Rio

U.S. Border Patrol

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station apprehended a convicted sex offender Tuesday morning.

Agents patrolling a local ranch near the Buena Vista area encountered 46-year old Jose Luis Dones-Berreles  - an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.

During processing, agents discovered that Dones-Berreles had been previously deported from the United States and was a registered sex offender.

A criminal records check revealed that Dones-Berreles has a 2009 conviction out of Harris County for indecency with a child and served two years on that charge.

San Antonio Express News
9:40 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Online Paywall On The Horizon For Express-News

Screen shot of mysanantonio.com on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.
San Antonio Express-News

The San Antonio Express-News will be adopting a paywall for online content by the end of the Summer.

Newspapers across the nation have been looking for ways to convince their readers to pay for looking at their journalism online. After years of providing their content free online, San Antonio's Express-News is about to take the next step, a step that comes along with several other changes at the paper.

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Higher Education
5:15 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

UTSA Fund Raiser Brings Together Professionals For 'Great Conversation'

University of Texas at San Antonio

On Tuesday night the UTSA Great Conversation fund raiser raised over $160,000 for scholarships, research and other learning opportunities.

Held at the Institute of Texan Cultures, the event organized students and invitees in tables geared at addressing a variety of topics.

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The Source
2:08 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The Future Of Newspapers In San Antonio, Changes At The Express-News

Editor of the San Antonio Express News, Mike Leary
Express News

The Source: A great city must have a great newspaper, and right now our paper, the Hearst-owned San Antonio Express-News, is going through a metamorphosis with a new editor guiding the local bullpen.

That editor is Mike Leary, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor from his days at the Philadelphia Inquirer where he was deputy managing editor of news and investigations.

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Border & Immigration
7:07 am
Wed February 27, 2013

What Does A Secure Border Look Like? Congress Debates

Deppending on who you ask, the border is the most, or least, safe part of the United States.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Border security is a critical part of comprehensive immigration reform, but a congressional hearing on Tuesday made it clear that there’s disagreement over what a secure border looks like. 

Since 9/11 he number of border agents has doubled on the southern border, 700 miles of fence was built and new technologies have been deployed like surveillance cameras and unmanned drones.

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Border Patrol
2:13 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

U.S. Customs Says Sequestration Cuts Will Hobble Border Trade

Sequestration info graphic outlining how budget cuts will affect Border Patrol.
Rep. Pete Gallego

If Congress isn’t able to avoid the automatic $2.4 trillion budget cuts of sequestration, then border protection and legitimate border traffic could suffer.

"Certainly, without question. If on March 1 -- if sequestration does happen -- the Border Patrol will have reduced capability," said Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher testifying at a congressional hearing on border security on Tuesday.

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Voting
5:15 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Supreme Court Takes Up Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights Leaders Voice Support

Abbott in front of stone tablets displaying the 10 Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol.
State of Texas

On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case that could considerably weaken a key part of the Voting Rights Act.  Texas civil rights leaders say Latino and African American voters in the state will certainly be discriminated against should a part of the Voting Rights Act be struck down. 

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