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State Rep. Dutton Renews Uphill Fight To Abolish the Death Penalty

Texas is set to carry out its second execution of the year this week, barring a last minute reprieve. There are another seven planned by July. The use of the death penalaty has been on the decline in Texas in recent years. … Continue reading

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What Do You Want to Know about Lawmaking in Texas?

The 2017 Texas Legislative session is underway. State legislators meet every other year for 140 days in a frenzy of debating (sometimes arguing), deal-making, stand-taking, bill-killing and, occasionally, law-making. We want to know what you want to know about the … Continue reading

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The Mystery Behind Texas Independence Day

Today is a state holiday. 180 years ago, Texas adopted its Declaration of Independence. We spoke with Lonn Taylor, the host of our history program, Rambling Boy, about a 19th century mystery surrounding the holiday. It was March 2, 1836, and a … Continue reading

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After Paris, Governors Say They Will Oppose Efforts To Resettle Refugees

Despite the growing list of U.S. governors stating they will no longer resettle people from Syria, it’s not clear whether states have the legal authority to keep the refugees out.

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The Rise of Craft Beer in Texas

The production of craft beer and the amount of craft breweries has seen a large increase in the United States over the last ten years.Although Texas was a little late to the party, the state is making up for lost time, … Continue reading

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Texas bourbon distilleries are on the rise

Sunday was National Bourbon Day. That’s a liquor associated with the state of Kentucky. But the geographic similarities between Texas and Kentucky are not lost on some new Texas distilleries. Marfa Public Radio’s Asa Merritt has more. Every state has its treasures. California has … Continue reading

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Oil Price Drop Implies Possible Delay For Permian Road Improvement

The oil and gas boom has put a lot of money back into the state’s highway fund through the collection of severance taxes–the money that the state earns on oil and gas extraction—but it’s never been enough. And already-overwhelmed roads … Continue reading

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Underground Water in Texas: Plan to Export is Challenged

Farmers and ranchers who have been battling the drought for years have found themselves sitting on an increasingly valuable resource – their own underground water. Now, a case over water rights that will resonate across the southwest is before the … Continue reading

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CDC Director on Texas Diagnosis: “We’re stopping Ebola in its tracks.”

During a teleconference Tuesday evening at the CDC in Atlanta, Director Dr. Tom Frieden confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. The patient was admitted and placed into isolation on September 28th at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in … Continue reading

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Finding Oil is Easy, Just Look on the Ground

There’s a lot of drilling going on in Texas for oil and gas. So much, that Texas is a big reason why the United States in now producing more oil than it imports. But it all begins with what in … Continue reading

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