Elections will be held across West Texas on May 4, 2019.

What’s On Your Ballot In May? A Guide To 2019 Elections In West Texas

Counties, cities, and school districts across the Big Bend region and Permian Basin will hold elections on May 4, 2019. Not sure what’s on your ballot, or where to vote? Areas holding elections are listed by county in alphabetical order below.

The deadline to register to vote is April 4th, 2019.

Early voting starts Monday, April 22nd, 2019 and closes Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

Election day is Saturday, May 4th, 2019.


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An Abell Jr. High student was removed from school after parents raised concerns about alleged threats on social media. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

In Midland, A Middle School Student Is Removed From Abell Jr. High After Reports Of Threats Emerge

By Mitch Borden

After reports of multiple threats at Abell Junior High School surfaced in Midland, the district’s board of trustees called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the concerns of parents.


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Oil and gas dominate the Texas energy market but wind power generation is growing exponentially. Wind power now provides 10 per cent of the state's electricity. (Lorne Matalon)

Permian Basin Oil Producers Brace For Coming Wave Of Waste Water

By Mitch Borden 

Having too much water in West Texas doesn’t seem like it would be a big problem, but it is for oil producers in the Permian Basin and it’s only going to get worse. That’s according to a new report published by Wood Mackenzie, an energy consulting firm, that estimates the amount of salty water pulled up with oil will double in the region by 2022.
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Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar.

MJ Hegar, Former Congressional Candidate, Says She’s Running To Challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune

Former Democratic congressional candidate MJ Hegar is running for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Hegar, a former Air Force helicopter pilot, mounted a high-profile bid to unseat U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, in November, fueled by attention-grabbing ads and massive fundraising. She ended up losing by less than 3 percentage points in the traditionally Republican district.


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Since 2012, Marfa Public Radio has received 44 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Marfa Public Radio Wins Seven Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

By Carlos Morales

Marfa Public Radio has won seven regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for excellence in electronic journalism. This is the most regional Murrow Award wins of any small market radio station this year.

Marfa Public Radio has now received 44 Regional Murrow Awards since it began entering the awards competition in 2011.


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Pump jacks dot the landscape outside Midland, a West Texas oil town. (Photo source: Ilana Panich-Linsman / NPR)

Chevron Lands New Territory In The Permian Basin After Paying Billions For Anadarko Petroleum

By Mitch Borden 

Chevron, one of the largest oil companies in the world, recently bought Anadarko Petroleum for about $50 Billion. The acquisition expands Chevron’s holdings in the Permian Basin by about 240,000 acres. This deal perked up the ears of some industry professionals and has people wondering if other large acquisitions are on the horizon.
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A planned natural gas pipeline through the Hill Country is facing opposition. (Salvador Castro / KUT)

Hays County Takes ‘The Fight To Kinder Morgan’ With Lawsuit Over Proposed Pipeline

By DaLyah Jones, KUT

After months of community protests, a group of more than 20 landowners and city leaders gathered Monday to announce that Hays County and the City of Kyle had officially joined a lawsuit to oppose a natural gas pipeline proposed to run through Central Texas.

Local leaders also challenged the way the state oversees eminent domain laws, which allow pipeline companies to take private property for public use.


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Land is being cleared outside the Border Patrol station headquarters in El Paso. (Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Texas Tribune)

Temporary Immigration Detention Facilities To Open In El Paso, Rio Grande Valley

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune

El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley are less than two weeks away from the scheduled opening of temporary detention centers that will each house up to 500 migrants who have crossed the border to seek asylum.

The facilities, commonly referred to as a “tent cities,” are the federal government’s response to the ongoing crush of migrants, mainly from Central America, who continue to cross into Texas after traveling through Mexico.


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What’s On Your Ballot In May? A Guide To 2019 Elections In West Texas

Counties, cities, and school districts across the Big Bend region and Permian Basin will hold elections on May 4, 2019. Not sure what’s on your ballot, or where to vote? Areas holding elections are listed by county in alphabetical order below.

The deadline to register to vote is April 4th, 2019.

Early voting starts Monday, April 22nd, 2019 and closes Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

Election day is Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

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Tiny Desk Block Party: A Magical Marfa Moment

Something magical happened outside of the Marfa Public Radio studios on the twelfth of April –  Something that broke the mold and showed the true spirit of our wonderful community.

Nine musicians and bands from Marfa, TX, performing not only to a huge crowd outside of the building, not only to listeners inside the broadcast range, but to all corners of the earth via the magic of the internet.

The Tiny Desk Block Party originally started as a way merely to celebrate the end of our Spring Membership Drive, and morphed into something way different – And different is good.

From acoustic folk, to classic country and stoner-doom metal, every musician that performed brought their own style and flavor to the table, and showcased what Marfa music is all about – At the same time, the night also showed the power of public radio to bring new sounds to listeners.

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Midland And Odessa See Populations Rise With Oil Boom. During Same Time, Big Bend Numbers Decline

By Carlos Morales

Two of the fastest-growing metro areas last year were in Texas.

Both Midland and Odessa saw a boom to their population numbers in 2018, according to new data released from the U.S. Census. From 2017 to 2018, The Tall City saw population growth at 4.3 percent — a jump from 141,671 to 178,331. In Odessa —  which ranked fifth in the country’s top metropolitan areas — saw growth at 3.2 percent or a bump of 4,951 Odessans last year.

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Rice Univeristy and the Murder of its Benefactor

Everyone loves a murder mystery, and even though this one is a century old, it has everything: forgeries; poison; a villainous butler; legal tangles; a hurricane; a chance encounter; and one of the wealthiest men in Texas history.

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the murder mystery of William Marsh Rice, and how it subsequently led to the founding of Rice University.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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Pence Pushes Trade Deal With Mexico And Canada While Visiting The Permian Basin

By Mitch Borden

While visiting Texas on Wednesday to promote trade policy and fundraise for President Trump’s reelection, Vice President Mike Pence made a stop in Midland. While standing in front of a local oil rig, Pence told a group of industry professionals the Permian Basin was at the heart of an “energy renaissance.”

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Thu. Apr 18 Interview: Poet Carolina Ebeid On Making and Unmaking

On this episode, Ryan Paradiso speaks to Lannan Resident Carolina Ebeid. Her first book, You Ask Me To Talk About The Interior, was named one of the ten best debut collections by Poets & Writers Magazine in 2016. Ebeid is a Poetry Editor at The Rumpus.

They talk about the ephemeral nature of poetry, silence, and the poetics of whispering.

Ebeid will read at 6 pm on Saturday, April 20 at the Crowley Theater.

West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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