Monthly Archives: August 2017

Cumbia: the Danceable Musical Tradition that Defies Borders

The tradition of cumbia spans three centuries and several continents. With origins in an African dance that came to Colombia through the slave trade, this musical backbone of Latin America knits together many different regional cultures through one common beat. … Continue reading

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New State Law Decreases Deterrents For Insurance Companies In The Wake Of Harvey

People in parts of Southeast Texas are slowing making their way back to their homes to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, with many pushing to file a claim with their insurance company before Friday.  Their urgency could be related … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Chemical Plant’s Smokes Not Toxic, Authorities Confirm; Pence To Meet With Harvey Victims in Corpus

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed that smokes from explosions at the Crosby plan are not a danger for community, via Houston Public Media.

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Harvey Closures Could Threaten to Strand Permian Basin Oil

More than 500 miles from the flooding in Houston, oil fields in the Permian Basin are dry – but that doesn’t mean that they won’t feel the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas’ Ban On ‘Sanctuary Cities’

A federal court in San Antonio has blocked much of Senate Bill 4, Texas’ so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ law, via KUT News.

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Here’s How Translators Are Helping Harvey Ecavuees

Translators are in high demand at Austin’s Delco Center shelter because almost half of all Houstonians speak a language other than English, via Texas Standard.

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New Report Says Permian Basin is Cornerstone of US Energy Dominance

A new report out from a Texas agency says the country’s energy dominance is rooted in the Lone Star State. That dominance hinges on major investments that have been made in the Permian Basin.

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Houston Mayor: Residents shouldn’t let “sanctuary cities” law deter rescue efforts

“I do not want you to run the risk of losing your life or [that of] a family member because you’re concerned about SB 4 or anything else,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday amid concerns a new immigration law will … Continue reading

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Gas Prices Could Rise If Gulf Rigs and Refineries Don’t Come Online Soon

Energy companies shut down refineries and offshore rigs ahead of, and in response to, Hurricane Harvey. As a result, the region is producing about 3 million fewer barrels a day, or 15 percent of the total daily consumption of oil … Continue reading

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How You Can Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

After reaching the Texas coast Friday night, Hurricane Harvey – which has since been reduced to a tropical storm – continues to wreak havoc on the state. Houston has been inundated and rain totals are projected to exceed 50 inches before the … Continue reading

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