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CDC Director on Texas Diagnosis: “We’re stopping Ebola in its tracks”

During a teleconference Tuesday evening at the CDC in Atlanta, Director Dr. Tom Frieden confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. The patient was admitted and placed into isolation on September 28th at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. This is also the first person diagnosed outside of Africa with Ebola Zaire.

The patient, identified only as someone traveling from Liberia visiting and staying with family in the U.S., left Liberia on September 19th but had no symptoms until September 26th when he initially sought care at Texas Health Presbyterian.

Dr. Edward Goodman, Epidemiologist with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, says the hospital has a “robust” infection control system, saying “just the week before” the hospital conducted a meeting with stakeholders of a potential Ebola outbreak to map out a plan of action so the hospital would be prepared.

Answering several questions about the potential risk of infection for those who might have flown from Liberia with the Ebola patient, the CDC’s Dr. Frieden emphasized that “Ebola doesn’t spread before someone gets sick and [this patient] didn’t get sick until four days until he got off of that airline.”

Ebola has an eight to 10 day incubation rate, surfacing sometimes in as little as two days but can lay dormant for up to 21 days.

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Final Gubernatorial Debate Looms in Dallas

KRTS will broadcast tonight’s gubernatorial debate at 8 PM. Click here to listen or join us at 93.5 FM, or 91.7 FM in Alpine.

Democrat Wendy Davis has one more chance to share a debate stage with the Republican front-runner in the race for Texas governor, and if the recent past is any guide, she’ll use most of her hour in Dallas to crank up the heat on Attorney General Greg Abbott.

The debate, which gets under way at 8 p.m. Tuesday, is the second of two televised encounters. At the last debate, held Sept. 19 in Edinburg, Davis issued one attack after another on Abbott, who mostly ignored her accusations and stuck to his rehearsed lines.

“You expect them both to sort of take the same tack they took in the first one,” said Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

He predicted that Abbott would keep trying to associate Davis with President Obama and warn that the Democratic state senator would bring Washington-style liberalism to conservative Texas.

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Tuesday Interview: Beverly Escuder and Carol Wallace of Big Bend Chamber Music

Soprano Beverly Escuder and pianist Carol Wallace will headline an evening of song in the second concert of the Big Bend Chamber Music fall season at 6 pm on Friday, Oct. 3 at St. James Episcopal Church in Alpine.

Escuder and Wallace join host K. Yoland in the KRTS studios to discuss the concert’s program—including songs by 20th century American composer Ricky Ian Gordon, 19th century Venezuelan-French composer Reynaldo Hahn, and 20th century American composer Ned Rorem—and more.

Escuder recently moved to Alpine from Chicago, where she performed in the opera and in concert settings. Wallace has played solo recitals, with orchestras and chamber music with musicians from the United States, South America and Europe.

Big Bend Chamber Music was founded in the spring of 2014 as a way to bring together musicians in the Big Bend area, encourage them to form musical ensembles for both the pleasure of playing and for public performance.

All concerts at St. James are free and open to the public and include a reception with the artists following the performance. St. James is located at N. 6th St. and Avenue A in Alpine.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Marfa Boy Dies On Sunday

Andrew Madrid, a Marfa high school freshman, died on Sunday (September 28). It is reported that he fell ill and collapsed while playing with friends. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. He is survived by his mother Christina Aguilar, as well as his grandparents Fred and Linda Aguilar of Marfa.

Andrew participated in school sports, including track-and-field and junior varsity football.

On Monday morning, six counselors were on hand at Marfa ISD. School administrators began the day by debriefing staff and then meeting with the 7-12th grade students.


Mexico Energy Reform Spawns Odessa Pitch In Chihuahua

Mexico is scouting for help from American oil companies as it opens its energy sector to foreign participation for the first time since 1938.

At the same time, several U.S. companies are looking to Mexico to replace China as the industry’s principal supplier of the massive pipelines that send the oil to market.

That in turn has brought together two towns — in two countries — that want to harness geography and oil industry experience for each other’s benefit.

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(Travis Bubenik)

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“Clean Energy Conservatives” Meet in Austin

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke at the Climate Summit in New York City. That evening, a group of conservatives met in Austin to discuss free-market approaches to clean energy. The panel included a mix of former Republican politicians and think-tank conservatives.

The panelists were defiantly not-in-favor of government subsidies for wind and solar, but did see the value of having a diversified approach to energy.

While he was a State Senator, Kip Averitt represented the GOP and District 22. He was born in Permian Basin town of Crane.

 “I used to say this on the campaign trail, but 30 years ago if you were concerned about the environment, you were a communist, and you could not get elected to public office. But I think times have changed today. If you’re not concerned about the environment, you’re a goober. And you cannot get elected to public office.”

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Become a Marfa Public Radio Community Correspondent

Never miss a city council meeting? Always finding interesting stories in the Big Bend? Go to a lot of community events or concerts? If you’re interested in sharing your knowledge and experience with Marfa Public Radio listeners, become one of our volunteer Community Correspondents.

We’re looking for engaged citizens from across the Big Bend. A Community Correspondent assists Marfa Public Radio with news gathering and producing stories from the community you live in.
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LIVE: The Texas Debates – Race for Governor

We’re live-broadcasting this evening’s gubernatorial debate between Democratic Senator Wendy Davis and Republican Attorney Greg Abbott.

Join us at 93.5 FM (or 91.7 FM in Alpine), click here to listen in or watch the debate live below.


The Texas Debates are co-produced by a number of Texas media outlets, including KERA, the Dallas Morning News, and others. Full list of partners and more information on the debates here.

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TONIGHT: Lieutenant Governor Debate Live on KRTS

Tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., KRTS will broadcast the Lt. Governor debate between the Republican candidate, State Senator Dan Patrick and the Democratic candidate, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte live.

Tune in to listen live from the KLRU studios Austin, moderated by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.

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Mon. Sep 29 Interview: KRTS Astronomy Series: Don Winget on White Dwarf Stars

On the last Monday of each month, KRTS’s Talk at Ten features a conversation with an astronomer from The McDonald Observatory. In this episode, astronomer Steve Odewahn speaks with colleague Don Winget, a fellow astronomer at the McDonald Observatory and the Harlan J. Smith Centennial Professor of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Winget, a leading expert in the field of white dwarf stars, the final evolutionary state of the vast majority of stars in the universe, talks about studying this death stage of stars, how its possible to recreate conditions of a white dwarf in the laboratory here on Earth, and why astronomy is such an exciting field to work in.

The KRTS listening area is lucky enough to be home to some of the darkest skies in the nation. The McDonald Observatory’s facilities and telescopes are located on Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes outside of Fort Davis, Texas. The observatory is a research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, and is one of the world’s leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, and public education and outreach. The McDonald Observatory is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. Tune in to Talk at Ten on October 27th to hear the next conversation from this fascinating series.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Lonn’s Colbert Report Experience

On September 11, 2014 Lonn Taylor made an appearance on The Colbert Report, where he discussed his book The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of An American Icon with host Stephen Colbert.

For this episode of Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about his experience in New York and as a guest on the show.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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KRTS/KXWT Community Calendar Sponsored by Texas Mountain Trail

From Carlos Santana at the Wagner Noel Center in Odessa to the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love in Marfa, check out all the best upcoming events from the basin to the border. This calendar is underwritten by Texas Mountain Trail.

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