John Burnett
John Burnett
Austin-based Southwest Correspondent for NPR. Covering immigration, borderlands, and all things Texas. Cyclist, harmonica player, bbq lover.Source
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Four enduring myths about Juneteenth are not based on facts

Four enduring myths about Juneteenth are not based on facts

African Americans throughout the nation celebrate Juneteenth, but who knows what actually happened on June 19, 1865? As the nation observes the second federal legal holiday marking the emancipation of enslaved people in Texas, there are a number of misconceptions about the historical event that keep getting repeated. Myth #1: President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, and it's outrageous that it took two and a half years for the news to finally reach enslaved people in Texas. Fact: Many slaves knew about Lincoln's executive order emancipating them. The...

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Children Spend Days In Crude Facilities As U.S. Border Resources Overwhelmed Again

Children Spend Days In Crude Facilities As U.S. Border Resources Overwhelmed Again

Children Spend Days In Crude Facilities As U.S. Border Resources Overwhelmed Again A record number of minors are being held in warehouse-style facilities as the Biden administration struggles to address a cyclical surge of unaccompanied children and teens crossing into the U.S.Toggle more optionsA record number of migrant children and teenagers are being held in warehouse-like detention facilities run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection near the southern border, and new documents obtained by NPR show that the number of children arriving without their parents is growing exponentially...

March 11, 2021
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Contractors Dynamite Mountains, Bulldoze Desert In Race To Build Trump's Border Wall

Contractors Dynamite Mountains, Bulldoze Desert In Race To Build Trump's Border Wall

Trump's Border Wall: The Race Is On To Build As Many Miles As Possible They're destroying wilderness prized by biologists to construct as many miles of border wall as possible — even though the incoming Biden administration is expected to cancel the barrier.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsIn the Coronado National Memorial — where conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado entered what is now Arizona — contractors are pulverizing the wilderness in a rush to put up as many miles of border wall as possible before the Trump administration vacates Washington. They're dynamiting...

December 11, 2020
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PUC denies Honua Ola’s motion to reconsider competitive bidding waiver request | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

PUC denies Honua Ola’s motion to reconsider competitive bidding waiver request | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Share this storyThe state Public Utilities Commission today denied a motion by Honua Ola Bioenergy, formerly known as Hu Honua Bioenergy, to reconsider its denial of Hawaiian Electric’s request for a waiver from renewable energy competitive bidding costs for the nearly completed biomass power plant in Pepeekeo.In its denial on July 9, the regulatory panel essentially nixed the power purchase agreement between Honua Ola and Hawaiian Electric, formerly known as Hawaii Electric Light Co., because of the purchase price of power from the wood-burning power plant at the former Hilo Coast...

September 9, 2020
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