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PT Corporate Support Account Manager – Midland/Odessa

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Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media from West Texas serves a critical role in our state and our nation: from border stories to energy stories, West Texas is a part of the country whose stories need to be amplified. MPR has been one of the most awarded small-market stations in the nation for excellence in journalism.


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Blue Origin's second launch of 2018 tested the New Shepard's safety system. (Photo Courtesy of Blue Origin)

Blue Origin Test Completes Another Launch of 2018, Successfully Tests Safety System

On Wednesday, space tourism company Blue Origin tested its New Shepard rocket once again at its West Texas facility.


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Joni Boyd of West Texas Centers, a network of public mental health clinics in the Permian Basin, says the need for mental health services is growing, even as the region faces a severe psychiatry shortage. (Caroline Covington/Texas Standard)

In West Texas, Psychiatrists Are Few And Far Between – And That’s A Problem

Texas has long had a psychiatrist shortage. In rural areas, it means many people have to drive long distances to get care.


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A mother carrying her child in McAllen, Texas, after being released from a U.S Customs and Border Protection Processing Center, in June of 2018. (Yvette De Luna)

Border Volunteers Allege Mistreatment Of Detainees

Three volunteers at the Humanitarian Respite Center, run by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, have independently confirmed to Houston Public Media similar accounts of insufficient nutrition and basic medical attention. A Houston lawyer, a pre-med student at The University of Texas at Dallas, and a Kean University professor recounted stories of not being able to shower for several days, sparse food, dehydration, and even babies with fevers who have not been treated.


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Protestors of Texas' fetal remains burial rule gather outside the Governor's Mansion on Jan. 6, 2017. (Callie Richmond/The Texas Tribune)

Texas fetal remains burial trial gets underway

The law at the center of the case is Senate Bill 8, passed in 2017, which requires the burial or cremation of fetal remains.


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West Texas Wonders wants to collect your questions in person from July 16-20. Come hang out with us! (Marfa Public Radio)

West Texas Wonders is Hitting the Road

Marfa Public Radio is taking a road trip from the border to the Basin. And we want to meet you along the way!

For one week, Reporter Sally Beauvais and General Manager Elise Pepple will be driving across West Texas collecting your questions about the place we call home. It’s all for our new public-powered journalism initiative called West Texas Wonders, where you ask, and we investigate and report.

Come hang out with us! Check out our full schedule below.


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Immigrant families seeking asylum in the United State wait on the Mexican side of the international bridge connecting Brownsville to Matamoros, Mexico. (Reynaldo Leal for The Texas Tribune)

There are new, tougher guidelines for migrants seeking asylum in the United States

The federal agency that handles the first step in asylum claims sent a memo to all its officers Wednesday that tightens restrictions on migrants who are seeking asylum.


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

Beto O’Rourke raises $10.4 million in second quarter of 2018, again outpacing Ted Cruz by wide margin

Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, said Wednesday that he raised a stunning $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2018, more than double what the Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz, will report taking in over the same period.


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Democratic candidate for governor Lupe Valdez and incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. (Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune)

Abbott Says He’ll Debate Valdez This Fall, But She Wants To Avoid Friday Night Football

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and his Democratic challenger, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, have agreed — to a point — to debate at least once this fall.

And if the event comes off as proposed on Sept. 28, there will be some stiff competition: Friday night football and the first day of the State Fair of Texas.


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As Reunification Deadline Approaches, One Migrant Family Wonders When They’ll See Their Daughter Again

The looming deadline to reunify parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border is approaching quickly. A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to finish reuniting families before the end of this month, but it’s still unclear exactly how the government will accomplish this. Agencies are scrambling to comply — a task complicated by each case’s unique challenges.

Among those waiting to be reunited are Amalia — a nine-year-old Guatemalan girl — and her father. She’s in New York while he’s being detained thousands of miles away, in the West Texas town of Sierra Blanca.


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Many Texans Are Skipping Health Care They Need Because Of The Cost

Many Texans are struggling to afford health care, according to a new survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation.


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Marfa City Council (Carlos Morales / KRTS)

Marfa City Council Considers Stonegarden Grant

The Marfa City Council is weighing the benefits of a federal grant that would provide funds for the Police Department to assist with border security in Presidio County.

Big Bend Sentinels’s editor Robert Halpern spoke with Marfa Public Radio about the proposal.


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Bunk beds are lined up inside an air-conditioned tent at the Tornillo facility for unaccompanied immigrant children near El Paso. (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

Tornillo detention center for immigrant children will remain open at least another month

The immigration detention center, which held more than 300 minors two weeks ago, will remain open at least through Aug. 13, according to a federal agency.


