Author Archives: Carlos Morales

Texas Senate Passes School Finance Bill, But Opts Not To Fund It With Sales Tax Hike

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune The Texas Senate on Monday approved a bill to massively overhaul public school finance, but did so while backing away from a proposal to use an increased sales tax to lower school district property taxes. … Continue reading

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Find Your May West Texas Election Results Here.

Today’s Election Day throughout West Texas and voters in counties, cities and school districts in the region are having their say on a number of ballot items. From bond issues to city council seats and mayoral races, we’ll have all … Continue reading

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The Government Is Putting Up More Tents To Hold Migrants, But Will It Be Enough?

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune EL PASO — Even before the White House submitted an emergency request to Congress this week for $4.5 billion to help manage the record number of migrant families crossing the border, the federal government began … Continue reading

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Immigrant Teen Dies While In Federal Custody In South Texas

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune An immigrant teenager from Guatemala died in Texas Tuesday while in federal custody, according to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. The 16-year-old’s cause of death is unknown and will be investigated by the agency, … Continue reading

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Blue Origin Successfully Launches New Shepard Rocket For Second Time This Year

By Carlos Morales The Space travel company Blue Origin — owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — launched its New Shepard rocket for the second time this year at its West Texas facility Thursday morning. Traveling at nearly three times the … Continue reading

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The ‘Marfa Martians’ Invade Texas Capitol, Are Recognized ​For NASA Experiment

By Becky Fogel, Texas Standard, and Marfa Public Radio The Marfa Martians — a team of fourth, fifth and sixth-grade girls from Marfa Elementary School — were recognized in the Texas House and Senate Monday for winning a national contest … Continue reading

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Texas Is Bringing Back Cursive To Elementary Schools

By Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media Handwriting is making a comeback in schools across the state. Currently, the majority of Texas school districts don’t teach students to write in cursive, but that will change in the 2019-2020 school year.

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Texas Will End Its Botched Voter Citizenship Review And Rescind Its List Of Flagged Voters

By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune Three months after first questioning the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered voters, the Texas secretary of state has agreed to end a review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens that was flawed from … Continue reading

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Through New Exhibit, History Of Marfa’s Latino History Lives On

By Carlos Morales Marfa is known as an art destination for a lot of people, but there’s a different kind of art exhibit opening this weekend as part of the Blackwell School Alliance’s second annual block party. At a dozen … Continue reading

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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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