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.

On Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on Walker v. The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In a five-to-four ruling the high court found that the Texas state government can reject the Confederate Veterans specialty license plate. The court ruled that the plates were a form of government speech and rejecting the confederate plate was within the state’s freedom of speech.

On Friday The Obama administration announced plans to tighten fuel-economy standards for heavy trucks, buses and vans.

That’s the transportation sector that contributes a quarter of the greenhouse-gas pollution emitted by U.S. vehicles each year.

The proposed regulations would require truck manufacturers to dramatically improve engine efficiency over the next 12 years.

It’s an effort to cut down on fuel consumption and emissions blamed for global warming.

The federal government is also fighting climate change with incentives for electric vehicles.

Grassroots Leadership

Is there a profit motive behind the build up on the border? A new report shows that for-profit immigration detention centers in South Texas have struck a deal providing guaranteed quotas of illegal immigrants held in detention.

Cristina Parker is the Immigration Projects Director at Grassroots Leadership

Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

This week the U.S. 5th  Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Texas and some of the harshest restrictions on abortion in the country. 

Texas Matters: Commentary - Crossing Borders

Jun 12, 2015
Michel Marizco / Fronteras

Border Security was a priority for the 84th Texas Legislative Session. The lawmakers passed a budget that will spend 800 million dollars for mission. It’s not clear how the money will be spent, what results are expected and how the Department of Public Safety will be held accountable but it does fulfil political promises.

And as Commentator Yvette Benavides examines - it seems borders in Texas are not always limited to the Rio Grande.

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