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Serving the West Texas A&M University community since 1919.

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Serving the West Texas A&M University community since 1919.

The PRAIRIE

Mitchell Downing

Mitchell Downing, Senior Reporter

My name is Mitchell Downing. I am a senior broadcast journalism major and a member of the men’s golf team. This is my first year as a reporter for The Prairie News.

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A study published by the BMC Infectious Diseases illustrated a group of dogs 94% overall detection rate of COVID-19.

Miami Heat utilize COVID-19 detection dogs to screen fans

February 20, 2021

The National Basketball Association is not new to finding creative avenues to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among players and staff. The completion of the NBA’s 2020 season in the bubble reported no...

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According to The New York Times, in addition to raising no serious safety concerns, early data proved the Pfizer vaccine to be over 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.

Pfizer vaccine provides light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel

January 23, 2021

It is no secret that people have been patiently waiting for any positive news regarding the pandemic that has now claimed the lives of over 400,000 Americans. Drugmaker Pfizer has created a vaccine that...

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“Of the several thousand students I have taught in my career, and the few hundred I have personally advised, I do not hesitate to say that Kylie is in the top one percent, said Dr. Brock Blaser, associate professor of plant science.

Kylie Scott named WTAMU Intern of the Year

November 22, 2020

West Texas A&M University recently named Kylie Scott, a plant, soil and environmental science major, as Intern of the Year.  According to a WTAMU press release, Scott was honored Friday during...

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“Paul Engler’s true grit and entrepreneurial spirit completely reshaped the cattle industry, and his legacy will continue to mold West Texas A&M for the foreseeable future, said University President Dr. Walter Wendler.

[Photo] Paul Engler presents the first annual donation of his $80 million gift to WTAMU

November 15, 2020

“Paul Engler’s true grit and entrepreneurial spirit completely reshaped the cattle industry, and his legacy will continue to mold West Texas A&M for the foreseeable future," said University President...

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[Video] 2020 Election results and opinions

November 13, 2020

Four years have passed since the U.S. received Donald Trump as its president. And whether or not he would reprise this role or he would be replaced by Former Vice President Joe Biden was meant to be...

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“When you want people to do the kinds of things that can mitigate against spread and you see people still not doing it, that to me is discouraging,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci in an interview with Healthline.

Dr. Fauci weighs in on “when will life return to the way it used to be?”

November 8, 2020

It is no secret that COVID-19 has turned society as we know it upside down. With 2021 nearing this begs the question, when will life return to normal? In an article, Healthline reached out to Dr. Anthony...

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Lines filled with early voters can be found at polling locations across the country.

Young voters are a force to reckon with in the 2020 presidential election

November 1, 2020

Young voters' pre-election turnout has been substantially higher than years before. Early voting from those 29 years and younger has skyrocketed in states all around the country. According to data found...

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Natural advantages like large exposure to sunlight and vast open spaces to social distance have proved to bring more attention and participation to the game of golf.

Op/Ed: How golf has benefited during the COVID-19 pandemic

October 25, 2020

  When the COVID-19 lockdown first began, things looked very troubling for the game of golf. The Professional Golf Association Tour suspended its season and golf courses around the country were...

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Ratched receives bad reviews despite quickly becoming the most popular show on Netflix

“Ratched” receives bad reviews despite quickly becoming the most popular show on Netflix

October 11, 2020

"Ratched," released on Sept. 18, 2020, has quickly risen to the top of Netflix’s public ranking. This Netflix Original is Netflix’s most popular offering and is quickly approaching three straight weeks...

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Shanna Peeples joins the WTAMU Department of Education

Shanna Peeples joins the WTAMU Department of Education

September 27, 2020

Dr. Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of Year, was named the new Dr. John G. O’Brien Distinguished Chair in Education. She joined the WTAMU Department of Education on Sept. 1, 2020. This hire...

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Socially distanced students wait for their coffee at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center

[Photo] Coming back to school amid COVID-19

September 18, 2020

Socially distanced students wait for their coffee at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center

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The cost of course materials should not be the factor blocking success and a college degree,” said Taylor Fairweather-Leitch, a scholarly communications librarian at WT’s Cornette Library

How WTAMU Cornette Library is working to provide affordable class materials

September 13, 2020

  It is no secret that purchasing course materials can become expensive for college students. West Texas A&M University Cornette Library has partnered with Open Education Resources to provide...

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Since in-person classes resumed on Aug. 19, the University of Alabama has reported over 1,000 COVID-19 cases among students, faculty, and staff.

Off-campus gatherings cause COVID-19 complications among notable universities

September 6, 2020

The transition back to in-person classes has proved to be problematic for a few notable universities that have chosen this option. Many believe off-campus gatherings are the source of problems encountered. The...

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One of Randall Countys 2020 polling sites is located at Randall County District Court on 2309 Russell Long Blvd.

How WTAMU students can register to vote

August 30, 2020

With the 2020 presidential election rapidly approaching, time to register to vote is running out. The deadline to register varies by the voting method and by state. Voters will be given the option to submit...

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