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As the United States engages the terrorist organization ISIS or ISIL in Iraq and Syria, there are people here sounding the alarm that the Texas Mexico border is being crossed by members of the Islamic State seeking to harm to Americans.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter was on Fox News this week (video below) saying that he believes that members of ISIS have already crossed the border.

Ryan E. Poppe

Appearing at a campaign event in Austin, Republican nominee for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick labeled himself the true pro-business candidate running  in November touting dozens of endorsements from business and trade-associations. 

Houston Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick started his speech, listing off the number of business associations that support his candidacy.

Penny Malone

You probably think of church when you think of altars, but  you might also think of art. And not just art—sacred art. Non-denominational sacred art.

“They are--almost all—spiritual, and almost all non-religious.”

That’s Celebration Circle’s Spiritual Director Rudi Harst and he’s talking about a series of altars built by artists. Here’s how it happened.

“We give fifty-plus artists identical wooden boxes," he explained. "Two months later they bring them back with totally different expressions of what’s important to each one of them individually.”

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On Fronteras: New HUD Secretary Julian Castro says he wants to lower rents and help more people attain the dream of home ownership. The number of babies born with drug addictions has risen over the last decade or so in New Mexico. We look at efforts to encourage pregnant mothers with drug addictions to get help. Senator John Cornyn’s re-election campaign is looking beyond November, to the future of the Republican Party in Texas. Also, Commentator Yvette Benavides weighs in on Mattel’s Mariachi Barbie. The doll has already made waves on social media.

Adam Peché

It’s a stage production about something that’s come and gone decades ago. I spoke to SAY Si’s Joy Jimenez about what La Carpa Garcia was.

“They were a traveling tent show.”

The ‘they’ is the extended Garcia Family.

“They were a family that took their tents—the Carpas—around to many neighborhoods and Mexican barrios around the southwest,” she explained.

This was back in the 1920s, '30s and '40s. They were singers, dancers, circus performers, entertainers.  

“They ended up settling in San Antonio when the Carpas shut down in the '40s,” said Jimenez.