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West Texas Lawmaker Introduces Legislation To Repeal The Robinhood Plan

By Mitch Borden Take from the rich and give to the poor. That’s the idea behind “recapture” — the state’s education funding strategy that’s more commonly known as the “Robin Hood” plan. The plan redistributes a portion of property tax … Continue reading

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Federal Appeals Court Lifts Order Blocking Texas From Kicking Planned Parenthood Out Of Medicaid

By Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune A federal appeals court has lifted a lower court order that blocked Texas from booting Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid, potentially imperiling the health care provider’s participation in the federal-state health insurance program.

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Marfa Martians Prepare To Send Experiment To Space

By Sally Beauvais A team of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade girls at Marfa Elementary School is gearing up to send a microgravity experiment to outer space. First, the group won their school-wide competition. Then, in late 2018, their proposal … Continue reading

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Shutdown Leaves Immigration Courts, Border Agents In Limbo

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune EL PASO — As the government shutdown approached its fifth week and Washington Democrats and President Donald Trump showed no signs of coming to an agreement on how to end the stalemate Tuesday, U.S. Border … Continue reading

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Multiple Sheriff Deputies Wounded After Shooting In Odessa

By Mitch Borden  Three Ector County Sheriff deputies in Odessa were shot while serving a warrant Monday night. All of the officers survived and have been released from the hospital. Josh Pool, Cody Smith, and Ricki Rodriguez were a part … Continue reading

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Despite Government Shutdown, Some Operations At Big Bend Return

By Mitch Borden and Carlos Morales As the partial government shutdown — now the longest in U.S. history — continues, employees at Big Bend National Park in far West Texas are in their fourth week of unemployment. While many bathrooms, trails, … Continue reading

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EVENT: Portland’s Mississippi Records Comes To Marfa

On Tuesday, Jan. 15 join Marfa Public Radio and Mississippi Records for a “cosmic and earthly history of recorded music.” The record label’s founder, Eric Isaacson, will present a mix of film, audio, and slides. The presentation attempts to tell the … Continue reading

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New Push For Eminent Domain Reform Expected At Texas Legislature

By Travis Bubenik, Houston Public Media If you want to cook up a battle over private property rights in Texas, here’s the recipe: Take a handful of sprawling cities and growing populations that are expanding into once-rural areas, add a … Continue reading

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Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro Announces He’s Running For President

By Ben Philpott, KUT  Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, announced Saturday that he is running for president. The 44-year-old told a crowd of about 2,000 people gathered at Plaza Guadalupe in … Continue reading

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Tornillo Tent City For Youth Migrants Is Now Empty, Texas Congressman Says

By Matthew Watkins, Texas Tribune A Texas congressman said Friday that the federal government has officially removed all children from the Tornillo detention center for undocumented migrant youths, ending more than half a year of operation for a facility that was … Continue reading

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