Changing our economy through culture

There’s a reason America’s economic classes are growing farther apart, and it’s not just the money. I have lived in the South for my entire life. Most of that time has been in Central Texas, surrounded both by poverty and by all different kinds of money: little and big, old…

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Forward with fear: Telling better stories

We are all scared of something. Some of our fears are easily explained, like deadly spider bites or the open ocean or piercing needles. But sometimes, fear is a bit more complicated. I have always dreamed of being a writer. Even before I began to grow up, before I tried…

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Family residential center remains mystery to local Karnes City community

Every so often, in every community, an enigma rises to the surface. Living unassumingly in the quiet of a small town or the manicured lawns of suburbia, a mystery neighbor lurks suspiciously out of sight of weary peers. Residents know little, see little and hear only gossip. Sometimes, this character is endearing.…

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Central American migrants underrepresented in court

What happens when war, broken families and a spike in illegal border crossings combine? For the 110,000 children and families apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border last summer, the result is back logged immigration cases, some with court dates as far out as 2019, and some that have been cancelled altogether.…

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