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Protesters call for immigrant families to be kept together at a rally in Austin on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Rachel Zein/The Texas Tribune)

Feds say they’ll reunite separated toddlers with their parents by Tuesday — but warn of vetting challenges

Government officials say they’ll meet a pair of court-ordered deadlines to reunite children with their parents. But doing so, HHS Secretary Alex Azar warned, could mean relaxed standards for vetting those parents.


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Protesters near the federal courthouse in Brownsville demonstrating against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. (Reynaldo Leal / The Texas Tribune)

Judge rules Trump administration can’t arbitrarily detain asylum seekers

President Donald Trump’s administration’s practice of indefinitely detaining some asylum seekers can’t proceed, a federal district judge has ruled.


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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, tell supporters that the supposed economic benefits of reform such as lower gasoline and electricity costs haven't yet materialized. June 3 2018, Mexico City ( Lorne Matalon)

Now That López Obrador has Won, Cutting Corruption and Violence in Mexico are His Biggest Challenges

On Sunday, a populist leftist surprised no one by winning the presidency of Mexico. His promise to voters was something along the lines of “make Mexico great again.”


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A protestor in Alpine (Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public Radio)

In Alpine and Across U.S., Protestors March Against Trump’s Immigration Policy

At rallies across Texas and the U.S., people are marching to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policy.


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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, tell supporters that the supposed economic benefits of reform such as lower gasoline and electricity costs haven't yet materialized. June 3 2018, Mexico City ( Lorne Matalon)

Mexico’s Front Runner And Privatization: The Implications For U.S. Energy

Mexico is choosing a new president on July 1. The campaign is being closely watched by Texas and other U.S. energy companies that’ve been working there since Mexico reformed its energy sector in 2014. The presidential front runner says foreign investment in energy hasn’t delivered promised economic benefits.


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Former state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, arrives at the federal courthouse in San Antonio on June 26, 2018. (Robin Jerstad / Texas Tribune)

Former state Sen. Carlos Uresti sentenced to 12 years in prison

The San Antonio Democrat’s sentence comes after he was convicted of 11 felonies in connection with FourWinds Logistics, a now-defunct oilfield services company found to have perpetrated a Ponzi scheme against investors.


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The pool's closure could mean big losses for the state. In 2017 the pool brought in nearly $1 million and saw nearly 153,000 visitors. (Carlos Morales / KRTS)

Closure at Balmorhea State Park Leaves Visitors, Businesses Adrift

Last month, Balmorhea State Park announced it would be closing its pool for an undetermined amount of time.  The reason: park officials say they found a crack in the pool wall and it could be unsafe for swimmers.

For many, the pool’s closure means a West Texas summer tradition has been put on hold.  But in late May, a team of engineers began assessing the damage and are now working on a repair plan.


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Can A ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law Fly In A Red State?

State representatives on Monday began discussing whether a “red flag” law giving courts the ability to remove guns from a person considered dangerous would work in Texas.

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Call A 1-800 Number And Wait: Migrant Parents Search For Their Children

The U.S. says it has reunited more than 500 migrant children that the government separated from their parents. That means there are about 2,000 children to go. Officials say they have a plan, though parents and their advocates tell a different story.

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Protests in Tornillo Continue as Lawmakers Gain Access to Child Shelters Along the Border

Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke — along with several other lawmakers —returned to the town of Tornillo on Saturday, nearly one week after he marched at the same location alongside 2,000 others, in protest of family separation at the border.

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Q&A with Melissa Lopez: What’s the process of reuniting parents with children?

(Sally Beauvais / Marfa Public Radio)

As the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy continues to unfold along the Southwestern border, Marfa Public Radio has been collecting your questions about immigration in West Texas. One listener asked us: “What’s the process of reuniting parents with children, and what happens when children and parents can’t be reunited? Do they go to foster care?”

To answer this question, Marfa Public Radio’s Sally Beauvais spoke with Melissa Lopez. She directs an immigration legal aid clinic in El Paso that serves low-income immigrants and refugees.

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Western District Dismisses Some Cases Involving Family Separation

The Tornillo shelter seen from the Mexican side of the border. The encampment is currently holding over 200 migrant boys. Some have been separated from their parents. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas dismissed some cases of illegal entry into the United States involving family separation.

The announcement comes shortly after President Trump signed an executive order, which intends to end the administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the border. The policy led to more than 2,000 families separated during a six-week span from April to May.

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