A Houston-attorney representing the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association in a lawsuit filed by the Brownsville Independent School District has admitted in court that the agent-in-charge of hurricane claim was “clearly a racist.”
Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.
For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.
Texans like hearing about how wonderful and exceptional our state is, but a recent ranking of states based on health has the Lone Star State in a less than mediocre position. Texas was ranked 36th in the nation, down from 35th a year ago.
In particular, the study showed Texans still have a higher rate of physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes than the national average. Texas was also rated down because of its high rate of people without health insurance and a 12% decline in the past year in children's immunizations.
An attorney representing the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit against the state has uncovered a string of racist emails between leading state officials, and officials at the Texas Department of Insurance say they are investigating the complainant.
Texas Matters: While Gov. Rick Perry has continued his hard line on Medicaid expansion under the ACA, a new study finds that Texas taxpayers will end up paying billions for the other states that do. Never fear, it is now totally fine to say "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools. Also on this show: Amy Tan talks about the inspiration behind her new book, "The Valley of Amazement."
Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 7:54 am
As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, consider this: how much energy it takes to produce and consume that food.
Throughout the year, transportation is responsible for 28 percent of our energy consumption. And there's a non-trivial bump right around Thanksgiving time. According to USA Today, more than 25 million people in the United States are expected to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The National Center for Reason and Justice is reporting that Francis Keller will be released from prison in Texas. Keller has spent the last 20 years behind bars for a crime that many say never even happened.
Debbie Nathan of the National Center for Reason and Justice told Texas Public Radio that the release could happen as soon at today.
Texas Matters: "One Day in Dallas," a 30-minute special report from KUT based on extensive interviews with Sid Davis, the Westinghouse radio pool reporter in Dallas, and Julian Read, press aide for Texas Gov. John Connally. Both men describe that day in 1963 in vivid detail.
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