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Full Show: Vetting Sources In Breaking News, And Plans To Eliminate Student Debt (July 1, 2019)

On Monday’s Houston Matters: How news organizations vet their sources during breaking news, how plans to eliminate student debt might work, a firsthand account of the situation at the Texas-Mexico border, and an update on Houston sports.


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On Monday’s Houston Matters: A Texas Tribune investigation found a source many news organizations quoted related to the Santa Fe school shooting last year doesn't exist. David Briscoe was quoted in articles by Time, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, but the Santa Fe School District has no record of anyone by that name at the school that day — or ever. We examine what more reporters can do to vet their sources — especially in high-pressure, breaking stories.

Also this hour: Several Democratic presidential candidates have plans to eliminate or mitigate student debt or offer free tuition at public universities. We examine how realistic those proposals are.

Then, News 88.7 immigration reporter Elizabeth Trovall tells us about her experiences visiting communities along the Texas-Mexico border in a reporting assignment for the public radio show 1A.

And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.

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