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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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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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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Wed. Feb 28 Interview: Marfa Music Producer – Joel Hernandez (K A S H M I R)

On this edition of West Texas Talk, a conversation with Joel Hernandez, known to Marfa music fans as K A S H M I R.

Joel began producing music as a teenager, and continues to release content on a regular basis via his Soundcloud account, including a full-length album, L O V E T R I P, at the tail-end of 2017.

The young producer takes on many different styles of music, including ambient electronic, synth-wave, and Hip Hop.

In this interview, we discuss the inspirations for his impressive catalog of music, which include growing up listening to Classic Rock bands like Van Halen and Rush, as well as modern hip hop producers like MF DOOM.



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Tue. Feb 27 Interview: Interview and In-Studio Performance from Calliope Musical’s Carrie Fussell

On this edition of West Texas Talk, we sit down with Carrie Fussell.

Carrie is a member of the Austin-based group Calliope Musicals, a group that is known for its use of grandiose theatrics during their performances.

In the conversation, Carrie describes how she first got interested in music and the struggles of female musicians when it comes to fitting in among a sea of male artists.

She also performed two songs for us – Wasted Space, a single Calliope Musicals released at the tail-end of 2017, and Kitty of the Year from her first solo album Songs By A Bear.




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How Much Does Voting Matter in a Gerrymandered District?

Texas is one of three states whose legislative maps have landed them before the Supreme Court this term.

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What Does An Election Judge Do – And Who Gives Them That Gig?

Early voting for the March 6 primaries in Texas started this week. But, if you plan on voting on Election Day, it’s possible you might run into someone at your polling location with the title of “election judge.”

As part of our Texas Decides project, a listener wanted to know what they do and how they got that job.

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Fri. Feb 23 Interview: State of the Station: Programming Changes, Upcoming events, and More

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