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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Barbie Jeep Cruising: The Ups and Downs of Trending

In today’s world, all it takes is the right post to be in the spotlight. For many, a simple picture or video of their day can turn into thousands of likes and shares across social media platforms. Texas State University has had its fair amount of trending students. From the girl…

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Stepping into Reality

I’ve been a student at Murray State for going on seven semesters. Meaning, I’ve essentially lived in Murray, Kentucky on and off for about three years. That’s a long time – more than enough time to get to know the area and community within Murray, one might say. So why…

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Behind the Lens

I’ve never been shy to shove a camera in someone’s face. I was about 12 years old when camera phones started to get really popular, and I wasted no time in filling my contact list with pictures of all my friends in silly poses. In high school I would take…

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Why affordable housing in San Marcos is hard to find

By Ross Griffith and Victoria Robinson San Marcos, Texas is a rapidly expanding city with a severe lack of housing options for the nearly 40 percent of residents who live below the poverty level. The majority of residents rent houses and apartments, while homeowners represent only 27 percent of the…

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The Pressure of My First Interview

I had never interviewed anyone alone until I interviewed Maria Calcaben from the PODER Learning Center. I’m new to this whole journalism thing. Sure, I’m a Mass Communication major, but I never thought I would actually be reporting anything. I’m not accustomed to asking follow-up questions and I haven’t perfected…

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Youth find resources in San Marcos community

By Ross Griffith and Victoria Robinson Stability can be hard to come by for the one in four San Marcos youth living in poverty and the more than 100 children a year housed in an emergency shelter. Eddie Warner, services supervisor at the Greater San Marcos Youth Council, said the…

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What one reporter left Redwood Baptist Church with

Early morning Sundays are quiet times in San Marcos, Texas. The student body of Texas State University usually remains locked away until after noon, and you can pretend for a moment you aren’t in a college town (if you ignore the sprawl of bars and trendy fast food establishments). On…

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VBM partners with Austin American-Statesman and Latina Lista to cover poverty in San Marcos, TX

About Me “Howdy, y’all!” – me, Allison Borthwick, an Indianapolis, Ind., native who has obviously been in Texas for only two weeks. How did not-so-little ol’ me wind up in Central Texas for the summer? Allow me to pull a quote from one of my favorite books. “I have been…

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