TXDot Receives $50M For Permian Basin Projects

By Mitch Borden 

Permian Basin roads are buckling under the strain of commercial traffic as the region’s oil industry booms. Congested roads are stifling production and creating public safety hazards, but a recent federal grant may relieve some of the stress put on the region’s infrastructure.


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Dr. Katie Ray checks on pregnant patient Reba Griggs at a rural community clinic in Marfa. Griggs spent the first half of her pregnancy traveling to hospitals three hours away in Odessa before transferring to Ray’s clinic. (Natalie Krebs)

When Obstetrics Units Close, Rural Hospitals Save At The Expense Of Women’s Health

By Natalie Krebs

Forty years ago, nearly all of the state’s rural hospitals delivered babies, but today, that only happens in about 40 percent of those facilities. That’s because many obstetrics units are closing down.


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Midwest Retailer Shopko Closing Multiple Stores, Including One In Presidio

This week Wisconsin  retailer Shopko announced it would close 39 stores in 19 states across the country, including one in Presidio.

The announcement comes as the company is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to Bloomberg.


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Aerial view of the tent city at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in Tornillo on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The shelter opened in June and has grown approximately 10 times in size, compared to file photos. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune.

With Contract Set To Expire, Still No Word On What’s Next For Immigration Center At Tornillo

After receiving several contract extensions, the tent city’s operators say they want the government to find a long-term solution. But they also don’t want to abandon the children held there.


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Roseland Klein, host of “Classical Midday,” posing with her mannequins while enjoying a glass of champagne. (Diana Nguyen)

What Kind Of Yoga Does Roseland Klein Do And How Often?

There’s no denying it — Classical Midday host and longtime Fort Davis resident Roseland Klein is in great shape. Roseland, lovingly known as the matriarch of Marfa Public Radio, is celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday, December 8th. And like many of us … Continue reading

An Austin Police officer on a motorcycle on I-35 near downtown Austin on May 10, 2016. (Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT)

Lawsuit Claims Texas’ Driver License-Suspension Program Is Unconstitutional

By Andrew Weber, KUT News

A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is suing the Texas Department of Public Safety over its automatic driver license-suspension program. The suit alleges the state’s Driver Responsibility Program has unconstitutionally suspended 1.4 million Texans’ licenses for failure to pay fines.


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For a long time, 911 calls for car wrecks and traumatic accidents in Glasscock County were few and far between. But the calls have now doubled. (Mitch Borden/Marfa Public Radio)

In the Permian Basin, An Increase In Traffic Accidents Is Taking A Toll On EMTs

By Mitch Borden

Driving in the Permian Basin can be dangerous. Roads are packed, huge commercial trucks barrel down the highways, drivers can be careless. The rate of fatal car crashes in the region is rising steeply.

This increase can be difficult and personal for first responders who see these wrecks and take care of the injured.


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A Health and Human Services-operated tent shelter housing migrant children in Tornillo, TX will remain open until at least the end of the year. (Courtesy HHS)

West Texas Migrant Shelter To Retroactively Do Fingerprint Checks On Staff

A federal agency says they will now retroactively perform FBI-fingerprint checks on all employees at a temporary shelter for migrant children in West Texas.

Initial background checks were less rigorous.


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Currently, Presidio residents have to drive 85 miles to Alpine or 150 miles to Fort Stockton to get in-person driver's license services. (Sally Beauvais / Marfa Pubic Radio)

Presidio Officials Say Drivers License Office On Track To Reopen In January

In Presidio, a drivers license office that’s been shuttered for months is on track to reopen in January. The Department of Public Safety halted services there in August, as local branches grappled with a staffing shortage. 

Now, city officials in Presidio say DPS is training former employee Alma Martin — who worked for department for 28 years before retiring in 2016 — to reopen the office. She’ll be able to offer both license renewals and driving tests for area residents.


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George H.W. Bush, Who Helped Build The Republican Party In Texas, Dead At 94

Former President George H.W. Bush died Friday night. He was 94. The nation’s 41st president helped build the Republican Party in Texas.

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Ex-Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Indicted On Murder Charge In Killing Of Botham Jean

A former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her upstairs neighbor in his apartment in September will be tried for murder.

On Friday, a Dallas County grand jury indicted Amber Guyger, who is white, for killing Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant who was black.

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“We Were Intimidated Every Day.” One Nicaraguan’s Story On The Threats Her Family Faces

The United States is threatening sanctions against Nicaragua in response to alleged electoral fraud and human rights abuses. More than 300 people have been killed since April. Hundreds of others, many of them college students, are in jail. The chaos is triggering large scale flight with human rights workers in Nicaragua’s capital of Managua
saying that at least a thousand Nicaraguans are either applying or planning to apply to come legally to the United States.

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Remembering The Porvenir Massacre More Than 100 Years Later

By Diana Nguyen

In the early 1900s, a tragic event took place on the West Texas borderlands. Today at the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa, the “Porvenir Massacre” will be memorialized by the Texas Historical Commission at 2 pm — a long process that’s been wrought with controversy.

For the descendants of Porvenir victims, understanding this tragic and painful history is a process that’s taken more than 100 years.

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From White House Journalist to Dishwasher – The Demise of Billy Lee Brammer

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the tragic downfall of Billy Lee Brammer.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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