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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Two weeks ago Texas Matters aired a special report on the 1910 Slocum Massacre. It told the story of a murderous attack on an East Texas African American community and how Texas history has overlooked the event.

In 2007 Texas had five thousand juveniles incarcerated in a dozen state run prison-like facilities. Today the number of incarcerated youths kept in five state lock-ups is below a thousand. Texas and the rest of the nation has seen a dramatic reduction in juvenile crime and improved outcomes for those who do end up in the system. There are fewer re-arrests and more opportunities to guide teenaged lawbreakers back of the path of being productive members of society.

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Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is set on delivering tax cuts in this legislative session. He made that point clear while speaking to reporters about his priorities for the 84th Legislature.

The Texas Senate has delivered a proposed budget on Tuesday that includes $4 billion dollars in tax relief – including 3 billion dollars in property tax cuts and 1 billion for cuts to the business franchise tax.

However, Tax Cuts are not in the proposed budget in the Texas House. And that will have to reconciled.

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Thursday at the state capitol was the seventh annual Texas Muslim Capitol Day. But this year was different because for the first time anti-Muslim protestors organized on social media and were there to protest.

As the Muslim group sang the Star Spangled Banner on the steps of the Texas Capitol the protestors continued to yell objections like "Great song, now obey the laws of the land," "If you are going to sing it then put your hand over your heart like a real American," and "Assimilate or leave." 

 Mary Helen Specht’s novel Migratory Animals is a distinctly Texas story about a circle of friends in their thirties, living in Austin and grappling with myriad conflicts. The novel is also set in Nigeria, a place where Flannery, the central character, learns about love and carries that understanding back to her home state of Texas, where she tries to resume her old life. Yvette Benavides spoke to Mary Helen Specht about researching the novel and her writing process.

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