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Lengthy Detention Of Migrant Children May Create Lasting Trauma, Say Researchers

This week, the Trump administration announced a new regulation that would allow it to detain migrant families who have crossed the U.S. border illegally for an indefinite period of time. The new rule aims to replace the Flores agreement , a 1997 court settlement which limits the amount of time that children can be detained by the government to a maximum of 20 days. But psychologists say that indefinite detention could have a lasting impact on the development and mental health of these...

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Death Row inmate Larry Swearingen in the Polunsky Unit prison in Livingston Texas
David Martin Davies

Texas Matters: Time Of Death And The Execution Of Larry Swearingen

On Wednesday, August 21, the State of Texas prepared to execute Larry Swearingen. He was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter, a 19-year-old college student in Montgomery County.

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Tanya Tucker has always been a hellraiser. The 60-year-old country singer who shot to fame with Delta Dawn in 1972 at 13 has made a career out of charismatic sass, an outlaw image and a signature vocal performance to back it up. Throughout Tucker's career, there have been bestselling albums, awards and recognition including an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. There have also been bouts with drug addiction and rehabilitation.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to treat a rare blood disorder. It’s the first new treatment for this disease in nearly a decade, and a San Antonio researcher is one of the people behind it.

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A study published this week in the medical journal Radiology has found vaping — even just one time — damages blood vessel function. UT Health San Antonio pulmonologist Sandra Adams said this research, in addition to a Centers for Disease Control investigation into more than 100 cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping, back up health experts’ previous admonitions that people avoid e-cigarettes until more is known about how they impact long-term health.


Death Row inmate Larry Swearingen in the Polunsky Unit prison in Livingston Texas
David Martin Davies

On Wednesday, August 21, the State of Texas prepared to execute Larry Swearingen. He was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter, a 19-year-old college student in Montgomery County.


Congressmen Cuellar and Hurd speak at a press conference.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Democratic San Antonio Congressman Henry Cuellar said the number of migrant border crossings is sharply decreasing.  


Students explore books in a nook of the bilingual kindergarten class at Athens Elementary on Aug. 21, 2019.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The South San Antonio Independent School District reopened three schools this week, seven months after a divided board went against the superintendent’s recommendation to take more time to plan.

The families at the schools are happy to be back, but the upheaval created in the process may have lasting consequences.

Courtesy TechBloc

Technology startups from across Texas will compete ths October in the recently relaunched TechFuel pitch competition for $100,000 from Bexar County.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Walmart has announced plans to rebuild and reopen the El Paso store where a gunman killed 22 people earlier this month. 


David Koch, who built one of the nation's largest private businesses with his brother Charles and pumped money into conservative groups to help reshape American politics, has died.

Charles Koch confirmed the news in a statement on Friday that referenced David's long-running ailment.

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Gov. Greg Abbott began a series of public safety roundtable discussions Thursday to explore how Texas might prevent another mass shooting. 

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George Clinton

Dance to some Funk Royalty, get down with some classic Tex-Mex and then relax with a baroque orchestra. Here are your best bets for this musical weekend.

Siggi Ragnar

From a show with a circus vibe to an African Latina performance to one of the state's best garage bands, the weekend’s here and it's going to be fun. 


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Welcome to Major Themes, a regular feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in New York, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota. Here are their top picks for must-hear recordings.

American Rapture; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ward Stare; Yolanda Kondonassis, harp (Azica)

The mural when it was originally done.
David Blancas

A massive, iconic West Side mural is showing its age, but admirers are planning to save and improve it. 


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