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As part of an ongoing battle between Planned Parenthood and the Texas Medicaid program, just over six months ago the state of Texas cut off funding to a planned parenthood affiliate for an HIV prevention program.

The move came two months after Texas Republican leaders announced they would kick Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid.  That was a pronouncement spurred by a set of hoax undercover videos that sought to portray Planned Parenthood selling aborted fetal tissue.

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This week Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick doubled down in his stance against transgender students in Texas school districts using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Patrick wants public schools in Texas to force children to use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate gender.

In July 1931, Texans were wondering if their state was going to war with Oklahoma. The two neighboring states were in a showdown over a bridge over the Red River. While many saw this Red River Bridge War as a farcical episode it was also a watershed moment in history.

Historian Rusty Williams uses this incident to examine life in Texas and Oklahoma in this troubled time of economic collapse, agricultural disaster and tremendous transformation. Williams is the author of the book “The Red River Bridge War: A Texas Oklahoma Border Battle.”

From Texas Standard:

One phrase often heard this year: There's never been a political year like 2016. But that’s not exactly true.

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When we are taught Texas history we generally focus on the heroes and leaders and politicians who did great things. People like Stephen F. Austin, General Sam Houston and Governor Jim Hogg. However, the text books skip right over the state leaders who were, at best, sub-par. But there’s a lot to learn from the stinkers. Should we be asking, where did the voters go wrong with electing leaders who failed them. For example how did Governor and U.S. Senator W. Lee O’Daniel continue to win elections?  And what should we learn from his rise – rule and eventual fall.

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