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Brothers charged in West Texas migrant killing released on bond

Mike and Mark Sheppard, both charged in the shooting death of a migrant man in Hudspeth County, were released from jail on bond Monday night, the county sheriff’s office said.

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Migrants said they were shouted at, heard truck revving before West Texas man shot at them, affidavit says

Mike Sheppard, a now former detention center warden in Hudspeth County, and his brother Mark Sheppard were arrested Thursday for allegedly shooting and killing a migrant and wounding another. | Lea esta nota en español

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Cibolo Creek Ranch owner wants to turn Shafter into a history museum, but says he needs the local silver mine too

A non-profit funded by John Poindexter, the wealthy Texas businessman who owns a sprawling ranch resort in the Big Bend region, has offered to buy a silver mine as part of its broader plan for a historic preservation project and … Continue reading

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Valentine man seeks to bolster town’s emergency health care options with “rescue squad”

The West Texas town doesn’t have much in the way of emergency medical care options, but one local is organizing an effort to train volunteers in basic first responder skills.

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El Congreso aprueba un proyecto de ley que convierte a la Escuela Blackwell de Marfa en un sitio histórico nacional

La medida bipartidista llega tras años de trabajo de los exalumnos de Blackwell para preservar la historia de la escuela. El nuevo sitio histórico se dedicará en parte a explorar la historia más amplia de la segregación escolar de los … Continue reading

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Congress approves bill making Marfa’s Blackwell School a national historic site

The bipartisan measure comes after years of work by Blackwell alumni to preserve the school’s history. The new historic site will be partly dedicated to exploring the broader history of school segregation of Mexican-Americans across the southwest. | Lea esta nota … Continue reading

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Alpine man sentenced to a week in prison and probation for participating in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Sean Watson originally bragged about his role in the attack, though his attorney says he now regrets his actions.

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Marfa residents to vote on $57 million school bond this fall

The Marfa Independent School District says the bond proposal would mostly go toward building a new K-12 campus, the Big Bend Sentinel reports.

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As the new school year begins, Big Bend districts revisit safety measures with Uvalde in mind

Schools across the region launched reviews of their own safety protocols after the May 24 elementary school massacre in Uvalde that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

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State officials reject push for stronger mountain lion protections, but will discuss the issue further

Texas parks and wildlife officials have denied a conservation group’s request to formally consider new protections for the wild cats, but say they’ll form a working group to consider the issue further.

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