John Burnett
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Austin-based Southwest Correspondent for NPR. Covering immigration, borderlands, and all things Texas. Cyclist, harmonica player, bbq lover.Source
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Statues Of Conquistador Juan De Oñate Come Down As New Mexico Wrestles With History

Statues Of Conquistador Juan De Oñate Come Down As New Mexico Wrestles With History

Statues Of Conquistador Juan De Oñate Come Down As New Mexico Wrestles With History Who was Juan de Oñate? Critics object to statues of the Spanish conquistador, the first European to colonize New Mexico and a despot who inflicted misery on Native Americans.Toggle more optionsThe movement for racial justice is toppling statues across America, from Robert E. Lee to Christopher Columbus — and now the Spanish conquistador, Juan de Oñate, the first European to colonize the arid wilderness of New Mexico, the state's first colonial governor and a despot who inflicted misery on Native Americans....

July 13, 2020
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New Mexico Leaders To Militia: If You Want To Help Community, Stop Showing Up Armed

New Mexico Leaders To Militia: If You Want To Help Community, Stop Showing Up Armed

New Mexico Leaders To Militia: If You Want To Help Community, Stop Showing Up Armed Armed militias have become a feature at anti-quarantine protests, racial justice marches and monument removals. But after a shooting in Albuquerque, locals say militias are disturbing the peace.Heard onToggle more optionsIt's become known as the Old Town melee. Protesters gathered last month in Albuquerque, N.M., around the bronze statue of Juan de Oñate, the controversial Spanish conquistador, in the city's historic quarter. Videos of the event show men with guns — in military garb and tactical gear —...

July 7, 2020
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Thousands Of Cars Line Up At One Texas Food Bank As Job Losses Hit Hard

Thousands Of Cars Line Up At One Texas Food Bank As Job Losses Hit Hard

Thousands Of Families Line Up For Texas Food Bank Distribution A record 6,000 families preregistered for emergency food distribution at the San Antonio Food Bank, and when word got out on social media, another 4,000 cars showed up.Ten thousand cars waited hours in line for emergency food aid in San Antonio last week. A drone went viral. Two thousand more showed up for another distribution today. These were some of the more than 20 million unemployed Americans, many of them recently laid off because of the pandemic. The operates a huge, 200,000-square-foot warehouse on the outskirts of the...

April 17, 2020
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Texas Calls In A Strike Force To Try To Slow Coronavirus Spread In Nursing Homes

Texas Calls In A Strike Force To Try To Slow Coronavirus Spread In Nursing Homes

Texas Calls In A Strike Force To Try To Slow Coronavirus Spread In Nursing Homes More than one-third of all COVID-19 deaths in America have been elderly residents and workers at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.Heard onToggle more optionsSome of the worst coronavirus outbreaks have occurred at long-term care facilities that now account for more than one-third of all COVID-19 deaths in America. Some states have taken aggressive actions to slow the spread of the virus among residents and workers in nursing homes. Texas formed a strike force to assess problems at its 1,222 nursing...

June 15, 2020
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Threadgill's, The Austin Venue That Helped Launch Janis Joplin, Closes Down

Threadgill's, The Austin Venue That Helped Launch Janis Joplin, Closes Down

Threadgill's, The Austin Venue That Helped Launch Janis Joplin, Closes Down In Austin, Texas, the latest commercial casualty of coronavirus is the city's revered cafe, watering hole and music venue, Threadgill's.Heard onToggle more optionsWith public life paralyzed by the coronavirus shutdown, a sad announcement came last week from a beloved cafe and music venue in Austin, Texas. Threadgill's, the Depression-era beer joint where Janis Joplin got her start — and later a place that fed Austin's appetite for good food and good music — is closing for good. Threadgill's is part of Austin's...

April 25, 2020
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Four enduring myths about Juneteenth are not based on facts

Four enduring myths about Juneteenth are not based on facts

Here are the four myths of Juneteenth that are not based on facts As the U.S. celebrates the second federal holiday honoring Juneteenth, several myths persist about the origins and history about what happened when enslaved people were emancipated in Texas.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...

Jun 20
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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.A 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 faster than the Biden...

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.Heard 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 mountainsides and...

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.The 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...

September 9, 2020
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