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Rockdale: The Tiny Texas Town That's Turning To Bitmining

Rockdale, Texas, was chosen as the site for what some describe as the biggest bitcoin mine in the country. A Chinese company plans on bringing 400 jobs, while investing $500 million in the mine, which is where rows of computer processors solve complex computations and are awarded digital currency. This comes after a series of booms and busts for this town of 5,600 people.

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2018 Midterm Elections

Beto O’Rourke Raised $38 Million In The Third Quarter — About Three Times Ted Cruz’s Haul

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, raised $38.1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign in the third quarter, a new record for the largest fundraising quarter ever in a U.S. Senate race , according to his campaign.

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Drugs overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under the age of 50 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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When Sen. Ted Cruz squared off with his Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke in their first debate in Dallas, the discussion highlighted a stark contrast of choices for Texas voters in November.

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Rockdale, Texas, was chosen as the site for what some describe as the biggest bitcoin mine in the country. A Chinese company plans on bringing 400 jobs, while investing $500 million in the mine, which is where rows of computer processors solve complex computations and are awarded digital currency. This comes after a series of booms and busts for this town of 5,600 people.


From a field of ripe cotton, the triangular tops of giant tents swoop up behind a covered fence next to a border crossing where drivers tow banged-up used vehicles into Mexico. From the outside, this is about all that's visible of the temporary shelter for migrant children set up on a remote stretch of West Texas desert.

When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his re-election bid, he highlighted many of his accomplishments from his years in office.

What he left out was his indictment on three felony charges. We talk to Texas Observer staff writer Michael Barajas about his case.

Then, a homemade political yard sign caught the attention of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. So much so, it was seized by police (11:00). And finally, here in Texas, folks opt to observe Indigenous People’s Day rather than Columbus Day (22:52).  


Carter Brown / Maverick Carter House

The historic Maverick-Carter House has opened its doors to the public for the first time on Tuesday.

 


Pete Flores, the Republican who won the seat for Senate District 19, was officially sworn into office Friday.Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public RadioEdit | Remove

Pete Flores, the Republican who won the seat for Senate District 19, was officially sworn into office Friday.


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Decades ago, San Antonio was called the "Heavy Metal Capital of the World," when a particular sound of fist-pumping rock 'n' roll had music-lovers headbanging through South Texas and beyond. 


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As Neil Sedaka once said, breaking up is hard to do. And sometimes breakups happen in very awkward ways – over dinner, in a public place, via text or even on social media. This week, Steve Fischer, an El Paso attorney, posted a break-up letter at the Texas Tribune's TribTalk.org commentary section titled "Y'all, we need a divorce.” The relationship he wants to ditch is one between his hometown and the rest of Texas.  His argument: El Paso has been neglected by the rest of the state for the last 168 years, culminating in a certain disaffection many El Pasoans feel today.  

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Near railroad tracks, in the shadow of the Interstate 37 interchange, and about a football field away from the Alamodome, sits a house dating back to 1883 — a mauve- and cream-colored Roatzsch-Griesenbeck-Arciniega house, the only old structure within hundreds of yards.


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The 96th season of first-class chamber music from the Tuesday Musical Club's Artist Series opens this week with the sounds of the award-winning Trio con Brio Copenhagen at 2 p.m. on October 9, at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church. The group is based in Denmark and was formed in 1999 by pianist Jens Elvekjaer, and sisters Soo-Jin Hong and Soo-Kyung Hong (to whom Elvekjaer is married).

HemisFair '68 was held April 6 to Oct. 6, 1968. The theme of the fair was the confluence of civilization in the Americas.
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Fifty years ago, HemisFair '68 opened its gates. The international extravaganza, held at the heart of the city, opened on April 6, 1968, and closed six months later on Oct. 6th.


"Vintage HemisFair '68 Postcard": The Texas World's Fair was held in San Antonio. The Tower Of The Americas was buit for HemisFair '68
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As San Antonio celebrates its 300th birthday, HemisFair '68 celebrates its 50th. The world's fair opened April 6, 1968, closed six months later, and San Antonio would never be the same.


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