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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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Thu. Apr 5 Interview: All or Nothing: Live Stories from Odessa

Here is the full version of live stories from our All or Nothing event that took place on Monday, April 2 at The Rose Building. Thank you to the storytellers for sharing, Odessa Arts for sponsoring this event, the Roses for hosting us, and to Black Tulip for decorating the space. 

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

Here are the storytellers from the evening:

  • 00:00 – General Manager Elise Pepple tells the story of when she moved to Alaska and became a park ranger.
  • 19:00 – Corey Paul is a reporter for the Odessa American who covers local government and business. He moved here in 2012 with his girlfriend, now fiancee, Mary. They have a Welsh corgi named Mavis.
  • 27:24 – Bill Dingus is a small-time oilman that lives in Midland. He’s married with three children. 
  • 41:29 – Jesamy Ferguson lives in Odessa and spends the majority of her time trying to manage the chaos of her blended family. 
  • 51:00 – Nick Fowler was born and raised in Odessa. Fowler is the founder and CEO of two petrochemical companies.
West Texas Talk is broadcast live at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Federal Judge Orders Texas To Comply With Voter Registration Laws

A federal judge has ordered Texas officials to comply with the National Voter Registration Act and motor voter laws.

The order could affect an estimated 1.5 million Texans.

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Immigrants’ Rights Caravan Tours Texas Border

A group of immigrants’ rights advocates are traveling along the Texas-Mexico border this week.  Organizers say their goal is to teach immigrants about their constitutional rights.

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Immigration Advocates Call for Investigation Into Reported Abuses at West Texas Facility

Immigrants’ rights groups in Texas are closely watching the status of some 80 African men they say are facing deportation. The group is part of a federal complaint filed last week against an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Sierra Blanca.

The advocacy groups allege the men at the facility were physically abused by staff, kept in unsafe conditions and denied medical attention.

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Marfa for the Perplexed

“Marfa has always been a refuge for individualists and eccentrics.” -Lonn Taylor

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn discusses his latest book, Marfa for the Perplexed, a collection of essays he has written throughout his time in the Big Bend, focusing on important characters and historical events in Marfa and Presidio County.



The Rambling Boy is broadcast Monday evenings after the 7 pm newscast.
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