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Family members that lost eight relatives in the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs last November are filing suit against the federal government. The family is seeking millions of dollars in damages.


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Plus: presidential pardons, LGBTQ politics and a basketball shoot-off

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Tourism is the heart of the Port Aransas economy. But after Hurricane Harvey, the town was essentially shut down right before the usually bustling Labor Day weekend. Since then, business owners have been scrambling to reopen before the season many depend on for their income: summer.


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School’s out in Texas, and it’s hot. That’s got many people heading for their nearest pool, or, if you’re more ambitious, the Gulf.

But one of the state’s most beloved beach getaway destinations, Port Aransas, took almost a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey back in August, and the town’s still bouncing back.


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Today’s newspaper headlines tell us about increased U.S. military presence along the U.S. Mexico border, mirroring press reports from a century ago.

On this episode of "Texas Matters," Thomas T. “Ty” Smith joins us to discuss new information from Army source documents about the era that’s been largely overlook by military historians. He's the author of “The Old Army in the Big Bend of Texas – The Last Calvary Frontier 1911-1921."


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