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As the 86th Texas Legislature begins, many are wondering if this is the session when overdue repairs are made to the state's damaged public information act.  This includes a law dubbed the "Dead Suspect Loophole." 

We talk to the family of an 18-year-old who died while in custody of the Mesquite Police Department. They were told they could not gain access to details relating to Graham's death because of this controversial law. 


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Texas troubadours are part of American music lore. These Lone Star bards have been groundbreakers and hitmakers since the dawn of the commercial music industry and are featured in the book, “Pickers and Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas." 

Craig Clifford, a professor of philosophy at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, who co-edited the book with Craig D. Hillis join us on this program.


Public Domain

The cattle drive of the Old West was all about connecting the $4 cow in San Antonio with the $40 market in Kansas — and making that connection depended on cowboys.  For these saddle tramps, the cattle drive was just a job, but somehow it became an American myth.

Tim Lehman's "Up the Trail" reveals that reality was vastly different than the American myth told in dime novels, TV shows and in song.


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Sex trafficking is the business of forcing victims to provide sex for profit. The traffickers are as skilled at evading the law as they are at finding new victims. Many might think this nightmare reality will never be part of their lives but the world of sex trafficking is not that far away.

This is the second of a three-part series.

There are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas including, almost 80,000 minors and youth victims, according to a study by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas.

Human sex trafficking is a multibillion dollar business that has made use of the open internet for marketing and recruiting of victims. This is a look at how sex is sold online, efforts to shut down those online sites, and how the traffickers adapt.

From Texas Standard:

Like media outlets all over the country, Texas Standard is working on its "Year in Review" show in the remaining weeks of 2018. But these final days of the year are also a last chance to reflect on what was happening in the country 50 years ago. 1968 was a tumultuous year and a turning point in American history, and the University of Texas at Austin's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History has an exhibit that takes a deep dive into it.

Commentary: A Toxic 2018

Dec 8, 2018
David Martin Davies

 

The end of the year means a look at the word of the year from a variety of dictionaries. 

The top word, presumably, is a metonym for our collective experience of the year’s events.   

 


State of Texas Department of Health and Human Services

The largest nursing home provider in Texas filed for bankruptcy. Senior Care Centers filed for Chapter 11 protection. The Dallas based company operates about 100 facilities in Texas reported more than $100 million in debt.

The company pledged that patient care will not suffer due to its financial woes.

However, the Texas Health Care Association, an advocacy group for the long-term care industry, said this bankruptcy sends a signal that the industry that many elderly Texans depend on is in serious trouble.

From Texas Standard:

Many parents count on day cares to provide a safe place for their children while they're at work. But a yearlong investigation by the Austin American-Statesman is sounding multiple alarm bells about the safety of day care in Texas.  

Tony Plohetski and Sean Collins Walsh are members of the team investigating an alarming series of incidents at Texas day care centers, and what the state is and isn't doing to respond to allegations of abuse, poor conditions and child deaths. The Statesman series is called "Unwatched."

Plohetski says that over the past decade, Texas day care centers have been cited 3,200 times for abuse and neglect.

LISTEN: George H.W. Bush's Funeral Service

Dec 6, 2018
NPR

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president, will be laid to rest Thursday in College Station, alongside wife Barbara and daughter Robin.

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