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English Learners Were Hurt The Most When Texas Limited Special Education

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Orlando, whose nickname is the Wolf, is a human smuggler in Matamoros who says far fewer people want to employ his services and jump the border, with the Trump administration. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Illegal Border Crossings Are Down, And So Is Business For Smugglers

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Demonstrators march in the Texas Capitol in Austin on Monday, protesting the state's newly passed anti-sanctuary cities bill, which empowers police to inquire about people's immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops. Meredith Hoffman/AP hide caption

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The Goodwill Excel Center in Austin, TX. Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT hide caption

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Goodwill Helps 43-Year-Old Finally Get Her High School Diploma

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The Texas state House has passed an amendment prohibiting transgender students from using public school bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. A separate Legislature measure allowing religious exemptions for adoption and foster care is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature. Tamir Kalifa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Raul Reyes is mayor of El Cenizo, a small Texas border town with five volunteer police officers. For years, the city was an impoverished colonia, without running water, paved streets or electricity. It was finally incorporated in 1989. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Tiny And Defiant, Texas Town Launches Headfirst Into 'Show Me Your Papers' Debate

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Raymond Skiles, longtime wildlife biologist at Big Bend National Park, says that animals require free access to the Rio Grande as their primary water source. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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In Big Bend, Texas, There's Bipartisan Consensus: No Border Wall

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Kris Ingram, a DJ hired to perform at a prom at The Rustic Barn, looks through debris for his equipment after the event venue in Canton, Texas, sustained major tornado damage on Sunday. Brandon Wade/Reuters hide caption

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Johnny Nicholas, the owner of the Hilltop Cafe, books a dinner concert in the dining room once a month. The bluesman and his wife opened the restaurant in 1980. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Both The Food And The Music Are Made From Scratch At This Texas Joint

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U.S. artist Ryan Mendoza poses for a photo next to the former house of Afro-American human rights figure Rosa Parks on Mendoza's property on April 6, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Mendoza bought the house, which was slated for demolition in Detroit, took it apart, shipped it to Germany, and put it back together again on the property next to his studio. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Across Texas there are thousands of rape kits that have been collected, but remain untested. One state representative is proposing taking donations to raise the money. Pat Sullivan/AP hide caption

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Donations From Drivers Might Help End Rape Kit Backlog In Texas

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'Brave New Workers': A Texas Cowboy Finds Fortune In The Wind

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In this aerial image taken from video footage Wednesday, authorities respond to a deadly crash involving a pickup truck and a bus filled with church members on U.S. 83 outside Garner State Park in northern Uvalde County, Texas. Courtesy KABB/WOAI via AP hide caption

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An El Salvadoran child is interviewed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into the U.S. to seek asylum on Apr. 14, 2016, in Roma, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

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A federal panel ruled Friday that three of Texas's Congressional districts, including the 35th, shown here, were illegally drawn by the state's Republicans. Screengrab by NPR/Google Maps hide caption

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Trinity High School junior Mack Beggs waits for a signal from the referee in the final round of the 6A Girls 110 Weight Class match during the Texas Wrestling State Tournament on Saturday in Cypress, Texas. Beggs, a transgender boy, is required by state policy to compete against girls. Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images hide caption

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Members of Alpha Phi Omega handle the world's largest Texas flag before University of Texas football games. Like the flag, it's a big deal. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas Lawmaker Riled Over Emoji Chilean Flag Mixup

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A Planned Parenthood sign in Dallas. A federal judge has temporarily blocked an attempt by Texas officials that would have removed Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood clinics in the state. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Austin is phasing out and banning short-term rentals, causing some owners to fight back. Other homeowners will be glad to see them go. In East Austin, this type of rental property is mixed in with regular homeowners Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News hide caption

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In Austin, A Boom In Short-Term Rentals Brings A Backlash

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If passed by voters, the "California Nationhood. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute" would remove state constitutional language making California part of the U.S. and require the governor to request admission to the United Nations. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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