Central Michigan ends wild trip west in Sun Bowl against WSU
Central Michigan's trip west has turned wild, and the Chippewas still have the goal of ending a five-game losing streak in bowl games. One thing didn't change: Central Michigan (8-4) is still in the desert southwest for a New Year's Eve bowl game.news.yahoo.com
“I thought he was going to kill me”: Migrants say return of Trump-era border policy will put asylum seekers in danger
A Cuban woman sent to Ciudad Juárez after seeking asylum in El Paso was raped as she waited for her U.S. court date. She worries more migrants could be victims of violence as the Biden administration revives the "remain in Mexico" program.
Among El Pasoans, Beto O’Rourke’s gubernatorial run excites loyal fans and revives longtime grudges
El Pasoans who have followed O’Rourke’s political career are excited about his run for governor. But his critics still remember his support of a development plan that could have displaced Mexican American residents from one of the city’s oldest barrios.
U.S. reopens land borders with Mexico to vaccinated travelers
EL PASO — After 19 months of closure, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday reopened its ports of entry to vaccinated travelers from Mexico, a long-awaited event for business owners who depend on tourists and Mexican nationals who had not been able to visit family on the American side for more than a year and a half.myrgv.com
Democratic state Reps. Claudia Ordaz Perez and Art Fierro will vie for the same El Paso House seat due to redistricting
Ordaz Perez announced she will challenge Fierro after new political maps forced her to run against another incumbent if she wanted to seek a new term. Democrats have criticized the GOP-drawn House map for diluting the El Paso area's representation.
CDC panel unanimously endorses Moderna and J&J Covid boosters, sending to director for final approval
An influential Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee on Thursday unanimously recommended boosters of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccines, sending it to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky for final approval. It also endorsed J&J boosters for everyone 18 and older who received the initial shot at least two months ago. More than 39 million Moderna recipients and nearly 13 million J&J recipients may be eligible for a booster dose as early as Friday, according to a slide presented by the CDC during the meeting. Moderna recipients can get a booster at half the dosage of the original two shots. It often occurred in young men and usually after the second dose, he said.cnbc.com
After months of store closures and layoffs, border businesses eager to welcome back Mexican customers Nov. 8
For 19 months, business owners along the Texas-Mexico border have seen a drastic drop in customers because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. With land borders scheduled to reopen Nov. 8, they are banking on a return to pre-pandemic sales.
Workforce Solutions Borderplex announces near $2 increase to living wage – The Big Bend Sentinel
By Big Bend SentinelEL PASO – A family of three, including two full-time working adults and one child, must earn no less than $14.39 per hour to be able to provide basic family needs without leaning on public assistance. Previously, the living wage was set at $12.51 per hour. WSB will not invest into training for occupations that earn below this hourly wage. Living wage earnings reflect the geographic costs related to supporting a family with basic necessities including food, childcare, health insurance, housing, transportation, civic needs (quality of life recreational activities and administrative expenses). “Anyone living below those wages poses a challenge for this economy to survive, much less thrive.”bigbendsentinel.com
Beto O’Rourke on Matthew McConaughey: “I don’t know how he feels about any of the issues”
In a Texas Tribune Festival interview, the former member of Congress discussed the fight for voting rights, his takeaways from his last two runs for office and speculation about his becoming a candidate for governor.
Flooding feedback needed from residents, organizations across West Texas – The Big Bend Sentinel
By Big Bend SentinelEL PASO – If you live in West Texas and have experienced flooding at your home or business, the Upper Rio Grande Regional Flood Planning Group (URGRFPG) wants to hear from you. As part of the Texas Water Development Board’s statewide flood planning process, the Rio Grande Council of Governments has sponsored the URGRFPG to ensure West Texans from across the 23-county area have a voice in helping the state prioritize flood control projects. The ongoing Upper Rio Grande (Region 14) Flood Plan is identifying and evaluating projects to mitigate flooding for people, property and businesses across the region. Going forward, only the projects listed in the 2023 State Flood Plan will be eligible for funding support through TWDB’s Flood Infrastructure Fund. Here’s How You Can Get Involved:bigbendsentinel.com
Mexico border summit featuring former Mexican President Felipe Calderón – The Big Bend Sentinel
EL PASO – The Borderplex Alliance is hosting its annual U.S./Mexico Border Summit on Thursday, November 4, in El Paso, and this year's keynote speech will be delivered by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón.bigbendsentinel.com
Burger sale on Saturday to benefit Yvonne Zubiate’s cancer treatment – The Big Bend Sentinel
By Big Bend SentinelPRESIDIO — After Yvonne Zubiate received a cancer diagnosis this year, she began undergoing chemotherapy in El Paso every two weeks to fight the illness. Zubiate is a parent liaison at Presidio ISD’s Lucy Rede Franco Middle School, and when the PISD community heard the news, they began organizing ways to help her. To assist with the costs of the treatment, the Presidio ISD police are fundraising to cover her medical expenses by hosting a burger sale on Saturday at the PISD Police Department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Tickets come at the price of an $8 donation and can be purchased at the PISD Police Department office. “The doctors are very optimistic that she will recover after a few months of intensive treatments as well as surgery,” her family wrote in a GoFundMe fundraising page for Zubiate. “Even though this is the beginning of a long road ahead for our mom and all the family, we continue to remain hopeful for a successful recovery.”bigbendsentinel.com
Plan for Texas to host Afghan evacuees gets bipartisan support though experts are wary
Critics warn that the base is ‘not safe’ because of concerns for migrant children held there after crossing the Mexico border Cars wait to enter Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Photograph: Juan Carlos LLorca/AP There was bipartisan support in Texas this weekend for housing Afghan evacuees at the million-acre Fort Bliss military base, in El Paso near the Mexico border. But one immigration rights expert warned both that those escaping the Taliban might need to stay at the facility as long as a year,news.yahoo.com
Husband of woman killed in Texas Walmart mass shooting dies
A man who drew worldwide sympathy and support after his wife was killed in the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart has died. Antonio Basco died Saturday, according to a statement from Perches Funeral Homes in El Paso. Basco and Margie Reckard had been married for 22 years when Reckard was among 23 people fatally shot on Aug. 3, 2019.news.yahoo.com
Garden to open for El Paso Walmart shooting 2nd anniversary
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Officials in the border city of El Paso will unveil a garden Tuesday that is meant to bring healing two years after a gunman targeting Latinos opened fire at a Walmart, killing 23 people in an attack that stunned the U.S. and Mexico.myrgv.com
Texas veterans homes overseen by George P. Bush were often the deadliest places to be during COVID-19 pandemic
Seven of the state's nine veterans homes had a fatality rate of 25% or more, far higher than the statewide average of 11% for nursing homes. Bush has vowed to not renew the operators’ contracts.
In first trip to U.S.-Mexico border as vice president, Kamala Harris focuses on causes of immigration
Harris toured Border Patrol facilities in El Paso and met with local groups that aid migrants, but Republicans continued to attack her for not visiting the Rio Grande Valley, where a large number of border apprehensions are happening.
El Paso woman arrested after posing as daughter at school in viral video
An El Paso-area mother was arrested after posing as her child at a San Elizario-area school, according to<a href="https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/crime/2021/06/04/30-year-old-woman-casey-garcia-arrested-accused-posing-san-elizario-school-district-student/7552424002/" target="_blank"> a report from the El Paso Times.</a>
Texas Republican leaders promised action on gun safety after the El Paso shooting. Instead, they passed permitless carry.
The Legislature passed a bill allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license or training — an expansion of gun rights so divisive Republican leaders in previous years refused to touch it.