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Fronteras is a collaborative regional news project that explores the changing culture and demographics of the American Southwest. From Central Texas to Southern California, and from Las Vegas to the Mexican border, Fronteras brings emphasis to Latino and Native American life and border issues affecting American politics, social order, economics and the environmental landscape.

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This week on Fronteras: 

--Rio Grande Valley veterans say the Veteran's Administration is not providing timely healthcare.

--In New Mexico, prisoners blame poor medical care for the deaths of three inmates.

--Mexico’s Carlos Slim Foundation makes a big donation to help Baylor scientists fight Chagas disease, which is spreading through Latin America and becoming a hotspot in Texas.

--Activists gather hundreds of signatures to recognize Mexico in a place that celebrates diversity in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

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 This week on Fronteras:  

--Connecting Latinos with vital health knowledge in the community.  A look at promotoras de salud.

-- In New Mexico, toxic chemical vapors have been seeping into the air unchecked since the 90’s.  Some homeowners are worried.

--San Diego residents split over Pope Francis canonizing Spanish Missionary Junipero Serra

-- We’ll take a look back at when Mexicans, many of them naturalized Americans, were deported in huge numbers from the United States.

This week on Fronteras: 

--Pope Francis makes an historic visit to America – entering as a migrant.  San Antonio Catholics react to his speech addressing a joint session of Congress.

--How much influence does Pope Francis have?  A fellow Argentinean mother hopes he can help her son, a convicted murderer, get off on death row.

--A memorial honoring families torn apart by deportation goes up near the California-Mexico border.

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This week on Fronteras:

-- The United States and Mexico are funding an experiment to improve the economy in communities along the border.

-- Some parents in Houston are struggling to get their children of color into gifted and talented programs at school. 

-- A Texas Monthly article explores Selena's lasting legacy in Corpus Christi, but not everyone in the city thinks the piece is fair. 

-- An arts center in Dallas focuses on attracting the work of young artists of color. 

Skirting the Law to Survive on the Border 

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This week on Fronteras: 

-- While the ripple effect of oil busts have impacted many communities in Texas, one repo man says he's seen an uptick in business. 

-- Many Texas counties lack psychiatrists. One incentive program hopes to lure more mental health professionals to rural towns. 

-- One family in rural Texas has fostered more than 50 children. The diverse group was met with some resistance from the neighborhood. 

-- A Spanish-language book truck encourages children to learn in their parents' native tongue.