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Southside ISD spokesman Randy Escamilla helps students grab shovels for the ceremonial groundbreaking of a medical clinic next to the district's central office Nov. 5, 2018.
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While Texas is responsible for educating more rural students than any other state in the country — nearly 700,000 — it’s not doing as much for those students as most other states in two key areas. That’s according to a new report from the Rural Schools and Community Trust.

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Conversations about building strong and economically robust communities can often be focused on bigger cities. An upcoming conference seeks to cultivate, innovate, and collaborate on ideas to improve conditions in rural Texas.  

  

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

The internet has become a necessity, and access is lacking in rural Texas.  At least 1.8 million Texans don't have broadband internet access. Estimates are as high as 80 percent of those without live in rural communities. This is part three of TPR's multi-part series: Connecting Rural Texas.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

1.8 million Texans lack broadband Internet access, and most of them live in rural Texas. Hundreds of millions of federal dollars could become available, but the government may not have an accurate picture of who has access and who doesn't. This is part two of a multi-part series focusing on Connecting Rural Texas. 

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

1.8 million Texans lack broadband Internet access, and most of them live in rural Texas. Studies from the U.S. chamber and others have shown the massive impact connecting Texas could have. This is part one of a multi-part series focusing on Connecting Rural Texas.

Microsoft

More Texans than the population of San Antonio lack broadband internet access, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Fifteen million Texans don't use broadband speeds, according to a new Microsoft study. Two bills aimed at closing the digital divide in rural communities could be voted on as early as this week.

Courtesy U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Rural Texas businesses could gain $3.7 billion for local rural economies — more than any other state — by connecting them with digital tools and broadband internet access, according to a new report.

Rural Texans With HIV Or AIDS Face Stigma, And Limited Care Options

Aug 23, 2018

From Texas Standard:

Texas has the fourth highest rate of HIV and AIDS in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A majority of the 86,000 Texans with these conditions live in urban areas, where there’s better access to medical care and a greater chance of avoiding the stigma that can come with a positive diagnosis. But for Texans with HIV or AIDS who live in smaller towns, finding medical care – and human compassion – can be much more difficult.

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Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, Texans will be seeing — and hearing — a lot of  campaign ads. But, on top of the typical election year barrage of political commercials, some rural Texans will also be seeing a very different kind of ad.

 

 

Mallory Falk

This week on Fronteras:

  • Rural West Texans scramble to try to find affordable health care. 
  • Border Patrol finds Guatemalans freezing at border (4:54). 
  • The Los Angeles Times uncovers corruption in Mexico’s housing developments (5:47). 
  • At a border reunion, a 14-year old boy gets an endearing birthday present (15:46).