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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Latinos In Politics
1:22 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Castro Twins Talk Gun Control With PBS's Charlie Rose

From left to right: Congressman-elect Joaquín Castro, Charlie Rose, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Charlie Rose Show

San Antonio’s political power twins Julián and Joaquín Castro continue to attract the spotlight of the national media. Yesterday the brothers were guests on the PBS Charlie Rose program. 

Joaquín is just days away from being sworn in as a congressman and Julián is moving forward with implementing the recently passed Pre-K for SA program.

The two sat down with PBS interviewer Rose, who quizzed the two with questions about their lives, ambitions and policy views - particularly about gun control.

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Texas School Safety
3:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Texas School Districts Failing To Comply With Required Safety Audits

Texas School Safety Center

[Update: Thursday, Dec. 20] The Texas School Safety Center, located at Texas State University in San Marcos, now says there are only 29 schools not in compliance with the safety audits.

This is down from the 78 total districts who did not meet the Texas Education Code safety requirement -- 38 that did not report, and 40 that were not fully compliant. The center said that slow paperwork is to blame for those schools that are now cleared.

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Health System Research
11:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Patient Navigators Helping Speed Breast Cancer Diagnosis In Latinas

UT Health Science Center

It’s not uncommon for Latinas who have an abnormal mammogram test to not follow up and get the medical treatment they need, but a little extra support from helpers called “patient navigators” can make the difference.

Facing a possible diagnosis of breast cancer can be tough for anyone to process, but for whatever reason, Hispanic women need a little extra help to get them back to the doctor.

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Texas Matters
12:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Gov. Perry's Push To Ban Abortion Takes Another Step

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks at the Source Pregnancy Center in Houston.
Office of the Governor

Gov. Perry's announcement this week of the "fetal pain" bill is the latest in his attempts at restricting abortion in Texas; pro-life groups applaud the announcement and pro-choice groups are kicking their opposition into high gear. The governor made his announcement at a pregnancy crisis center, but what exactly is a pregnancy crisis center, and where do they get their funding? Freelance reporter Carolyn Jones investigates. Finally, problems with state-funded CPRIT continue to surface, the latest being an $11 million grant that was not reviewed before it was handed out.

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The Source
12:45 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Education And Innovation In San Antonio: Geekdom And Arte Kids Books

Geekdom is celebrating its first anniversary and is looking to the future of continued growth and innovation. Local pre-K book series Arte Kids has become a national hit by using San Antonio's bi-lingual and bi-cultural roots.

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Texas Legislature
7:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Perry Pushing For 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Ban At 20 Weeks

State Senator-elect Donna Campbell is already off to a strong start in backing legislation proposed by Governor Perry to strengthen the states ban on abortion.
Office of the Governor

Governor Rick Perry announced that he’s backing a tougher state law against abortion. Perry is pushing for a so-called “fetal pain” law to be passed in the upcoming legislative session. 

Joined by state Senator-elect Donna Campbell (R), Perry called for the new Texas law that would tighten the state’s restrictions on abortions by banning abortion after 20 weeks, which is when Perry said a fetus can feel pain.

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Wildlife
9:30 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Increasing Number Of Black Bears Spotted In South Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Counties along the Texas-Mexico border are reporting higher numbers of hungry invaders from Mexico -- bears -- and wildlife biologists are trying to quickly educate border residents about the dos and don’ts of living with the big mammals.

Black bears are native to most of the Southwest, but in Texas, human development, hunting and trapping drove the ursine wildlife out of most of South Texas and the Hill Country decades ago.

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Texas Matters
11:21 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Firsthand Looks At Central American Migrants And Working Poor In Texas

The stabilizing of the unauthorized immigrant population number follows a two-year decline from 2007-2009.
Pew Research Center

The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. has been declining since 2007; however, there has been an increase in migrants from other Central American countries, most of whom are teenagers. Being poor in Texas: Government assistance documentary, and a firsthand payday loan experience. Renewable energy continues to push forward as the Texas Renewable Energy Conference hits Austin next week.

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The Source
4:10 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bexar County Preview Of The Next State Legislative Session

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

Two Bexar County lawmakers are gearing up for their days in Austin – to craft a budget and shape new laws for Texas. Republican Representative Lyle Larson of District 122 is on a mission to keep the state on a conservative course. Democrat Representative Mike Villarreal of District 123 is going to Austin in the political minority, but still looking to be a major part of the legislative process.

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Texas Legislature
4:34 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Villarreal Files Bill To Prohibit Sexual Orientation Job Discrimination

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

Democratic State Rep. Mike Villarreal filed legislation HB 238, which if passed would amend the Texas Labor Code to provide equal employment protections for gay and transgender employees.

"My question is," said Villareal: "Is this person showing up on time and doing their job? If they are, then they should be treated no differently than anybody else. Unfortunately, the LBGT community doesn't have the same protections in the state of Texas that they enjoy in other states."

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