Author Archives: Carlos Morales

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Alpine’s City Manager’s Future In Doubt, As Council Weighs Options

Last month, the city of Alpine decided to hire a consultant to help with what it called “personnel matters.” At issue was the performance of the city manager — who this week was the center of discussion of yet another … Continue reading

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Oil Companies Will Pay You To Take Natural Gas From West Texas

By Mose Buchele, KUT Natural gas is a valuable commodity in most of the world – but not in parts of Texas. Now, in West Texas, oil well operators will pay you to take their natural gas. The practice is … Continue reading

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On The Border, A Family Of Matadors Tends The Bloodless Bullfighting Tradition

By Kristen Cabrera, Texas Standard It’s hard to miss the large colosseum-like structure off Ranch Road 1017 in the Rio Grande Valley. It’s the Santa Maria Bullring and it’s where Fred and Lisa Renk have been running bloodless bullfights for the past … Continue reading

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Texas’ Legislative Leaders Push Sales Tax Increase To Lower Property Taxes

Ben Philpott, KUT The Republican leadership in the Texas Legislature announced an agreement Wednesday to swap a sales tax increase with property tax cuts. Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen said in a press … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Sending Asylum Seekers To Mexico

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s policy of returning some asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait for their hearings in an American immigration court. The Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as … Continue reading

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