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10:12 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Military Presence Along Border to Increase

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Border patrol agents along the southwest border will collaborate with the U.S. military this month.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports the joint operation will involve 500 soldiers.

Fronteras
10:00 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Mexican Expat Voter Registration Drops

Mexican election officials have been pushing to get more Mexican expats to register for their country's presidential election. But figures released last week show only modest gains in the number of absentee ballots requested worldwide... and a drop in applications from Mexicans living in the U.S.

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Fronteras
5:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Juarez Nightlife Back to Life

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In the violence stricken city of Ciudad Juarez, one industry is making a strong and sudden comeback: nightlife. Thanks to police protection in certain parts of the Mexican border city, business owners have decided to reopen.  

As Monica Oritz Uribe reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, that means recently abandoned hot spots for clubs and bars have come alive again.

Fronteras
5:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Musicians Return to Arizona Tour Spots

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Two years ago after Arizona passed its tough immigration law S-B 10-70, many musicians chose to boycott the state.

From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Laurel Morales reports many of them are now putting Arizona back on their tours.

Fronteras
5:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Activists in Arizona Call for Sheriff to Resign, Immigration Not the Main Argument

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The activists who successfully led the campaign to recall former Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce ... are now running another campaign -- calling for the resignation of a sheriff with controversial immigration policies.  As Devin Browne reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the strategy is consistent: Target immigration enforcement leaders, like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, WITHOUT talking about immigration.

Fronteras
5:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Report: More Catastrophic Wildfires Likely

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Scientists have examined clues from the past to predict the west’s fire future. And they say in a study released this week that all signs point to more large-scale wildfires like last year's Wallow and Las Conchas fires. 

Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

Fronteras
10:04 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Latinos Respond to Catholic Church Contraception Issue

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Catholic bishops across the country have turned to their congregations to pressure President Obama to repeal his new contraception rule in recent weeks. That rule requires religious institutions to have health plans that cover contraception costs for their employees.  And since Latinos now make up roughly one-third of all Catholics in the U.S., they should be key players in that effort.  

But as Adrian Florido reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the response from rank-and-file Latinos has not been what the church had hoped.

Fronteras
10:29 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Tax Proposal Would Eliminate Credit, Affect Latinos

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A proposal in Congress could raise the tax bill for millions of undocumented immigrants by restricting who is eligible for a popular tax credit. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle has the story.

Fronteras
9:10 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Latino Achievement Gap Series: Preschool Works!

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Preschool works. There is a wealth of evidence that early education is key when it comes to narrowing the achievement gap between Latino children and their peers. But across the country and this region, access to quality affordable preschool is lacking. As Jude Joffe-Block reports in this final installment of the Fronteras series on the Latino Achievement gap, a state-funded pre-K program in Nevada that is achieving results. 

Fronteras
12:22 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Latino Achievement Gap Series: Dual Language Immersion

An estimated one in five children in the U.S. speaks a language other than English at home. In most of these homes, that language is Spanish. And yet the vast majority of these children are taught strictly in English at school. Some educators believe this is part of the reason Latino children are lagging in school compared to their white and Asian peers.

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Fronteras
12:20 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Latino Achievement Gap Series: English Immersion Does It Work?

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In the last fifteen years, California, Arizona, and Massachusetts have all replaced bilingual education with English Immersion.  This was supposed to help close the achievement gap. But by most measures, it hasn’t. 

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Fronteras
11:32 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Latino Achievement Gap Series: No Gap for Latinas

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Nationwide, Latinos attend preschool in lower numbers; drop out rates are higher, and fewer Latinos get college degrees.  But for Hispanic girls and women of college age-that gap disappears.  

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Fronteras
10:59 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Border Professionals Armor Cars

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Is it worth 300-thousand dollars to make your SUV battle-ready? To many professionals living and working along the Mexico border, the answer is yes. As Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Hernán Rozemberg reports, a Texas company has a growing list of high-profile clients who are spending big bucks armoring themselves against the violence of Mexico’s bloody drug war.

Fronteras
10:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Latino Achievement Gap Series: Rancho Club

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In Las Vegas Nevada the heart of the Latino community is Rancho High School.  The school has become a campaign touchstone for politicians courting Hispanic voters. In fact, during the last presidential election, candidate Barack Obama visited Rancho not once, but twice. Yet nearly half of the Latino students who enroll at the school, never finish. 

