Playlist Team: The Headliners

By Amelia Hollow, Alexa Malevitis, Shannon Lynch, Adam Grosbard and Alexandra Spitzer

  1. Attorney General Greg Abbott reports fundraising figures that dwarf those of his opponent Democratic Senator Wendy Davis. She could use a dollar to keep up in this race.
  2. Loving County officials recently met with water company leaders to discuss how the West Texas county can meet its growing water needs. 
  3. Texas churches are being asked to open their places of worship to offer sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. Listen to “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)” by Lyle Lovett.
  4. Texas A&M researchers are crashing trucks into steel barriers in an effort to keep terrorist from breaching security barriers. Listen to “Always Crashing in the Same Car” by David Bowie.
  5. After the U.S. Supreme Court lifted same-sex marriage bans in five states, Senator Ted Cruz called for an amendment of the Constitution on Monday to prevent the federal government and Supreme Court from overturning a state’s ban on same-sex marriage.  We thought “Take Me to Church” by Hozier was fitting in regard to Cruz’s defense of same-sex marriage bans.
  6. Texas women are turning to their doctors as the number of state abortion clinics is on the “Slide” (by the Goo Goo Dolls).
  7. The song, “Bad Blood,” by Bastille refers to the rise in the number of people who are being closely monitored for a possible contraction of the Ebola virus.
  8. Colin McDonald travels along the disappearing Rio Grande where people are fighting and killing over remaining water. McDonald notes “but the rain brings the good times,” so take a listen to “Bring on the Rain” by Jo Dee Messina.
  9. Texas was in the running to house the Tesla “gigafactory”, but lost out to Nevada. It turns out Texas was wrong about the prospects of a relationship with the factory.
  10. Tuition is on the rise and fewer than a third of public university students are graduating in four years. Although the debate is ongoing over plans for new fixed tuition rates, efforts are being made to keep costs low and get students out of college while they’re still “Younger”.

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