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Marfa Public Radio is working on a new show called the Desert Dispatch, centered on your voices

Marfa Public Radio is working on a new show called the Desert Dispatch, centered on your voices. Got something you want to share on the radio? A missed connection? A note to a neighbor? A remembrance? Want to just shout into the void?


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Nurses at a Midland vaccination clinic fill syringes with. Pfizers COVID -19 vaccine. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio0

El noticiero semanal: Mantenerse saludable durante una posible “tripledemia”, nuevos proyectos de ley de aborto y derechos LGBTQ, y actualizaciones de la red eléctrica estatal

El noticiero semanal de Marfa Public Radio es un resumen de las principales historias de la semana de nuestros reporteros y socios de NPR en todo el estado.


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Hopkins County officials last month approved a local disaster declaration due to the ongoing border crisis. Hopkins County, which includes Sulphur Springs, is at least an eight-hour drive to the Texas-Mexico border. (Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson)

A growing number of Texas rural counties are declaring local immigration “disasters”

The latest county to make a disaster declaration is an eight-hour drive away from the Texas-Mexico border, but local officials there say they’re under “invasion.”


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Ice covers trees and power lines in South Austin during a winter storm in February 2021. (Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT)

Extreme winter weather could still lead to blackouts, Texas’ power grid operator says

A seasonal report from ERCOT shows the grid should hold up under normal winter conditions. But there are scenarios in which the grid operator would need to institute blackouts like it did in 2021.


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El Paso District Attorney Yvonne Rosales, seen passing out flyers at the El Paso National Night Out 2022, has faced a series of scandals since she took office in 2021. (Gaby Velasquez/USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Connectv)

Facing possible removal for alleged incompetence, El Paso District Attorney Yvonne Rosales resigns

The first-term DA was under fire for the office’s mishandling of criminal cases and for potentially jeopardizing the prosecution of the man charged in the 2019 Walmart massacre.


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Essay: What you see is what there is

A new travel book from the publisher Wildsam includes personal essays exploring the people and history that make up the Big Bend region. One of essays is about life in Marfa. The essay’s author — longtime Marfa resident and journalist Sterry Butcher — says she wanted her essay to capture the authenticity of a small town, and all that might not be immediately clear to people visiting for the first time.


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Midland Christian School has grown over the past 65 years from a school that served a handful of students to hundreds. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

As Midland private school leaders face indictments, their supporters question the conduct of local police

Current and former leaders at Midland Christian School and Trinity School of Midland were indicted this month on state felony charges for allegedly concealing the abuse of children.

The two schools were investigated for two separate, unconnected incidents, but the schools’ supporters have united to call on the City of Midland to look into how local police approached these cases.


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Longtime Marfa Public Radio DJ officially named Morning Edition host

In the last few years, Julie Bernal — in addition to hosting music shows on Marfa Public Radio — has been a frequent voice on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Beginning Nov. 22, she’ll be the official voice of Morning Edition on Marfa Public Radio.


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Workers at a fracking rig in Midland. Studies have linked disposal of fracking wastewater with an increase in seismic activity in Texas, and the Texas Railroad Commission is now investigating a 5.4 magnitude quake that struck West Texas this week. (Jerod Foster for The Texas Tribune)

Texas oil and gas agency investigating 5.4 magnitude earthquake in West Texas, the largest in three decades

The quake was the third largest in Texas history, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. An increase in seismic activity in Texas has been linked to injecting fracking wastewater underground.


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Archeologist Sam Cason conducting a metal detecting survey at the Porvenir Massacre site. (Jessica Lutz)

New archaeology could change story behind borderland massacre by Texas Rangers

Findings at the Porvenir site in West Texas call into question the U.S. Army’s involvement in the Mexican Revolution.


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Calls for Biden to restore asylum procedures amplify after court blocks border policy

The order to end Title 42 is on hold as the Biden administration works to implement an “orderly transition” but calls for reform are already gaining traction. And while advocates for migrants are happy with the decision, Texas Republicans said the decision will lead to chaos at the border.

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Texas election turnout dropped again this year. Experts aren’t surprised.

If the old saying “people who don’t vote can’t complain” is true, then hundreds of thousands of Texas registered voters will have to stay quiet until the next election.

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Top Trinity School Of Midland Officials indicted for allegedly attempting to conceal sexual abuse

In February, four administrators at the private Christian school were arrested after a former student detailed to police how they had been previously abused by a classmate for months — and how school officials did not act after being informed of the situation.

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El noticiero semanal: Resultados de las elecciones de medio tiempo de 2022 en el oeste de Texas

Haz clic aquí para ver los resultados de las elecciones de la región de Big Bend y la Cuenca del Pérmico. | Read this story in English

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Lori Blong defeats Jerry Morales in race to be Midland’s next mayor

Current city councilwoman Lori Blong swept Midland’s mayoral election, defeating her main opponent with over 51% of the vote.

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