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Fri May 2, 2014

Amid College Week, Experts Say Higher Educational Attainment Still Low In Bexar County

Fronteras: 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. We speak to a policy analyst to find out how the city is faring when it comes to attaining a college degree and what improvements can be made.

Should "El Chapo" Guzman be Extradited to the U.S.?

Two months ago the world’s most wanted drug trafficker, Sinaloa Cartel leader "El Chapo" Guzmán, was captured in a joint US-Mexico operation.

Mexico’s attorney general says he won’t even consider sending Guzmán to face charges in the U.S.  But across the border, people say they know why Mexico doesn’t want Guzmán to be tried outside the country. Fronteras Desk’s Lorne Matalon reports.

With Border Crossing Open for a Year, Hopes are High in Boquillas del Carmen

It's been a year since a formal border crossing linking Big Bend National Park and the tiny Mexican village of Boquillas del Carmen was opened. For generations, Boquillas was a popular tourist stop for visitors to the national park, but the crossing was sealed after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

Over the last decade the economy in the town crumbled - families moved away looking for work, businesses shut down and houses were left to the elements.

But now that tourist dollars have started flowing south again, people in Boquillas say the town is coming back to life. Marfa Public Radio's Travis Bubenik has more

CPPP: one-third of adults in Bexar County have associates degree or higher

All this week the City of San Antonio has held events to encourage students to start thinking about college. There will even be a college day signing event Friday modeled after athletic signing days. The city’s efforts even attracted a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Leslie Helmcamp is a policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities. The CPPP is a nonprofit organization that examines how social and economic policies impact low and moderate income Texans. Helmcamp spoke at San Antonio’s College Week about ways to make college more accessible. She joins Fronteras host Crystal Chavez to discuss how students in San Antonio and Bexar County are faring when it comes to higher education.

U.S. Ivory Ban Spawns Dilemma For Music Industry

In June the United States begin strict enforcement of a ban on ivory from the tusks of African and Asian elephants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls what’s happening to elephants today “an unprecedented slaughter.” But the ban's forcing musicians to make a choice: perform without their favorite instruments or give up work that takes them across the U.S. border. Lorne Matalon has this report.

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