Gulf Coast

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From Texas Standard:

Dozens of ports of call dot the U.S. coastline; stopping at one is a highlight of any cruise. There's a romance about it: You dock at some far-flung locale, disembark and soak in the local flavor of a place like Honolulu, San Juan or  – maybe someday – South Padre Island. At least local leaders hope. A report issued by SPI Cruise Group finds that the island is well-positioned to be the first new U.S. port of call in a half-century.

Padre Island National Seashore

From Texas Standard.

Scientists, researchers, and volunteers along the Gulf Coast have been working at a fever pitch to save hundreds of sea turtles that have washed up on Texas coastal shores – alive but stunned by the cold. It’s not an unusual phenomenon, but researchers say this year has seen a record-breaking number of turtles.

Dr. Donna Shaver, the Chief of the Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Division at Padre Island National Seashore, says they’ve found 2,980 turtles so far.

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Refugio head football Coach Jason Herring spent all summer planning for this week, the Texas Class 2A State Championship game. He would have no idea how far he would have to veer from that plan to get to this point.

Jennifer Pollack

From Texas Standard:

While many diners delight in slurping the slimy meat out of an oyster, less attention goes to the oyster shell. Typically, they’re thrown away and end up in landfills.

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From Texas Standard:

Weather watchers are tracking ominous activity in the Gulf of Mexico. An Air Force Reserve helicopter is on standby, ready to fly to a spot off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula where a storm system is building steam.

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