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During President Donald Trump’s recent State of the Union Address, he paid special attention to the state of the Southern border.

"As we speak, large, organized caravans are on the march to the United States. We have just heard that Mexican cities, in order to remove the illegal immigrants from their communities, are getting trucks and buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection. I have ordered another 3,750 troops to our southern border to prepare for the tremendous onslaught," Trump said. 

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Lawyers for the families of Sutherland Springs shooting victims are claiming a victory in their civil suit against the company that sold the gun in the shooting.

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The Texas secretary of state issued an advisory to county voter registrars saying there was a problem with non-citizens registering to vote and casting ballots in Texas elections. Now, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus is demanding answers. We talk to the caucus' chair Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin. Then, in the days of the Wild West, rowdy cowboys were locked up in what's called a "calaboose." These tiny one-room cells caught the eye of Willam E. Moore, who joins us to discuss (17:24).

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After Texas state officials announced it was flagging tens of thousands of registered voters for citizenship checks, two civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit, citing voter intimidation.

A fight over a pipeline is never only about the pipeline. It’s about the environment, property rights, public safety and a community’s sense of itself. Just such a fight is now brewing in the Texas Hill Country, where company Kinder Morgan plans to lay a part of its 430-mile natural gas Permian Highway Pipeline.

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The 86th Texas Legislature is underway and many are wondering if this is the session when overdue repairs are made to the Public Information Act, including closing one loophole that helps police departments hide what happens when a suspect dies while in custody.


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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.

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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.