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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.


 This week on Fronteras: 

·         We’re looking at the impact of the environmental accident along the Animas River.   EPA cleanup workers accidentally released three million gallons of mining pollution into the river, which flows through Colorado and New Mexico.  Its– threatening drinking water, fishing and the environment.  Reporters talk with the Navajo people and residents with homes along the river.   We hear from water managers who are testing ditch irrigation systems for possible contamination.

Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

This week on Fronteras: 

--Federal judges have ruled that Texas’ controversial Voter I-D law violates the Voting Rights Act.

--New research says global warming threatens Texas’ economy.  A group of business leaders say the data makes a financial case for the reduction of greenhouse gases now.  

--A new digital app developed in Houston helps disaster victims file for assistance.

-- Two Dallas non-profits are working together to provide housing for homeless veterans.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

This week on Fronteras: 

--Texas deer breeders worry they’ll be forced to destroy their herds after chronic wasting disease was discovered at one Hill Country ranch.

--Texas open carry advocates say the new laws don’t go far enough – they want guns in hospitals.

-- Texas generates more wind energy than any other state, but there are concerns the state will lose that distinction. Some power generators want to eliminate mandates that require utilities to produce a certain portion of their power using renewable energy.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

On Fronteras: Laredo Residents Give Donald Trump A Mixed Review

This week on Fronteras…

--Protesters met Donald Trump at the border in Laredo but the GOP presidential candidate insisted he’ll win the hearts and votes of Latinos.

--In New Mexico, faith leaders are objecting to proposed changes that would make it harder to get food stamps.

--Tijuana's mayor recently sent hundreds of homeless migrants into drug rehabilitation, but not everyone who was rounded up was homeless.


   On Fronteras:

·        Jade Helm military exercises began in seven states, with government skeptics concerned about the intent of the training.  At training sites near Bastrop, Texas, residents there are divided over whether the troops are involved in activities that threaten civil liberties. 

·        A spokesperson for the Special Operations Command says the military is working hard to counter fears that Jade Helm troops are planning to detain citizens or implement some kind of martial law.