John Burnett John Burnett is the Southwest Correspondent on the National Desk.
John Burnett at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Lone Star Nation: Today, the Texas capitol flies both the American and Texas flags, but after independence the Lone Star flag would fly on its own. Steve Dunwell/Getty Images hide caption

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Rene Resendez, a 24-year-old uninsured graduate student, used to be a client at the Planned Parenthood in Odessa, Texas, which closed earlier this month because of state budget cuts. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Texas, Feds Face Off Over Planned Parenthood

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Renowned Fixture Of Austin Streets Dies

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Cocaine seizures are up sharply in Australia, and Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel is believed to be involved in large-scale smuggling. Authorities seized about 660 pounds of cocaine and more than $3.2 million from a yacht in Bundaberg, Queensland, in November 2011. Four Spanish nationals were arrested. Australian Federal Police/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Mexican Drug Cartel Targets Australia

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Shannon Powell performs with the Palm Court Jazz Band at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Clayton Call/Redferns hide caption

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Shannon Powell: New Orleans Rhythm, Straight From The Source

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U.S. Marines Set Up Asia Pacific Base In Australia

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Police stand near the scene of a murder in Juarez, Mexico. The country suffers from drug cartel-related violence despite some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Miles and Kent Romney, (left to right), distant cousins of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in Colonia Juarez, Mexico. Miles believes his cousin's candidacy is nothing less than prophetic. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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Mexican Cousins Keep Romney's Family Tree Rooted

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Austin's Musicians Caught In Conundrum

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After 20 minutes of silent witness, the angels gather around a group of neighbors and pray with them for employment, for better living conditions, for salvation from sin, and for an end to the murders. Raymundo Aguirre for NPR hide caption

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A Border Patrol agent looks for footprints from illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border in 2010. Traffickers have begun using immigrants as drug smugglers, recruiting voluntarily and forcibly. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Migrants Say They're Unwilling Mules For Cartels

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