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12:43 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas Matters: Texas Music In The Oxford American

The Oxford American is a national magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.  Each December the magazine is dedicated to the music of a southern state and this year Texas gets its turn. It can be ordered online at  www.oxfordamerican.org.

David Martin Davies spoke with the editor of the Oxford American Roger Hodge about the process.

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Texas
12:46 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Growing Income Inequality In Texas

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Texas is certainly the Lone Star State – but it appears to be composed of two different states. One for the wealthy and the other for the impoverished and these states are growing ever further apart.

The income gap in Texas has never been bigger. The incomes of the richest 5 percent of households were 14.3 times greater than those of the poorest 20 percent. – That’s according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

And a new study shows that the rich are getting richer and the poor have a shrinking chance of working their way out of poverty.

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Crime
12:58 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

How Texas is Fighting Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

A map illustrating potential human trafficking cases from 2007 to 2012. Currently, nearly one in 100 calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline come from Texas.
Polaris

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 2:28 pm

Slavery still exists in Texas – it just isn't always easy to see. But a new project hopes to bring awareness to a problem that often hides in plain sight.

The Texas Slavery Mapping Project is a two-year initiative to gather data about human trafficking in the state. The project, a partnership between the Institute of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin and Austin-based Allies Against Slavery, just received a $500,000 grant from the Governor's Office to research existing data and compile resources for survivors. 

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Death Penalty
1:42 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Appeals Court Halts Texas Execution

Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti has had a long history of mental illness but was allowed to defend himself at trial. He is scheduled to be executed on Dec. 3, 2014. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 3:10 pm

A federal appeals court has halted the scheduled execution of a Texas prisoner whose attorneys say is too delusional to be put to death.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a reprieve late Wednesday morning, less than eight hours before condemned killer Scott Panetti was set to receive a lethal injection.

Panetti was sentenced to death for fatally shooting his estranged wife’s parents 22 years ago.

Panetti’s lawyers are he’s too mentally ill to qualify for capital punishment, and they sought a delay for new competency tests.

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Texas
5:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

"Policing Sexuality": The Mann Act And White Slavery

  Charles Manson, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Lloyd Wright and Chuck Berry: what do these men have in common?They were all charged with violating the Mann Act, also known at the White Slavery law. The progressive era law has been on the books for over one hundred years - and was used to build the FBI - enforce a moral code against sexual deviancy and promote gender roles for women.  The Mann Act was America’s first anti–sex trafficking law.

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Death Penalty
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Texas Execution Nears For Murderer Whose Competence Was Debated

Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti has had a long history of mental illness but was allowed to defend himself at trial. He is scheduled to be executed next Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

On Dec. 3, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for murdering his in-laws in 1992. There is no doubt he committed the crime, and there is also no doubt that Panetti is mentally ill. But he was deemed fit to stand trial, and he was allowed to defend himself, dressing in a cowboy costume in court, insisting he was a character from a John Wayne movie.

Over the course of the last two decades — and many appeals — his case has gained national attention, and it has shone a spotlight on capital punishment and mental illness.

A Diagnosis

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Texas
10:48 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

The Booker High Kiowas entered the state playoffs undefeated, and with two record-setting players on its 29-man team.
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Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 12:57 pm

A football dream ended in Texas last night, as the little town of Booker saw its high school team lose for the first time this year, eliminating them from the state playoffs. But Booker High School has plenty to celebrate — the 29 players on its team include the state's all-time leading passer and leading receiver.

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Texas
3:10 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Pasadena Sued Over Latino Voting Rights

   

Texas continues to be a hot bed for testing what can be done with a gutted Voting Rights Act. This week five residents of Pasadena Texas filed a lawsuit against their City Council. They say a recently reconfiguring of the city's council districts dilutes the Latino vote. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund is joining the case. Nina Perales is MALDEF’s Vice President of Litigation and lead counsel in the case.

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Texas Matters
2:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

How Crazy Is Too Crazy For Execution?

Scott Panetti thinks Satan will kill him on Dec. 3, and he’s partly right. He’s scheduled to be executed that day by the state of Texas.

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Texas
2:44 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

A Texas-Sized State Health Agency

Five state agencies that deal with the economically deprived and otherwise vulnerable or underserved sections of Texas society, could soon become one Texas-sized agency.  

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