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Texas Matters
12:39 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Presidential Campaign, Infighting at UT, and the Dallas Cowboys

Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root's book,
Credit Jay Root

Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root has written a book about the Perry presidential run called “Oops! A Diary From the 2012 Campaign Trail.” The latest issue of Texas Monthly says there’s a battle over the future of UT; Paul Burka is the Texas Monthly senior editor and wrote the article “Storming the Ivory Tower.” Joe Nick Patoski talks about writing his new book: “The Dallas Cowboys: the outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America.”

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Texas Matters
11:10 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Separating Church and State, Wind Energy and Wine

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States (1940) painting by Howard Chandler Christy.
Howard Chandler Christy

Governor Rick Perry appeals to the religious right by talking about the "myth" of the separation of church and state and Rob Boston from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State responds. Wind energy is revitalizing rural Texas, so what is the future for the renewable energy source? How a Texas winery is using renewable energy to be self-sufficient.

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Texas Matters
11:44 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Zombie Voters and Honesty in Politics

Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

Dead voter letters are one way that Texas scrubs its voter registration rolls. Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and voter registrar Don Sumners says he’s not going along with the Texas plan to scrub the voter rolls, and the state says he is violating the law. Gardner Selby with Politifact Texas talks about how they check statements made by politicians.

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Texas Matters
12:26 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Texans at the DNC, Party Power Changes and Juvenile Justice

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More from the Democratic National Convention from TPR's Ryan Loyd. Is Texas on the verge of being a fertile ground for Democratic candidates? The Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg shares his thoughts on future elections in Texas. An update on the Texas juvenile justice system five years since the scandal broke at the Texas Youth Commission.

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Crime
10:15 am
Fri August 17, 2012

The Private Eye That Exposed "The Imposter"

In the summer of 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay was reported missing from his home on the near northeast side of San Antonio. You can imagine the shock his mother Beverly and half-sister Carey felt when they learned that he had been found three years later—in Spain. However, the young man who came back to Texas and lived with the family for nearly five months was not Nicholas, but serial child imposter Frédéric Bourdin. 

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Texas Matters
11:00 am
Sat March 26, 2011

We Were Not Orphans: Stories From The Waco State Home

University of Texas Press

The Waco State Home was established as the State Home for Dependent and Neglected Children by the Thirty-sixth Legislature in 1919. It was in operation until 1979. Anglo children adjudged by district courts to be neglected were declared wards of the state of Texas, and they were admitted to the home for care, education, and training.

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Texas Music
10:00 am
Fri January 30, 2009

Remembering Buddy Holly, 50 Years After "The Day The Music Died"

Buddy Holly, 1957
Wikimedia Commons

February 3, 2009 marks fifty years since the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly along with fellow Texas music icon J.P."The Big Bopper" Richardson and Richie Valens. They will be remembered and honored in commemoration events across the nation. Lubbock, the hometown of Buddy Holly, is the home of The Buddy Holly Center, which honors his memory year-round, but on the anniversary of the fatal crash they will be having special event. Jessica Camacho is with the Buddy Holly Center.

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Texas Railroad
2:12 pm
Mon December 10, 2007

Texas State Railroad On Board With Polar Express

You might not be aware that Texas has an official state railroad, but it does. And for sometime, people have wondered how long that will be the case. The Texas State Railroad, which runs between Palestine and Rusk in East Texas, has been through some hard times and was almost shut down. Now it appears the Texas State Railroad is on the right track.

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Texas Sports
3:54 pm
Mon September 10, 2007

Texas League Umpires Shoot for the Big Leagues 

Many Americans grow up in love with the game of baseball. They dream of hitting it out of the park – turning a big double play, but how many dream of standing behind the plate and doing perhaps the toughest job in the game? Three umpires from the Texas League and their quest to wear blue in the bigs.

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