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Lauren Terrazas / Texas Public Radio

Calls for uniting America -- and for gun reform -- echoed through the streets of El Paso Saturday. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) organized a march a week after a mass shooting rocked the heavily Latino city.

Mallory Falk / KERA

Thousands of students in El Paso are returning to school on Monday. It’s the first day of classes for the city’s largest district, El Paso ISD. Many are still struggling to make sense of the mass shooting that claimed 22 lives there, less than one week ago, in an attack targeting Mexican people.

Chicana historian Yolanda Chavez Leyva sits outside one of the remaining homes in Duranguito, one of El Paso's oldest neighborhoods.
Norma Martinez | Texas Public Radio

The gunman who killed 22 people in El Paso specifically targeted Latinos in a city that's nearly 80% Hispanic. A deep fear among some El Pasoans has cast a chilling shadow over their defiant shows of strength and unity. For others, the tragedy offers opportunities to elicit bittersweet smiles, express their love for each other and confront this nation's darkest truths.


A file photo of a VIA bus in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd | Texas Public Radio

Officials from VIA Metropolitan Transit said a ride sharing pilot program on the Northeast Side of San Antonio could expand to other outlying neighborhoods.  


After Shooting, El Paso Could Lose An Estimated $11 Million In Retail Sales

Aug 9, 2019
Outlet Shoppes at El Paso Mall hosts few shoppers the Friday morning after the mass shooting.
Andrew Schneider | Houston Public Media

The school year is approaching with the Texas’ sales tax holiday this weekend to help draw in shoppers.

In the aftermath of the recent mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, it’s likely retail sales will be affected in the border city.  

Reynaldo Leanos Jr. | Texas Public Radio

The massacre in El Paso sent shockwaves across the country, and especially throughout the Rio Grande Valley. People in McAllen held a vigil on Wednesday to honor their fellow border city hundreds of miles away. At the event they expressed defiance and sadness. But they also expressed fear — fear that what happened in El Paso could someday happen to them.


School supplies
Nick Amoscato | Flickr Creative Commons

The state sales tax holiday on back to school supplies runs from Friday through Sunday, according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

How did the family name of a founding father of Texas become synonymous with an independent-minded person?

Find out on this episode of "Texas Matters."


New Braunfels police officers in pursuit of a zebra that later died.
New Braunfels Police Department

Two zebras that escaped in New Braunfels on Wednesday afternoon died after their capture and return.

For El Paso Sports Fans, An Evening Of Healing At The Ballpark

Aug 8, 2019
Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

Just over 6,000 fans gathered at Southwest University Park Wednesday evening to cheer on their beloved Triple-A team, the Chihuahuas, as they took on the Round Rock Express.

Before the national anthem, the Chihauhaus held a moment of silence for the 22 people who died in Saturday's shooting at a local Walmart. The team also honored Robert Evans, the manager of that Walmart.

Evans said he was glad the team went forward with their game as scheduled, four days after the shooting.

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