Birth Of The Cool: A Brief History Of Air Conditioning

Human attempts to control the weather go back millennia.

There was fire, of course, for keeping warm when winter’s cold takes hold, but taming the sweltering heat of the summer is a much newer pursuit.


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Thursday Interview: TSCRA President Bobby McKnight on Ranching in West Texas and Its Future

On this episode, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association president Bobby McKnight speaks to Elise Pepple.

McKnight talks about his life growing up in West Texas, ranching and its future. He also discusses what he says are misconceptions of the industry and the latest news for TSCRA.

West Texas Talk is each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.

Blue Origin's second launch of 2018 tested the New Shepard's safety system. (Blue Origin)

Blue Origin Completes Another Launch of 2018, Successfully Tests Safety System

On Wednesday, space tourism company Blue Origin tested its New Shepard rocket once again at its West Texas facility.


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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)

In West Texas, Psychiatrists Are Few And Far Between – And That’s A Problem

Texas has long had a psychiatrist shortage. In rural areas, it means many people have to drive long distances to get care.


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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)

Border Volunteers Allege Mistreatment Of Detainees

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.


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An oil rig in the Permian Basin of Texas.("Hitchhacking" via Flickr)

REPORT: Permian Will Continue To Dominate U.S. Oil Supply

In the next 10 years, West Texas’ Permian Basin will continue to dominate U.S. oil supply, according to a new production forecast from an oil and gas consultancy.


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Protestors of Texas' fetal remains burial rule gather outside the Governor's Mansion on Jan. 6, 2017. (Callie Richmond/The Texas Tribune)

Texas fetal remains burial trial gets underway

The law at the center of the case is Senate Bill 8, passed in 2017, which requires the burial or cremation of fetal remains.


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West Texas Wonders wants to collect your questions in person from July 16-20. Come hang out with us! (Marfa Public Radio)

West Texas Wonders is Hitting the Road

Marfa Public Radio is taking a road trip from the border to the Basin. And we want to meet you along the way!

For one week, Reporter Sally Beauvais and General Manager Elise Pepple will be driving across West Texas collecting your questions about the place we call home. It’s all for our new public-powered journalism initiative called West Texas Wonders, where you ask, and we investigate and report.

Come hang out with us! Check out our full schedule below.


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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)

There are new, tougher guidelines for migrants seeking asylum in the United States

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.


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As Reunification Deadline Approaches, One Migrant Family Wonders When They’ll See Their Daughter Again

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.


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Many Texans Are Skipping Health Care They Need Because Of The Cost

Many Texans are struggling to afford health care, according to a new survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation.


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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)

Tornillo detention center for immigrant children will remain open at least another month

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.


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The Mysterious Fort Davis Coindropper

Someone in Fort Davis is dropping coins around town, and we’re not talking pennies and nickels – More like Irish pounds, Philippine five-peso pieces, and French twenty-five centimes.

On this edition of the The Rambling Boy, Lonn looks into this mysterious figure and draws a parallels between dropping coins and the true generosity of people.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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The Tale the Turtle House Could Tell About Its Tunnels

For the past couple of years there have been news stories about  mysterious tunnels radiating from the basement in El Paso’s Sunset Height’s neighborhood.

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the history behind the Turtle House, tunnels, and Chinese immigrants in El Paso.

 

 

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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Beto O’Rourke raises $10.4 million in second quarter of 2018, again outpacing Ted Cruz by wide margin

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.

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Abbott Says He’ll Debate Valdez This Fall, But She Wants To Avoid Friday Night Football

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.

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Thu. Jul 12 Interview: Ed Pavlic on His Forthcoming Novel, “Another Kind of Madness”

On this episode, Travis Klunick speaks to Lannan resident Ed Pavlić about his forthcoming novel, Another Kind of Madness.

Pavlić has written eight collections of poetry and two critical studies. He is a professor of English and African American studies at the University of Georgia.

The writer will read at the St. George Pavilion on Sunday, July 15 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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