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On Fronteras: Border Mayors Against More Security, Inmate Health Care Co-Pays, U.S.-Mexico Wind Farm

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Nicholas McVicker
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This week on Fronteras:  

--Mayors of five Texas border towns say safety is not an issue and state border security funds should help secure border business. 

--In New Mexico, the practice of charging co-pays for health care in jail is under scrutiny because it encourages some prisoners to skip medical treatment. 

--San Diego residents want to shut down the first ever U.S.-Mexico wind farm. One reason?  Its effect on wildlife. 

--A North Texas student who's short on height faces tall odds to make his high school varsity  basketball team.

Texas Border Mayors Blast State's Plans For More Security Five border mayors say political demands to "secure the border" are threatening legitimate trade between Texas and Mexico.  Texas Public Radio's Ryan Poppe talked with the mayors recently and they suggest state officials are taking the wrong approach. New Mexico Jail Co-Pays Deter Inmates From Getting Health Care Now to New Mexico, where there’s concern about sick prisoners avoiding treatment.  Minor health concerns, if left untreated, can grow into big, expensive ailments and possibly, even fatal illnesses. As KUNM's Marisa Demarco reports​ for Fronteras​, many  jails ​in New Mexico ​charge inmates copays for their medical care. But some say the fees deter inmates from getting the help they need before health problems get out of control.

Here's the story. 

San Diego Residents Challenge Historic U.S.-Mexico Wind Farm On the west coast for the first time ever, San Diego is getting renewable energy from a historic wind farm just a few miles south of the border in Baja California.  But San Diego residents are challenging the project in U.S. Court.   Jean Guerrero of KPBS has a two part special  report ror Fronteras on the controversial turbines that have backers in Mexico and dissenters in America.

Here's the story. 

Energy Leaders See Historic Wind Farm As Great Collaboration An historic wind farm started sending electricity to San Diego from Mexico this summer.   It's the first renewable energy project between the U.S. and Mexico and the collaboration is earning praise from industry leaders. In part two of her special report, KPBS Fronteras Reporter Jean Guerrero tells us more about the legal battle against the project.

Here's the story. 

Student Faces Tall Odds To Make Varsity Basketball TeamNow to the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound. where KERA's Bill Zeeble checked in on a very motivated student.  Rijos is a junior at Flower Mound High School who loves basketball and has played every year. Now he’s trying for the varsity team but he faces tall odds. 

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.