Texas

2014 Republican Primary
5:48 am
Tue January 28, 2014

RECAP: From Immigration To Marijuana, Lieutenant Governor Candidates Sound Off

Lieutenant governor candidates sound off at tonight's debate.
LM Otero Associated Press

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 10:04 am

Welcome to KERA's Texas Debates blog. Did you miss parts of tonight's debate featuring the four Republicans running for lieutenant governor? Or do you just want to watch the whole thing again?

The hour-long debate, moderated by KERA’s Shelley Kofler, aired live at 8 p.m. from the KERA studios in Dallas. You can watch the replay below. We live-blogged the debate -- scroll down to read a minute-by-minute account of the candidates' remarks.

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Texas Matters
1:19 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Davis Campaign Hits Rocky Trail With Video/Backstory Shakeup

Wendy Davis at a Rackspace campaign stop in San Antonio last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis had a lot of fires to put out in her election campaign this week. First, a Dallas Morning News story questioned some of the specifics in her backstory, then a video was released of Battleground Texas employees appearing to mock Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's disability. Also on this show, the man whose group is responsible for taking the undercover video defends his group's actions and tactics.

Full show audio.

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Texas Matters
1:42 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Cost Of A Statewide Campaign In Texas

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott released fundraising numbers this week, leading to a bigger conversation about the cost of campaigning in Texas, which considering the size of the state and inclusion of two of the top 10 media markets is expensive to say the least. Also on this show: Marijuana in Texas, prescription drugs from Mexico, ACA navigators and Google invests in a Texas wind farm.

Release the numbers! Campaign finance in Texas

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Texas Matters
2:45 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

From Death Row To A Family Pet: 'Things I've Learned From Dying'

Texas Matters: Law professor and author David Dow has had a unique experience with death and has compiled those diverse experiences into a new book. As an attorney, Dow has been part of over 100 cases where those on trial were facing death row, defending -- often unsuccessfully -- those who are facing their own end and who are coming to terms with what that means for their loved ones. Dow uses those experiences along with the death of people close to his family to give a look into the way relationships transform in the face of death.

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History
8:33 am
Wed January 8, 2014

For LBJ, The War On Poverty Was Personal

President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 8, 1964.
AP

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 10:31 am

President Lyndon Johnson stood in the Capitol on Jan. 8, 1964, and, in his first State of the Union address, committed the nation to a war on poverty.

"We shall not rest until that war is won," Johnson said. "The richest nation on Earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it."

It was an effort that had been explored under President Kennedy, but it firmly — and quickly — took shape under Johnson.

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Texas News
3:43 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Find an Insect Like This? Don't Kill It – It's Killing Your Cockroaches

If you see an ensign wasp in your house, it likely means cockroaches are also there.
flickr.com/DocJ96

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 8:06 am

Story originally published Jan. 2, 2014.

It’s that time of year when insects want to get out of the cold and into your house.

Most people aren’t big fans of sharing their space with these creepy-crawlers. But if you see one particular insect – you’re better off not grabbing the bug spray.

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Texas Matters
1:44 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Small Earthquakes Rock North Texas Town, Residents Demand Answers From Railroad Commission

Residents of Azle, near Ft. Worth, were asked to raise their hands if they've heard a loud "boom" accompanying recent earthquakes.
Mose Buchele for KUT

Texas Matters: Residents in North Texas are dealing with the increased frequency of small earthquakes that some people are linking to oil and gas drilling in the area. State Rep. Mike Villarreal talks about the possible conflict of interest with William White, who as chair of the Texas Finance Commission is also vice president of a payday loan company. Also on this show: Population growth in Texas and the Kallison ranching family.

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Texas Matters
11:54 am
Fri December 27, 2013

EPA Cleared In Latest Report On North Texas Drinking Water Contamination Case

Mikenorton Wikimedia Commons

Texas Matters: The Environmental Protection Agency drew fire from gas interests and politicians in how it handled the case in Parker County, which is west of Fort Worth, but the new report finds the agency followed all laws and rules in the investigation. Also on this show: Oil lobby contests crude oil export policy, Texas Monthly's Bum Steer Award(s) and a holiday tamale making tradition.

The Fracking Water Games: Catching Fire

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Health
3:47 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

A Texas Social Worker Weighs Her Insurance Options

Tammy Boudreaux (right) with her partner, Laura Perez. Boudreaux is weighing the cost and benefits of purchasing health insurance.
Courtesy of Tammy Boudreaux

Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 7:23 pm

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, with almost 1 in 4 people going without coverage.

One of them is Tammy Boudreaux.

Boudreaux, 43, lives just outside of Houston and works as a freelance psychiatric social worker, with no benefits.

She has been skipping mammograms and other checkups for years. "It's worrisome," she says. "It's like gambling. Gambling with my health, and it is very frustrating."

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Texas
4:55 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

Camels Trek In The Texas Desert, Just Like Old Times

The camel trek guides insist everything Americans think they know about camels is wrong.
Wade Goodwyn NPR

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 9:28 pm

At 10 on a crisp West Texas morning, five camel-trekkers stand under the open sky of the Davis Mountains. A few feet away, guide Doug Baum and Jason Mayfield load up five camels.

Baum, a former zookeeper, runs the Texas Camel Corps. The group guides camel treks around the world. In the Big Bend region, camels were for a brief time widespread, and the guides have brought them back.

'As Good As They Come'

You have to like a man who brings his own camel to a camel trek. On Mayfield's arm is a tall, beautiful blond named Butter.

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