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San Antonio Activists Plan Vigil For Vanessa Guillen At Fort Sam Houston Today

The group Autonomous Brown Berets De San Anto has scheduled a vigil and rally today at 5 p.m. in front of Fort Sam Houston to honor Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen. The event, one of several throughout Texas, will also highlight the violence women in the military and throughout society face on a regular basis.

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Ready For The Bexar County Runoff Elections? Here's All You Need To Know

A reported 3,909 Bexar County residents cast a ballot on the first day of early voting for the July 14 primary runoffs. More than 2,100 Democrats and 1,700 Republicans voted at 31 locations across the county. Are you ready to vote? Here are all of your questions, answered:

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Two women have been hospitalized, one with life-threatening injuries, after a vehicle barreled past a police barrier and into protesters on a freeway overnight in Seattle.

Native American groups are protesting President Trump's Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore on Friday, and some are even calling for the removal of the national monument.

Fifty years ago this summer, the sounds of protest were also ringing through the Black Hills of South Dakota. In 1970, a group of Native American activists scaled Mount Rushmore and occupied it for months to demand the land be returned to the Sioux.

As Americans celebrate Independence Day, a group of artists and activists are flying pro-immigrant, anti-incarceration messages in the skies. They hired fleets of airplanes to sky-write their slogans over 80 locations, including immigration detention facilities, jails, courts and the U.S./Mexico border.

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The group Autonomous Brown Berets De San Anto has scheduled a vigil and rally today at 5 p.m. in front of Fort Sam Houston to honor Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen. The event, one of several throughout Texas, will also highlight the violence women in the military and throughout society face on a regular basis.

Audrey just turned 18 and relishes crossing into adulthood: She voted for the first time this year, graduated high school and is college-bound next month. The honors student typically wakes up "a bundle of nerves," she says, which had fueled her work volunteering, playing varsity sports and leading student government.

But for years, she also struggled with anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder — all of which drove her to work harder.

In addition to COVID-19 case numbers, Texas Public Radio is updating information on how local businesses are adjusting, how you can help those in need and what you can do to stay entertained at home. TPR is also providing live updates on the Rio Grande Valley.

MJ Hegar and TX Sen. Royce West are in a run-off for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
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On Nov. 3, during the General Election, Texans will cast a vote for U.S. Senator.

Republican incumbent John Cornyn is seeking re-election, but who will challenge him from the Democratic Party? That will be decided with a party run-off election.  


Medical workers treat a COVID-19 patient at the United Memorial Medical Center's intensive care unit in Houston on June 29, 2020.
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In the last two weeks, some Texas counties implemented new face mask orders and Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars to shut down — before eventually issuing his own statewide mask order.

Those actions might have been too little, too late. They might not be enough to flatten the rapidly rising curve.  


Texas GOP Votes To Hold In-Person Houston Convention Despite COVID-19 Concerns

Jul 3, 2020
Lucio Vasquez | Houston Public Media

The state Republican Party Thursday night voted to hold an in-person convention in Houston, despite concerns over COVID-19.

Texas Women's Foundation

  • Women in Texas have come a long way, but they’re still trailing behind men economically. Dena L. Jackson is the chief operating officer of the Texas Women’s Foundation, which issued a report that examines the economic status of women in the Lone Star State.

  • The experience of becoming a U.S. citizen is no quick and easy process. Add a global pandemic to the mix and it completely changes the typical pathway to citizenship, which some have been on for years looking forward to the day they take their oath.

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