Texas Matters

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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 directly with policymakers and newsmakers in a lively discussion designed to shed light on issues often overlooked by other media.

David Martin Davies:

Davies is the host of "The Source" and a veteran journalist with over 20 years’ experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to NPR and American Public Media's "Marketplace." Davies also has written for "The San Antonio Light", "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and others, and hosted KLRN public television’s interview program "Conversations."

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

Cleburne, Texas Police Department

Based on incident reports gathered from various Texas cities, there were more 200 fatal shootings of animals in 2014. It’s been argued that many of these dog shooting were unnecessary and could have been prevented had the police officer had been trained to deal with dogs more effectively.

David Martin Davies / TPR News

In the political battles over voting rights in Texas frequently the accusation is made that redistricting and voter ID are driven by attempts to reduce the impact of minority voters in the state. It’s a charge that the Republicans behind the laws and maps flatly deny. However a new book “Latinos and the Voting Rights Act,” builds a case that voter ID and redistricting are designed exactly to reduce Hispanic voter outcomes.

Buzzfeed.com

When students skip school they lose out on a chance to have an education – also school districts lose out on state revenue. Some Texas school districts have gotten so tough on students who skip that a number of the juveniles have been sent to jail.

Texas Legislature

January 19 is General Robert E. Lee's birthday. It’s also the date of an official Texas state holiday Confederate Heroes Day. This year it happened to also be the date of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

It was one hundred years ago that South Texas was the scene of an out break of violence that targeted Mexican Americans who lived in the region. Some historians say there was an undeclared war against Mexico and Texas Rangers were given free rein to fight the bandits. Any Ranger was a mounted judge, jury and executioner for anyone they suspected of sympathizing with Mexico.

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