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Sep 14, 2020

September 14 is an important day in our history.  It marks our 70th birthday!  KTEP was licensed on September 14, 1950.  On September 14, you will begin to hear promos asking for your pledges.  Throughout this pandemic and the past 70 years, KTEP has not faltered in making sure that the station remained on the air providing you with the information you have come to expect…the programs that make up a part of your day.  I invite you to go our website: ktep.org and visit our gift-giving page.  I am graciously asking that you come forward now and help make this pledge drive the most successful one in our history.

 

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More than 70 billion land animals are killed for food every year and research suggests that global demand for meat may double by 2050. And animal agriculture is responsible for a major share of the damage caused in global land degradation, air and water pollution, and the loss of biodiversity. On ACT Radio, Greg, Liz and Tom talk with filmmaker Liz Marshall about her latest documentary Meat the Future , which chronicles the birth of the cell-based, cultivated meat industry and its revolutionary efforts to sustainably feed the world without the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals.

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EL PASO -- Social justice, racism, and hate crimes have become hot-button issues on the presidential campaign trail and debate stage.  Voters in predominantly Latino El Paso are paying attention. They know the horror and heartache caused by a hate crime.  This August marked a year since a gunman from North Texas traveled to border city and went on a shooting rampage inside a Walmart.

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CIUDAD JUAREZ --It’s been more than six months since the U.S. and Mexico border closed to all but essential travel to slow the spread of COVID-19. The disruption of lives and livelihoods has been widespread on both sides during the pandemic. 

Marco Antonio Corral, 60, has watched it all unfold from the middle of the Paso del Norte Bridge where just over the borderline on the Mexican side he peddles potato chips and cold water to drivers and passengers stuck in idling cars calling out “Papitas! Agua!”  

CBP officers seize Mexican Bologna
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EL PASO -- U.S. customs and Border Protection officers continue to seize large loads of drugs on the Texas-Mexico border.  Smuggling during the pandemic also includes a comfort food that is contraband Mexican bologna. 

Miriam Ortiz, a loyal shopper at La Mejor Texas Meat shop understands the popularity of the lunchmeat. She was at the meat market buying dinner for her family including steaks and some short ribs.  

EL PASO -- A class-action lawsuit aims to end the Trump administration's expulsion of migrant children who arrive at the border alone seeking refuge. Many of the kids have been held in hotels in Texas border cities including El Paso and McAllen before being removed from the country.

 

The ACLU is spearheading the lawsuit filed in Washington D.C.  along with the Texas Civil Rights Project and Oxfam America seeking to block border officials from suspending legal safeguards for children who arrive at the border alone.

 

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 As Fall approaches, film festivals around the world are still coming up with ideas about how to screen their curated selections. Our local film festival is at the forefront of innovation within this field. Artistic Director and Founder, Carlos Corral, streamed in this week to discuss the upcoming film festival. From October 16 - 25, the El Paso Film Festival will be streamed online with an immense selection of feature and short films. The festival is available via Apple TV, Roku TV, and Amazon Fire TV - all completely free. Donations are highly encouraged and appreciated. 

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