NPR: Wade Goodwyn

Wade Goodwyn reports on all types of national affairs in Texas, Louisiana and the Southwest. He has been reporting for National Public Radio since 1991. Previously, Goodwyn was a political consultant in New York City.

Goodwyn has reported on the siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in Denver, the Olympic Games in Atlanta and the school shootings in Paducah Ky., Jonesboro, Ark., and Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Goodwyn is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in history.

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12:01am

Wed August 17, 2011
Election 2012

Texas Job Growth Trend Stretches Back For Decades

Originally published on Wed August 24, 2011 10:56 am

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry meets with business leaders at a lunch in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

As Gov. Rick Perry of Texas campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, he's promoting his record in his home state, which has created more than 265,000 jobs in the past two years.

Perry says he would do for the nation what he's done for the Lone Star State.

The economy of Texas is growing at roughly twice the national average, but the question is: How much did Rick Perry and his low-tax, low-regulation philosophy influence that growth?

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3:08pm

Fri August 12, 2011
Politics

The Lone Star State Beginnings Of Rick Perry

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 6:32 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Education Agency Administrators' Midwinter Conference in Austin, Texas, in 2001.
Deborah Cannon AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will officially make clear his intentions to run for the GOP presidential nomination during a speech on Saturday in South Carolina. But he has sounded like a candidate for a while.

"Until Washington figures out that the only true stimulus is more money in the hands of employers across all economic sectors, as well as a restrained bureaucracy that is no longer overreaching into the workplaces, our national nightmare will continue," he said in San Antonio this week.

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11:21am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Warren Jeffs: Alone For The Defense

At the end of court yesterday, Warren Jeffs stood all by himself at the defense table, head bowed, motionless as everyone swirled around him.

The morning began with him firing his defense lawyers and announcing he would represent himself. It was a particularly cruel blow for Deric Walpole, Jeffs' lead defense lawyer, who'd been working 20-hour days to get ready for this moment only to have Jeffs pull the rug out from under him.

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4:00am

Fri July 29, 2011
U.S.

Texas Trial Of Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Begins

In the Texas trial of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, the suspect fired his lawyer and told the judge in the case that he wants to defend himself. The proceedings went forward Thursday, with plenty of dramatic moments.

4:41pm

Wed July 13, 2011
Remembrances

Arctic Exhibit In Texas Highlights A Lifetime Of Work

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:40 am

Edmund "Ted" Carpenter on a ship from a Greenland expedition in the 1990s.
Adelaide de Menil

While the weather is sultry in Houston, the Menil Collection has a cool exhibit about ancient Arctic cultures.

"Upside Down" is a rare display of artifacts from a place where there is still much to be discovered.

Show Re-Creates Arctic Environment

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4:55pm

Wed June 15, 2011
Law

Planned Texas Execution Has Mexico Up In Arms

Humberto Leal Jr., a Mexican citizen, has been on death row since 1995 for the rape and bludgeoning of a 16-year-old San Antonio girl. He's slated to be executed in three weeks. But the Mexican government says he wasn't informed of his rights.
Courtsey of San Antonio Express-News

A planned execution in Texas has the state at odds with the federal government and the International Court of Justice.

The dispute involves Humberto Leal Jr., a Mexican national who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

When he was arrested, Leal was not informed of his right to notify his embassy or consulate. Mexico cried foul, the International Court of Justice agreed, and the U.S. government asked Texas to review the case.

But the state has refused and plans to execute Leal in three weeks.

The Case

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4:11am

Tue June 14, 2011
Politics

Texas Gov. Perry Ratchets Up Conservative Credentials

Seven Republican presidential contenders squared off in a debate in New Hampshire on Monday night. There are, however, still a number of big names on the sidelines, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry has been coy about a possible run, but speaking before a group of anti-abortion Hispanics in Los Angeles over the weekend, he sure sounded like a candidate.

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3:13pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Music News

Texas Gets The Accordion Bug And Never Looks Back

Originally published on Fri June 3, 2011 9:00 pm

Flaco Jimenez is one of the foremost players of conjunto, a Tejano musical style that developed after German and Czech immigrants brought the accordion to Texas.
John Dyer

It's a well-known story — the one where European conquerors ravaged the New World with disease in the 15th century. That story repeated itself, in a very different way, in the early part of the 20th century in Texas.

Only it wasn't illness that German and Czech settlers were spreading to unsuspecting Hispanics, Creoles and Cajuns. This time, it was a musical instrument from which they would not recover.

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11:35am

Tue May 31, 2011
Business

Airline 'Sky' Cabins: Roomier And More Colorful

A flight attendant prepares to close a luggage bin on the redesigned 737. Thanks to the bin's new pivoting motion, passengers in the aisle seat will have more headroom.
American Airlines

American Airlines just took delivery of its first Boeing 737-800, a passenger plane with an option list that includes LED lighting that can be tuned to the time of day (or night), more headroom, larger storage bins and a futuristic feel.

On a reporter's recent visit to the Boeing factory in Renton, Wash., outside Seattle, a row of 737s stood nose to tail. If you think the glory days of American manufacturing are but a memory, consider this: From start to finish, it takes 10,000 mechanics and engineers 11 days to build a new 737.

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6:16am

Mon May 30, 2011
U.S.

Obama Visits Joplin, Mo.

President Obama visited Joplin, Mo, on Sunday as the town begins cleaning up after a devastating tornado killed more than 135 people and flattened the area.

3:00pm

Sun May 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Obama Visits Joplin, Mo., To Survey Damage

President Obama visited the devastated area around Joplin, Mo., for the first time on Sunday. He said the nation will be with the devastated city "every step of the way."

11:32am

Thu April 21, 2011
Remembrances

Marine Activist Loses Battle With PTSD

Growing up in Houston, Clay W. Hunt was the quintessential Texas kid. He was a good athlete, competitive. Hunt was friendly and nice looking and the girls liked him.

"He just loved the outdoors, and he was a team sport kind of guy. He much preferred to be on a football and baseball team," says Susan Selke, Hunt's mother.

After high school Hunt went to college but halfway through he decided he wanted to be a Marine. He tested so well, the Marines wanted him to be an officer, but Hunt declined. He wanted on the team.

He was infantry and happy.

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