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On Fronteras: Landowners Win In Pipeline Fight, Passport Delays, 1st Gen Students Earn College

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Texas Landowners Win Millions As Stars Launch Anti-Pipeline Campaign

In Texas, they say energy is king.  It may still be but right now the crown belongs to West Texas landowners. They just won unexpectedly high awards - millions of dollars  -against Energy Transfer, a U.S. company contracted by Mexico to build a controversial natural gas pipeline.Mexico is paying for the pipeline that will carry Texas natural gas to Mexican power plants. And because the state says the pipeline is in the public interest, that gives the builder the power to seize private land here.  Despite winning lucrative awards for the pipeline being built on their property, the landowners really don’t want it and they’re getting some huge help.  A high profile anti-pipeline campaign is underway – fueled by the power of Hollywood. The story from Marfa Public Radio’s Fronteras reporter Lorne Matalon.


State Department Expects Passport Delays

The U.S. State Department is expecting a 33 percent increase in passport renewals over the next year. That means it could take longer to get a passport.  About six years after 9/11, passports were required for the first time to enter Mexico and Canada. Passports have a life of about ten years before they need to be renewed making the number of renewals anticipated this year a near tidal wave. The state department says it is prepared with staffing but delays can still be expected. We sat down with Brenda Sprague, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Passport Services at the State Department to learn more.


World Refugee Day Honors Hard Work

Escaping persecution or death, being resettled in a foreign country, learning a different language, understanding a new culture, overcoming the suspicions of some neighbors. These are challenges refugees in America face and it’s tough, but not impossible, to rise above them. This week World Refugee Day acknowledged the hard work and plight of refugees. For KPBS in San Diego, Speak City Heights reporter Tarryn Mento interviewed Mohammed Tuama [Too-AH-ma, an Iraqi refugee honored for his journey to success.  


Border High School Helps 1st Generation Students Earn Free College Credits Imagine being the first in your family to go to college. Just paying the tuition bill can be daunting and that’s the case for many students from immigrant families.  But one border school district is exposing these students to college level courses even before they finish high school.  The plan gives students college credits without paying a dime of tuition. KUT’s Kate McGee saw how this is working in Laredo on the U.S. – Mexico border.


Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules