Mexico’s serious crisis of violence and impunity, inequality’s secret engine, and 5 myths about Trump supporters are some of the issues covered in our Border News Clips for Thursday, March 3, 2016.


LEAD STORIES

Mexico suffering from ‘serious crisis of violence and impunity’, report says

UK GUARDIAN: Too many crimes, including torture, disappearances and killings, go uninvestigated in Mexico, which is suffering a “serious crisis of violence and impunity”, according to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR). In a new report, the IACHR highlighted repeated failures to get to the bottom of some 27,000 disappearances registered in Mexico as of 2015, as well abuses of power by police and the armed forces in the fight against the country’s drug gangs.

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SCOTUS Takes Up Texas Abortion Case as Activists Gather to ‘Stop the Sham’

TEXAS OBSERVER: For more than an hour on Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court justices jockeyed with attorneys over the constitutionality of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, House Bill 2. Meanwhile outside the building, hundreds of protesters gathered for a morning-long #StopTheSham rally, calling for an end to the restrictions.

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Slice The Price Of Fruits And Veggies, Save 200,000 Lives?

NPR: Lowering the price of fruits and vegetables by 30 percent can save nearly 200,000 lives over 15 years — roughly the population of Des Moines, Iowa. That’s the message being touted by researchers this week at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology meeting in Phoenix. We know eating more fruits and vegetables is good for your heart. Now computer models suggest that making that produce more affordable may actually translate into lower death rates from heart disease and stroke. And, the researchers add, lower prices are more effective at saving lives than traditional campaigns designed to encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables, like “5 A Day.”

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Laredo Mayor Doesn’t Rule Out Voting for Trump

TEXAS TRIBUNE: The mayor of a Texas border city whose population is 96 percent Hispanic and home to the country’s largest inland port said on Wednesday that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of voting for Donald Trump.

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Inequality’s secret engine: friends and family

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: If you’re a single mother, friends and family likely play a crucial role in keeping your head above water  – babysitting in a pinch, giving rides to and from school and appointments, and helping out with expenses when money gets tight. But that very safety net may be holding you back in other ways.

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BORDER STORIES

County Pct. 1 candidates ready for round 2

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: Sofia C. Benavides and Beatrice Rosenbaum face a runoff election to decide who will take home the Cameron County Precinct 1 commissioner’s seat. Tuesday’s unofficial ballot count showed Benavides received 3,392 votes compared to Rosenbaum’s 2,335. Neither candidate received 50 percent of votes, forcing a runoff election.

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County judge hopefuls reload

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: The race for county judge will continue. Cameron County residents in May must decide between Pct. 4 Commissioner Dan Sanchez or former Brownsville mayor Eddie Treviño Jr.

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Treviño, Sanchez prepare for May runoff

VALLEY MORNING STAR: The race for county judge will continue. Cameron County residents in May must decide between Pct. 4 Commissioner Dan Sanchez or former Brownsville mayor Eddie Treviño Jr.

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Details emerge in election ‘miscommunication’

THE MONITOR: The Republican and Democratic candidates for congressional district 15 are heading back to the drawing board and preparing for a second face off after no clear winner emerged from either party during primary elections. The race to replace Congressman Ruben Hinojosa was a heated and suspenseful one. Election results slowly trickled in during Wednesday’s early morning hours after a miscommunication within the Hidalgo Elections Department extended voting hours in one precinct.

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Pharr-Reynosa Bridge repair project passed Bridge Board

THE MONITOR: A special meeting Wednesday propelled a project to repair the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge forward. The Pharr Bridge Board approved a motion to repair several joints on the bridge. The project now has to go through city commission.

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Official results for D.A. race may be 2 weeks away

KVIA-TV: Who will be El Paso’s next district attorney? Current D.A.  Jaime Esparza told ABC-7 he is ready for a runoff election.

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STATE STORIES

Lon Burnam Missed the Railroad Runoff. What Happened?

TEXAS OBSERVER: In a Super Tuesday upset, the Democratic candidate widely believed to be the frontrunner in the primary contest for a Texas Railroad Commission seat didn’t even make the runoff.

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A&M President: Student Involved in Racist Incident No Longer On Campus

TEXAS TRIBUNE: A Texas A&M student involved in the harassment of a group of minority high school students touring campus last month “is no longer associated with” the university, President Michael Young announced Wednesday. But university officials said no one will face criminal charges related to the ordeal, during which students from Uplift Hampton Preparatory in Dallas were called racial slurs and told to “go back where you came from.”

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Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Formally Fired

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw has formally fired Brian Encinia, the trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, the agency announced Wednesday. In the letter of final termination, McCraw said Tuesday: “I have carefully considered all the points raised by you in our meeting on February 5, 2016. I have determined that you have not rebutted the charges set out in the statement of charges of January 28, 2016. No cause has been presented to alter my preliminary decision. Therefore, it is now my decision that you be discharged from the Texas Department of Public Safety effective at 5:00 p.m., upon the date you receive this letter, pursuant to the authority vested in me by Section 411.007, Government Code.”