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Fronteras
3:50 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

Report: Rising Number of Young Hispanics in Trouble in San Diego

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A new report by the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, finds that the number of youth in juvenile hall in San Diego County is on the rise, and made up primarily of Hispanics.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has the story.

Fronteras
8:34 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Arizona Detox Center Closes

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Police in Page, Arizona, are worried about people freezing to death after a detox center on the border of the Navajo Nation closed. From Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

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Fronteras
8:32 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Arizona Law Restricts Impact Fees

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Cities and towns in the Southwest have long relied on development fees to fund their growth. Now a new law in Arizona restricts how much development money cities can collect, and what they can use that money for.  Devin Browne reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

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Fronteras
8:28 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Mexican Voters in the US

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With more than 10 million Mexicans living in the United States, Mexico is trying to get more expatriots to vote in their country's upcoming presidential election. This holiday season is the final push to get voters registered before the mid January deadline. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk in Las Vegas, Jude Joffe-Block reports.

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Fronteras
8:26 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Wallow Fire Impact Update

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It’s been seven months since an untended camp site sparked Arizona's largest wildfire.  It will be decades before the forests grow back.  From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Al Macias reports on how Mother Nature and humans are working to help wildlife.

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Fronteras
9:51 am
Wed December 7, 2011

California City Defies State and Federal Immigration Laws

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Ever since Arizona's controversial S-B-10-70 became law last year, other states and cities have tried to follow its example. But as Ruxandra Guidi reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, few cities have defied both state and federal immigration laws like the city of Escondido, California.

Fronteras
9:45 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Visa Bill Blocked in Senate

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After sailing through the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill that proponents called a small, but significant, step toward immigration reform has met a roadblock in the Senate. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle has the story.

Fronteras
9:27 am
Wed December 7, 2011

ALEC Protesters Target Navajo Generating Station

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Sixteen people were arrested at the Salt River Project’s offices in Tempe Arizona on Friday. As Devin Brown reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the protesters want the utility company to stop operating their coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation.

Fronteras
9:17 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Aging Census

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The number of Americas over age 65 grew faster than any other age group in the country. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Monica Ortiz Uribe reports that retirees contributed to most of the growth in the southwest.

Fronteras
9:14 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Hispanics Oppose Perry

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A national conservative Hispanic group is calling for Texas Governor Rick Perry to drop out of the presidential race. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Hernán Rozemberg has more.

Fronteras
9:08 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Feds Worried About Gun Walking Program

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New emails released by the Department of Justice show that top officials were worried about the public perception of its gun walking programs in Arizona. As Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, this was even before two of those guns turned up at the scene of a Border Patrol agent’s murder. 

Fronteras
10:53 am
Fri December 2, 2011

New Tribal Land Leasing Rules

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The government has changed land leasing rules to make it easier for tribes to build houses and businesses. The move comes as President Obama met with Native American leaders Friday in Washington. Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk .

Fronteras
10:37 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Grand Canyon Disposable Water Bottle Bann Blocked

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Grand Canyon officials had all but banned disposable water bottles when the nation’s parks director blocked the plan. Environmentalists are fired up after hearing reports that the decision was influenced by Coca-Cola. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Laurel Morales reports.

Fronteras
10:28 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: Las Vegas, NV, Homes Are Going Cheap to Foreigners

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Half of home buyers in Las Vegas Nevada paid in cash in October. For the most part, these are investors buying up properties. Prices have dropped to 1990's levels, and many homes in the area are selling for below building cost.

In Part Four of the Fronteras Changing America Desk series Beyond Sprawl, Jude Joffe-Block reports some Las Vegas homes are getting attention from buyers from all over the world.

Fronteras
10:19 am
Wed November 30, 2011

ALEC Policy Summit This Week in Arizona

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Hundreds of state lawmakers and business leaders are gathering in the Phoenix area today for a policy summit. The American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, invites private sector representatives to present model legislation. But as Devin Browne from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, critics say this is lobbying, and should be more transparent.

Fronteras
10:14 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Beyond Sprawl: High Impact Work Environments

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Like most sunbelt cities, the growth model in Las Vegas. Nevada was to expand out, creating sprawling suburbs and quiet gated communities.

In Part Three of the Fronteras Changing America Desk series Beyond Sprawl, reporter Jude Joffe-Block takes us to a trendsetting local online shoe and clothing company.  Zappos thinks an urban setting would be better fit for his employees and its industry in general.

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