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Congressmen Push A Rare Strategy To Debate A Replacement For DACA

A seldom used rule would put pressure on Speaker Ryan to bring the DREAM Act and other immigration bills to the floor.

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Houston-based Hi-Crush Partners began sand mining operations on July 31. Their plant is located at a former recreation site near the junction of Texas 115

State Looks at Energy Industry’s Impacts on Permian Basin Roads

Over the course of two days, the growing frac sand industry came into focus during two Texas House hearings.

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State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, debates an amendment to HB1 on April 1, 2011. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich)

Texas regulator says “misunderstanding” is making millennials shun oilfield jobs

Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian told House lawmakers on Wednesday that the biggest threat to a burgeoning oil boom is “the acceptance of the politically-correct-driven environmental anti-oil and gas science.”

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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O'Rourke/Robin Jerstad: Cruz

New poll finds race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke “too close to call”

A new Quinnipiac University poll of Texas voters finds 47 percent support Cruz, the Republican incumbent, while 43 percent back O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat.

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Former first lady Barbara Bush with her husband at the inauguration of her son as governor of Texas in 1999. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune)

Barbara Bush Leaves Legacy As Literacy Champion, ‘America’s Grandmother’

The wife of President George H.W. Bush and mother of President George W. Bush died at her home in Houston. She was 92.

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Texas Is Resettling Almost 80 Percent Fewer Refugees

Texas has resettled dramatically fewer refugees in the past year, figures from Refugee Services of Texas show.

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A tanker truck travels on FM 2067 between Austin and Victoria on April 18, 2018. Texas counties are asking state leaders to help pay for road damage caused by heavy traffic from the oil and gas industry. (Photo by Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune)

Texas is making billions from oil and gas drilling, but counties say rural roads are being destroyed

Damage from heavy trucks has battered local roads in and around the state’s oil fields, and many counties want the state to help pay for repairs and maintenance. Will lawmakers take action?

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A soldier from the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, observes a section of the Rio Grande in support of Operation Strong Safety.

So Far, National Guard Troops On The Border Are Observing, Not Enforcing

With a highly-visible, non-mobile presence at the edge of the Rio Grande, National Guard troops are so far being seen, more than heard.

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Border Patrol agents in New Mexico on April 9, 2018. (Photo by Julián Aguilar/The Texas Tribune)

El Paso Border Patrol sector kicks off construction of Trump’s wall on border

U.S. Border Patrol agents on Monday announced the beginning of construction on the “big, beautiful wall” that President Donald Trump promised to build on the southern border.

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President Trump's order this week reminds residents in Redford, Texas of Esequiel Hernández Jr. The 18 year old was shot and killed by marines in 1997. (Photo: Carlos Morales / KRTS)

Along the Border, News of National Guard is Met With Mixed Reaction

Late Wednesday, President Trump signed a proclamation directing the deployment of National Guard troops as a quote “immediate deterrent” to illegal immigration along the U.S.- Mexico border.

This comes after days of tough talk from President Trump on immigration enforcement, including Tweeting that he’d secure the border through military force until his proposed border wall is complete. The news is being met with some mixed reaction on Texas’ southern border.

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Permian High School in Odessa was built for 2,500 students. Next year, they're expecting student enrollment to reach 4,100. (Photo: Sally Beauvas/KRTS)

Record Growth in Odessa Schools Could Be Here To Stay

When the last oil boom in the Permian Basin screeched to a halt in 2014, something unexpected happened — families stuck around.

Now, with production ramping up again, all corners of the community are feeling the effects of population growth. Including area public schools, where record enrollment is putting a strain on an already low-performing district. In Odessa, school administrators and teachers and parents are asking the question: where are we going to put all of these kids?

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Fri. Apr 13 Interview: Exploring “Hyperobjects” with Laura Copelin, Emilija Škarnulyte, and Tara Donovan

Elise Pepple speaks to Ballroom’s Director, Laura Copelin, and artists Emilija Škarnulyte, and Tara Donovan about Ballroom’s newest exhibition, Hyperobjects. The show is curated by Timothy Morton and Laura Copelin.

Morton defines “hyperobjects” as entities that are bewilderingly huge— like global warming, plastic in the ocean, nuclear waste— which are seemingly incomprehensible. The exhibition seeks to create encounters with artworks and non-art objects that de-center and expand the scale of human perception. 

Hyperobjects opens at 6 pm on Friday the 13th at Ballroom Marfa.

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Texas education board approves course formerly known as Mexican-American studies

After years of debate, the State Board of Education voted preliminarily to create curriculum standards for a Mexican-American studies class. But thanks to the objections of one member, it’ll now be called “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.”

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Thu. Apr 12 Interview: “All or Nothing:” Stories of Big Risks from Marfa

Here is the full version of live stories from our “All or Nothing” event that took place on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Crowley Theater. Thank you to the storytellers, Big Bend Brewing Co., and the Crowley Theater.

If you’re interested in telling a story at our forthcoming events, please shoot us an email as

Storytellers from the event: 

  • 00:00 – Alex Gates is the owner and chef at Cochineal in Marfa. She moved here with  her husband and daughter to pursue a life-long dream.
  • 7:40 – Jeff has lived in Marfa for 6 years. He grew up in Illinois and studied philosophy in Kentucky. At one point in his life, he ended up in California.
  • 24:00 – Chloe Gallagher is a West Coast born writer, muppet enthusiast, and all around amateur. When she’s not complaining about the heat in the kitchen at Stellina – she can be found talking to flowers and trying to befriend stray dogs. She says she spends the majority of her free time boring people with stories they didn’t ask to hear about people they’ve never met.
  • 35:40 – General Manager Elise Pepple tells about her past life as a park ranger in Alaska.
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Teachers in other states are striking. Texas teachers can’t do that.

Texas state law says that teachers could lose their teaching certificates and pensions if they go on strike.

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Could the Mexican Gray Wolf – Source of Fascination and Hostility – Return to the West Texas Wilds?

Lobo – the wolf. From Monahans to El Paso, the words are inscribed into West Texas – in place names, in team mascots. But the reality they evoke is almost unimaginable – that lobos, gray wolves, once roamed this land. … Continue reading

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