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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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Texas abortion law challenge heads to state’s supreme court, likely adding more delays to case

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision means it could take months before abortion providers’ challenge to the restrictive law returns to a federal court.

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Rural West Texas schools confront rise in COVID-19 cases

One school district in the Big Bend region said it would shut down for multiple days because of a spike in positive cases and staffing shortages, while others remain open with a renewed focus on testing.

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Texas oil and gas pulled in nearly $16 billion in taxes and royalties last year as the industry recovers from pandemic downturn

The Texas Oil and Gas Association’s annual energy and economic impact report says both taxes and royalties paid to the state went up by more than 20% over the previous fiscal year.

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Watch Live: President Biden delivers a speech on voting rights legislation

President Joe Biden will deliver remarks in Atlanta on federal legislation to protect voting rights. His speech comes as Senate Democrats have been unable to pass major voting rights legislation since taking the majority in the chamber.

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Big Bend-area doctor says omicron is leading to a local uptick in COVID-19 cases

Dr. Christie Alexander, Medical Director at the Marfa Country Clinic, says the local uptick has not led to a flood of hospitalizations, but “people are feeling very ill.”

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Texas puts final estimate of winter storm death toll at 246

Officials added 36 to the estimate of lives lost in the disaster, which knocked out power in much of the state. Some experts place the toll even higher.

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A Texas astronomer prepares to peer deep into space with the new James Webb Space Telescope

Caitlin Casey, an astronomer with the University of Texas and the Big Bend region’s McDonald Observatory, will co-lead the largest research project in the first year of the powerful new telescope’s operation.

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Watch Live: Biden Outlines Plan To Address Surging COVID-19 Cases

As COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. ahead of Christmas, President Biden delivers remarks on his administration’s plans to fight the onslaught of cases and the rapidly-spreading omicron variant of the virus.

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Autoridades y ciudadanos retoman búsqueda de migrantes desaparecidos en el desierto de Chihuahua

Ejército y voluntarios tratan de hallar pistas de grupo de inmigrantes que se teme hayan sido víctimas de enfrentamiento entre cárteles. | Read this story in English

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