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Colorado River Adventures Turn Deadly For Kayakers Without Guides

Laurel Morales
A group of paddlers prepare for their first rapid.

Fronteras: Legislation to compensate "downwinders" -- people suffering from cancer caused by the fallout of atomic testing near Las Vegas in the 50s -- left out some affected areas and now people are demanding federal compensation. In Phoenix, there's a unique tradition of bringing together both Jews and Latinos to celebrate Passover that brings together two ethnic communities. The last 10 fatalities on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon have been on self-guided trips.

Forgotten 'Downwinders' Demand Federal Compensation

Congress held a field hearing in Kingman, Ariz., this week for forgotten "downwinders." Those are people suffering from cancer caused by the fallout of atomic testing near Las Vegas in the 1950s. Legislation that passed more than two decades ago provided compensation for many people in the region, but left out Arizona's Mohave County and Nevada's Clark County. Laurel Morales reports.

Tradition Brings Together Jews and Latinos For Passover

For the Jewish holiday Passover families gather for the traditional Seder meal to commemorate the Jewish people’s escape from slavery in Egypt. As Jude Joffe-Block reports from the Fronteras Desk, a unique tradition in Phoenix uses the holiday to bring together two ethnic communities.

Justice in Mexico Report Finds Decline in Violence in Mexico

A new analysis of violence in Mexico finds that homicides appear to have dropped by about 15 percent last year compared to 2012. Fronteras reporter Jill Replogle has more.

Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration, Build Political Capital For The Future

While Congress is showing no signs of moving forward on passing comprehensive immigration reform, the complicated issue was spotlighted Tuesday night in a heated debate in Texas. As David Martin Davies reports, Texas Sen. Dan Patrick and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro publicly sparred over the issue that could decide the future of both of their parties.

Colorado River Can Turn Deadly For Self-Guided Adventurers

Last month a 31-year-old Oregon man died when his kayak capsized on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. He was one of about 7,000 river runners who each year opt to go without a guide. The last 10 river fatalities in the Grand Canyon were on self-supported trips. From the Fronteras Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales looks at the risks they take.

More Homeless In The Forests Means More Fire Danger

In Flagstaff, Ariz., police and partner agencies are investigating several recent human-caused wildfires. A dry winter and more people who are homeless heading to the forest have emergency crews beefing up patrols. From Flagstaff Laurel Morales reports.

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