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On Fronteras: President Obama Honors Fallen Police, Soccer Helps Refugee Kids

Katie Schoolov
Amira Matti's brother, Matti Matti, plays soccer at YALLA, June 13, 2016.

This week on Fronteras: 

  • After five officers are gunned down in Dallas, an interfaith memorial service inspires thought provoking remarks from the president.  
  • San Antonio blood banks will now ask donors to be tested for the Zika virus.
  • In Albuquerque, many residents whose homes could be exposed to toxic contamination don’t want testing done
  • The poverty rate for Latinos in Travis County may be increasing.
  • Should ethnic studies should be mandatory in schools?
  •  In a suburban San Diego after school program, refugee students are scoring goals of achievement and learning to adjust to life in America.  

Dallas Memorial Service Explores Policing Importance And Pitfalls 
It’s been a somber time in Dallas since a sniper killed five police officers.  As the city tries to heal, an interfaith memorial service honoring the fallen brought President Obama there.  Mr. Obama was joined Tuesday by former president George W. Bush, and a host of other dignitaries. KERA’s Christopher Connally reports the speakers didn’t just honor the officers, but addressed the importance – and pitfalls – of modern policing. 
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San Antonio Blood Banks Testing For Zika Virus
Blood donors are going to be asked a new question when they show up to donate at San Antonio’s South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. “Do you agree to be tested for the Zika virus?”  Texas Public Radio’s Bioscience-Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby explains why.
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New Mexico Residents Resist Testing Homes For Toxic Gas
When toxic chemicals are released into the environment, figuring out whether they’re making people sick can be a major challenge. New Mexico​ is trying to solve that problem now in ​an area near downtown A​lbuquerque​, where an underground plume of dangerous dry cleaning solvents is flowing just beneath people’s homes and businesses.​  But as KUNM's Ed Williams reports, many homeowners are resisting having their homes tested.
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Poverty Rate For Latinos In Travis County May Be Rising 
After dropping for several years, the poverty rate for Latinos in Travis County appears to be growing. That’s the take away from an annual report focusing on equity in central Texas. KUT’s Syeda Hasan has details.
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Ethnic Studies May Become Mandatory In Austin Schools
School’s out, but the Austin School Board is already thinking about classes next fall. That’s when they want to talk about adding an ethnic studies course and possibly make it a graduation requirement. KUT’s Kate McGee reports.
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Soccer And Tutoring Program Helps Refugees Achieve 
Learning English is a major challenge for refugees who take all kinds of risks to come to the United States.  But one suburban San Diego after school program is helping young immigrants excel in school and feel like they belong in their community.  Jean Guerrero of KPBS reports, soccer is a key to their scores.
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Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules