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On Fronteras: More Migrant Children? Border Dentistry And Talking In Code

— Last summer tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American minors crossed the Rio Grande and entered the United States. Many were fleeing violence in their countries. Ambassador Thomas Shannon tells Fronteras the U.S. government is hoping a plan being implemented will prevent another wave of child migrants. —After living illegally for years in the United States many residents of Tijuana, Mexico, are being deported to Mexico. Read on for why they're waiting in Tijuana. — Many Texans,...
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The National Daily News Show Of Texas

David Martin Davies / TPR News

AUSTIN — State police agencies are making fewer arrests and fewer traffic stops than the same period a year ago, a drop-off that local officials attribute to sending hundreds of troopers to help secure the Texas-Mexico border.

The Dallas Morning News reports Highway Patrol citations have fallen 14 percent from the previous year, new investigations started by the state criminal investigations division have fallen 13 percent and Texas Rangers arrests have fallen by 25 percent.

AUSTIN — Over the past two decades, Texas agencies have spent at least $30 million on tuition payment programs for state workers in a program with lax rules and oversight, according to a newspaper review of payment records and policies.

Of the three rules governing the payment of tuitions — which include requiring agencies adopt a policy regarding recipient eligibility, put payments toward education programs related to job duties and prohibit agencies from paying in advance of six weeks before classes begin — all may have been violated, the Houston Chronicle reported.


SAN ANTONIO — Jimmy Walker made himself right at home on the Texas Open leaderboard. Walker won his hometown event Sunday to become the first two-time winner this season on the PGA Tour, beating fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by four strokes. “(Spieth) really made me fight hard,” Walker said. “He kept hitting it close, and I had to keep making putts.”

James Baker

A moon, full or not, hanging over the vast open farmland of the Texas coastal plain, always brings to my mind the popular waltz written by the Dujka Brothers, singing of the Moon Over Moravia. These are not the Dujka Brothers of Czechoslovakia, nor are they singing of those historical Czech lands in the east of the Czech Republic. No, these Dujka Brothers are born and bred in Texas, and their Moravia is the small town nestled in the rolling prairies between Schulenburg and Hallettsville.

Warning: Wildflower Picture Season is Also Snake Season

Mar 27, 2015

For most Texans, spring time gives us a small window of opportunity to trek outside in some bearable weather. It's almost become a tradition for Texans to use this precious time to take photos in patches of bluebonnets. But just as we humans are beginning to shake off winter and go outside into the sun, so are are the snakes.

Anyone who's spent a significant time in the southwest can tell you, snake bites are a real danger. So what do you do if you encounter one?

Jack Morgan

There’s something significant going on downtown, and it’s scale is quite impressive. I heard about it from a friend, and drove down to inspect what was going on. At a noisy place, where I-10 meets I-35, right behind the Christopher Columbus Italian-American Society, there’s a very unremarkable urban parking lot. In that lot three young men pour skin-colored paint into big, hand-pump paint cans. Then they begin spraying the paint onto the asphalt.

“My name is Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada.”

Rodriguez-Gerada is the world renowned artist behind this project. 

A Gift Of Art From Two Philanthropic Giants

Mar 27, 2015
James Baker

As I walked out of San Antonio's McNay Museum of Art this morning, after a wonderful interview with Linda Hardberger, I felt as though I were swimming upstream against an unstoppable current of children. They were there to tour the McNay's current exhibition of pieces from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. I had only moments earlier been speaking to Mrs.

Phil Gramm

Senate education leaders heard both sides of an argument to bring a private school voucher-system to the state on Thursday. Some of that testimony included hearing former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, who spoke out very strongly in favor of the bill.

Gramm has been a longtime advocate for private school vouchers. He was invited to speak in front of the Senate’s Education Committee on New Braunfels Republican Sen. Donna Campbell’s bill.

‘I Was Chained To A Bed Spread-Eagle And Blindfolded’

Mar 27, 2015
U.S. Army / via Wikimedia Commons

In the beginning of my captivity, after my first two escape attempts, for about three months I was chained to a bed spread-eagle and blindfolded. The blindfold was only taken off a few times a day to allow me to eat and use the latrine.

... Because of the constant heat and sweat my body where it was in contact with the bed would become sore and raw, burning from the sweat and pressure. ... my eyes where always burning and aching. Around my ankles where the chains where, I developed open wounds that looked like the STAPH infection I had had earlier that year. The infection also appeared on my forehead and side of head ... my body started a steady decline in constant internal sickness that would last through the final year.

EL PASO — A Fort Bliss spokesman says 11 airmen were injured in an accident involving several Humvees at the Army post. Lt. Col. Lee Peters tells the El Paso Times that all of the injured airmen were expected to be released from a hospital Thursday night, updates are awaited on Friday morning.


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