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Over the past few years, abortion providers in Texas have struggled to reopen clinics that had closed because of restrictive state laws.

There were more than 40 clinics providing abortion in Texas on July 12, 2013 — the day lawmakers approved tough new restrictions and rules for clinics.

Nov. 28, 2018 Huntsville
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Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Nov. 20. This Texas death row case is attracting a lot of attention from celebrities and lawmakers from both parties. They are calling for a halt to the execution to test DNA and other evidence that could possibly exonerate Reed. 

Death Row inmate Rodney Reed waves to his family in the Bastrop County District Court Friday October 13. 2017. The defense asked the Judge Doug Shaver to reconsider testimony from his murder trial in the slaying of Stacey Stites.

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas has granted death row inmate Rodney Reed a stay, meaning he will not be executed on Wednesday, Nov. 20 as previously scheduled. 


On Nov. 20, Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas.

Reed was convicted of raping and killing 19-year-old Stacey Stites in 1996 in Bastrop County. Reed said they were in a consensual relationship and maintains his innocence.

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A San Antonio ordinance allowing workers to earn paid sick leave is now in the hands of a Bexar County District judge. The Sick and Safe Leave ordinance is set to go into effect on Dec. 1 unless the judge grants an injunction.

In the new book Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration the authors New York Times journalists Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear give us an understanding of recent U.S. immigration policy. We learn what is driving these policies and how well they are working.

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Texas Matters first hit the airwaves on Texas Public Radio on Sept. 1, 2000. And each week since Yvette Benavides (my creative partner and wife) and I have produced stories, interviews and commentaries for public radio listeners across Texas.

Gabriel C. Pérez | KUT

The 64 minute recording begins with cordial greetings, family talk and other pleasantries. It's June 12 and Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Dustin Burrows, then the head of the Texas House Republican caucus, met with Michael Quinn Sullivan at the capitol.  Bonnen and Burrows didn’t know that Sullivan — CEO of the conservative political advocacy group Empower Texans — was recording the meeting.

State of Texas District Viewer

Last August at a posh Austin hotel conference room the American Legislative Exchange Council held its annual meeting, and one of the topics tackled was called “How to Survive Redistricting.”

Discussed were the finer points in the redrawing of district lines. That outcome will impact every American after the 2021 redistricting showdown.

It’s likely that somewhere Democrats are holding similar sessions; and if they are not, then they are guilty of political malpractice.

Paul Theroux is a novelist and also internationally renowned for his many books about travel.  He has spent more than 50 years traveling the globe to chronicle the lives of people in distant lands.  This time, he turns his eye on Mexico.