Texas http://hppr.org en Exonerations in Texas at record high http://hppr.org/post/exonerations-texas-record-high <p></p><p>Texas exonerated more people than any other state last year.</p><p>13 Texans who were wrongly convicted of crimes were officially absolved of wrongdoing in 2013, for crimes ranging from murder to drug possession. They spent a matter of months to more than a decade in prison, the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/02/04/report-texas-leads-nation-2013-exonerations/"><strong>Texas Tribune</strong></a> reports. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:27:32 +0000 Adam Vos 27901 at http://hppr.org Exonerations in Texas at record high Faith-based alternative to Affordable Care Act popular in Texas http://hppr.org/post/faith-based-alternative-affordable-care-act-popular-texas <p>While the individual mandate requires ever American to have health insurance, there is a big exception to the Affordable Care Act that more and more people are taking advantage of. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Adam Vos 26076 at http://hppr.org Faith-based alternative to Affordable Care Act popular in Texas H1N1 flu virus hits Texas early http://hppr.org/post/h1n1-flu-virus-hits-texas-early <p>Texas is among the states hardest hit so far by an early-striking flu season, and H1N1 is the strain most commonly reported among diagnoses this year.</p><p>Flu season this year is less severe elsewhere on the High Plains. Oklahoma is reporting a moderate flu season as of mid-December, while Colorado and Kansas are experiencing only localized or regional flu outbreaks, according to <a href="http://kut.org/post/h1n1-causes-early-spikes-flu-cases"><strong>KUT Austin</strong></a>.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:01:27 +0000 Adam Vos 26039 at http://hppr.org H1N1 flu virus hits Texas early THANKSgiving in the Panhandle and ThanksGIVing in Kansas – speaking of food on the High Plains http://hppr.org/post/thanksgiving-panhandle-and-thanksgiving-kansas-speaking-food-high-plains <p>If you live in the Texas Panhandle you’re more likely to be discussing plans for THANKSgiving rather than ThanksGIVing, as you might it Kansas.&nbsp; There’s commonality in how we speak across the High Plains but also differences.&nbsp; Click through the slide show above to view some food-related differences in pronunciation and usage across the region.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 24642 at http://hppr.org THANKSgiving in the Panhandle and ThanksGIVing in Kansas – speaking of food on the High Plains Smoky Skies Affect the Region, Study Says http://hppr.org/post/smoky-skies-affect-region-study-says <p>The destruction caused by wildfires may be obvious to the observer, but one new piece of research brings attention to the potential effects of smoke from those wildfires.</p><p>The majority of the High Plains region falls under an area of the nation most affected by plumes of smoke from wildfires and other causes, according to research by environmental group <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/"><strong>Natural Resources Defense Council</strong></a>. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Adam Vos 23591 at http://hppr.org Smoky Skies Affect the Region, Study Says Where we don't speak the same language across the High Plains http://hppr.org/post/where-we-dont-speak-same-language-across-high-plains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We think of the High Plains as a region with a common geography, environment and economy.&nbsp; But there are differences in language and dialect.&nbsp; In some cases Panhandle Texans talk like other Texans and in others case they speak more like western </span>Kansans<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; And in still other cases there are differences once you cross the state line into eastern Colorado. &nbsp;Browse through the dialect maps below to see some of these distinctions. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:43:15 +0000 Quentin Hope 23290 at http://hppr.org Where we don't speak the same language across the High Plains Want a Tesla car in Texas? You'll have to order it online http://hppr.org/post/want-tesla-car-texas-youll-have-order-it-online <p>It's the newest high-end electric car on the market, and it's not sold in Texas. It's not being sold in many other states, either. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Vos 21619 at http://hppr.org Want a Tesla car in Texas? You'll have to order it online Affordable Care Act Texas: New York Times Sounds Off http://hppr.org/post/affordable-care-act-texas-new-york-times-sounds <p></p><p>A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed there are a significant percentage of Texans without health insurance.&nbsp; Texas state leaders have been some of the most resistant in the nation to provide coverage for the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act according to <strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/opinion/uninsured-in-texas-and-florida.html?_r=0">a recent editorial in the New York Times.</a></strong></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 21423 at http://hppr.org Affordable Care Act Texas: New York Times Sounds Off The gossip on states http://hppr.org/post/gossip-states <p>Side-by-side Kansas and Colorado were ranked first as having “the worst” and “the most beautiful” scenery in the country, respectively, according to a recent poll by <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/">Business Insider</a>.&nbsp; It is not clear whether eastern Colorado was considered part of Kansas or Colorado by the poll respondents.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:12:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 20994 at http://hppr.org The gossip on states Texans picture the drought http://hppr.org/post/texans-picture-drought <p>Drought conditions are long familiar to the Texas Panhandle and are now becoming well known to other parts of the state.&nbsp; The most recent <a href="http://www.twdb.texas.gov/surfacewater/conditions/drought/doc/Weekly_Drought_report.pdf">drought report</a> from the Texas Water Development Board shows that 97 percent of the state is now experiencing some level of drought. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 20193 at http://hppr.org Texans picture the drought High Plains States among Top in Wind Production http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-states-among-top-wind-production <p>Texas remains on top of the nation in total wind energy produced in 2012, while Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado are not far behind, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy.</p><p>Additions to each state's wind generation capacity last year are keeping the four plains states in the top ten of wind energy producers, as indicated by the DOE's <a href="http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/pdfs/workshops/2013_summit/wiser.pdf"><strong>Wind Technologies Market Report</strong></a>. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Vos 19902 at http://hppr.org High Plains States among Top in Wind Production Lone Star State Tops Sunflower State in Sunflower Production http://hppr.org/post/lone-star-state-tops-sunflower-state-sunflower-production <p>Texas surpassed Kansas to become third in the nation in sunflower production, Texas-based magazine <a href="http://www.countryworldnews.com/news/headlines/1220-sunflower-power-state-rises-to-third-in-the-nation-in-acreage-total-production-of-crop-with-two-very-desirable-uses.html"><strong>Country World</strong></a> reports. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Vos 19041 at http://hppr.org Lone Star State Tops Sunflower State in Sunflower Production Why is Amarillo in So Many Songs? …and Other Google Autocomplete Assertions http://hppr.org/post/why-amarillo-so-many-songs-and-other-google-autocomplete-assertions <p>You may or may not agree with it, but Google has some interesting things to say about where you live.&nbsp; You just have to know how to ask.</p><p>By manipulating the “autocomplete” function implemented by Google, bloggers and journalists alike recently discovered they can trick the search engine into surreptitiously suggesting what may appear to be biased or over-generalized judgments regarding various geographic locales. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Vos 19013 at http://hppr.org Why is Amarillo in So Many Songs? …and Other Google Autocomplete Assertions High School report card: TX 88%, KS 83%, CO 74%, OK no report http://hppr.org/post/high-school-report-card-tx-88-ks-83-co-74-ok-no-report <p></p><p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 03:05:36 +0000 Quentin Hope 9358 at http://hppr.org High School report card: TX 88%, KS 83%, CO 74%, OK no report