Tag Archives: Lorne Matalon

US-Owned Maquilas Welcome Prospect Of Change To NAFTA

REYNOSA, Mexico—American-owned assembly-line factories known as maquilas that line the Mexican side of the border with the U.S. have been bracing for change since the election of Donald Trump. But not in the way you might expect. They clearly don’t want a … Continue reading

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Fraying At The Seams: The Challenge And Opportunity Of Fair Trade Coffee

CACAHOATAN, Chiapas — The lives of thousands of small-scale coffee growers in Latin America and Mexico are better off because of fair trade. But the system is fraying at the seams in one of the world’s most important coffee-growing regions … Continue reading

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Veggies In Cattle Country: Texas Hospital Formally Promotes Plant-Based Diet

  MIDLAND, Texas—A leading hospital in Texas is making a name for itself by taking on the ranching industry, an iconic fixture in the history of the Lone Star State. The hospital is now promoting a plant-based diet rich in … Continue reading

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Fronteras Desk In Colombia: How Microcredit Can Both Bolster And Burn The Poor

This story was produced by Marfa Public Radio and Fronteras: The Changing America Desk. Fronteras is a reporting collaboration of NPR member stations in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California focused on the US-Mexico border.  BOGOTA, Colombia — Microfinance became … Continue reading

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Fronteras Desk In Colombia: Baseball Prospects Focus On US Education, Not A Pro Career

This story was produced by Marfa Public Radio and Fronteras: The Changing America Desk. Fronteras is a reporting collaboration of NPR member stations in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California focused on the US-Mexico border.  BARANQUILLA, Colombia — Baseball, a … Continue reading

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Alleged Head of Beltrán Leyva Cartel Captured in Central Mexico

Reports surfaced Wednesday of the capture of Héctor Beltrán Leyva, the former head of the Beltrán Leyva drug cartel in Mexico. Fronteras Desk correspondent Lorne Matalon joined us this morning to talk about the significance of the arrest. The AP reports Beltrán Leyva … Continue reading

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Border Fracking Standoff: NY Court Ruling Likely To Affect Outcome

The Big Bend of Texas, so named for the way the region hugs a massive bend in the Rio Grande, is renown for its desert landscapes, open spaces and tranquility. But parts of it lie within the oil-rich Permian Basin, … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Marked By Prayer And Reflection In West Texas

Alpine, Fort Davis and Marfa marked Memorial Day with prayer and tribute to the men and women who lost their lives from World War 1 through to Afghanistan and Iraq. In Fort Davis, money was raised to support disabled veterans and … Continue reading

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Money Laundering Cartel Associates Convicted In Conspiracy To Bribe U.S. Judge

It happens regularly in Mexico, a judge is offered a bribe and the judge accepts the bribe either willingly under under threat of death. But rarely is there such a brazen attempt to corrupt justice in the United States. Our … Continue reading

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Rail Line To Link Presidio County With Mexico Takes A Step Forward

A design plan is now under consideration for a reconstructed, state-of-the-art rail bridge that will link Ojinaga, Chihuahua and Presidio, Texas. After numerous delays, construction is now expected to begin next year following the plan’s release at the Presidio County … Continue reading

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