The Houston Processing Center is among the first known ICE facilities to vaccinate immigrants detained in Texas. (Shannon Harrison/Houston Public Media)

Few Texas ICE Detention Centers Are Vaccinating For COVID-19. Feds Say It’s Up To Local Health Departments

Despite high risks of infection and hundreds of sick detainees, there’s still no clear COVID-19 vaccination strategy from ICE officials, and few local health departments have stepped up to provide vaccines.


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Marfa Public Radio has won 10 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Marfa Public Radio Wins 8 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Marfa Public Radio has won eight Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. This is the third-most Regional Murrow Awards the station has ever received.


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A view of a Blue Origin test launch on January 14, 2021. (Blue Origin)

Blue Origin to Launch First Crewed Flight from West Texas This Summer

The company will auction off one seat on its first space flight with passengers on board. The launch is set for July 20 from the company’s facility north of Van Horn, Texas.


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Demand For Vaccines Drops In Odessa And Now Officials Are Left To Figure Out How to Get More Shots In Arms

Texas health officials are working to get as many COVID-19 vaccines to willing residents as statewide demand slows and some vaccination rates plateau. In the Permian Basin, a similar story is playing out in Odessa, where one hospital is trying to bring vaccines to locals where it’s most convenient. 


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Pastor Juan Fierro is pictured at his shelter, Albergue Para Migrantes El Buen Samaritano, in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico on March 24, 2021. The shelter sectioned off a quarantine area to house a small portion of the growing number of migrants arriving at the border every day. (Paul Ratje for KERA News)

In One Mexican Border City, Shelters Stretch To House Migrant Families Expelled From The U.S.

The U.S. government has been flying some migrant families hundreds of miles along the border — from South Texas to El Paso — and then expelling them into Ciudad Juárez. Local shelter directors are trying to ensure parents and children don’t end up on the street.


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Watson’s home in Alpine pictured on December 4, 2020. The home has for months featured a variety of pro-Trump and conspiracy-laden slogans. (Photo source: Bret Scott, Alpine resident)

Alpine Man Charged for Alleged Role in Capitol Attack

Alpine resident Sean David Watson has claimed for months that he was part of the mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Now he’s been arrested for his alleged involvement in the riot.


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What’s Behind Rural Presidio County’s Vaccine Success Story?

Presidio County in Far West Texas is hours away from major hospitals and lacks some basic health care services, but the county’s vaccination rate has far outpaced most of Texas.


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Texas Recommends Resuming Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shots After CDC, FDA Give Green Light

The news comes a day after state health officials said that a Texas woman who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been hospitalized with blood clots and whose condition was being investigated by the CDC as potentially connected to the vaccine. No other details were released.

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Midland And Odessa Mayors Talk About Their Priorities And The Future Of Their Cities

Midland Mayor Patrick Payton and Odessa Mayor Javier Joven on Thursday discussed the directions they’d like to see their communities head in the coming years. The event was sponsored by a young professional group connected to the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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In “Texas as Art,” Geologist Transforms Satellite Imagery to Stunning Effect

As a return to air travel accelerates, some remember its conveniences, others its hassles. There are also surprising moments of beauty from the air. A window seat on a flight from Midland to Las Vegas presents a vision of the … Continue reading

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Advocates Say White House Decision To Rescind Medicaid Deal Could Lead To Talks On Texas’ Uninsured Rate

The deal, which was fast-tracked during the waning days of the Trump administration, skipped the public notice period. Now, stakeholders will have a chance to weigh in on the application.

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Big Bend National Park To Reopen Chisos Basin After Weeks Of Battling Wildfire

Since it was first spotted earlier this month, the South Rim Fire has burned through about 1,300 acres of Big Bend National Park. The fire is now 80% contained and no longer “a threat to developed areas,” according to officials.

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