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Mexico Energy Reform Faces Challenges: Border Pipelines & Organized Crime

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An oil rig in the Permian Basin of Texas; Mexico wants to build at least two pipelines to import energy from here.

On Fronteras: Energy reform in Mexico is promising huge economic benefits for Texas...but there are big challenges ahead, including infrastructure and organized crime. New Mexico has some of the worst figures in the nation for alcohol-related illnesses and substance abuse, and so Fronteras sheds light on fetal alcohol syndrome. We'll also hear from the state climatologist about drought in Texas.  And an exclusive from Marfa Public Radio: the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area in south Presidio County is finally going to be open to the public.  


Mexico Energy Reform: Border Pipeline Challenge

Mexico’s oil and gas industry is about to open up to the rest of the world and American oil and gas companies are eager to get a foothold in a market closed to outsiders since 1938. That’s when Mexico nationalized its oil and threw U.S. companies out. Before major exploration can take place, Mexico has to create an infrastructure to support it, including roads and pipelines. That’s where the challenges begin. From Chihuahua, Lorne Matalon reports.

Searching For Answers On Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

New Mexico has some of the worst figures in the country for alcohol-related illnesses and substance abuse. But there’s still a surprising amount of mystery around one of drinking’s most serious consequences—what happens to a baby when it’s exposed to alcohol in the womb? KUNM public health reporter Ed Williams brings this story about one family searching for answers.


Death Of Dallas Ebola Patient Concerns And Saddens Vickery Meadow Residents

A little more than two weeks ago when Thomas Eric Duncan arrived in the U.S., he stayed at his girlfriend’s apartment in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of north Texas. The ethnically diverse community of immigrants and refugees who populate that area learned of his death by word of mouth and watching TV. KERA’s Stella Chavez talked to some of them.

State Climatologist to Ranchers: Careful With Your Water

Ranchers from across the southwest were told on Thursday: careful how you use that water. Marfa Public Radio’s Travis Bubenik explains.

Blood Bank Debuts New Technology To Help Young Donors

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has debuted new technology to make blood donations easier for young donors. TPR’s Crystal Chavez visited a mobile blood bank at Madison High School in San Antonio to see how it works.

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Chinati Mountains in Presidio County

EXCLUSIVE: Public Access to Chinati Mountains State Natural Area Done Deal

In 1996, a large tract of land was donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife to create a new state park but it sat unused because of the surrounding private lands. Now the real estate acquisitions necessary to give Chinati Mountains State Natural Area in south Presidio County access to the public are finally done deals. Marfa Public Radio's Paige Phelps has this story.


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