El Paso District Attorney Yvonne Rosales, seen passing out flyers at the El Paso National Night Out 2022, has faced a series of scandals since she took office in 2021. (Gaby Velasquez/USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Connectv)

Facing possible removal for alleged incompetence, El Paso District Attorney Yvonne Rosales resigns

The first-term DA was under fire for the office’s mishandling of criminal cases and for potentially jeopardizing the prosecution of the man charged in the 2019 Walmart massacre.


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Essay: What you see is what there is

A new travel book from the publisher Wildsam includes personal essays exploring the people and history that make up the Big Bend region. One of essays is about life in Marfa. The essay’s author — longtime Marfa resident and journalist Sterry Butcher — says she wanted her essay to capture the authenticity of a small town, and all that might not be immediately clear to people visiting for the first time.


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Midland Christian School has grown over the past 65 years from a school that served a handful of students to hundreds. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

As Midland private school leaders face indictments, their supporters question the conduct of local police

Current and former leaders at Midland Christian School and Trinity School of Midland were indicted this month on state felony charges for allegedly concealing the abuse of children.

The two schools were investigated for two separate, unconnected incidents, but the schools’ supporters have united to call on the City of Midland to look into how local police approached these cases.


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Longtime Marfa Public Radio DJ officially named Morning Edition host

In the last few years, Julie Bernal — in addition to hosting music shows on Marfa Public Radio — has been a frequent voice on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Beginning Nov. 22, she’ll be the official voice of Morning Edition on Marfa Public Radio.


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Workers at a fracking rig in Midland. Studies have linked disposal of fracking wastewater with an increase in seismic activity in Texas, and the Texas Railroad Commission is now investigating a 5.4 magnitude quake that struck West Texas this week. (Jerod Foster for The Texas Tribune)

Texas oil and gas agency investigating 5.4 magnitude earthquake in West Texas, the largest in three decades

The quake was the third largest in Texas history, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. An increase in seismic activity in Texas has been linked to injecting fracking wastewater underground.


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Archeologist Sam Cason conducting a metal detecting survey at the Porvenir Massacre site. (Jessica Lutz)

New archaeology could change story behind borderland massacre by Texas Rangers

Findings at the Porvenir site in West Texas call into question the U.S. Army’s involvement in the Mexican Revolution.


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The Evening Primrose is the Center of an Aromatic Drama in the Desert Night

Poet Rita Dove wrote that the plants “wait until the world’s tucked in and the sky’s one ceaseless shimmer – then lift their saturated eyelids and blaze, blaze all night long for no one.” A century and a half earlier, … Continue reading

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Winter storm could cause Thanksgiving travel issues in West Texas

The National Weather Service in Midland says a winter storm expected to impact the region overnight Thursday and into Friday could cause travel delays, mainly near the Texas-New Mexico border and in the Permian Basin.

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Former Midland Christian School leaders face felony charges for allegedly trying to conceal the assault of a child — again

A grand jury recently indicted Midland Christian School’s former Superintendent Jared Lee, former Principal Dana Ellis and current teacher Matthew Counts on state jail felonies for allegedly attempting to conceal the assault of a child. The three educators were arrested on similar charges in February, but those were eventually dropped.

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5.4 magnitude earthquake hits West Texas, with reports of shaking stretching to Austin

The quake appears to be one of the largest in Texas history, according to a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Calls for Biden to restore asylum procedures amplify after court blocks border policy

The order to end Title 42 is on hold as the Biden administration works to implement an “orderly transition” but calls for reform are already gaining traction. And while advocates for migrants are happy with the decision, Texas Republicans said the decision will lead to chaos at the border.

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