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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to start cutting checks for victims of Hurricane Harvey starting now.

At a meeting with business leaders in Rockport, Texas, Tuesday — one of the areas slammed hardest by the storm — the governor announced the state expects to receive more than $1 billion in hazard-mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency by next summer. Five hundred million of that is available immediately.

From Texas Standard:

Following the execution of a Dallas man last week, the status of the state's supply of execution drugs is under new scrutiny. In a last-minute appeal to halt the execution, the prisoner's attorneys claimed two other executions this year were botched. The appeal was denied.

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On this episode of Texas Matters:

  • Cash bail in Texas is called unconstitutional (:52)
  • Charges of corruption in construction of the border fence (7: 00)
  • DACA recipients oppose deal on border wall (15:38)
  • Border Colonia residents live in extreme poverty (20:46)


The Waco Siege, Revisited

Jan 29, 2018

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Twenty-five years after the siege, the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas returns to TV. We’re talking to the show’s co-creators, Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle, about “Waco.”

Guests:

Drew Dowdle, co-creator of ‘Waco’ TV series.

John Erick Dowdle, co-creator of ‘Waco’ TV series.

Lee Hancock, former reporter for the Dallas Morning News who covered the standoff.

From Texas Standard.

One hundred years ago Sunday, a posse made up of Texas Rangers and the U.S. military raided the border village of Porvenir in the middle of the night. The lawmen took 15 boys and men of Mexican descent to a bluff and shot them. The Porvenir Massacre is a little-known dark stain on Texas’ history.

Historian Glenn Justice says the massacre happened during a chaotic time.

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