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COVID-19 Update: Cases And Hospitalizations In Midland And Odessa Continue To Spike

In the Permian Basin, hospitals are seeing more COVID-19 patients than ever before while local schools are seeing hundreds of students and staff test positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, healthcare providers have made it clear: they’re burnt out and have … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Requires Biden Administration To Reinstate Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

The court’s conservative majority agreed with a federal judge in Texas that the administration did not do enough to explain the policy change. The three liberal justices dissented.

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State Lawmakers Again Try To Ban Most Dangerous Nuclear Waste As Feds Consider Allowing It At West Texas Site

A failed regular session bill sought to give a financial break to a West Texas nuclear waste disposal company. Now, lawmakers have removed what opponents called a giveaway and are again trying to pass a bill to stop highly radioactive … Continue reading

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Marfa’s Trans-Pecos Music Festival To Require Vaccination Proof or Negative COVID Test

The festival at El Cosmico is returning in September after being cancelled last year because of the pandemic, but organizers have announced updated COVID-19 safety protocols that mirror those enacted by other high-profile events around the country.

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“We Are Beyond Capacity,” Says Midland Hospital Executive

Hospitals in the Permian Basin are overloaded with COVID-19 patients, as multiple facilities face staffing shortages and vaccination rates have largely plateaued below the state-wide average.  In an interview with Marfa Public Radio, one hospital executive in Midland describes the … Continue reading

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Watch Live: Biden Delivers Remarks On Afghanistan

President Biden is set to deliver remarks on Afghanistan after a tumultuous weekend that saw the U.S.-backed government fall to the Taliban. Biden’s remarks also come as chaos has enveloped Kabul and its airport as thousands of people attempt to … Continue reading

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Presidio Trabaja A Preservar Un Cementerio de Los Lipan Apache Y Contar Su Historia

En Presidio, un pequeño cementerio parece olvidado. Pero los descendientes del pueblo Lipan Apache han estado trabajando para proteger el sitio durante años.| Read this story in English

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Presidio Works To Preserve a Lipan Apache Cemetery And Tell Its Story

In Presidio, a small cemetery just off Market Street appears forgotten, full of overgrown, unmarked graves. But descendants of the Lipan Apache people buried there have been working to protect the site for years. Now, historians and tribal members have … Continue reading

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Children at West Texas Migrant Shelters Facing Unsafe, Unhealthy Conditions, Attorneys Say

A legal filing alleges that children at two emergency migrant shelters in Pecos and El Paso are being held in “inherently unsafe and inappropriate” conditions that violate court-ordered standards.

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Dozens Of Texas Hospitals Are Out Of ICU Beds As COVID-19 Cases Again Overwhelm The State’s Capacity

“This surge is by far the fastest and most aggressive that we’ve seen,” said the health authority for Austin and Travis County, who urged eligible Texans to get vaccinated.

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