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Amarillo voters approve two bond propositions

Nov 14, 2016
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Amarillo voters approved two of seven capital improvement bond proposals in last week’s election.

Voters approved propositions to improve Amarillo streets and public safety.

Hot spot for hunting wild hogs in Texas

Nov 12, 2016
Photo by Luke Clayton

This week, Luke takes us to eastern Texas to hunt wild hogs.

Hunting guide Larry Large of Hunting East Texas talks about one of the best spots for hog hunting in the eastern part of the state, located about an hour east of Dallas, near Athens.

Why They Come Here

Nov 11, 2016
ANNE HOLT, Edina, Minnesota

Following is a provocative story shared by a reader.  On Sunday, November 13, 2016, HPPR Radio Readers Book Club will be discussing thoughts about immigrants and their stories.  We hope you'll join us.

From Anne --

I know. You want me to shut up. I love you, but I don't care.

On this day two years ago, I, along with some of the best human beings I know, visited a wall with nearly 30,000 names of human beings who were killed or disappeared in El Salvador during the 1980s. And it’s said to be an incomplete list.

Stehanie Mahe / Reuters

Wind farms appear to be killing many more bats than anyone previously realized, according to The Washington Post.

For years, scientists have been documenting the death of birds and bats in the spinning blades of turbines. But now it seems bats are dying at a higher rate than previously estimated.

Jen Reel / Texas Observer

Lost amid the red tidal wave that struck America on Tuesday was one salient data point: According to The Texas Observer, Texas was one of only four states to grow more blue compared with its 2012 vote tally.

With the exception of Fort Worth’s Tarrant County, all of Texas’s urban counties tilted Democratic this year. Texas’ biggest urban area, Houston’s Harris County, is now 70 percent non-white. Clinton won that county by 12 percentage points.

David Carson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

If you find yourself out in the yard cleaning up Autumn leaves this week, you might consider putting down the rake.

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High Plains energy producers who oppose curbing greenhouse gases can rejoice this week, their candidate has won.


Pundits and political scientists are still sifting through data can explain how Donald Trump surged to the most unexpected presidential victory in U.S. history.


This election season, we heard a lot of talk about how eliminating the Electoral College would make every American’s vote count. Often, this cry comes from more conservative circles of our political discourse.

But, as the Independent Voter Project notes, real thought went into the idea of the Electoral College. And the system gives rural voters far more of a voice than they would receive if it were abolished.


The federal government is investing $331 million in 85 projects to improve improve water and wastewater infrastructure in the rural U.S.

The Washington Post

Middle-aged white women—especially in rural areas—continue to die at a much faster rate than many other groups.

Kansas Flatlanders Militia / Kansas City Star

A Kansas Militia says it spurned members of the October plot to blow up an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas.

Miles Evans, commander of the Kansas Flatlanders Militia, says he was contacted by two of the plotters, who wanted to join his group.

As The Kansas City Star reports, Evans met the two men at militia training events. The would-be bombers later contacted him through Facebook. Evans rejected the two men, calling them “too extreme.”

While home gardening has certainly seen a rich resurgence in recent years, planting food crops for the purposes of conserving and preserving dates back to a time of meager means.  

Today on Growing on the High Plains, I'll share some history and context regarding the American "victory garden." Self-sufficient citizens that planted and maintained food plots helped supplement shortages in a time of war. Nurturing fresh food for the troops (and the family table) provided a sense of service, pride, and community.  

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Colleges and universities on the High Plains are seeing increased enrollment in agricultural programs, reports Amarillo.com.

Rural Blog

In the first years of this century, the number of home-schooled children in America nearly doubled, according to a new report.

From 1999 to 2012 the number of students schooled at home jumped from 850,000 to almost one-and-a-quarter million.

Houses are bigger and cheaper in Gurley, Ala. than in big citiesCredit Art Meripol / The Wall Street JournalEdit | Remove

Rural citizens might want to keep an eye out for an influx of techies in the near future. Many urban tech companies are leaving the big city and setting out for parts unknown—and that could mean a tech future for the High Plains.

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Big oil is investing big time in technologies to capture and store greenhouse gas emissions.

As Bloomberg reports, some of the world’s biggest oil companies are investing $1 billion to develop methods to improve energy efficiency. The investment is a joint effort from 10 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, including Saudi Arabian Oil Co. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc. The companies hope to deploy low-carbon technologies on a large scale.

Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters/Quartz.com

Now that the election is over, we can get back to focusing on what’s important in the world. According to Quartz.com, there’s a new device available that allows cows to text message their farmers when they’re pregnant.

Kansas City Star

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been delivered yet another defeat in court over his plan to prevent people from voting in state and local elections unless they show proof of U.S. citizenship.

As The Kansas City Star reports, a Shawnee County judge has permanently extended an earlier injunction against a two-tiered voter registration system backed by Kobach.

Colorado Independent

During the 2015-16 session of the Colorado House of Representatives, Democrats held a 3-seat advantage over Republicans.

That could change tonight. Here are some Colorado house elections you should be keeping an eye on tonight, according to The Colorado Independent.

In Broomfield’s District 33, Democratic Rep. Dianne Primavera has reached her term limit. The seat has flipped between Democrats and Republicans three times in the past four elections.

Oklahoma Watch

In Oklahoma, Republicans hold a supermajority in both chambers of the state legislature. In the Senate they hold a 39-9 advantage, while they outnumber Democrats in the House by 71-30.

Here, courtesy of Oklahoma Watch, are some legislative races to keep an eye on tonight in the Sooner State.

RIck Ruggles / Omaha World-Herald

The League of Women Voters of Nebraska has weighed in on recent claims that the U.S. election system is rigged. The group called the rhetoric “unfounded and irresponsible.”

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There’s a lot more happening on Lone Star ballots today besides Trump vs. Clinton. Here are some things to watch for tonight in Texas, courtesy The Dallas Morning News.

We're All From . . .

Nov 8, 2016

As we conclude the HPPR Radio Readers Fall 2016 Read, I’m gratified for each challenging and meaningful discussion about the changing faces of, well, the faces of our communities.


Oklahoma’s earthquake victims have joined forces, and now they’re demanding action from their lawmakers.

As KFOR reports, last week, a group of homeowners  who have been terrorized by the quakes gathered at the state capitol, asking to be heard.

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This year has seen the strangest election that most of us can recall. But, as the BBC has found, U.S. elections are just strange, in general.

Here are a few ways that our friends across the pond have found us to be a little odd when it comes to choosing our leaders.

Many of us are going to want to have a drink tomorrow when it’s all over. But for some folks in Indiana, that won’t be easy. Eighteen cities and seven counties in Indiana have banned the sale of booze on election day.

Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas voters won’t just be choosing a president tomorrow at the polls; they’ll also be deciding on a matter close to the heart of sportsmen.

As The Topeka Capital-Journal reports, voters in Kansas are deciding this year whether hunting and fishing should be protected by the state constitution. The potential amendment has been overshadowed by other races this year, but the issue has raised a pitched battle all the same.

Texas Observer

Texas is seeing a staggering turnout for early voting this year. In fact, no election in history has seen so many early voters in the Lone Star State.

As The Texas Observer reports, the heavy early turnout could be good news for Democrats. Strategists have said it appears that Republicans are simply “not as enthusiastic” this year. Historically, heavy early voting numbers have been good news for the Republican Party in Texas.

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The heads of Colorado’s Democratic and Republican parties have found some common ground this election season: Neither of them supports a pair of ballot measures that would empower independent voters.