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Fronteras: Mexico Homicides Up, Veggies V. Beef In Cattle Country, Refugees Find Refuge In Music

A San Antonio center helps refugee children adjust by offering music lessons.

This week on Fronteras:   

·         The murder rate had dropped in Mexico, but now it’s going up again.   

·         Cuts in Texas Medicaid are making it hard for uninsured drug addicts to get rehab

·         A San Antonio group finds music instrumental in helping refugees adjust to a new life

·         A West Texas hospital promotes a veggie diet in cattle country.  


Murders Increasing in Mexico

The murder rate had dropped in Mexico, but now it’s going up again. Drug violence began to decline when President Enrique Peña Nieto took office four years ago, but a recent study shows homicides rose 8 percent from 2014 to 2015.  Maureen Cavanaugh of KPBS discussed the findings with David Shirk at the University of San Diego’s Justice in Mexico program. Shirk co-authored the report.

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Uninsured Face Tough Odds Getting Into Rehab

Drug overdoses have surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States. But if you’re uninsured, getting into rehab is not easy, especially in Texas where lawmakers cutback on Medicaid instead of expanding it under the Affordable Care Act.  KUT’s Ashley Lopez reports that many with drug problems or mental illness have few options for treatment.

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Veggies Versus Beef in Cattle Country 

If you’re looking for a hearty meal in Texas cattle country, a big juicy steak may be at the top of the menu. Now a major hospital in West Texas is taking on the state’s iconic ranching industry.  Lorne Matalon of Marfa Public Radio reports on the effort to promote a plant based diet instead of a diet built around beef.

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Refugees Find Refuge in Music

Refugees who’ve landed in the Alamo City have often escaped war and violence only to find themselves in a new country where it’s not always easy to fit in.  Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan reports on an organization that’s found a way to make the adjustment easier – through the universal medium of music.

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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.