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This week on "Texas Matters," we look at a major flaw in the way maternal mortality rates in Texas are tracked (00:25). Also, why are more women running for office in the state (7:53)? And, finally, we examine what's behind a new sex abuse scandal in the Texas juvenile justice system (17:39).


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As the year draws to a close, the Texas Public Radio digital team is taking a look back at the most read — and listened to — stories of 2017. And overwhelmingly, through its clicks, our audience was interested in two subjects: Google Fiber and medical marijuana.

There may not be snow in San Antonio but it's still Christmastime in Texas. Sharing your favorite childhood story of the holidays with your own children is a way to keep the spirit of Christmas strong.

On this Texas Matters, we'll visit some Texas Christmas traditions and hear classic stories of the holidays with Texas storyteller John Henry Faulk and San Antonio writer Yvette Benavides.


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Christmas Day marks four months since the landfall of Hurricane Harvey. The Category 4 storm struck Rockport on Aug. 25, causing catastrophic destruction.

The high school was one of many buildings severely damaged. And for students, it looked like their annual choral Christmas show would be one more Harvey victim.


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The filing deadline has come and gone for Texas political candidates who are running in the 2018 mid-terms.

On this episode of "Texas Matters," we'll look at the re-election bids of Gov. Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz with KERA's Christopher Connelly (0:41); allegations of sexual harassment by Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold (1:49); the 2018 midterms with Harvey Kronberg, founding editor of the Quorum Report (3:00); the return of tourism along the Texas coast (16:46); and a commentary from Yvette Benavides (21:48) about what life was like in those coast towns before Harvey.

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