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A riot late last month forced officials to close the Willacy County Correcitonal Center in Wallcy County, Texas. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

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At SXSW 2014, pop star Lady Gaga performed on a stage made to look like a five-story-tall Doritos vending machine, which won't be returning this week. Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

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A platform owned by Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex is seen off the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. The country has recently opened up its energy sector to foreign investors. Victor Ruiz/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Excitement Over Mexico's Shale Fizzles As Reality Sets In

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After Riot, Private Prison In South Texas Is Scrutinized

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Hopes Soar As Drone Enthusiasts Greet New Rule Proposal

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New Orleans bandleader John Moore chose his "Deacon" nickname at the suggestion of a mischievous drummer. At 73, he's one of the city's most beloved musicians. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Hero At Home, Deacon John Moore Is New Orleans' Best-Kept Secret

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Kathy Van Sluyters (left), Barbara Carr and Colleen Dickinson chat on a recently finished sidewalk across from Wildflower Terrace, a mixed-income apartment building in the Mueller development for people ages 55 and over. Julia Robinson for NPR hide caption

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A Texas Community Takes On Racial Tensions Once Hidden Under The Surface

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Solar Sunflowers, an art installation, greets visitors to Mueller's commercial and retail hub off of Interstate 35. The panels power a nightly light display and return power to the grid. When the development is complete, five miles of granite trails will connect the residents to its commercial and retail hubs. Julia Robinson for NPR hide caption

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With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia

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Tracy Perryman is production manager for his family's small oil company in Luling, Texas. B.J.P. Inc. owns 116 wells that, combined, produce about 100 barrels a day. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Planning Through Oil Booms Helps Small Producers Weather The Busts

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Beefed-Up Border Security Proposal Unsettles Texas Business Leaders

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As an Army chaplain in Iraq, David Peters administered last rites and grieved with survivors. When he came home, he says, he "fell apart emotionally and spiritually." Courtesy of Robert K. Chambers hide caption

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An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed

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Child Migrant Crisis Stemmed By Border Security Build-Up

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Cuba is 90 miles away from the southernmost point in the United States, in Key West, Fla. "There used to be a ferry that ran between the two islands every day," says 89-year-old Gregorio Garcia, who emigrated in 1958. "I hope they operate it again someday." Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Cubans In Key West, A Longing To Fill In 'Gaps Of Who We Are'

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Businesses Buzz With Anticipation In Wake Of U.S.-Cuba Thaw

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In Miami, Mixed Emotions Over Release Of Cuban Spies

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