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Texans Remember Late Fracking Magnate’s Impact

TEXAS TRIBUNE: Aubrey McClendon didn’t invent fracking, and he was not the first energy executive to embrace that revolutionary way to fee up oil and natural gas. And the dyed-in-the-wool Oklahoman didn’t live in Texas. Nevertheless, one Texan who followed the turbulent career of McClendon, the longtime Chesapeake Energy CEO whose death Wednesday shocked the energy world, called him one of the most influential Texas figures in a generation — warts and all.

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NATIONAL STORIES

The hidden side of Bernie Sanders’s young voter revolution (+video)

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: By the measure of the 2016 election, Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign appears to be on the wane. But from the vantage point of Fayna Pearlman’s Brooklyn apartment, it is only the first glimmer of a change that could one day reshape American politics.

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Here’s Just How Massive Republicans’ Super Tuesday Turnout Was

NPR: If voter turnout is any indicator of enthusiasm, this year’s GOP voters are way, way more pumped than 2012 voters were. Democrats, meanwhile? Their excitement seems to have dimmed since 2008. Last night, more than 8.5 million Republicans turned out to vote in the 11 GOP Super Tuesday states that reported results. That suggests far more enthusiasm than the last time Republicans picked a nominee. In those same 11 states in 2012, turnout totaled only around 4.7 million.

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How A Mobile Carrier In Asia Is Beating Google At The Data Game

NPR: For many years, cellphone operators around the world have complained about Facebook and Google: The American tech giants use the operators’ cables and towers to hand out free phone calls and messaging services to people in their countries, eating into profits and grabbing customers’ data.

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With Economy Stuck In The Mud, Farmers Sink Deeper Into Debt

NPR: At the Lee Valley consignment sale near Tekamah, Neb., dozens of used tractors, planters and other equipment were on the auction block for farmers trying to save a few extra dollars. It was a muddy day, with trucks and four-wheelers leaving deep black ruts – fitting conditions for an industry wallowing in bad news.

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5 myths about Trump supporters

POLITICO: When Donald Trump’s critics caricature him as the leader of an angry mob of archconservative men without college degrees, they’re not wrong. Their portrait is just woefully incomplete. Yes, Trump is trouncing his rivals through support among men, among self-professed angry voters and among conservatives — but exit polls from 15 nominating contests reveal that his support extends far beyond that, showing Trump making inroads into demographic groups and ideologies thought to be far outside his range of appeal.

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GOP split over accepting Trump

THE HILL: Republicans in Washington are divided over how to handle Donald Trump, who after Super Tuesday is a step closer to becoming the GOP standard-bearer this fall. Trump’s rise has stunned establishment Republicans, who have been grasping for any strategy that might deny Trump the nomination.

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Clinton Again Confronted over 1996 “Superpredator” Comments

DEMOCRACY NOW: In more news from the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has again faced questioning about her controversial 1996 comments about some black youth whom she called “superpredators.” On Tuesday during a campaign stop in a coffee shop in Minneapolis, Clinton was confronted by a young Somali-American woman, who asked the former secretary of state about her superpredator comments. The quiet back-and-forth ended with Hillary Clinton growing frustrated and telling the young woman, “Well, why don’t you go run for something then?” This comes about a week after Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams confronted Hillary Clinton about her 1996 superpredator comment during a private fundraiser in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Diabetes, Dialysis and Dirty Water in Central Valley

LATINO USA: Obesity and diabetes rank as the top health troubles affecting Latinos in this country. Three out of four Latino adults are overweight, and the rate of diabetes is almost twice the rate of non-Hispanic whites. These two health problems are difficult to overcome in any community, but it’s especially tough in California’s Central Valley, where they lack one basic necessity—clean water. And it’s hard to stay on a healthy path when bottled water is more expensive than soda.

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MEXICO STORIES

El Chapo asks for speedier extradition to U.S. from Mexico

CNN: Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman not only wants to be extradited from Mexico to the United States — he wants to go sooner rather than later. The defense team for the notorious criminal, and two-time prison escapee, has asked to speed up the process to get him out of Mexican custody and into the hands of U.S. authorities, a senior Mexican law enforcement official told CNN on Wednesday.

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Mexico Seals Records in Lopsided Shootout That Killed 42

ABC NEWS: Mexico’s transparency watchdog denied an appeal to release autopsy reports on 42 suspects killed by federal police in a gunbattle last year, backing the government’s position with a decision that drew criticism from human rights groups Wednesday.

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NOTICIAS DE MEXICO

Corrupción impide avances en la lucha contra el narco en México: EU

PROCESO: El Departamento de Estado informó al Congreso federal estadunidense que el problema de la corrupción en México es un impedimento para avanzar en la lucha contra el tráfico de drogas en ese país.

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Pese a inexperiencia, apuntala Peña a priistas en cargos diplomáticos

PROCESO: El presidente Enrique Peña Nieto aprovechó el reacomodo de seis embajadores, dos representantes permanentes ante organismos internacionales, 14 cónsules generales y 16 cónsules de carrera para instalar a políticos priistas en puestos cargos, pese a su inexperiencia en materia de relaciones internacionales. Así, el veterano priista Enrique Martínez y Martínez, quien fue destituido de la Sagarpa en agosto pasado, ahora despachará en la embajada de México en Cuba.

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