U.S. Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull from the El Paso Sector speaks at a press conference about a segment of the border wall being built near downtown El Paso, on Sept. 21, 2018. (Jesus Rosales for The Texas Tribune)

Federal Officials Unveil Plans For Four-Mile, 18-Foot-Tall Wall On Texas-Mexico Border

The El Paso “wall” — a steel bollard fence — is a reminder that the White House is doing what it can to make good on one of President Trump’s signature campaign promises.

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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. (Marjorie Kamys Cotera:O'Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz)

Tonight Ted Cruz And Beto O’Rourke Meet For First Of Three Debates

Texas Republican Sen.Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke will meet tonight in the first of three debates.

Tonight’s 6 p.m. debate in Dallas will focus on domestic policy.

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The Ector County school board will consider a proposal Tuesday on whether or not to fund "virtual teachers" in as many as 69 class sections. (Courtesy Proximity Learning)

Faced With A Teacher Shortage, West Texas School District May Be Latest To Go Virtual

As an oil boom increases housing costs and lures staff away, the Ector County school board has struggled to recruit and retain enough teachers.

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Republican Pete Flores won the Texas Senate District 19 seat, previously help by Carlos Uresti. From left, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Flores and State Sen. Donna Campbell. (Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio)

Republican Pete Flores Takes Special Election for Senate District 19

In the special election for Senate District 19, Rep. Pete Flores edged out his Democratic opponent Pete Gallego. This marks the first time the reliably blue district has been held by Republican in decades.

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Robert "Bob" Krumenaker begins work at Big Bend National Park on Sept. 24 (Courtesy of National Park System)

BBNP’s New Superintendent on Deferred Maintenance, Preservation and Park Safety

Soon, the sprawling 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park will have a new superintendent to guide it and oversee new projects. 

Beginning next week that role will be filled by Bob Krumenaker, a veteran of the of the National Park system. Krumenaker spoke with Marfa Public Radio about the challenges of leading such a massive national park and some ideas he has for its future. 

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Repair contractors have started work on the state park's historic pool (Source: Balmorhea State Park Facebook)

Repair Work Begins At Balmorhea State Park Pool, Will Take ‘Several Months’ To Reopen

Repair work to the historic Balmorhea State Park swimming pool is officially underway. In September, contractors started the initial repair process. Officials say it’s still unclear just how long it will be until the pool reopens. 

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Don Graham’s Giant

Ever wondered what really happened behind the scenes of the 1955 classic Giant? 

Well on this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn has you covered with some assistance from Don Grahams recent book Giant: Elizabeth Taylor,  Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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The Story of Mesquite in West Texas

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series, where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Alan Cox is a Big Spring native. “One of the deals that I’ve … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm.
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Thu. Sep 13 Interview: Marfa’s “Money Man” On How To Make Financially Savvy Moves

This week’s West Texas Talk is all about money.

Our guest is investment adviser Tom Jacobs, who also goes by “The Money Man.” Jacob writes a column for the Big Bend Sentinel, where he gives readers financial advice. On this episode, he’s here to answer questions about how to make financially savvy life decisions.

“Keep your debt manageable, try to have as little as possible. If you do that you’re ahead of the game,” said Jacobs.”Then you start looking at things like saving and investing, buying a house, things like that.”

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West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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Texas Education Board Workgroup Changes Course On “Heroic” Alamo Defenders

After submitting a recommendation to remove the word “heroic” from seventh-grade history textbooks, a Texas State Board of Education workgroup backed off its proposal after outcry from officials and the public.

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Tornillo Migrant Shelter To Expand, Remain Open Through December

A temporary shelter housing migrant children in the West Texas border town of Tornillo will remain open at least until December 31st. This is the third time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has opted to renew the contract for the so-called “tent city” since it opened in June.

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