So Far From Care: The long road from Far West Texas to get an abortion

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, people in states around the country are now finding themselves forced to travel long distances to access legal abortion. But in Far West Texas, that’s long been the reality. In a special series, three Big Bend residents share their stories of traveling to get an abortion over the last 15 years.


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Sandra Cardona Alanís, co-founder of Necesito Abortar México, conducts a press interview in her home office in Monterrey, Mexico, on June 27, 2022. The organization, which has gained international attention since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, helps people access abortions in the comfort of their home. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune)

Volunteer networks in Mexico aid at-home abortions without involving doctors or clinics. They’re coming to Texas.

Before abortion was legal in parts of Mexico, an extensive “accompaniment” system grew to help women safely terminate pregnancies on their own. Its organizers are now moving abortion-inducing medication across the border and helping replicate the system in the United States.


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People leave flowers at a makeshift memorial for shooting victims at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart, in El Paso.

Lawmakers criticized for gun violence on third anniversary of the mass shooting in El Paso

While Texans are still reeling from the May shooting in Uvalde that claimed the lives of 21 people, the state faces another somber reminder this week of the proliferation of gun violence in Texas.


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Jenny More. (Douglas Friedman / Chinati Foundation)

Chinati Foundation’s director steps down after nearly nine years at the Marfa arts organization

Jenny Moore was appointed as Chinati’s director in 2013. Last month, the non-profit that preserves the work of the late minimalist artist Donald Judd announced she would be stepping down effective July 31.


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People who were apprehended by state troopers after crossing the border are brought to the International Bridge in Eagle Pass on May 28 to be handed over to Border Patrol custody. (Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune)

Legal questions shroud Gov. Greg Abbott’s move to bus migrants back to the border

Some experts say the actions create little change in immigration enforcement. Others say they invite a legal battle.


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In the Big Bend’s booming tourism industry, some raise concerns about taxes used to promote more tourism

The number of people flocking to Big Bend National Park has grown to record-high numbers, fueling a boom in the region’s broader tourism industry. Because of that, some are questioning the wisdom of special lodging-related taxes used to promote more tourism.


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Church members mourn at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Uvalde. (Patricia Lim / KUT)

Uvalde survivors face bureaucracy and confusion as they struggle to stay afloat financially

In the aftermath of the tragedy, thousands of people donated millions of dollars to help families and survivors. Now, those recovering say they need those funds.


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Presidio County commissioners at a meeting on July 13, 2022. (Travis Bubenik / Marfa Public Radio)

Presidio County officials approve disaster declaration calling migrant crossings an “invasion”

The Big Bend county, despite its status as a rare Democrat stronghold in Texas, has become the latest county to embrace a Republican-led campaign urging Gov. Greg Abbott to declare a border “invasion” and try to assert broader immigration enforcement powers.


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Wild Sheep Showdown in West Texas: As Aoudad Boom, Scientists See a Threat to Native Wildlife

The return of desert bighorn sheep to West Texas is one of the state’s marquee conservation stories. These majestic animals had been eradicated here by the 1960s. Some 1,500 now roam the Texas mountains – a testament to the sustained … Continue reading

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O’Rourke says Abbott is ‘chaos’ and ‘corruption’, kicking off multi-week campaign trek across Texas

The Democratic gubernatorial hopeful kicked off his 49-day Drive for Texas campaign — a 5,600-mile trek with stops across the state — in El Paso Tuesday night and pulled no punches in his verbal assault against incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

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“Systemic failures” in Uvalde shooting went far beyond local police, Texas House report details

The most extensive account of the shooting to date says that after the Uvalde schools police chief failed to take charge, better-equipped departments should have stepped up to fill the leadership void.

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El noticiero semanal: Condado de Presidio declara una “invasión,” un roble perdido en Big Bend, y problemas de infraestructura en Odessa

El noticiero semanal de Marfa Public Radio es un resumen de historias locales y estatales de la semana.

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Uvalde shooting surveillance video released by Texas media outlets

The Austin American-Statesman and KVUE published surveillance video taken the day of the deadly mass shooting in Uvalde. | Lea esta nota en español

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