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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. 

The Walls Unit in Huntsville where death row inmates are executed.
Jack Morgan | Texas Public Radio

Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen was executed Wednesday evening for the 1998 murder of Melissa Trotter. She was a 19-year-old student at Lone Star College on the Montgomery County campus.

Members of Save Our Lakes protest the GBRA mismanagement of floodgates on Lakes McQueeney, Placid, Gonzales and Meadow Lake.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Residents near four Texas lakes that are scheduled to be drained by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority have formed the organization “Save Our Lakes” to fight for the future of the waterways.  

Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Five people – including two foreign nationals – face federal charges for stealing the identity of about 3,000 veterans from across the United States. The suspects face 14 charges, including wire fraud and aggressive identity theft.


David Martin Davies

Convicted killer Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed Wednesday. It was almost 20 years ago that Swearingen was found guilty of the abduction, rape and strangulation of Montgomery County college student Melissa Trotter.

Julián Castro speaking in January, 2019.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Former San Antonio Mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julián Castro has qualified for the third Democratic debate to take place in Houston this September.  


David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

In a murder investigation, establishing a time of death help can lead to arresting and convicting the perpetrator — or exonerating someone wrongfully accused. That's why getting it right can mean life or death for someone like Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen. He is facing execution Wednesday for a murder he says he didn’t commit.

The science of “time of death” is something studied every day at the Forensic Anthropology Center in San Marcos, also known as “The Body Ranch.”


Ruth Ruggero Hughs
Texas Workforce Commission

After losing his last chief election officer over a botched review of the state’s voter rolls, Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday appointed a new secretary of state: Ruth Ruggero Hughs.

The main drag in Seguin.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

The economic fallout from a decision by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to dewater four area lakes has yet to begin, but members of the business community predict a serious blow.


David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed Wednesday by the State of Texas.

It was 19 years ago that Swearingen was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter. This is the sixth time that Swearingen had a date with death in the Texas prison system. But lingering questions about his guilt have caused the courts to repeatedly step in.

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