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Apr 3, 2020

In the past couple of weeks, KTEP has received calls and emails from you, our listeners, asking about our well-being and when the KTEP Spring On-Air Pledge Drive will take place.  First, I am deeply touched by your concern.  In consultation with the staff, I have made the decision to postpone our usual Spring On-Air Pledge Drive.  I cannot, in good conscience, place the health of our staff or the health of our volunteers in jeopardy.

Walmart survivors meet at park
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Survivors reunite for first time since Walmart mass shooting

EL PASO --It’s been nearly a year since the August 3rd mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, the deadliest attack targeting Latinos in modern U.S. history. Alongside the horror of what happened that day, there were moments of heroism -- Shoppers risking their livesto help others escape from the gunman. On a sweltering summer day recently, Eduardo Castro, 72, met the woman who saved his life for the first time since their paths crossed when the gunman made his way through the store. Castro...

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William Englisbee holds a photo of his mother Angelina Maria Silva de Englisbee
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EL PASO -- William Englisbee embodies the quiet strength of the city he calls home. 

 

“Every day’s a struggle,” said Englisbee at Evergreen Cemetery east recently where he was paying respects to his mother. Angelina Maria Silva de Englisbee was among 23 people gunned down at an El Paso Walmart a year ago.  She was 86.

 

Walmart survivors meet at park
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

EL PASO --It’s been nearly a year since the August 3rd mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, the deadliest attack targeting Latinos in modern U.S. history.  Alongside the horror of what happened that day, there were moments of heroism -- Shoppers risking their livesto help others escape from the gunman.  

On a sweltering summer day recently, Eduardo Castro, 72, met the woman who saved his life for the first time since their paths crossed when the gunman made his way through the store.

Ringside Seat to a Revolution by David Romo
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KTEP's Angela Kocherga and guest co-host Alfredo Corchado, Mexico border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News  based in El Paso continue their series of COVID-19 conversations with authors, historians and researchers. Borderland historian and author of Ringside Seat to the Revolution David Romo discusses the health, economic and political implications of pandemics then and now and lessons as El Paso and the region copes with COVID-19.

 

UTEP College of Liberal Arts Dean Denis O'Hearn
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KTEP's Angela Kocherga begins a series of conversations about COVID-19 that go beyond the grim numbers to examine some of the issues and disparities exposed by the pandemic. Angela and guest co-host Alfredo Corchado, Mexico border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News based in El Paso, interview authors, historians and researchers.

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