Crystal Chavez http://tpr.org en What Can Texas Learn from Arizona & California about Solar Power? http://tpr.org/post/what-can-texas-learn-arizona-california-about-solar-power <p><strong>On Fronteras:</strong> We continue our reporting on the tens of thousands of Central American children and teens who are now in the United States. A UTSA demographer, who researches immigration, tells us more about what's driving this surge to the north. Texas is known as an energy superpower, but solar is sluggish here. We also look at solar economics in Texas and lessons that can be learned from other southwest states. And, the Kitchen Sisters take us to the Mexican town of Tequila, it's in the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit.</p><p><br /><br /> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:59:45 +0000 Crystal Chavez 34466 at http://tpr.org What Can Texas Learn from Arizona & California about Solar Power? Critical Shortage Of Mental Health Care Providers In Texas http://tpr.org/post/critical-shortage-mental-health-care-providers-texas <p></p><p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> There's a critical shortage of mental health care workers in Texas, and the problem is especially apparent in the borderlands. The Texas Democratic Party chair speaks about the party's top candidates, its platform and more as the convention arrives this weekend. For San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz, culture is everything. He speaks about the inspiration for his Tex-Mex artwork and new exhibit at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:06:47 +0000 Crystal Chavez 34004 at http://tpr.org Critical Shortage Of Mental Health Care Providers In Texas Texas Sees Money In Proposed Mexico Energy Overhaul http://tpr.org/post/texas-sees-money-proposed-mexico-energy-overhaul <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> In what would be a historic move, Mexico may open up its energy industry to private domestic and foreign investors. How Texas is preparing to get ahead of a proposed overhaul of Mexico’s energy industry. U.S. and Mexico authorities released water into the Colorado River Delta this spring to try to jump-start habitat restoration. We check in to see how that experiment is going.</p><p><strong>Texas Eyeing Mexico Energy Industry Overhaul</strong></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:04:07 +0000 Crystal Chavez 33753 at http://tpr.org Texas Sees Money In Proposed Mexico Energy Overhaul Management Shakeup Following Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Scrutiny http://tpr.org/post/management-shakeup-following-border-patrol-use-force-scrutiny <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>U.S. Customs and Border Protection is undergoing a shakeup following intense scrutiny over the Border Patrol’s use of force. Waves of unaccompanied Latino minors continue to make their way to Texas. What happens after they get here? The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is suing Texas, claiming the state has violated the civil rights of English language learners.</p><p><strong>Management Shake-Up at Customs and Border Protection Following Use of Force Controversies</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:40:25 +0000 Crystal Chavez 33362 at http://tpr.org Management Shakeup Following Border Patrol Use-Of-Force Scrutiny During A Traffic Stop, What Questions Do You Have To Answer? http://tpr.org/post/during-traffic-stop-what-questions-do-you-have-answer <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> If you're questioned by law enforcement at a traffic stop, what are you required to answer? As demographics change across the nation and in Texas, there’s growing concern about Alzheimer’s disease among Mexican-Americans—a population that continues to age. More minors from south of the border are making the dangerous journey to the U.S. illegally and alone. We visit Joint Base San Antonio Lackland where many of those minors are being housed.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:50:41 +0000 Crystal Chavez 32980 at http://tpr.org During A Traffic Stop, What Questions Do You Have To Answer? Will This Planned West Texas Clean Coal Project Be A Game Changer? http://tpr.org/post/will-planned-west-texas-clean-coal-project-be-game-changer <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> The Democrat facing newly-nominated Republican Dan Patrick in the Texas lieutenant governor race says Sen. Patrick’s pledge to campaign in the minority community is “insulting.” New EPA rules to cut carbon emissions are expected to be unveiled soon. The new rules are expected to spur the use of a so-called clean coal technology. There are fewer than 100 fluent speakers of Kumeyaay left in Southern California and northern Baja California, where they once dominated. Efforts are now underway to preserve the endangered language.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:53:10 +0000 Crystal Chavez 32596 at http://tpr.org Will This Planned West Texas Clean Coal Project Be A Game Changer? Politicos Say Cabinet Position Could Make Or Break Castro http://tpr.org/post/politicos-say-cabinet-position-could-make-or-break-castro <p><strong>Fronteras</strong>: San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is President Obama’s pick to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. One political expert says such a high profile position can make or break a candidate’s political future. Development and drought are creating a duck dilemma in Texas. Also, San Antonio singer Rita Vidaurri&nbsp; marks her 90th birthday this weekend.</p><p><strong>POLITICO: White House Cabinet Positions Can Make or Break a Candidate</strong></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:55:40 +0000 Crystal Chavez 32227 at http://tpr.org Politicos Say Cabinet Position Could Make Or Break Castro In Tijuana, These Sisters Rule The Boxing Ring http://tpr.org/post/tijuana-these-sisters-rule-boxing-ring <p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>More high schools in Texas may start offering Mexican-American studies. Can you guess the political affiliation of a legislator just by looking at them? In Texas, it’s pretty simple. Experts say a new bi-national agreement just signed in San Antonio has the potential to solve a variety of issues. Boxing competes only with soccer as Tijuana’s most popular sport: We’ll hear about two sisters who are slugging their way into the spotlight.<br /><br /><br /> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:27:30 +0000 Crystal Chavez 31489 at http://tpr.org In Tijuana, These Sisters Rule The Boxing Ring Amid College Week, Experts Say Higher Educational Attainment Still Low In Bexar County http://tpr.org/post/amid-college-week-experts-say-higher-educational-attainment-still-low-bexar-county <p><strong>Fronteras</strong>: About two months ago the world’s most wanted drug trafficker, Sinaloa Cartel leader "El Chapo" Guzmán, was captured in a joint operation and Mexico won’t even consider sending Guzmán to face charges in the U.S. It's been about a year since a formal border crossing linking Big Bend National Park and the tiny Mexican village of Boquillas del Carmen was re-opened. The economy there had been suffering but now that tourist dollars have started flowing south again hopes are high in the tourist town. Also, this is College Week in San Antonio. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:12:37 +0000 Crystal Chavez 31059 at http://tpr.org Amid College Week, Experts Say Higher Educational Attainment Still Low In Bexar County New Book Sounds Alarm On Growing "Border Patrol Nation" http://tpr.org/post/new-book-sounds-alarm-growing-border-patrol-nation <p></p><p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents has been growing rapidly — and not just along the southern border with Mexico. We speak to Todd Miller author of the new book, “Border Patrol Nation,” about the agency's expanding reach and the implications for privacy rights, civil liberties and more. On a lighter note, taking pictures in a field of Bluebonnets is a favorite springtime tradition in Texas. But we take you to&nbsp;one town that is especially serious about its bluebonnets.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Crystal Chavez 30608 at http://tpr.org New Book Sounds Alarm On Growing "Border Patrol Nation"