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25 Years After Her Death, Selena’s Legacy Dreams On

By Carlos Morales The cultural influence of the late Selena Quintanilla Perez has only grown since her untimely death twenty-five years ago. Over the idol’s career, the Queen of Tejano Music sold millions of albums and earned a Grammy. Today, … Continue reading

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Midland Sees The First COVID-19 Related Death As The Virus Spreads Across The Permian Basin

By Mitch Borden The first Midlander to be diagnosed with COVID-19 died on March 25 at Midland Memorial Hospital—only five days after testing positive for the coronavirus. The patient was a man in his sixties with no underlying health conditions, … Continue reading

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Gage Hotel Owner Sues Brewster County Judge and Commissioners Over Order To Close Hotels To Prevent Spread Of Coronavirus

By John Waters, Big Bend Gazette J. P. Bryan, owner of the Gage Hotel in Marathon, is suing Brewster County Judge Eleazar Cano and Brewster County commissioners over the county’s recent declaration to close hotels and short-term rentals, an unprecedented … Continue reading

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Midland Waits For Test Results As More Patients Are Being Monitored For COVID-19

By Mitch Borden As the coronavirus spreads through Midland, residents aren’t getting tested fast enough, according to local health officials. So far, roughly 150 tests have been administered but Midland Memorial Hospital has only received the results of seven—one of … Continue reading

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In Tune Feature: Andrew York

By Nick Hurt In this segment Nick Hurt, host of Marfa Public Radio’s Monday classical music program In Tune has a conversation with the guitarist and composer Andrew York.  The conversation was held in Odessa, Texas during the West Texas Guitar festival, … Continue reading

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Rural Texas Hospitals Should Be Staffing Up To Face Coronavirus. Many Can’t Afford To.

By Edgar Walters, Texas Tribune At a time when most hospitals are ramping up capacity to treat a massive number of patients who may become infected with COVID-19, rural hospital administrators say financial hardships could force them to do the … Continue reading

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Says A Failing Economy Is Worse Than Coronavirus

By Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, chiming in to support President Donald Trump’s new focus on the economy over fierce warnings from public health officials, suggested on Fox News on Monday night that he would rather die … Continue reading

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Texas Officials Say Abortions Are Included In Abbott’s Order Barring Unnecessary Medical Procedures

By Ashley Lopez, KUT Texas health officials have banned abortions as part of what they say is an effort to crack down on medical procedures that are “not immediately medically necessary” during the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

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Closures of Hotels, Motels, RV parks and Short-Term Rentals in Presidio, Brewster, and Jeff Davis Counties Went Into Effect This Week

By Marfa Public Radio StaffAs the coronavirus spreads across the state, municipalities across West Texas have mandated the closure of hotels, motels, short-term rentals, and RV parks in an effort to curb the spread of the disease in the region.  

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As Coronavirus Spreads, Some Asian Americans Worry Their Leaders’ Language Stokes A Stigma

By Alex Samuels, Texas Tribune Until recently, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s daily podcast was most famous for one thing: daily musings about the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. But in mid-March, the state’s junior senator waded into a new topic. … Continue reading

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