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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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Texas Governor Gregg Abbott led a delegation to Mexico earlier this week to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other top-level officials. Up for discussion was strengthening cultural and economic ties.

Among the delegation was Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos. He spoke with Texas Public Radio’s Virginia Alvino about the impact of border tensions, and a shifting relationship with our southern neighbor.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) says it will not suspend San Antonio's John Jay High School from playing in future football games this season.

Members of the UIL executive committee made that announcement Wednesday morning after a public meeting with representatives from the Northside Independent School District, the Marble Falls School District, and members of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. 

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In light of recent police shootings in Texas and around the country, the communities of Schertz and Cibolo held a rally Monday to show support for their local law enforcement.

A sea of blue filled the parking lot, as residents donned the traditional color of law enforcement to say thank you for their services.

Among the hundreds of residents in attendance were Adrianna Cook and her two year-old son Aden.

“I’m actually here more for my son - to show that police are your friends and they’re not out to get you," says Cook. "And he’s loving it.”

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This week on Fronteras: 

-- While the ripple effect of oil busts have impacted many communities in Texas, one repo man says he's seen an uptick in business. 

-- Many Texas counties lack psychiatrists. One incentive program hopes to lure more mental health professionals to rural towns. 

-- One family in rural Texas has fostered more than 50 children. The diverse group was met with some resistance from the neighborhood. 

-- A Spanish-language book truck encourages children to learn in their parents' native tongue. 

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State and local officials gathered Wednesday at the Alamo to highlight state funding allocated to preserve and develop the historic site. 

The Texas legislature approved $31.5 million this year for improvements to the Alamo.

How will it be spent?

Most of that answer is still up in the air, according to state Sen.  José Menéndez.

“Everything’s open," says Menéndez. "I mean, there’s possibilities of buying, possibilities of expanding. We shouldn’t limit ourselves by what we have today.”