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On Fronteras: Covering The Mexican Drug War, Musicians Help Students Learn Language Skills

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Marcela Turati reports on Mexico's drug war for Proceso Magazine.

·         Mexican Journalist Marcela Turati takes risks reporting on the drug wars.

·         North Texas resident Lindsay Diaz was underinsured when a tornado hit.  That’s made rebuilding more difficult.

·         A nature trail brings relief to a distressed New Mexico neighborhood.

·         Houston Symphony Orchestra members are helping bilingual students adapt English words through music.

Mexican Journalist Takes Risks Covering Drug War

In the past decade more than 100 journalists have been killed covering the drug wars in Mexico.   Dozens more have disappeared.  Journalist Marcela works for Proceso magazine and tells the intimate stories of the drug war’s victims.  She recently talked to Maureen Cavanaugh of KPBS in San Diego about becoming a war correspondent inside her own country.  

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Underinsured Mom Struggles To Rebuild After Tornado

On December 26, the duplex owned by Rowlett resident Lindsay Diaz was blown away. Now, she’s juggling a full-time job, a baby, and the challenge of rebuilding her house and life.  Even with insurance, storm-related expenses pile up fast. KERA’s Courtney Collins reports that not having enough insurance is making her recovery even more difficult.

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Troubled New Mexico Neighborhood Gets Wildlife Refuge

Mountain View is a neighborhood in the Rio Grande Valley south of Albuquerque. It’s one of the most environmentally challenged communities in New Mexico. There are dozens of industrial sites and few places for children to play outside. KUNM’s Ed Williams reports some of that is changing with the help of a new wildlife refuge. 

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Houston Musicians Help Bilingual Students Adapt Language Skills

A unique partnership between the Houston Symphony and an elementary school is producing surprising results.  Students who are learning English are gaining confidence from community embedded musicians.  Houston Public Media’s Amy Bishop visited a class to see the program in action.  

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Fronteras is a public radio show about issues along the U.S.-Mexico border and changing demographics in the Southwest. It airs Friday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m. on 89.1 FM in San Antonio.

Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler is the executive producer. Alexis Yancey produced this broadcast.  Charanga Cakewalk composed the theme music.