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 A report commissioned by the City of San Antonio reveals that Bexar County is failing 51 percent of its population: women. 


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Texas researchers plan to take a closer look at the disproportionate number of women of color who die during pregnancy and in the year after birth, including those who died by homicide.


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On this episode of “Texas Matters”:

  • How are anti-Trump activists preparing for the possibility that President Trump will fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller?
  • New data shows that the Texas maternal mortality problem isn’t as bad as it was thought. So now what (11:10)?
  • How the Farm Bill could take away benefits from the poor in Texas (22:50).


Eddie Torres

This week on Fronteras:

  • Black women are dying either before or after childbirth in higher numbers than the rest of the Texas population.
  • The small South Texas city of Pharr is connecting homes with free broadband internet in an effort to close the digital divide (8:33).
  • Local composer Federico Chavez-Blanco has been commissioned to write music for San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebration (14:15).


Lynda Gonzalez, KUT

This week on Fronteras:

  • Texas lawmakers are making efforts to reverse maternal mortality rates, which are the worst in the U.S., including allowing Medicaid-covered mental health screenings.
  • South Texas college students are getting help from Washington in gaining access to STEM opportunities (9:14).
  • Latina Hollywood composer and Texas native Germaine Franco talks about staying true to Mexican influences when orchestrating music for “Coco” (11:59).


Lynda Gonzalez, KUT

Today on Fronteras, we look at:

  • The evolution of immigration law since 9/11.
  • An undocumented immigrant crossing the border for the first time is not committing a criminal violation (1:46).
  • Maternal mortality is on the decline across most of the U.S., except in Texas. What can the Lone Star State learn from California’s success? (11:45)


This week on "Texas Matters," we look at a major flaw in the way maternal mortality rates in Texas are tracked (00:25). Also, why are more women running for office in the state (7:53)? And, finally, we examine what's behind a new sex abuse scandal in the Texas juvenile justice system (17:39).


Update (Aug. 1) –  The Texas House passed House Bills 9, 10, 11 and 28 unanimously, which collectively seek to increase state health reporting requirements on pregnancy-related deaths, as well as expand the state's task force on maternal mortality.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently began notifying teen pregnancy institutions that their federal funds are being cut to the tune of about $200 million.

Many of these programs were awarded five-year grants during the Obama administration but now, they are told one year of funding remains.

Texas has the highest number of teen parents in the nation and the state has the fifth highest rate of teen pregnancy. Texas is also number one for repeat teen pregnancies.

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Texas is one of the worst states in the nation for women to give birth. Between 2011 and 2012, 189 Texas mothers died less than a year after childbirth. And the question is why? Also – why is this statistic so much worse for African American mothers?

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