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PT Corporate Support Account Manager – Midland/Odessa
Summary of Function:
Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media from West Texas serves a critical role in our state and our nation: from border stories to energy stories, West Texas is a part of the country whose stories need to be amplified. MPR has been one of the most awarded small-market stations in the nation for excellence in journalism.
Joni Boyd of West Texas Centers, a network of public mental health clinics in the Permian Basin, says the need for mental health services is growing, even as the region faces a severe psychiatry shortage. (Caroline Covington/Texas Standard)
Texas has long had a psychiatrist shortage. In rural areas, it means many people have to drive long distances to get care.
A mother carrying her child in McAllen, Texas, after being released from a U.S Customs and Border Protection Processing Center, in June of 2018. (Yvette De Luna)
Three volunteers at the Humanitarian Respite Center, run by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, have independently confirmed to Houston Public Media similar accounts of insufficient nutrition and basic medical attention. A Houston lawyer, a pre-med student at The University of Texas at Dallas, and a Kean University professor recounted stories of not being able to shower for several days, sparse food, dehydration, and even babies with fevers who have not been treated.
Immigrant families seeking asylum in the United State wait on the Mexican side of the international bridge connecting Brownsville to Matamoros, Mexico. (Reynaldo Leal for The Texas Tribune)
The federal agency that handles the first step in asylum claims sent a memo to all its officers Wednesday that tightens restrictions on migrants who are seeking asylum.
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)
Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, said Wednesday that he raised a stunning $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2018, more than double what the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz, will report taking in over the same period.
Democratic candidate for governor Lupe Valdez and incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. (Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune)
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and his Democratic challenger, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, have agreed — to a point — to debate at least once this fall.
And if the event comes off as proposed on Sept. 28, there will be some stiff competition: Friday night football and the first day of the State Fair of Texas.
The looming deadline to reunify parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border is approaching quickly. A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to finish reuniting families before the end of this month, but it’s still unclear exactly how the government will accomplish this. Agencies are scrambling to comply — a task complicated by each case’s unique challenges.
Among those waiting to be reunited are Amalia — a nine-year-old Guatemalan girl — and her father. She’s in New York while he’s being detained thousands of miles away, in the West Texas town of Sierra Blanca.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT
Many Texans are struggling to afford health care, according to a new survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation.
Bunk beds are lined up inside an air-conditioned tent at the Tornillo facility for unaccompanied immigrant children near El Paso. (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
The immigration detention center, which held more than 300 minors two weeks ago, will remain open at least through Aug. 13, according to a federal agency.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, tell supporters that the supposed economic benefits of reform such as lower gasoline and electricity costs haven't yet materialized. June 3 2018, Mexico City ( Lorne Matalon)
On Sunday, a populist leftist surprised no one by winning the presidency of Mexico. His promise to voters was something along the lines of “make Mexico great again.”
A protestor in Alpine (Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public Radio)
At rallies across Texas and the U.S., people are marching to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
The pool's closure could mean big losses for the state. In 2017 the pool brought in nearly $1 million and saw nearly 153,000 visitors. (Carlos Morales / KRTS)
Last month, Balmorhea State Park announced it would be closing its pool for an undetermined amount of time. The reason: park officials say they found a crack in the pool wall and it could be unsafe for swimmers.
For many, the pool’s closure means a West Texas summer tradition has been put on hold. But in late May, a team of engineers began assessing the damage and are now working on a repair plan.
State representatives on Monday began discussing whether a “red flag” law giving courts the ability to remove guns from a person considered dangerous would work in Texas.
The U.S. says it has reunited more than 500 migrant children that the government separated from their parents. That means there are about 2,000 children to go. Officials say they have a plan, though parents and their advocates tell a different story.
Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke — along with several other lawmakers —returned to the town of Tornillo on Saturday, nearly one week after he marched at the same location alongside 2,000 others, in protest of family separation at the border.
(Sally Beauvais / Marfa Public Radio)
As the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy continues to unfold along the Southwestern border, Marfa Public Radio has been collecting your questions about immigration in West Texas. One listener asked us: “What’s the process of reuniting parents with children, and what happens when children and parents can’t be reunited? Do they go to foster care?”
To answer this question, Marfa Public Radio’s Sally Beauvais spoke with Melissa Lopez. She directs an immigration legal aid clinic in El Paso that serves low-income immigrants and refugees.
The Tornillo shelter seen from the Mexican side of the border. The encampment is currently holding over 200 migrant boys. Some have been separated from their parents. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas dismissed some cases of illegal entry into the United States involving family separation.
The announcement comes shortly after President Trump signed an executive order, which intends to end the administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the border. The policy led to more than 2,000 families separated during a six-week span from April to May.