Tag Archives: South Texas

How a South Texas bureaucrat became a multimillionaire amid the rush to build a border fence

A decade ago as the federal government rushed to construct 60 miles of barrier in the Rio Grande Valley, it entrusted the chief of a little-known local agency to execute a compromise project. What it didn’t know was that he … Continue reading

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Corpus Christi Port Ramps Up After Crude Oil Export Ban Lifted: New Pipelines Proposed Linking Permian Basin To Port

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -A surge in production in the Permian Basin of west Texas, already the nation’s highest producing oilfield, is extracting more crude oil than refiners in Texas can handle. But now, producers in the Permian have new outlets for that oil with economic … Continue reading

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Residents Concerned Wall Would Affect Cultural, Business and Familial Ties That Transcend the Border

This story was originally broadcast on a special episode of the Texas Standard called “The Wall”, an hour-long look at the prospect for an expanded border wall under the incoming Trump Administration. It’s just before the holidays in McAllen, a town of 130,000 … Continue reading

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Texas Lawmakers Criticize Border Surge For Moving Crime but Not Stopping It

The assessment by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw came during a House Homeland Security and Public Safety meeting in Brownsville, where Democrats hammered away at the DPS chief and questioned whether the buildup is successful is if … Continue reading

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Texas Farmworker: 1966 Strike ‘Was Like Heading Into War’

In the summer of 1966, farmworkers staged a historic march across Texas to protest low wages and poor working conditions. Fifty years later, some of them are telling their stories for the first time.

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U.S.-Mexico Border Sees Resurgence Of Central Americans Seeking Asylum

Despite U.S. efforts to staunch the flow, numbers are approaching the crisis of two years ago. U.S. Border Patrol agents say it’s diverting resources away from catching drug and human traffickers.

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“Material Failure” Caused Pipeline Explosion Near Cuero, TX

The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) says the explosion of a 42″ natural gas pipeline near the town of Cuero, Texas in June was caused by a “material failure” on part of the pipeline. Energy Transfer operates the pipeline that exploded … Continue reading

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Incoming Texas Secretary of State Echoes GOP Leaders on Border Issues

For the first nomination of his incoming administration, Governor-elect Greg Abbott has tapped Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos to be the next Texas Secretary of State. In Texas, the office oversees state elections, but also serves as the governor’s chief … Continue reading

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Reporter’s First Look at Arizona Detention Facility

The media got its first look at conditions inside Border Patrol detention facilities in South Texas and Arizona on Wednesday. Until now, officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) haven’t allowed reporters inside the facilities in Nogales, AZ and … Continue reading

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New Study Criticizes Fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale

Update February 21: The industry group Energy in Depth, Texas has released a response to a joint study criticizing air quality regulation in the Eagle Ford Shale. The group describes the study as being the product of “shaky research,” and says researchers made use … Continue reading

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