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Three gangly white birds are prodding the marsh with their long beaks at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. And on this Sunday morning, they have an audience.

Peering through the rapid shutter snaps of zoom lenses, a flock of bird watchers are enjoying a rare whooping crane performance.


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Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast on Aug. 25 and became the state’s most costly storm on record, causing almost $200 billion in damage. Houston bore the brunt of it and has received the most attention. But many frustrated residents of Aransas County say more help is needed.

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This week on Texas Matters:

  • How a city's effort to criminalize homelessness can perpetuate the problem for people living on the streets (0:30).
  • The mayor of Port Aransas testifies about how Hurricane Harvey left his city is in ruins and how they need help (6:48).
  •  The Texas National Guard is scooping up cell phone calls and data without warrants or oversight (14:55).
  • Guest commentator Yvette Benavides talks about the problem of sexual harassment in plain sight (23:04).

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This story was updated at 9:50 a.m.

First responders across Texas are learning how to better deal with those with mental illness. They are attending a weeklong course in crisis intervention training hosted by the San Antonio Police Department’s mental health unit. 


Texas voters are being asked to go to the polls and decide on seven constitutional amendments.

These propositions vary from offering a property tax exemption (Prop 1) for partially-disabled veterans who received a donated home to allowing banks and credit unions (Prop 7) conduct host savings promotion raffles to promote savings by offering prizes.

“Texas Matters” is zeroing in on Prop 2, which — in a nutshell — changes Texas home equity lending provisions.