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Ranch Town, Artist Refuge, Tourist Destination: What is Marfa?

A new book tracks the modern transformation of the West Texas town, via Texas Standard.

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Voices of Blackwell: Dawn Shannon

The “Voices of Blackwell” series is a partnership with the Blackwell School Alliance.  The segregated institution was open from the late nineteenth century and closed in 1965 with the integration of schools in town. The fourth story we hear is not … Continue reading

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A conversation with humorist David Sedaris about his new book “Theft by Finding”

In this episode of West Texas Talk, find out why David Sedaris is fascinated by “people behaving horribly.” Sedaris also speaks with his signature candor and wit about the process of going through decades of old diaries to write his newest … Continue reading

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‘Just A Piece Of Plastic’: Bump Stocks Thrust Tiny Texas Town In Spotlight After Las Vegas

A company in the tiny town of Moran, Texas is facing scrutiny for one of its main products after a gunman opened fire on Las Vegas concert-goers earlier this month. The shooter had semi-automatic rifles fitted with bump stocks, which … Continue reading

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Apache Forecasts More Drillings Locations in Alpine High Play

It’s been just over a year since Houston-based Apache Corp. announced the discovery of the Alpine High play, a vast oil reservoir in far West Texas. The company now says they predict they will be able to set up more drilling … Continue reading

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Storytelling Event

Sometimes it can be a hard decision to stay, or to continue, living in West Texas. Come hear local folks tell their stories about loving & leaving, Wednesday October 11 at 7 pm in the Crowley Theater in Marfa. Storytellers include Gil … Continue reading

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Texas’ First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Set To Open In December

In just two months, Texans suffering from intractable epilepsy will be able to purchase a type of medicinal cannabis approved by the state.  The dispensary itself is located outside a rural Texas town better known for its dancehalls, polka music … Continue reading

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Texas hopes to increase apprenticeship learning

Last month, the state of Texas held its first-ever summit on registered apprenticeships in San Antonio. Like many states, Texas struggles with skills gaps and worker shortages in industries like construction. Building trades often use the “earn while you learn” model, … Continue reading

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Anti-HIV Drugs Have Saved Millions Of Lives, But They’re Making Many Survivors Sick

HIV is no longer considered a death sentence in the United States, and people living with HIV are living longer. That’s largely thanks to antiretroviral drugs, which were first introduced 30 years ago. As the earliest survivors are growing older, … Continue reading

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For one Odessa boxing coach, the sport goes beyond competition

By Caroline Halter The Permian Basin sustains families across Texas, but working in oil and gas comes at a cost. Amateur boxing coach Augustine Tapia uses his gym to help kids cope with the effects of the economic forces that shape the lives … Continue reading

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