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Voices of the Border: Abraham Ornelas

In 2007, Abraham Ornelas was indicted for aiding and abetting in a drug-related crime. He spent 30 months and prison and says his time being incarcerated gave perspective to the things that matter in life. This is his story.

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Federal grant and frac sands give West Texas railroad a second life

In the remote areas of West Texas, the passing trains are among the few sounds that dare break the silence. Though the future of Amtrak in rural areas hangs in the balance, one old Texas rail line is getting a … Continue reading

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Second auction for trans-border pipeline capacity fails

By Caroline Halter The Trans-Pecos pipeline is complete, but Mexico is struggling to get companies to bid on capacity for it and others carrying natural gas across the border.

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White nationalist rally at Texas A&M University has been canceled

The white nationalist rally planned on the campus of Texas A&M University has been canceled, officials confirmed Monday, via Texas Tribune.

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White nationalist rally at Texas A&M to feature Richard Spencer; counter protest planned

A College Station white nationalist is planning a rally on the campus of Texas A&M University that will feature the infamous self-described “alt-right” leader Richard Spencer. Students are already planning a counter event, via Texas Tribune.

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At the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo, Mutton Bustin’ is Prep for a Next Generation

The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo sees working cowboys from across the region head to Alpine to compete in various events. But the rodeo is not only about showcasing the skills of working ranchers. It’s also about passing ranch culture and … Continue reading

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One Texas Rancher on the Changing Future of Cowboying

The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo this weekend saw cowboys from across Texas head to Alpine, where they gathered to compete in events like bronc busting and branding. The rodeo is different from most because it features working ranchers, men and women … Continue reading

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Permian Frac Sand: If We Mine It, Will They Come?

There’s a natural resource sitting above ground in oil-rich West Texas that’s in high demand this summer. Millions of tons of it, in fact. A field of sand dunes extends 200 miles in a crescent from New Mexico through the … Continue reading

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The Scientist Tapped To Study the Role of Earthquakes in Oil Exploration is from West Texas

On August 8, the Railroad Commission of Texas named a new seismologist. He’s Aaron Velasco, a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, UTEP.

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Rural Hospitals are Closing, Putting Remote Communities at Risk

Twenty rural Texas hospitals have closed in the past four years.

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