Author Archives: Carlos Morales

From Toilet To Tap: How Big Spring Fights The Effects Of Drought

By Kristen Cabrera, Texas Standard Despite its name, water in the West Texas town of Big Spring is scarce. The town’s namesake spring dried up decades ago, and droughts in recent years have made the water situation there even worse. So, … Continue reading

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Investing In Permian Basin Roads Could Have Big Returns For Texas

By Mitch Borden Outside of a Midland truck stop, Charles Goff is on his way back to his semi to enjoy a few more hours of rest before he gets back on the road. He says he can really get … Continue reading

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In Runoff Election, Trischitti Wins District 5 Seat On Midland ISD Board

By Mitch Borden In a runoff election Tuesday night, voters elected John Trischitti to the Midland ISD Board of Trustees. Trischitti, the diretor of Midland libraries, edged out his opponent Heidi Kirk. Kirk, a former teacher,

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TXDot Receives $50M For Permian Basin Projects

By Mitch Borden  Permian Basin roads are buckling under the strain of commercial traffic as the region’s oil industry booms. Congested roads are stifling production and creating public safety hazards, but a recent federal grant may relieve some of the stress … Continue reading

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When Obstetrics Units Close, Rural Hospitals Save At The Expense Of Women’s Health

By Natalie Krebs Forty years ago, nearly all of the state’s rural hospitals delivered babies, but today, that only happens in about 40 percent of those facilities. That’s because many obstetrics units are closing down.

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Midwest Retailer Shopko Closing Multiple Stores, Including One In Presidio

This week Wisconsin  retailer Shopko announced it would close 39 stores in 19 states across the country, including one in Presidio. The announcement comes as the company is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to Bloomberg.

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With Contract Set To Expire, Still No Word On What’s Next For Immigration Center At Tornillo

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune After receiving several contract extensions, the tent city’s operators say they want the government to find a long-term solution. But they also don’t want to abandon the children held there.

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Lawsuit Claims Texas’ Driver License-Suspension Program Is Unconstitutional

By Andrew Weber, KUT News A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is suing the Texas Department of Public Safety over its automatic driver license-suspension program. The suit alleges the state’s Driver Responsibility Program has unconstitutionally suspended 1.4 million Texans’ licenses for failure to pay … Continue reading

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In the Permian Basin, An Increase In Traffic Accidents Is Taking A Toll On EMTs

By Mitch Borden Driving in the Permian Basin can be dangerous. Roads are packed, huge commercial trucks barrel down the highways, drivers can be careless. The rate of fatal car crashes in the region is rising steeply. This increase can … Continue reading

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President Bush’s Final Journey Will Be By Train

Union Pacific Locomotive 4141 will transport George H.W. Bush’s remains from Spring to College Station.

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