Monthly Archives: December 2014

Edward R. Murrow Award Entry: Overall Excellence for 2014

Marfa Public Radio serves a large geographic area, from the border of Mexico to the Permian Basin. For parts of Far West Texas, it’s the only region-wide, real-time, daily broadcast media. Audio link above. Rundown for Overall Excellence award submission. Breaking … Continue reading

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No Such Thing As A Free Lunch? Not For Cops in Fort Worth

The Reata restaurant in Fort Worth says lunch is on the house for anyone in blue through December 31. As KERA’s Doualy Xaykaothao reports the owners are doing this in response to the killings of two New York City police officers who … Continue reading

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Indie Theaters in Texas Will Show “The Interview” on Christmas

It turns out some Texans will have a chance to see the controversial Seth Rogan comedy The Interview after all. Sony had initially pulled the film after threats against theaters that were planning to run it. But on Tuesday, the independent … Continue reading

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In West Texas, A Little Water Goes a Long Way

In Far West Texas, a little water goes a long way. Balmorhea ranchers Don and Ellen Weinacht learned that in 2001, when they turned over part of their cattle ranch to create a wetland for migrating birds. Now, three years … Continue reading

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Balmorhea Water: A Family Divides Over Water Sales To Permian Basin

The 75 heirs of a legacy Texas homesteading family are divided. One side wants to keep the water under a total of 11 thousand acres just north of Balmorhea, the other side is selling their water for fracking. It’s a scenario … Continue reading

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“The Tea Guy” Questions Relationships and Money in His Traveling School Bus

This is a story about how a simple cup of tea can bring people together and perhaps even get us to think more intently about the way money defines – and sometimes distracts us from – personal relationships. Guisepi Spadafora has been roaming … Continue reading

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2 Suspects in Custody, 1 in Hospital after Shootout with Border Patrol and State Authorities

Update Monday 9:30 pm: Two female suspects are in custody and one man is in a hospital after multiple robberies in southeastern New Mexico and multiple shootouts with law enforcement in a remote part of rural Hudspeth County on Sunday. … Continue reading

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As Outrage over Iguala Continues, Mexican President Calls for Police Reform

Mexico’s president wants to change his country’s constitution to replace local police with state police. He also wants legal authority to take over municipal governments infiltrated by organized crime. But ongoing protests and recent polls suggest Mexicans aren’t convinced the change will make a difference. The move … Continue reading

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Harvesting History In The Southwest

A part of Arizona’s history all but disappeared when the United States-Mexico border was created about 160 years ago. Recently, National Parks and museums on both sides of the border have begun working together to revitalize and preserve a living … Continue reading

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Underground Water in Texas: Plan to Export is Challenged

Farmers and ranchers who have been battling the drought for years have found themselves sitting on an increasingly valuable resource – their own underground water. Now, a case over water rights that will resonate across the southwest is before the … Continue reading

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