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Mon. Aug 6, 7.30p:  Yesterday, Chavela Vargas, a legendary singer in Mexico, died at age 93.This evening,  we´ll play Chavela Vargas music to say good-bye to her. Host: Cristina Baccin

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Business was booming today just north of the U.S.- Mexico border. As Jill Replogle reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, some Mexican shoppers came a long way to get in on Black Friday sales.

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Mexico and the United States are working toward a broad package deal that would help revive the Colorado River Delta.  Laurel Morales reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

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The Sinaloa drug cartel sought military weapons to attack the US embassy in Mexico City and then blame it on a rival cartel. As Michel Marizco reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the planned attacks were intended to send a message to the United States not to interfere in Mexico.

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Almost 500 people have gone missing in Tijuana and the wider Baja California region in the last 5 years.  Some of these disappearances are kidnappings by local criminals for ransom.  Others are believed to be carried out by the drug cartels.  

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Ten years after the bodies of eight murdered women were discovered in a cotton field in the Mexican border city of Juarez authorities have inaugurated a monument in their memory. For the Fronteras Changing America Desk,  Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from Ciudad Juarez  that to this day the murders remain unsolved.


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The former U.S. attorney who was investigating the possibility of a lawsuit against the United States for the murder of a border patrol agent has recused himself from the case. It was revealed that the U.S. had allowed guns into Mexico while he was U.S. Attorney.


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The Justice Department has been under fire for months for the so-called “Fast and Furious” gun-walking program. That’s the A-T-F operation that tried to build criminal cases against Mexican drug cartels and their weapons suppliers.

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Republican lawmakers have released new documents showing that high level officials in the Obama Administration Justice Department in Washington D.C. were aware that federal agents in Arizona were allowing guns to be walked into Mexico.

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Operation Fast and Furious was not the first gun-walking program taken up by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms in Arizona.

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Foreign-owned manufacturing factories along the border in Mexico have been hailed as an economic blessing. But there’s another side to that story.

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International child abductions are on the rise, according to the U.S. State Department and Mexico is the number one destination. As Ruxandra Guidi reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, 65% of all cases of American children being taken away by one parent end up south of the border.

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A study released this week highlights severe problems among police in the violent Mexican border city of Juarez. From the Changing America Desk, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports half of the officers admit to engaging in corrupt acts.


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Southern California was once a critical manufacturing center for the defense and aerospace industry. But as costs have gone up, much of that production has moved across the border to Tijuana. According to the Mexican government, the amount of aerospace parts that Mexico manufactures and exports has grown more than 15 times in the last 10 years. That output is expected to double again by 2015. In this second story in our series on the maquiladora industry, Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.

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American-owned manufacturing plants in Mexican border cities, called maquiladoras, have been around for more than four decades. Business has not been great in recent years with low wage jobs shifting over to Asia and the U.S. recession devastating sales. But now many maquiladoras that survived this downturn are on the rebound, adding new jobs all along the U.S. Mexican border. The Fronteras Changing America Desk launches a new series that looks at what's working for the maquiladoras, and why. Hernan Rozemberg begins, with a little history.

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New Mexico has a pretty lousy business relationship with Mexico. Despite its ideal location right on the border, the state ranks 38th among U.S. states in trade with its neighbor. That's a fact not lost on the business community in southern New Mexico, where an industrial revolution of sorts is slowly taking shape. In the third installment of our series on the maquila industry, Monica Ortiz Uribe reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk on a growing industrial hub that's at the heart of New Mexico's plan to boost trade with Mexico.

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A native of Mexico and long-time naturalized U.S. citizen was confirmed as a new federal judge in South Texas. Hernan Rozemberg reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk.


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Nevada has never elected a Latino to Congress, but one Democrat would like to be the first in 2012. On Tuesday night, a young, Mexican-born state senator kicked off his congressional campaign. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports from Las Vegas.

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The Tijuana-San Diego area was for decades one of the busiest human smuggling crossings along the southwest border. In the nineties, more than fifteen-hundred people were smuggled through there each week. But rising violence and increased border security have drastically changed the illegal business. As Ruxandra Guidi reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, it's also changed the role of those who look to help immigrants on both sides of the border.

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The investigative arm of Congress has released a report saying that the United States military's efforts on the Mexican border have not been managed efficiently. Fronteras Changing America Desk correspondent Michel Marizco reports that's despite the millions of dollars spent.

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The Mexican government will release five Mexican wolves from captivity in Northeastern Sonora. U-S officials say they hope the animal will wander north into Arizona and breed with the endangered wolves living north of the border. Peter O'Dowd reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk.