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On Fronteras: Brownsville Zika Case, Police Diversity Training, Breaking Bread With Refugees

Wendy Rigby
Texas Public Radio
Brownsville resident Rafael Carrasco sprays for mosquitoes

On Fronteras:  Brownsville Zika Case, Police Diversity Training, Breaking Bread With Refugees

·         This week on Fronteras:   

·         A Brownsville woman contracts Zika locally - that steps up mosquito testing and killing.

·         Nine of 10 teachers report the election has had a negative effect on students.

·         How diversity training gives police vital cultural information for their encounters with Latinos, African Americans and immigrants.

·         The U.S. charter school model is going global in Pakistan to improve student achievement.

·         The powerful effect of breaking bread with refugees.

Brownsville Zika Case Prompts Door-To-Door Visits

State and local healthcare teams this week descended on a Brownsville neighborhood, after evidence that a woman there contracted the Zika virus from local mosquitoes. 

Florida is the only other state where someone acquired Zika locally.  Most in the United States who’ve tested positive for the virus got infected while visiting other countries.  TPR’s Bioscience–Medicine Reporter Wendy Rigby went to Brownsville where healthcare workers there, like those in Florida, are systematically trying to prevent the virus from spreading.  

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Teachers Say Election Having Negative Effect On Students 

In the days following the election of Donald Trump, nearly 900 incidents of harassment and intimidation have been reported around the country.  And in a new nationwide survey, educators report the election results have had a negative impact on students. KERA’s Stella Chavez looks into the findings.

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Police Diversity Training Scrutinized In Texas

The quality of training police officers in Texas has been scrutinized since the arrest and death of Sandra Bland in Waller County last year and the July shooting of Alva Braziel in Houston. Those incidents raised questions about how law enforcement deals with diversity and de-escalation. Houston Public Media’s Al Ortiz looks at some of the key tactics law enforcement officers learn during their training.

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U.S. Charter School Model Goes Global In Pakistan

One foreign country believes an American trend in education, privatization, may be the key to saving its school system.  Houston Public Media’s Laura Isensee reports several U.S. education nonprofits have started to adopt public schools in Pakistan, introducing new books, hiring new teachers and upgrading facilities.  

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San Diego Groups Welcome Refugees With Meals

Americans are used to having friends and families over to dinner, especially for holidays like Thanksgiving.  But if you’re a refugee, you may have to wait a long time to get invited to eat in someone’s home.  Tarryn Mento of KPBS has the story of how some groups in San Diego reached out to refugees to make them feel welcome over the holiday.

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Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules