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Should Texas Cities Consider Municipal IDs? How Did They Work Out In New Haven, CT?

Crystal Chavez
TPR News

Fronteras: More cities, including Austin, are considering municipal ID cards — partly with undocumented immigrants in mind. New Haven, Connecticut, was a leader when it issued resident cards years ago. We speak to the former mayor there to see what impact these city-issued IDs have had. Two University of North Texas professors are developing a drone that can help during emergencies. Also, a San Antonio artist is delving into public art for the first time. We look at Vincent Valdez's first public installation.

Where Will Money Come From To Fund The Texas Border Security Operation?

Texas lawmakers in charge of putting together the state’s budget for the upcoming legislative session are searching for additional funding for the state-led multi-million dollar border security operation. Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports lawmakers are also looking at how to replace money already spent for that effort.

As More Cities Consider Municipal IDs, New Haven Mayor Shares How Resident IDs Worked There

To see just what impact municipal IDs can have, we called up John DeStefano, former mayor of New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven was the first city to create a resident card of this kind.

Mujeres Mercado, An Updated Version Of The "Chili Queens," Coming To Main Plaza

A brand new event tips its hat to a San Antonio tradition from well over 100 years ago. TPR Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan has more.

Credit Courtesy Ashley Quinn

Texas Drones Built To Save Lives

Drones have received international notoriety. Sometimes they’re described as killing machines but drones can also save lives.

As part of KERA’s Breakthroughs series, Lauren Silverman visits two University of North Texas professors who have developed a drone for emergencies. It’s capable of providing Wi-Fi to storm-ravaged areas where telephone access is out.

Vincent Valdez, And His Sarape-Inspired Benches Along Mission Reach

More public Art is unveiled down on the Mission Reach in San Antonio. Texas Public Radio’s Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan tells us about it.

Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015.