Texas Matters

Fridays at 12:30 p.m. & Sundays at 9:30 p.m.

Texas is a big state with a growing, diverse population and as the population grows, the issues and challenges facing its residents multiply. "Texas Matters" is a statewide news program that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues and culture of Texas.

"Texas Matters" is hosted by David Martin Davies, who talks with policymakers and newsmakers to help shed light on issues often overlooked by other media outlets.

David Martin Davies:

Davies is the host of "The Source" and a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to NPR and American Public Media's "Marketplace." Davies' work has appeared in "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and other print publications, as well as KLRN public television’s interview program "Conversations."

Texas Matters is made possible by the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

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This week on Texas Matters:

  • How a city's effort to criminalize homelessness can perpetuate the problem for people living on the streets (0:30).
  • The mayor of Port Aransas testifies about how Hurricane Harvey left his city is in ruins and how they need help (6:48).
  •  The Texas National Guard is scooping up cell phone calls and data without warrants or oversight (14:55).
  • Guest commentator Yvette Benavides talks about the problem of sexual harassment in plain sight (23:04).


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The San Antonio v. Rodriguez case challenged the use of local property taxes to fund school districts. 

But a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 to uphold the funding structure has led to what many have called "discriminatory" and "fundamentally unfair." 

On this "Texas Matters," we look at how this decision might have created a system of separate and unequal schools that, some argue, while not directly based on race, creates disparities along racial lines.

 

Texas voters are being asked to go to the polls and decide on seven constitutional amendments.

These propositions vary from offering a property tax exemption (Prop 1) for partially-disabled veterans who received a donated home to allowing banks and credit unions (Prop 7) conduct host savings promotion raffles to promote savings by offering prizes.

“Texas Matters” is zeroing in on Prop 2, which — in a nutshell — changes Texas home equity lending provisions.

 

The fantasy of Texas national independence has been stoked for decades but in recent years it has found an ally with Russia. An investigation into a popular pro-Texas secession Facebook page found that it was run by Russians.

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On April 19, 2015, San Antonio police officers were called to the home of Noble and Jennifer Cooper to help deal with their adult son Norman. Norman was having some type of psychotic episode. He was highly excited, pacing back and forth without a shirt, shouting about Jesus and the gospel.

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