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Ana Hernandez / Hernandez Family

EL PASO --All along the Texas-Mexico border voters with strong ties on both sides are casting ballots.  They’re US citizens whose jobs and families intersect with Mexico, and their political concerns span the border. 

Ana Hernandez grew up on the border in the sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. “I like going over there, it’s home,” she said of Juarez where she was born and went to school. “But this is home too,” she said of El Paso, the city where she is building her career.

Young voter
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

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.

Border Shutdown Paso del Norte Bridge
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

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
U.S. Customs and Border Protection / CBP

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.

 

William Englisbee holds a photo of his mother Angelina Maria Silva de Englisbee
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

 

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
David Romo / Cinco Puntos Press

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
Denis O'Hearn / UTEP

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.

 

by René Kladzyk, El Paso Matters 

EL PASO -- Two eyewitness accounts of the deadly car crash in Downtown El Paso conflict with what law enforcement officials have said about the events prior to the accident that killed seven and left three with serious injuries.

Border Patrol officials have said agents initially pursued a vehicle believed to be transporting undocumented immigrants, but broke off the chase after it reached dangerously high speeds heading into Downtown El Paso. They said the driver who evaded agents bears sole responsibility for the deaths.

The Weekend: UTEP President Heather Wilson

Jun 29, 2020
UTEP Communications

On this edition of The Weekend, University of Texas at El Paso President Healther Wilson talks to KTEP's Angela Kocherga about plans for the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic, including life on campus and the first football game. Dr. Wilson's first full academic year at the helm of UTEP began in August when El Paso was in mourning following the Walmart mass shooting, in the Spring the COVID-19 pandemic forced universities to shut down and move to remote learning and then the protests demanding justice for George Floyd.  Dr.

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The following story was produced in partnership with El Paso Matters

The frantic phone calls came in a cluster. In less than 24 hours multiple women reached out to me from inside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso. They expressed a mix of emotions from fear to frustration to helplessness as they talked about a COVID-19 outbreak in the El Paso processing center.

An El Paso nurse is among more than 643,000 DACA recipients breathing a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court ruling allowing the program to continue. Josue Tayub, 36, is originally from the state of Yucatan in Mexico. He works in the intensive care unit at an El Paso hospital where he has cared for both victims of the Walmart mass shooting in August and now COVID-19 patients. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga talked to him about the Supreme Court decision on DACA that protects him and thousands of others in the program from deportation – for now.

Brown Berets lead protest in El Paso
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

El PASO -- El Paso’s latest protest for George Floyd marked the return of the Brown Berets,  a group that dates back to the late 1960s.  

The Brown Berets of El Chuco, organized the protest in downtown El Paso Tuesday night demanding justice for George Floyd and end to police killings.

“We’re the next generation we’re going to keep the movement strong,” said a man in his early 30s who would only give what he referred to as his native name Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec winged serpent deity.

El Paso George Floyd protest at police headquarters
Angela Kocherga / KTEP News

EL PASO – Hundreds of protestors gathered in El Paso Sunday night chanting “I can’t breathe” as they marched to El Paso Police Department headquarters. 

“I want to be out here with my brothers and sisters that I go to school with and make sure that we all have a voice for later on in life,” said 21-year-old Zachary Greenhoward.

Carmen Lugo and her dog Bunny in the courtyard of the apartment complex where they live.
Angela Kocherga / KTEP

El Paso -- Carmen Lugo cannot imagine being cooped up during the COVID-19 quarantine without her best friend. 

“She’s turned out to be the best little dog. She does everything but talk,” Lugo said. 

Bunny was a “ball of fluff” puppy when she arrived Easter morning 2013. Lugo and her white poodle terrier mix have been inseparable ever since.

“Don’t ever underestimate the power of a pet. They make you think. They make you move. They give you a lot of love,” said the 75-year-old retired hairdresser. 

People walking across Paso del Norte
Angela Kocherga / KTEP

As testing increases in El Paso, contact tracing is the next critical step to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On the border, those close contacts can include relatives, friends and coworkers in two countries.  

“This morning I contacted the health authorities in Juarez to refer them individuals that were exposed to cases that are in El Paso,” said Fernando Gonzalez, lead epidemiologist for the El Paso Department of Public Health. 

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By El Paso Health Sciences and Policy Research Group

El Pasoans: we are in a crisis and we need your help.

NPR's newest programs, Planet Money and How I Built This debut this Saturday at 9am on KTEP.  Planet Money covers the rapidly changing global economy in a fun and accessible way. Planet Money journalists help you understand how economic change impacts your life.

 The second half of the show, How I Built This, focuses on the early and often difficult years of building a business from the ground up, including the genesis of familiar brands such as Instagram, Patagonia, Sam Adams Beer, Vice, AirBnB, and Spanx.  Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! moves to 10am beginning this Saturday.

Join KTEP together with NPR News on Tuesday evening at 6pm for special coverage of the New Hampshire Primary.  Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish will host the special featuring candidate speeches, newsmaker interviews, and analysis from NPR’s National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, Senior Washington Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving and Political Director Domenico Montanaro, along with polling insights from Democratic Pollster Anna Greenberg of Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research and Republican Pollster Patrick Ruffini of Echelon Insights.

Monday evening at 7, join KTEP together with NPR for special coverage of the Iowa Caucus.  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address starting at 7pm. KTEP together with NPR will provide live coverage of the President’s speech as well as the Republican address from Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina. This will be the last State of the Union address of President Obama’s historic presidency.

Join KTEP together with NPR News this evening at 6pm for President Obama's address to the nation from the Oval Office.  The President is expected to speak about steps the government is taking to address terrorist threats against the country.  He is also expected to give an update on the investigation into the San Bernardino shootings. 

Monday evening at 6pm, join KTEP for an NPR News Special: The Iran Nuclear Deal, hosted by Steve Inskeep.  

Few Americans remember that Iran launched its nuclear program in the 1950s with the direct backing of its then ally, the United States. That American support would turn to sanctions and threats of war over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The bitter rivals opened secret negotiations two years ago and are now party to a high-risk deal.  Supporters and critics agree it’s a pivotal moment – but for better or worse?