South Texas

Texas Matters
4:13 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Texas Tries To Deal With Surge In Immigrants, Refugees

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: As Texas politicians continue to put the federal government under fire to do something about border security and the recent immigrant surge, what is happening to those who are already here or those who continue to come? Also on this show: On Juneteenth, Texas before racial equality.

Humanitarian crisis at the border

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International Trade
4:28 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

South Texas Lawmaker Urges House To Prepare For Mexican Natural Gas Boom

Landmark reforms that could lead to a deregulation of the Mexico oil industry has a Texas state lawmaker wanting to explore how the state could benefit.  

Early this year Mexico passed one set of reforms in regard to the country’s oil exploration and now the state-run oil company PEMEX is seeking investors and private companies with the skill to help extract one of the biggest oil reserves in the world.   

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Veterans Affairs
3:12 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

South Texas Veterans Group Details Big Problems With Harlingen VA Clinic

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Staffing issues, longer wait times for doctor’s appointments and lack of medical vouchers are just some of the problems at veteran medical clinics in the U.S.

One South Texas veterans support group has seen firsthand the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Harlingen, which has the country’s second longest average wait time according to a federal audit.   

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Eagle Ford Shale
1:47 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

State Legislators Looking At Ways To Manage Natural Resources In Eagle Ford Shale Region

State Senators Carlos Uresti, Juan Hinojosa, and Leticia Van De Putte discuss fracking issues at the 3rd Annual Eagle Ford Consortium Conference in San Antonio this week.
Credit Eileen Pace

As activity and income from the Eagle Ford Shale continues to grow, affected communities are studying how to manage finite resources into the future.

Local and state leaders are planning for issues that could not be fully addressed during the boom that hit the area six years ago.  

South Texas counties successfully weathered transformational changes with the Eagle Ford. It’s no secret that incomes have skyrocketed.

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Theatre For Change Tells Real Stories From The Texas Foster System

Shannon Ivey.
Sandra Trevino

They’re a local theater group with a very different objective. It's called Theatre for Change, and I talked to the group’s founder, Shannon Ivey.

"Theatre for Change is a nonprofit that turns statistics into stories," she said.

I had Ivey explain exactly what that meant.

“One in 82 children are victims of child abuse, and we turn that one into a narrative,” she said.

Ivey said we’re overwhelmed by statistics in our news feeds and Facebook to the point that we become inured to the people behind those statistics.

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Abortion In Texas
2:43 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Loses Only Remaining Abortion Clinic

The last remaining abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley closed its doors this week as a result of House Bill 2, the abortion clinic restriction law passed by the legislature during 2013’s special session.

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Arts & Culture
1:19 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Documentary Tells Chilling Story Of Race & Education In South Texas

Institute of Texan Cultures

A new documentary called "Stolen Education" reveals a little-known South Texas story.  It all started in the town of Driscoll. It was 1956 and a school there was doing something odd -- and illegal.

“They were placing children with Spanish surnames automatically into three years of first-grade track," explained Enrique Alemán, Executive Producer of the documentary.  “They called it a beginner, low and high first grade. Parents found out about that and contacted Dr. Hector P. Garcia, founder of the American GI Forum.”

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Rio Grande Valley
1:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Residents Rally To Save Big Bird, Public Broadcasting

RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc.

The Rio Grande Valley is facing the possibility of losing their only public television outlet. But national public broadcasting leaders are working to find a solution to keep programming on the air in one of the nation’s poorest regions.

KMBH-TV is the PBS station that serves the border communities of Brownsville, McAllen and others – over one and a half million people.

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Fronteras Desk
3:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Texas University Assisting South & West Texas Immigrants With DACA Applications

A Texas university program aimed at informing and assisting young immigrants eligible to obtain a deferred action status is expanding its reach into South Texas.

An estimated 1.7 million undocumented young people in the United States are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), according to Pew Research.

Since late 2012 the DACA Project at the Center for Legal and Social Justice at St. Mary’s University has assisted 200 people in obtaining DACA status, which puts off removal or deportation proceedings.

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Fronteras Desk
1:55 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Costly Reforms To Prevent Racial Profiling By Joe Arpaio's Office

Opponents of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio briefly gathered in the lobby of the sheriff's office in early January in protest of his record.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

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.

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