WATCH: House Judiciary Reviews Of Articles Of Impeachment

By NPR

The House Judiciary Committee is considering two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Watch as the panel debates and then votes on the allegations.

National Park Service photograph. Aoudad in Big Bend National Park.

At Big Bend Park, A New Plan to Fight Exotic Wildlife

Science confirms what visitors intuit: Big Bend National Park is a singular place. At 1,200 square miles, it’s the largest protected Chihuahuan Desert landscape in the U.S. The diversity of desert life it contains is unparalleled. It’s not only a … Continue reading

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Trucks wait in a line to cross into the U.S. from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. (REUTERS/Daniel Becerril)

To Relief Of Texas Business Leaders, Congress Reaches Deal On New North American Trade Agreement

By J. Edward Moreno, Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — Congress reached an agreement with the Trump administration Tuesday on a new North American free trade deal, leading lawmakers and business leaders in Texas to breathe a sigh of relief.


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Blue Origin testing its New Shepard rocket at its Van Horn facility in 2018. (Blue Origin)

Blue Origin Launches New Shepard Rocket Into Space For 12th Time

By Sally Beauvais

Private space flight company Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard rocket from West Texas Wednesday afternoon, marking the twelfth test flight for the reusable rocket.

Wednesday’s launch lasted just over 10 minutes, with a maximum velocity of more than 2,200 miles per hour and an estimated peak altitude of around 343,000 feet.


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Balmorhea State Park Pool is fed by the San Solomon Springs, one of the six natural occurring springs located near the community of Balmorhea. (Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public Radio)

Scientists Struggle To Gain Access To Land To Study The Region’s Source Of Ground Water

By Mitch Borden

Concerns around water use in the Balmorhea area have increased in recent years as oil companies, like Houston-based Apache Corporation, have begun drilling near the area’s small farming communities.

With the boost in activity, researchers have been trying to track and understand the water systems feeding the region’s natural springs. But for the most part, they’ve run into roadblocks when it comes to accessing private land to study the sources of the region’s groundwater.


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At the EPIC office in El Paso, volunteers type up the information they gathered during legal screenings at an immigration detention center. (Mallory Falk / KERA News)

Collaborative Aims To Bolster Legal Services For Detained Asylum Seekers In El Paso Sector

By Mallory Falk, KERA

The Otero County Processing Center is a squat, beige facility surrounded by desert, about 30 minutes outside El Paso, in Chaparral, New Mexico. Last fall, a group of volunteers drove out to the site, to meet with some of the asylum seekers detained there.

“We’re truly in the middle of nowhere,” says Elaina Vermeulen, a legal assistant visiting from California.


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A natural gas flare is pictured near Orla, Texas, in 2018. (Travis Bubenik / Courthouse News Service)

Environmentalists Settle Pollution Case Against Texas Gas Plant

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News

An environmental group reached a tentative settlement Tuesday in a federal air pollution lawsuit targeting a natural gas plant in the heart of the nation’s largest oilfield.

The James Lake Midstream facility gathers and processes natural gas near the West Texas town of Odessa in the epicenter of the booming Permian Basin oil patch. The Sierra Club first notified the plant of its intention to sue over alleged Clean Air Act violations in March.


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A natural gas flare burns in Pecos County in West Texas. (Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune)

Pipeline Giant Sues Railroad Commission, Alleging Lax Oversight Of Natural Gas Flaring

By Kiah Collier, Texas Tribune

A major pipeline operator is suing the Texas Railroad Commission — the state agency that regulates oil and gas drilling — alleging that it has blatantly disregarded longstanding state law that restricts the controversial and growing practice of burning off natural gas.


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The Otero County Processing Center is one of five immigration detention facilities in the El Paso sector, which spans West Texas and New Mexico. (Mallory Falk / KERA News)

Legal Help Out Of Reach For Many Asylum Seekers In El Paso Sector Detention Centers

By Mallory Falk, KERA

When Jesús Enrique Rodriguez Mendoza turned himself in to immigration officials, he figured he would be detained but assumed it would be for a short time. Instead, he spent nearly two years in an El Paso detention facility.

“You feel like you’re being punished and it’s a horrendous feeling,” he said. It’s not what he expected after fleeing political persecution in Venezuela. 


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John Love III Drops Out Of The 2020 Texas U.S. Senate Race

By Mitch Borden

After announcing that he would run for the Democratic nomination to unseat Texas’s long-time Republican senator John Cornyn, Midland city councilman John Love the third has ended his campaign. 

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Beto O’Rourke repeats he’s not running for Senate despite continued speculation

By Patrick Svitek and Abby Livingston, Texas Tribune

Beto O’Rourke is reiterating that he is not running for U.S. Senate next year as speculation swirls ahead of the Monday filing deadline.

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Wendy Davis Officially Files To Run For Texas’ 21st Congressional Seat

By David Martin Davies, Texas Public Radio

Former Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis filed to run for Congress on Wednesday. She seeks the Democratic nomination for the 21st congressional district of Texas, which covers the Hill Country and reaches into the San Antonio and Austin areas. 

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Fighting Non-Native Plants in Big Bend National Park

Sweeping prairies, mountain meadows, river canyons – there are places in rural West Texas that feel timeless. And indeed, such places often retain much of their primordial character. Yet no place, however remote, is untouched by the environmental changes humans … Continue reading

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Thu. Dec 5 Interview: Mountain Lions of West Texas; Poet Sally Wen Mao

Michael Stangl puts a collar on a mountain lion. (Courtesy of)

Michael Stangl

The Trans-Pecos is home to one of the largest populations of mountain lions in Texas. Since 2011, the Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resource Management has been studying the mountain lion population in the Davis Mountains.

Diana Nguyen speaks Michael Stangl — a Sul Ross State University graduate student who’s been working with BRI — about the takeaways from their research on the mysterious creatures.



Sally Wen Mao (Sookoon Ang)

Sally Wen Mao

Later on the show, Nguyen talks to award-winning poet Sally Wen Mao.

She’s visiting Marfa as a Lannan writer in residence and is the author of Mad Honey Symposium, and most recently, Oculus.

They discuss Mao’s newest collection which reimagines the flattened narratives of women of color and critically looks at the roles and representations that Asian women endure in a society that continually objectifies them.


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