Texas Matters

Fridays at 3:30 p.m., Saturdays at 6:30 a.m., and 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 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.

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When it comes to nursing homes, Texas has the highest percentage of low ranked facilities than any other state. according to a report from Kaiser Health News.  

Julie Appleby is a reporter for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. Her article “A top-rated nursing home is hard to find in Texas and 10 other states,” is at KaiserHealthNews.ORG.

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Civil liberties and LGBT rights groups are hailing the failure by the Texas House of Representatives to pass HB 4105 on Thursday, which was the last day that the bill could have been considered.

HB 4105 would bar Texas from granting, enforcing or recognizing marriage licenses for same-sex couples even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state bans on such marriages as unconstitutional.

Texas State Archive

The Progressive Era in Texas might sound like a contradiction in terms but there was a time, about a century ago,  when liberal reforms of government, business and society were popular. Many of the reforms are still being enjoyed today and have taken root in Texas as bedrock principles of good government.

The Pay Day Lending industry has been successful in avoiding regulation in Texas at the state level but 22 cities have passed ordinances that try to cap the fees and roll overs for the loans.

A bipartisan effort has come together in Austin this session to try to corral payday and Auto title lenders with House Bill 3047.

At a press conference former House Speaker Tom Craddick expressed his dissatisfaction with the consumer lenders.

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.

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