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"El Frio," A Rare - And Fatal - Genetic Brain Disease In New Mexico

Dr. Leslie Morrison

Fronteras: Researchers in New Mexico say treatment for a rare and often deadly genetic disorder may be found in the state's colonial history. A look at the federal government’s choice to close dozens of deportation cases in Maricopa County. Summer in Phoenix means triple digit weather most days, but not everyone can keep up with the costs of staying cool. Death Valley was the hottest place on Earth on July 10, 1913 at 134 degrees, but some experts doubt the desert reached that temperature.

Sacred Item Returned To Hopi Tribe

One of the several dozen sacred items sold at auction in Paris last spring has been returned to the Hopi people. The tribe was vehemently opposed to the sale. From Flagstaff Laurel Morales reports.

New Mexico’s Colonial History Offers Clues To A Rare Genetic Disease

In the Southwest, a rare genetic disorder known as the Common Hispanic Mutation has haunted those of Spanish descent for nearly 400 years -- they call it "El Frio," or "the cold." From our Fronteras Desk, Tristan Ahtone reports that for the first time, researchers are looking into the genealogy of the disease and are hoping for treatments.

Arizona Couple Among Dozens To Get Deportation Relief

An Arizona family tangled in a high-profile deportation case learned this week that they can stay in the country. They are among a growing number of unauthorized immigrants in Maricopa County that the federal government is choosing not to deport. From the Fronteras Desk in Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block explains the mounting tension between the federal government and local law enforcement.

The Struggle to Stay Cool in One of the Hottest Cities

Phoenix would never have boomed into a sprawling metro area of more than 4 million people if it weren’t for air conditioning. It's over 100 degrees almost a third of the year, and air conditioning allows the region to function, but as the temperatures soar, so does the cost of cooling. Jude Joffe-Block has this report on those who struggle with their bills.

Did Death Valley Ever Really Reach 134 Degrees?

One hundred years ago this month, Death Valley was the hottest place on Earth. The temperature on July 10, 1913 has never been topped. But some climate experts doubt the desert actually reached 134 degrees. For the Fronteras Desk, KPBS science and technology reporter David Wagner went to Death Valley's Furnace Creek to find out why this record is so controversial.

Crystal Chavez was Texas Public Radio’s Morning Edition host for three years, until January 2015.