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On Fronteras: Students Find Potential Career In Prison, Museums Diversify Staff

Miguel Gutierrez Jr.
KUT News


Student Goes To Jail, Finds Career

Most schools tell students to stay out of jail, but Akins High School in South Austin sends some of its students there once a week to learn how to become correctional officers.  The program’s part of the school’s criminal justice curriculum, and allows students a hands-on look at life in the working world of a prison.  KUT’s Kate McGee spent a day with one student in the program.

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Art Museums Lack Diversity in Curators

A recent report shows very little diversity among staff at art museums across the country.  So is anything being done to change that?  Houston Public Media’s Amy Bishop went on a tour with a Latina curator and has details on a new program that’s helping museums become more inclusive.

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Laredo Residents Save Historic Buildings From Demolition

The border city of Laredo, Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Between 2007 and 2012 the city grew by more than 13 percent.  With more people, come more businesses and sometimes, that means tearing down what’s old to make way for something new.  But as KUT’s Joy Diaz reports, preservationists are fighting to keep Laredo’s historic buildings from the wrecking ball.

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Dallas Library Prospers From Adult Coloring Craze

Adult coloring books are sweeping the nation. Many say they help relieve stress and unlock their inner artist. The Friends of the Public Library in Dallas caught onto the craze and put together a book of their own, hoping to raise a little money. As KERA’s Courtney Collins reports, over a thousand coloring books later, sales are still going strong.

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Virginia joined Texas Public Radio in September, 2015. Prior to hosting and producing Fronteras for TPR, she worked at WBOI in Indiana to report on often overlooked stories in the community. Virginia began her reporting career at the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting.