Planned Parenthood was kicked out of Texas' women's health programs (Photo by Martin Do Nascimento / KUT)

Planned Parenthood Substitutes Still Don’t Exist For Some In Texas Women’s Health Programs

The women’s health care program in Texas still has a long way to go.

According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Healthy Texas Women, the state’s family-planning program and the breast exam and cervical cancer screening program served about 250,000 women last year. In 2010, the year before Planned Parenthood was removed from the programs, the state served more than 350,000 women.

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Water from the Rio Grande and underground are shared across the border. Both sides try to just take what they need, and they share information, so no one accidentally overdraws.

For El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Managing Scarce Water is Critical

The cities share a border, and the Rio Grande as a source of drinking water.

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Photo by Neil Conway

ACLU lawsuit alleges ICE field office in El Paso among those holding asylum seekers without cause

The plaintiffs in the case include a Haitian ethics teacher fleeing political persecution, a Honduran national who alleges persecution for being gay and asylum seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela and Cuba.

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Front Street Books is a member of the American Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Foundation for Freedom of Expression. (Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Meet the Woman Who Runs Alpine’s Independent Bookstore

Out in west Texas, you’ll find wide-open spaces where you can enjoy some quiet time. But what if you want to pick up a few books to read while you relax? There’s not a lot of big-box stores that far out, and Amazon might have a hard time finding you. Front Street Books, located in Alpine, has got you covered.

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Barak Goodman (Ben Meadors for PBS, provided)

Thursday Interview: Exploring the Gray with Barak Goodman

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to Barak Goodman. Over the course of twenty years, he’s made more than thirty films, and has become an acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker. They discuss his work and changes in the documentary landscape over the years. Goodman emphasizes the importance of exploring complicated, nuanced perspectives in his films.

The filmmaker talks about his current production which examines the impact of gerrymandering on the United States’ democracy.

Barak Goodman will speak as part of Midland College’s Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 20 at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. The filmmaker’s lecture, “Exploring the Gray: A Life in Documentary Film” will begin at 7:30 pm.

Midland college is an underwriter of this station.

West Texas Talk is broadcast at 6:30 pm each weekday.

A massive protest engulfs the Capitol Rotunda as anti-SB 4 protesters rally on May 29, 2017, the last day of the 85th Legislative session. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune)

Federal appeals court’s ruling upholds most of Texas’ “sanctuary cities” law

As the case over Senate Bill 4 plays out, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that most of the immigration enforcement legislation can remain in effect.

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After the shooting incident, Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez said there was no evidence suggesting immigrants shot at the hunting group. (Photo Courtesy of the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office)

Hunting Guides Who Allegedly Lied About 2017 Shooting in Presidio County Sued for Negligence

*Editors note: An earlier version of the headline for this story  said Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty lied about the shooting incident in 2017. While indicted on  charges, there hasn’t been a ruling in the case. We regret the error.

Last year, two hunting guides blamed immigrants who entered the country illegally for a shooting that occurred near Candelaria in Presidio County. The guides were leading a husband and wife from Florida on a hunt. The shooting left one of the guides and the husband injured. The story gained national attention, after an investigation revealed the shooting was  likely the result of friendly fire.

Now, the Florida couple is suing the two hunters.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose departure from the Cabinet was announced on March 13, 208, is shown arriving at a news conference between President Donald Trump and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House on Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo by REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a Texan, leaving Trump’s Cabinet

The departure of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a Wichita Falls native, comes after a year of escalating tensions between Tillerson and President Donald Trump.

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The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, on the evening before the start of SXSW 2015. (Geoff Livingston via Flickr/Creative Commons)

2018 Dispatches from South by Southwest

It’s that time again.

The annual South by Southwest will see techies, musicians and film geeks flock to the state capitol.

As the festival continues, we’ll hear from our correspondent and documentarian Karen Bernstein. She’ll talk with us during Morning Edition about the big news and big names that are coming out of the festival.

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State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, chats with colleagues on the House floor on May 8, 2017. The House has picked up the pace as deadlines for consideration of bills from committees loom with 21 days left in the 85th session. Photo by Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

State Rep. Roland Gutierrez to seek Carlos Uresti’s seat in Texas Senate

Gutierrez is running for Texas Senate District 19, a Democratic-leaning San Antonio district that overlaps with his own and is held by a senator who was recently convicted of 11 felonies. Will Uresti step down or fight to keep his seat?

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Veronica Escobar, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House, celebrates early voting results with supporters at her primary election watch party in El Paso on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune)

Texas poised to send its first two Latinas to Congress

Two Democratic Hispanic women – former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia of Houston – just declared victory in open congressional races and are widely expected to win the seats outright in November.

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Primary Election Results Across West Texas

Texas hosted the nation’s first primary election this year. You can find out the results of some of the statewide and county races here.

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The roughly 120 students at Sierra Blanca Independent School District make up about a fifth of the town's population. (Photo: Carlos Morales/KRTS)

At Sierra Blanca ISD, Administrators Prepare for an Uncertain Future

Earlier this year, the Texas Education Agency announced Sierra Blanca’s Independent School District was one of 4 districts in the state to have its accreditation revoked. The district, in rural west Texas, failed to meet the state’s academic standards for four years, and also struggled financially.

Now, Sierra Blanca ISD has a one-year extension to improve its academic standings. With the first round of standardized testing only months away, the district is in a race against the clock.

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Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr.

Who’s Running In The Democratic Primary For Governor (And Isn’t Named Valdez or White)?

On Tuesday, Texas Republicans and Democrats will choose the candidates they want on the ballot in November. The primary election includes several races for statewide office, including commissioner of agriculture, land commissioner — and governor.

