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About Mitch Borden

Mitch Borden is Marfa Public Radio's Permian Basin Reporter. If you have any questions about West Texas' energy industry or the Permian Basin email him at mitch@marfapublicradio.org.

Police documents say top officials at Trinity School of Midland failed to report sexual assault

In 2019, a middle school student was allegedly assaulted and harassed by a classmate over the course of months. Initially, a leader at Trinity described it as a “he said she said incident.” Now, she’s come forward with her story … Continue reading

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Two Republicans compete for the party’s nomination in contentious Ector County Judge race

The Republican primary for the Ector County Judge election has gotten divisive as incumbent Debi Hays has had to defend her first term as judge against criticisms leveled by her opponent Dustin Fawcett.  The two candidates have debated a range … Continue reading

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Midland man pleads guilty to attacking Asian-American Family and faces life in prison for hate crimes

Days before the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Midland, a man attacked an Asian-American family at a Sam’s Club, believing they were responsible for the pandemic. He now faces life in prison and up to $750,000 in fines. 

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Call Out: Marfa Public Radio is collecting oral histories from Midland’s Black and Hispanic communities — and wants to hear from you

Marfa Public Radio is collecting oral histories focusing on Midland’s Black and Hispanic communities. We are looking for people of all ages to share personal anecdotes — ranging from family memories, funny coming-of-age stories and reflections on historic events in … Continue reading

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Affidavit says private school officials in Midland failed to report and concealed a sexual assault

Police on Wednesday arrested Midland Christian School’s superintendent along with four other staff members. According to arrest affidavits, top administrators and staff were aware of an alleged incident where a high school baseball player was sexually assaulted by a classmate. … Continue reading

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Midland ISD leaders opt to close a historic black elementary school to give the campus to an in-district charter

In a 4-3 vote, Midland Independent School District’s board of trustees decided to close Washington STEM Academy at the end of the school year to give the campus to the all-girls school Young Women’s Leadership Academy. This decision goes against … Continue reading

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Midland ISD officials weigh closing Washington STEM Academy to give campus to an all-girls school

Midland Independent School District’s Board of Trustees is facing a tough decision: Spend more than $3.7 million on portable classrooms for Young Women’s Leadership Academy or close down Washington STEM Academy, a decades-old elementary school, to provide a permanent home … Continue reading

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Pete Gallego’s relatively short tenure as president of Sul Ross University was mired in conflict — from the campus to the Texas Capitol

The politician turned college president got stuck in a fight over which university system should manage the university. And he faced pushback from faculty and members of the Far West Texas community about his decisions and leadership style.

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Midland ISD considers closing an elementary school or spending millions to house an all-girls academy

Midland Independent School District has to decide by next month whether or not to displace hundreds of students currently attending Washington STEM Academy. The cause of the imminent deadline is a contractual agreement between the district and the non-profit that … Continue reading

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Oil companies are asking Permian Basin residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to help defend the industry from the deadly disease

Through the Permian Strategic Partnership, some of the largest oil companies in Texas are encouraging Permian residents to get vaxxed — not only to protect themselves from the coronavirus but to help protect the West Texas oil industry.

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