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On Fronteras: Why The Pope Is Visiting Juarez, Democrats Battle For Texas Super Tuesday Votes

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Pope Francis is visiting the border city of Juarez this week.

·         Pope Francis’ Reason for Visiting Juarez

·         Tijuana Sees Drop In Some Serious Crimes

·         Technology Links Houston’s Homeless With Housing

·         Texas Voters A Big Prize For Clinton And Sanders

·         Funds Raised To Keep Albuquerque Indian Center Open

Pope Francis’ Reason for Visiting Juarez

On Wednesday, Pope Francis will visit Juárez, a border city recreating itself after years of bloodshed.  Mexico will be the sixth Latin American country Francis has visited since becoming the pontiff nearly three years ago.

Pope Francis witnessed a city in bloodshed as a young priest during Argentina’s Dirty War.  Reporter Lorne Matalon of Marfa Public Radio reports that experience in Latin America may have figured into his decision to come to Juarez.  

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How Overall Crimes Plummeted in Tijuana

In Tijuana, homicides tied to the drug trade went up last year.  But incidents of petty crimes like car theft and break-ins have dropped to the lowest level in more than a decade. Tijuana police believe that’s progress.  KPBS reporter Jean Guerrero recently sat down with Tijuana’s police chief to find out what’s behind the welcome decrease in crime.

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Volunteers Use Technology to Connect Houston’s Homeless with Housing

Houston is using technology to improve safety and quality of life. With the help of tablet computers, volunteers recently gathered data that could help get more people off the streets and into housing.  Houston Public Media’s Syeda Hasan reports.

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Texas A Big Prize for Clinton and Sanders

Although presidential candidates are headed to Nevada and South Carolina for the next election contests, they’re looking ahead to March 1st.  That’s when Texas will deliver the largest number of delegates in Super Tuesday balloting.

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders volunteers are working to nail down votes, with messages that contrast Clinton's long-time Texas ties to Sanders’ anti-establishment appeal.  Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler reports.

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Funds Raised To Keep Albuquerque Indian Center Open

Some Native American people moving to Albuquerque from more rural parts of the state, find the transition can be tough.  A community center has helped, providing basic resources. But now there’s a danger it will shut its doors.  Reporter Marisa Demarco has more on how the center helps and how residents are raising money to keep it open.

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Shelley Kofler is Texas Public Radio’s news director. She joined the San Antonio station in December 2014 and leads a growing staff that produces two weekly programs; a daily talk show, news features, reports and online content. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.