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On Fronteras: Low Oil Prices Aid Repo Business, Recruiting Rural Psychiatrists

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Mose Buchele
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KUT

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. 

-- A sports camp in El Paso teaches more than just basketball.

Some Businesses Boom Amid Oil Bust

Oil workers are losing jobs and in turn that means they’re struggling to make ends meet. But as KUT's Mose Buchele reports, there’s at least one business that's booming in the oil fields.

Here's the story. 

Luring Mental Health Care Workers To Rural Texas Towns

There are dozens of counties in Texas without even one physician. Even more lack psychiatrists. KERA's Lauren Silverman reports how one lawmaker is attempting to attract more mental health care workers to rural Texas towns.

Here's the story. 

Fostering A Diverse Family

Imagine fostering more than 50 children. That's what one Texas family has done in the last eight years. KERA's Doualy Xaykaothao takes us south of Fort Worth to rural Rio Vista, where the diversity of this family wasn't always welcomed by their neighbors. 

Here's the story. 

On the west coast, a Spanish-language book truck is traveling to schools, parks, and other areas of San Diego County.  KPBS Fronteras reporter Jean Guerrero explains why the Mexican publisher who owns the truck is on a mission to promote children learning in their immigrant parents’ native tongue.

Here's the story. 

In west Texas schools are opening and summer rituals are coming to an end. Student athletes – like cross-country runners and football players – have already been practicing – getting ready at late-summer camps. But as Tom Michael of Marfa Public Radio reports, at one sports camp in El Paso, sports isn’t the only focus. 

Here's the story. 

Virginia joined Texas Public Radio in September, 2015. 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.