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Ann Patchett is back.  The acclaimed and beloved author  of seven other novels has penned “The Dutch House,” a story about a broken family in a beautiful house — one that becomes the center of a family saga spanning 50 years, and shows the ways in which three generations are influenced by the structure and its exquisite and idiosyncratic contents. The novel is about the ways in which we sometimes have to give up our obsessions, even abandon them,  and find a way to forgiveness just the same.

A bed in the emergency room at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Eileen Pace | TPR News

Texas has the highest uninsured rate for children in the nation. And for the second year in a row the rate got even worse. That’s according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Children advocates are calling attention to these numbers and asking for state leaders to address this problem immediately. They say steps could be taken now – without the legislature to improve access to CHIP and Children’s Medicaid. Patrick Bresette is the Executive Director Children’s Defense Fund-Texas.


Texas politics has never been very accommodating to third parties and their efforts to win votes. The Libertarian party has been perceived as siphoning votes away from the Republican party, and the Green Party from the Democrats.


Chris Eudaily | Texas Public Radio

One of the most effective ways to keep people from voting for the political opposition is to not give those voters a place to go vote.  The recipe is easy; make it easy for your side to vote – make it difficult or impossible for the other side to vote.


Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

It was on September first that over 800 new laws went into effect in Texas, including ten new gun laws that made it easier for owning and open carrying guns in the state. But there were some new bills that passed the legislature that didn’t become laws; these were the 58 vetoed bills.

One of them was House Bill 1168, which would make it a state crime to bring a gun into a restricted area at an airport. This bill did not prevent guns from being carried in airport terminals.


Ryan Poppe

On Sept. 1, more than 800 new laws that passed in the last legislative session go into effect. Other laws signed by Gov. Greg Abbott went into effect immediately and some laws were written to start with the new year.  But most are kicking off at the start of September.


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.


In July 1931, Texans were wondering if their state was going to war with Oklahoma. The two neighboring states were in a showdown over a bridge over the Red River. While many saw this Red River Bridge War as a farcical episode it was also a watershed moment in history.


Norma Martinez | Texas Public Radio

In the last week, El Pasoans have written songs, poems and created artwork to commemorate the victims of the Aug. 3 mass shooting. Some of that artwork is the kind you carry through a lifetime.


Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

It was in 2003 when Republicans took the majority of the Texas House of Representatives. The GOP had already won the Governor's seat and control of the Senate. The House was the last piece of the state government to secure the trifecta that’s been in place ever since. Controlling all three vital centers of state power makes it much easier for the dominate party to pursue its agenda and essentially operate without aggressive oversight.  This was not unlike how the Democrats ran Texas when they had a power trifecta during their era of single party rule which ended in 1994.


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