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Virginia Alvino


Virginia joined Texas Public Radio in September, 2015, and lef the organization in February, 2016. 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. 

Virginia left TPR in 2016 to join the staff of WESA-FM 90.5 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Drillers Find Ways To Reach Oil Trapped In Old Wells

Just a few years ago, there was a lot of news about fracking, the technique revolutionizing the oil-drilling business. That business has plummeted with the drop in the price of oil.  Now, drillers are using everything from electrically-induced shock waves to acid to get out oil left behind by conventional drilling.  Dave Fehling of Houston Public Media introduces us to plasma pulse technology.

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The Alamo City is known for preserving historic sites like the San Antonio Missions. But there are also 27 designated historic neighborhoods where the desire to preserve is being challenged by the development of new condos and townhomes. 

This week our Growing Pains project is looking at how population growth and the economy are affecting housing.  For this report we visited one San Antonio neighborhood where development is bringing some welcome improvements but threatening tradition and raising taxes.   

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“El Chapo” Captured – Will Drug Lord Be Tried In the U.S?

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Frontier Airlines will begin service in San Antonio this year. The announcement was made Tuesday.

Frontier will provide direct flights from San Antonio to Philadelphia, a route not currently offered. It will also add more direct flights to Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Denver, where the company is based.

Last year City Council approved a program to provide financial incentives for airlines to begin serving San Antonio. City Councilman Joe Krier says this announcement shows the program is working, and is an important development for tourists and businesses alike.

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Government Raids And Deports Central American Families