Strangest State: February 2019

Drue Wagner WICHITA FALLS // A woman was banned from Walmart after drinking wine from a Pringles can while astride an electric shopping cart. The Wichita Falls Times-Record-News reports that when a police officer arrived at the store around 9 …

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Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:36:14 PM CST


Christian Conservatives Bring Alarmist #BanTheBible Message to Texas Capitol

In hopes of protecting their religious right to discriminate against LGBTQ people, Texas conservatives have turned to a perplexing new message this legislative session: #BanTheBible. The hashtag, pushed nonstop for the past month by Jonathan Saenz, president of religious-right lobby …

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Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:37:46 AM CST


Loon Star: VOTER FRAUD ALERT

Ben Sargent To see more political cartoons from Ben Sargent, visit our Loon Star State section, or find Observer political reporting here.

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:30:04 AM CST


Valeria Luiselli’s Third Novel Reckons with the Trauma Inflicted on Migrant Kids

Early in Valeria Luiselli’s virtuosic new novel, Lost Children Archive, the narrator realizes she has entered an ethical minefield. She makes radio documentaries for a living, and while she knows in her bones that testimonios must be recorded of the …

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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:32:09 AM CST


‘Thrown Under the Bus’: Rio Grande Valley Residents Criticize New Border Deal

Late Wednesday, a group of congressional negotiators released the text of a much-anticipated border security compromise meant to stave off a government shutdown that would otherwise take effect Friday night. The deal, hailed by many Democrats and major media outlets …

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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:27:27 PM CST


The Border Debate is Changing at the Capitol. With Newfound Influence, Can Democrats Go Beyond Playing Defense?

In between singing Texas’ economic praises and listing his emergency items for this legislative session, Governor Greg Abbott named another pet priority during his State of the State address last week: fully funding security at the Texas-Mexico border, to the …

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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:21:47 AM CST


El Paso School Consolidation Exposes More Kids to Lead and Other Hazards, Parents Say

Hilda Villegas’ daughters Bernice and Katherine are grown now, but she still shudders when she thinks about their years at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in El Paso. The school is located next to railroad tracks and a metal recycling facility, …

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Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:48:55 PM CST


Could Kinder Morgan’s ‘Permian Highway’ Scar the Hill Country?

The golden-cheeked warbler — a compact, yellow-headed songbird that migrates from Mexico to Central Texas each March — is in trouble. The endangered species, which nests nowhere else but the cedar breaks of the Texas Hill Country and surrounding areas, …

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Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:00:04 AM CST


Federal Judge Dismisses Butterfly Refuge’s Lawsuit over Wall Construction

UPDATE: A federal judge on Thursday dismissed the National Butterfly Center’s lawsuit and motion for a restraining order against the Trump administration over border wall construction in South Texas. The Washington, D.C., judge ruled that the administration had legally waived …

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Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:11:10 PM CST


As a Citizen Included on Texas’ Fake Voter Fraud List, I Call for the Resignation of Secretary of State David Whitley

I still remember the day of my citizenship exam. It was a cold Monday in November 2017, at the San Antonio office of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). I had relentlessly studied the 100 questions about the history and …

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Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:57:01 AM CST




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