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This week on Fronteras:  

  • Laredo steps up surveillance efforts to prevent Zika outbreak.
  • The sensitive story of a Somalian refugee trying to break the taboo against treatment for complications from female genital mutilation.
  • 100 faith and community leaders embark on a march to demonstrate ”El Camino del Inmigrante,” the “Path of the Immigrant.”
  • Why Hatch chiles are hyped this time of year.  


Rackspace, San Antonio’s leading tech company, is going private. The company is being purchased by private equity firm Apollo Global for $4.3 billion. Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes said in a statement the company will be keeping its name and remain in San Antonio.

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Members of Texas’ DPS Public Safety Commission have put off establishing the rules for the state's limited medical marijuana law passed in 2015. 

The Department’s Ren Earl Bowie asked commissioners at Thursday’s hearing to postpone any discussion and possible vote on the rules that would establish an online registry of patients, doctors and dispensaries connected to the state’s limited medical marijuana law. That law currently only includes low-THC cannabis oil that is incapable of getting a person “high.”

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For South Texas blood donors, consenting to have your blood screened for Zika will no longer be voluntary. It will be mandatory.


 Today the Food and Drug Administration mandated the entire donated blood supply be screened for the emerging mosquito-borne virus.


The lifeblood of the South Texas medical community is donated blood. There’s no substitute for human blood, but it has to be screened to keep patients who receive that blood safe.

The San Antonio Film Commission unveiled a bold plan this week to boost local production over the next 5 years. They propose increasing the incentives—or cash rebates—the city provides to companies shooting movies or TV shows here, among other things.