Marfa Public Radio Is Hiring A Full-Time Reporter In The Permian Basin

Marfa Public Radio is hiring a full-time reporter for a 12 month fellowship in the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin is a dynamic, growing and complex area relevant to regional and national news. The reporter will be an essential member of our reporting staff, covering major news developments in the region while also looking for the untold stories that define the place.
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Rosa Barriga Barriga is reunited with family members living in the U.S. during the "Palomas Mensajeras" event at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock on Friday. (Montinique Monroe/KUT)

After Decades Apart, Mexican Parents Reunited With Undocumented Children In Round Rock

The Palomas Mensajeras program was put together through the efforts of the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin and the government of the State of Michoacán

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School marshal trainees go through a simulation of an active shooting at an elementary school in Pflugerville last week. (Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT)

Students In Texas Are Heading Back To School. So Are More Armed School Marshals

The number of public school staff members that are armed as part of the school marshal program in Texas is set to more than double as the new school year begins. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which oversees the school marshal program, says there could soon be as many as 165 appointed school marshals.

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New citizens stand during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 3, 2018. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

Under Trump, the backlog of U.S. citizenship applications in Texas is growing

After a jump in applications in Texas ahead of the 2016 elections, green card holders seeking to become U.S. citizens have been caught in a growing backlog that has escalated under the Trump administration.

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Under New Grading System West Texas Districts Mainly Get Bs, Cs

School districts throughout West Texas are now being evaluated under a new accountability system.  The Texas Education Agency has rolled out its A-F grade scale today, which measures the academic performance of school districts.

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Cattle are grazing on an irrigated pasture southwest of College Station on the Texas A&M AgriLife Research/Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service farm. (AgriLife Today/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

What’s the Safest Way to Protect Texas Cattle From Fever Ticks?

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller banned the use of spray boxes that ranchers use to deliver insecticide to cattle. Many ranchers, along with the agency that administers the program, say it’s safe.

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With less than a week before the start of school., Midland ISD has more than 100 vacancies. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

As Midland ISD Struggles to Keep Teachers, One Parent Searches For Answers

In Midland, one parent is working to figure out why teachers are leaving the city’s school district in large numbers. The answer is a complicated one that has left some wondering what the district is doing to mend this issue.

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Immigrants who turned themselves in to border patrol agents after illegally crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. wait to be transported for processing in the Rio Grande Valley sector, near McAllen, Texas, on April 2, 2018. (Reuters/Loren Elliott)

Illegal border crossings drop for second month in a row

Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton hailed the numbers as evidence that the Trump administration’s recent crackdown at the border has deterred immigrants from trying to cross into the country illegally.

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From Riding to Roping: The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo Returns to Alpine

The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo takes place from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12 at various locations in Alpine.

The rodeo showcases the everyday work of cowboys that takes place on cattle ranches. Some of the events for this year’s program are bronc riding, wild cow milking, team doctoring, team branding, and team sorting.

Ashley Wood, a committee member with the ranch rodeo, says she feels passionate about supporting the heritage the rodeo helps preserve. “It’s a dying art. These guys, you know, go and work on a ranch everyday,” Wood says. “[P]eople don’t really know what that’s all about. They don’t know what it involves. And that’s important to me to keep that alive.”

The proceeds benefit Sul Ross State University in ranch related needs.

You can find out more about the rodeo here

Due to structural failure, the Balmorhea State Park pool in West Texas will be closed until further notice pending repairs. (Photo Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife)

Apache Corporation Partners with Foundation to Cover Pool Repairs at Balmorhea

There’s new information this week on repairs for one of Texas’s most loved and missed swimming spots. Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation announced they’re partnering with energy company Apache Corporation to cover pool repairs at Balmorhea State Park.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Tweeted A Winston Churchill Quote About Fascism. Wait. No He Didn’t.

Winston Churchill once said, “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”

Winston Churchill did not, in fact, once say, “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.”

That former quote should not in any way imply Gov. Greg Abbott is an uneducated man. He is, in fact, very well educated. But he may need to brush up on his Churchill quotes – because the latter quote is not from the former British prime minister, and it is the reason Abbott is getting dragged on Twitter today.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during the Texas Republican Convention in San Antonio in June. (Julia Reihs / KUT)

Paxton Goes After Obamacare’s Most Popular Protection In Texas, 19 Other States

In a little-noticed court filing last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a federal judge to get rid of a popular part of the Affordable Care Act in Texas. In particular, his request could affect a part of the law that protects people with pre-existing conditions from being denied health insurance or being priced out of a health plan.

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Left to right: State Sens. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownville, and John Whitmire, D-Houston, at the second day of hearings held by the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on June 12, 2018. (Rachel Zein / Texas Tribune)

Texas Senate school safety committee recommends focusing on mental health, avoids gun control

The Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Safety also wants to explore new funding to help arm certain school employees.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz meets with Austin-area home schoolers on August 4, 2018. (Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune)

With O’Rourke gaining momentum, Cruz’s November alarm hits new volume

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hit the campaign trail Saturday with amped-up warnings that his re-election is anything but a sure thing in November. The incumbent’s comments came a day after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott brushed off assertions of a “blue wave.”

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West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department Chief Sean Dixon instructs firefighters how to drive a 30-year-old heavy brush truck. (Natalie Krebs)

Resource-Strapped Volunteers are on the Frontlines of Many Texas Wildfires

About three-fourths of all fire departments in Texas are run by volunteers. And as burn bans pile up—so do the challenges for many of these departments.

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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), is challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. (Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O'Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz)

Ted Cruz leads Beto O’Rourke 49-43 in Quinnipiac poll

A poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday gives U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz a 6-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke.

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Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallegos (left), a Democrat, and Republican Peter Flores are running for state Senate District 19. Bob Daemmrich: (Gallego/Campaign website)

Republican Pete Flores, Democrat Pete Gallego set for runoff for Uresti seat

The race to replace ex-state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, is headed to a runoff featuring Republican Pete Flores and Democrat Pete Gallego.

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(Ilana Panich-Linsman / KUT)

Austin-Based 3D-Printable Guns Meet Opposition From 21 States – And Trump

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Thu. Aug 2 Interview: Lannan Resident Donika Kelly Discusses the Role of Mythic Creatures and Exploring Trauma in “Bestiary”

On this episode, Ryan Paradiso speaks to poet Donika Kelly about her debut poetry collection, Bestiary.

Kelly will read at the St. George Pavilion on Sunday, August 5th at 7:30 pm.

West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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Walter Prescott Webb’s Great Plains

He was an unlikely candidate to become one of Texas’ most famous intellectuals. Reared on an East Texas farm, Walter Prescott Webb was, at 40, unemployed, having failed out of a University of Chicago doctoral program. Then, in 1931, he … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm
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In special election for Uresti state Senate seat, a bipartisan scramble for a runoff berth

In the Tuesday contest to replace former state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, state Rep. Roland Gutierrez is fighting for a spot in a runoff that is expected to include fellow Democrat Pete Gallego, a former congressman. Meanwhile, Republicans are eyeing a second-round spot for their consensus candidate, Pete Flores.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife: State park could close if Trump builds border wall through it

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has warned U.S. Border Patrol that it could be forced to shutter a beloved state park on the southern tip of the state if President Donald Trump builds his border wall through it as proposed. The state parks department also is urging the agency to consider less impactful alternatives to a wall within the park.

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With Less Federal Supervision, Texas Drops More People From Voter Rolls

Texas election officials have been removing more people from the state’s voter rolls ever since the Supreme Court struck down a part of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

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