Fronteras: A conversation with "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep, who joins us to talk about NPR’s Borderland series: stories about the people, goods and culture that cross back and forth across the U.S.-Mexico border. Mónica Ortiz Uribe introduces us to the Barrio Aztecas of El Paso, one of the more frightening gangs that operate on the border. Lent is a time of spiritual reflection, but it also means a change in diet for those who take part. Fronteras commentator Yvette Benavides tells us about how the foods of lent can be sinfully good.
Texas Matters: A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation details the government subsidies that are available to people signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It seems that a lot of people in Texas are missing out. The mysterious death of 28-year-old Alfred Wright, who is African American, has caused racial issues to boil over in East Texas. Also on this show: Gender equality in the gubernatorial race.
Students in the Alamo Colleges system may soon have certain instructional materials bundled into their tuition costs in the coming semesters. How the plan will be implemented remains to be decided, but students are already showing opposition.
In January, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees voted to bundle electronic instructional materials into certain classes. When students pay their tuition there will be an additional cost for the pre-approved materials in the form of e-books and other items that can be accessed online.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has partnered with the U.S. State Department in an effort to tackle drug crimes related to drug cartels operating in other countries.
DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw said this partnership with the will go towards to helping train police from other countries like Mexico. DPS troopers would also be allowed to be deployed in other countries as an exchange while working on specific cases and operations.
Victims of domestic violence can have a hard time qualifying for subsidies to buy health insurance because of quirks in the health law. And they often need help. It now looks like there's something of a fix, as well as more time to enroll.
Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 2:03 pm
The numbers are eye-popping:
MLB.com and other news sites are reporting that Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is getting an eight-year contract extension from the team that means he's guaranteed to earn $292 million over the next 10 years if he keeps playing.
Scientists at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute have been given the green light on phase two of a project to find a more practical antidote for cyanide poisoning that can be administered in the field.
The $8.3 million contract research is part of the government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority efforts to find a deliverable way to combat cyanide poisoning among large populations of civilians in case of a terrorist attack.