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AUSTIN — Domingo Martinez, 42, was crossing East Riverside Drive when a vehicle struck and killed him on Nov. 8. Police said the driver did not stop to provide aid. 

Bethany Clark, 20, was crossing Howard Lane when a city bus fatally collided with her as it made a right turn on Sept. 14.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

  The terrorist attacks on 9-11 dramatically changed the U.S. Mexico border. The border was hardened and crossing became a burdensome process. There are concerns that with this latest wave of international terror attacks that the border will again undergo a metamorphosis that will make travel more difficult and further cut off the cross cultural flow across the Rio Grande. Already there are calls from politicians for more security – a bigger wall – and a stronger military style presence to protect America.

For women living on the frontier of New Spain around 1800 – life was tough. But, these Spanish Colonial women were afforded more rights than you might think. To learn more about what can be known about these women’s lives, faith, and economic power through their wills, Texas Public Radio's Virginia Alvino spoke to Amy Porter.

From Texas Standard:

Over the past several months, Texas has become home to hundreds of Syrian refugees. These people fled their homes because of terrible war conditions that made life dangerous, unstable and completely unpredictable – a far cry from the ideals of freedom that both Texas and France uphold today.

After Friday’s attacks, and a report that at least one of the Paris attackers slipped through Europe’s refugee screening system from Syria, many are beginning to wonder if Western countries will continue to be as welcoming.


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Texas is known for being an energy producing state, but while many still associate the state with oil and natural gas, others are catching up with the state's renewable energy bonanza. Texas is leading the nation in the production of wind power. In fact there's so much wind power being generated at night that one energy company, TXU, has created a program to provide free electricity to consumers who sign up for this particular plan.

But that plan does have considerably higher priced electricity metered during the daytime.