Teacher gun-training bill headed to full Senate

April 8, 2013 in News

KXAN | A plan to train armed teachers for gunfights in classrooms or at campus sporting events or board meetings won approval Thursday from the Texas Senate Education Committee and now heads to the full chamber. Texas already allows teachers…

Why Blog del Narco Became Mexico’s Most Important Website

April 5, 2013 in News

Melissa del Bosque | In 2010, the birth year of the popular and controversial website Blog del Narco, Mexico’s tumultuous drug war reached a turning point. Monterrey, an economic engine of the country and once famously known as the safest city…

Mexican Cartels Move Agents Deep Inside US Borders

April 4, 2013 in News

Borderland Beat | Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States — an emboldened presence that experts…

His Life Threatened: “ValorXTamaulipas” Disappears from Facebook and Twitter

April 3, 2013 in News

Borderland Beat | This past February the organized crime offered 600 thousand Mexican Pesos(about 50000 USD) to anyone who gave information about the creator of Valor Por Tamaulipas. The objective: “To shut his mouth”.

Cartel Watchdog Disappears From Social Media After Death Threats

April 3, 2013 in News

Robert Beckhusen | The Twitter and Facebook accounts for a popular crime watchdog in one of Mexico’s most dangerous states have been abruptly taken down, without their owner providing a reason. But he had a $46,000 cartel bounty on his head.

The Shadow of the Son

March 29, 2013 in News

Texas Observer | The trials of the border’s most powerful law-enforcement family, from Texas Observer staff reporter Melissa Del Bosque.

Texas Lawmakers Mulling Delivery of State’s Physical Gold Holdings from NY Fed

March 25, 2013 in News

Texas Tribune | The idea isn’t entirely new. Some Republican members worked on a gold bill last session that was never filed. And gold-standard-backing Ron Paul, the former Texas congressman, has raised repeated concerns about the safety of states’ gold supplies.

Texas State Troopers Indicted After Roadside Cavity Search of Two Women

March 23, 2013 in News

CBS Dallas-Fort Worth | CBS-11 has learned two state troopers involved in a controversial roadside cavity search of two North Texas women have been indicted on criminal charges by a Dallas County Grand Jury.

Drone Debate in Texas Puts Public Opinion At Odds with Industry Special Interest Groups

March 18, 2013 in News

Austin American-Statesman | Even as both Texas senators in Washington were joining a filibuster that raised questions this month about the Obama administration’s policy on drone strikes on U.S. soil, the prevalence of the small unmanned aircraft in their own state was growing…

Jacob Hornberger: Domestic Passports for Hispanic-Americans (1998)

March 7, 2013 in News

Jacob Hornberger | All of us have become accustomed to traveling with our passports when we leave the United States. But how many people realize that Hispanic-Americans must carry their passports when they travel domestically?