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It’s Banned Books Week. The national weeklong event celebrates the freedom to read and open access to information. The week also serves as a reminder that many great works of literature — books like "The Great Gatsby," "1984," "The Bluest Eye" — were once deemed unfit for public consumption and censored.


After more than two decades of effort by lawmakers to install a monument at the Capitol celebrating African-Americans, the main components of a bronze and granite memorial were quietly lowered onto the south lawn on Tuesday.

From Texas Standard:

Texas began a strategic plan to reform the foster care system in 2014, but the overhaul is still in the early stages of rollout. The plan has been moving forward without much fanfare, at a time when Child Protective Services is taking a lot of heat for some high-profile tragedies.

The biggest change is a shift away from investigation efforts – the CPS worker who comes knocking on the door asking questions – to a public heath approach aimed at strengthening families and reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities.

The plan puts a heavy emphasis on the staggering cost of child abuse and the need to be smarter about resources – to use big data as never before. 

 


How Slavery Built Texas

Sep 23, 2016

If you grew up in Texas, you were probably taught about how we fought for independence from Mexico – and later traded sovereignty for U.S. statehood. Why our Texas ancestors made those decisions, though, is sometimes glossed over. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with UNT history professor Andrew Torget about how slavery fueled the Texas Revolution.

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Over the past few weeks, we've been compiling questions about this year's election sent to us by voters across Texas. It’s part of a project we're calling "Texas Decides." 

'The Tacos of Texas' is the Ultimate Taco Road Trip

Sep 16, 2016

From Texas Standard:

In a state where the taco reigns supreme, it was inevitable that someone would write the be-all, end-all book on the subject.

That’s exactly what taco journalists Armando Rayo and Jarod Neece have done. The two taco-lovers embarked on a journey across 10 cities in Texas to find the best, the worst and the weirdest tacos for their new book, The Tacos of Texas.

 


Alice Luňáková is from the Czech Republic and attends the University of Brno there. A couple years back, through her university’s exchange program, she came to study at McLennan Community College. She says she was was surprised at the strong Czech culture in Central Texas – and now she’s researched about it. 


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“Texas: The Republic of Football” tells the stories of some of the biggest names in the game.


From Texas Standard:

Earlier this week, a federal judge sided with Texas' request to block a federal directive for schools to accommodate the bathroom choices of transgender students. Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was pleased – but not surprised – by the court's order, and subsequently filed suit to remove discrimination protections against health insurers.

The Human Rights Campaign, among others, blasted that move as shameful, cheap and political. Others have been far more harsh in their assessments – both of Paxton and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who says he's not sure he's ever known a transgender person.

 


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Across Texas, there have been some 96 cases of the zika virus reported so far. Locally however there have been none. In this conversation with KWBU David Litke, the health manager for the Waco-McLennan County Health District, talks about the virus and the measures you can take to ward off mosquitoes.


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This summer, a handful of high school teachers from across the state of Texas came to Baylor to work and research green chemistry. As KWBU’s Carlos Morales reports, it’s all done under the umbrella of the Molecular Design Research Network.


Over the weekend, Texas Democrats met in San Antonio ahead of this year’s presidential election. A question on almost everyone’s lips was whether this year’s election has set the groundwork for Democratic gains in the state.

When you hear the phrase ‘mobile business’, you may think of any of the food trucks you can find peppered throughout the city. But being mobile isn’t just about offering that late-night taco fix, it’s increasingly become a platform to provide a convenient means for goods and services that aren’t food. 


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From East to West the Lone Star State stretches 773 miles. It’s distance, North to south, from the very tip of the panhandle down to the Valley, is nearly 800 miles long, and the Texas-Mexico border is more than 1,200 miles. The state is clearly a sprawling landscape, but understanding Texas outside of those numbers can be difficult, especially when you’re from out of state. 


In Texas, warm days in January and February have a lot of people wondering what happened to winter. The weather has made for a lot more nice days outdoors, but it’s having other impacts as well.

If you live in Austin you usually notice bats flitting around Lady Bird Lake in the summertime. But they’re out now. On warm nights you can see and hear them. If you stand close enough to their home under the Ann Richards Bridge, you also can smell them.


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