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Case to Determine if Landowners Can Export Water; Republicans Contest President’s Immigration Action

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Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez fools around with her friend, Claudio Taffer, before going inside the StoryCorps MobileBooth.

On Fronteras:

-- Can local ranchers and farmers export water from under their land, especially to Mexico, at a time when the U.S. suffers through some of its driest times ever? We look at a water rights case in Texas.
-- State Republican leaders are gearing up to battle President Obama’s executive order on immigration in a variety of ways, beginning with a lawsuit challenging the legality of the action, by Attorney General Gregg Abbott.
-- Groups in San Antonio are trying to help people make sense of the President’s immigration orders. They’re also trying to ensure people don’t become victims of immigration fraud.
-The popular StoryCorps MobileBooth is in Dallas. Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez, shares the story of her first election, and how she felt she had to beat the odds to win.

Perry, Abbott Challenge Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Republican leaders in Texas have been answering President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order of his own. Meanwhile, Governor-elect Gregg Abbott, currently the attorney general, is leading a multi-state lawsuit challenging the President’s immigration orders. State capital reporter Ryan Poppe joins the program to help us sort through the week’s immigration news.

Groups Helping People Figure Out If They Might Qualify for President’s Protection From Deportation

Immigrants hoping for deferred deportation status have another two to six months before applications will be available for President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions program. But many of them don’t know that.
 
Eileen Pace reports attorneys and refugee organizations in Texas have been working non-stop to answer the tide of questions that have come up from the President’s speech.  

Hispanic Chamber Study Ties Education to Economic Success
 
The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has released a study on the effects of education on economic development. TPR’s Joey Palacios reports business leaders are calling for all children to have a fair shot in the classroom.

Covered California Tells Latinos Enrollment Info Isn’t Shared With Immigration Authorities

Covered California has joined forces with immigrant rights leaders, and government officials, to urge Latinos to sign up for healthcare coverage. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg says many Latinos are reluctant to enroll, for fear their information could be used to deport undocumented family members.

Case to Determine Whether Landowners Can Export Their Precious Water Amid Drought

Ranchers and farmers that have been battered for years by drought, find themselves sitting on an increasingly valuable resource, their underground water reserves. Now, a case over water rights, which will resonate across the Southwest, is before the courts in Texas. At stake — can ranchers and farmers export their water, especially to Mexico, while the U.S. suffers through some of the driest times on record? Lorne Matalon has the report for Fronteras.

New Safety Proposals Aimed at Deadly Chemical Accidents

The federal agency that investigates chemical plant explosions has revealed a sweeping set of new safety proposals. They hit at the heart of industries, and accidents, in Texas, as we hear from News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter, Dave Fehling.

Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez, Recalls Her First Election: ‘I Thought I Had Lost’

The StoryCorps MobileBooth is in Dallas. Today, we bring you the story of Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez. When she first ran for office in 2004, Valdez was an unknown — and had a lot going against her. Valdez sat down with her friend, Claudio Taffer, to talk about that first election, and what it meant to her.
 

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