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Commentary: Day Of The Dead And Dead Migrants

Nov 1, 2019

In the United States, the majority of migrant deaths occur in Texas.

In 2017, of all the 294 deaths recorded by the U.S. Border Patrol, 104 happened in the Rio Grande Valley. In recent years, many of those who died were unceremoniously and summarily buried in unmarked graves in places like the Sacred Heart Burial Park in Falfurrias, Texas. If Dia de Los Muertos celebrates the lives of the dead, who will remember these migrants?


Los votantes del Condado de Bexar podrán votar en cualquiera de los 284 centros de votación del condado el 5 de Noviembre, algo que anteriormente sólo se había permitido para la votación temprana. Tres sitios utilizados para votar previamente se han cerrado y consolidado dentro de los 284 sitios existentes.


Bexar County voters will be able to vote at any of the county’s 284 polling locations on Nov. 5, something that had previously been allowed for early voting only. Three previous locations have been closed and consolidated into the existing 284 sites.

The huge Wursthalle is complete with a very high ceiling and colored lights in the rafters.
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More than 100,000 people are expected to attend Wurstfest 2019 during its 10-day run at Landa Park in New Braunfels.  It kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday.  

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Blue Duck Express, the only San Antonio-based electric scooter company is being sued in a federal court by a former vendor accusing it of fraud and breach of contract. Sweep, a California company that collects and charges e-scooters for multiple rentable e-scooter companies, wants more than $75,000 according to its Sept. 30 complaint.

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The House of Representatives voted Thursday 232-196 to pass a resolution formalizing its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Just two Democrats voted no — Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.

Amid the debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called it a "sad day."

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Gordan Hartman, homebuilder and philanthropist, unveiled plans for the $28 million Morgan’s Wonderland Camp on Tuesday.

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The roof of a downtown San Antonio church collapsed overnight as heavy rains passed through the Alamo City.

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

A migrant resource center operated by the city and local charities is closing because the number of migrants arriving in the city has dropped.

A sign sits across the street from Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority headquarters telling them, "Repair your dams."
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Portions of Guadalupe Valley lakes reopened today following the release of a report on unsafe zones near aging dam spill gates.