On the Republican side, incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott is easily expected to best his two challengers, Barbara Krueger and SECEDE Kilgore. But on the Democratic side, the race is far more intense. Nine people are fighting to be the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Find out about them:

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“Welcoming” Abuela Mural Watches Over Texas-Mexico Border

For the last couple of weeks, LA-based artist Miles MacGregor—known as El Mac—has been spending eight to 12 hours a day in a boom lift, repainting Presidio’s water tower. This past weekend, the completed image revealed itself: it’s of an abuela, a Mexican grandmother holding a rose.

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The Rio Grande at the New Mexico-Texas border on Monday, December 9, 2013 in El Paso. (Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Federal government may fight alongside Texas in water dispute, U.S. Supreme Court rules

The ruling is an apparent victory for Texas in a legal battle that has dragged on for more than five years. The states are bickering over the distribution of water from the Rio Grande. Those allocations are laid out in the 1938 Rio Grande Compact.

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Several weeks ago, Mae Ridgway heard a noise like a jet engine that startled her in the middle of the night. It was part of a scheduled maintenance event for the Trans-Pecos pipeline. (Sally Beauvais for Marfa Public Radio)

A Year Later, the Trans-Pecos Pipeline Still Isn’t Reaching Mexico

The hotly-contested Trans-Pecos Pipeline went into service in West Texas one year ago this month, amid protest from local opponents over private property disputes and environmental impacts. The aim of the Mexican-backed project was to export natural gas from the Permian Basin across the border. But one year in, Mexico is still not using any of the gas. And residents of the Big Bend have been feeling some of the pipeline’s impacts lately.

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U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has been pushing for a vote on his bill to improve background checks for gun sales. (Photo by BOB DAEMMRICH / TEXAS TRIBUNE)

At Gun Control Meeting With Trump, Cornyn Pushes For Action On Background Checks

At a bipartisan White House meeting on gun violence Wednesday, President Donald Trump pressed Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and other lawmakers to come together and create “one great piece of legislation” to address background checks on gun sales, in addition to other measures.

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Clockwise from top left, four Democratic candidates vying for U.S. Congressional District 23: Judy Canales, Jay Hulings, Rick Treviño and Gina Ortiz Jones. (Photos: Facebook campaign pages)

For first time in a while, CD-23 Democratic primary draws a crowd

Five Democrats are vying for a chance to take on U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, in Texas’ most competitive congressional district.

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What are you voting for in county elections?

It’s early voting for Texas’ March 6 primaries. Early voting runs from Tuesday, February 20 to Friday, March 2. We’ve compiled a partial list of local county races in our area. These counties range in size from 100 people to 160,000 people, and the responsibilities of county positions will vary accordingly. If you’re unsure of what any of these positions do, check out Texas Counties Deliver for explainers on seats from County Judge to County Commissioner to Justice of the Peace.

For a comprehensive list of local, state, and national candidates who have filed, visit the Secretary of State website. You can get a preview of your ballot from the League of Women Voters. Enter your address, and learn about races in your area by going to

There are also state positions on the ballot this primary. To learn about what your statewide elected officials do, listen here. We’ve also done interviews with Texas’ Congressional District 23 candidates Jay Hulings, Angela Villescaz, Judy Canales, Rick Treviño, and Gina Ortiz Jones. In the coming week, we’ll have interviews with D23 incumbent Will Hurd, and his Republican challenger, Alma Arredondo-Lynch.

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State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, walks into the federal courthouse in San Antonio on Monday morning, Feb. 12, 2018, as his trial continues. (Photo: Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune)

Jury finds Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti guilty of 11 felonies, including fraud

State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, could face years in prison and lose his seat after he was found guilty of multiple felonies Thursday.

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Before Judd, there was Daddy-o Wade

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about Bob “Daddy-o” Wade, an artist in Austin who helped shape Texas Cosmic Cowboy counterculture in  the 1970s.

Daddy-o has been adorning the Texas landscape with giant sculptures, incorporating iconic Texas symbols, for forty-years.

From a thirty-five-foot high pair of cowboy boots to a forty-foot long wire and polyurethane iguana named Iggy, and even that mysterious, bullet-ridden van parked in front of Marfa’s Lost Horse Saloon.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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El Paso Zoo Connects Urban West Texans to the Desert Ecosystem

Paul Simon put it together in 1967: “Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo.” The El Paso Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Texas’ desert-mountain city. More than 300,000 people visit each year. They see … Continue reading

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Thu. Mar 8 Interview: Lannan Resident Adam Fitzgerald

On this episode, Jana La Brasca speaks to poet Adam Fitzgerald. He reads “The Lordly Hudson,” “Oregon Trail,” and “Dead Girls.”

Fitzgerald will read at 6 pm on Sunday, March 11 at The Crowley Theater.

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of the poetry collections The Late Parade (2013) and George Washington (2016). The founding editor of poetry journal Maggy, he is currently a contributing editor for Literary Hub where he regularly features and interviews contemporary poets.


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When the Rambling Boy met A.C. Greene

Lonn Taylor has been lucky enough to meet quite a few authors, of which he says are generally some of the most interesting people.

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about how one of the most interesting and luckiest authors he’s ever met has been A.C. Greene, the former book page editor of the now defunct Dallas Times-Herald.


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Fri. Mar 2 Interview: Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer Discuss Energy Humanities

On this episode, Diana Nguyen talks to Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe about Energy Humanities and its role in finding a more sustainable energy future.

Boyer and Howe work with the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in Human Sciences at Rice University. They’re both professors of cultural anthropology and host the podcast “Cultures of Energy.” The podcast invites scholars, artists and activists to discuss the pressing energy and environmental issues of our times.

Howe and Boyer will speak as part of UTPB’s Boom or Bust lecture series on Monday, March 5 at 12 pm in Lecture Hall 001 at the UTPB Library. 

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