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A 7-foot tall clown dressed in white and wearing a small crown walks into a bar. He orders a Suicide. That’s all the soft drinks mixed together. No alcohol. The clown drinks it silently. There’s no punchline. That’s the story that Big Mike Geier tells about the first time he met Puddles.

Verónica G. Cárdenas for TPR

President Donald Trump campaigned on overhauling immigration in the U.S. and these past four years have proved his determination. From a travel ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, to Migrant Protection Protocols.

A new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) details 400 executive actions issued by the president that have effectively reshaped immigration in America.

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Airlines have been hit hard because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry has seen empty planes, pilot layoffs and massive financial losses. But the rest of the aviation community, commonly known as General Aviation, has also been affected by the outbreak and the changes it's been forced to make.

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.

Marianna Treviño-Wright and Hector Guajardo, a land surveyor, document the erosion and work being done at Fisher's private border wall
Reynaldo Leaños Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Hector Guajardo is a land surveyor tasked with inspecting a 3-mile long private border wall in Mission, Texas. He and others recently spotted significant, visible holes underneath the concrete where the border wall stands and other signs of erosion in the ground.


Five of the Texas Legislature’s most conservative members are suing Gov. Greg Abbott and state health officials, claiming Texas leaders overstepped their bounds when they awarded a major contract for tracking Texas’ coronavirus outbreak to a little-known technology firm.

San Antonio City Manager Erik Walsh during the 2019 interview process to select a new city manager.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio’s proposed 2021 budget is $2.9 billion. It’s flat with no growth due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

People, some of whom wear masks, walk along the crowded Main Street in Fredericksburg.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

A busted tourism industry, a flailing oil and gas sector and shuttered bars have led to a multibillion-dollar revenue shortfall for the state of Texas.

North East Education Association vice president Laura Riggs speaks at a car caravan protest against teacher returning to schools during th COVID-19 pandemic.
Camillie Phillips | Texas Public Radio

When San Antonio teachers took to the streets (and their cars) on Monday to protest against reopening schools before the coronavirus pandemic is contained, another concern was also high on their list: a requirement that teachers return to their campuses to teach during distance learning.

Jolene Almendarez | Texas Public Radio

Dozens of people gathered in Travis Park on Wednesday evening to celebrate the life of Garrett Foster, a Black Lives Matter activist who was killed in Austin in late July.