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Fronteras: Long-awaited rail connection linking large Mexican ports in Sinaloa and Michoacan to Texas will break ground in 2015. Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is under a court order to prevent racial profiling. By some measures, Mexico might have some of the fastest Internet speeds in Latin America, but for Tijuana's ambitious tech entrepreneurs and aspiring professional gamers, it's still painfully slow.

Immigration reform, while not at the forefront of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, is believed by some members of the administration to take shape this year.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said he believes an altered migration system could shape the country’s labor force for the better.

Immigration reform got a hearty nod from Obama during his speech. The president went as far as to say it would shrink deficits by $1 trillion in the next two decades.

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Texas students are coming to class hungry, an estimated 1.5 million kids across the state participate in breakfast in the classroom programs. Texas requires any district with over 10 percent of kids qualifying for free and reduced lunches to offer breakfast as well, and the results are fed kids who can concentrate on their work. 

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San Antonio-based Valero Energy is reporting a 28 percent increase in its fourth quarter earnings, and officials say the nation’s oil industry is healthier as a whole now that the recession is coming to an end. 

Valero Wednesday reported an increase of $1.3 billion dollars over the fourth quarter earnings of 2012. 

Vice-President of Media and Community Relations Bill Day said the company is starting to see steady increases now, in part due to the end of the recession.

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As shipments of the popular spicy Asian condiment Sriracha remain on hold following a partial shutdown of its factory in California, a state representative from Texas is trying to lure the maker of the sauce away from the West Cost and into the Lone Star State.

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