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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.

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

Latinos across are among the most uninsured groups. Latinos have higher rates of obesity, and diabetes, and the individuals who need the most help, are often the hardest to reach. That's where promotoras come in. Texas Public Radio’s Virginia Alvino visited one promotora in a senior living community to learn more. 

The residents of Palacio Del Sol are mostly Latino, in a mostly Latino Bexar County, and they all seem to know Ms. Estella Cadena. 

Palacio has been Estella’s home since she retired 8 years ago. Her health care experience before that?

Ryan E. Poppe


The state’s agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller, is celebrating his first six months in office by listing off a number of aggressive and somewhat controversial initiatives his office will be undertaking.  



In the annual State of Agriculture address on Wednesday, Miller said, “There’s three things we don’t tolerate at the TDA, we don’t tolerate horse thieves, cattle rustlers and cheats. We’ll come get you.”




When James Harrison was 14, he got really sick. One of his lungs had to be removed, and he needed a lot of blood.

"I was in the hospital for three months and I had 100 stitches," he recalls.

After receiving 13 units — almost 2 gallons — of donated blood, Harrison knew right away that he wanted to give back.

"I was always looking forward to donating, right from the operation, because I don't know how many people it took to save my life," he says. "I never met them, didn't know them."

All the rain that fell in May has helped the mosquito population explode in San Antonio. The City is doing what it can to help control the problem.

The San Antonio Metro Health District provides pest control services on public property for mosquitoes to protect people from diseases that these organisms can spread. Vector Control uses source reduction techniques and pesticides as necessary to control mosquitoes on public property by eliminating the breeding source, applying pesticides to stagnant water.