Ana Reyes
After Voting Rights Debate, First Latina EVER is Elected to City Council Seat
By Samantha Leal | 05/16/2013 - 10:35

In a state where almost 40 percent of the population is Latino, you'd think an all-white city government would be a thing of the past. But Ana Reyes just made history in Farmers Branch, Texas, where she became the first Latino ever to be elected to a City Council seat, reports Fox News Latino. 


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Ted Cruz at the Republican National Convention
Politician Ted Cruz Accused of Not Being Latino Enough
By Samantha Leal | 11/02/2012 - 15:11

Texas Politician and Cuban-American Ted Cruz is getting criticism from those who accuse him of not being Latino enough to represent Texas Hispanics in Congress.

The Republican Texas Senator hopeful is going up against Democrat Paul Sadler, and while his father is Cuban and immigrated to the United States, many say his stance doesn't align with that of the average Texas Latino, reports the Huffington Post.


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Mary Kristene Chapa
Gay Texas Teen Recovers After Shooting, Learns of Girlfriend's Death
By Samantha Leal | 07/16/2012 - 15:00

Mary Kristene Chapa, the 18-year-old Texas teen who was shot along with her girlfriend Mollie Olgin (who was killed), is slowly recovering, reports NBC Latino. The teen left Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital and entered rehab last week. 


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Solar Eclipse
Don't Miss the Solar Eclipse This Weekend!
By Samantha Leal | 05/17/2012 - 09:45

Parts of the U.S. will get a treat this weekend. On Sunday, May 20, a solar eclipse will blot out part of the sun (up to 94 percent!), causing the sun to appear as a thin ring behind the moon. This will be visible to the western states, appearing to northern California first and then making its way across to the Texas panhandle.


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Would Passage of the DREAM Act Have Saved Joaquin Luna?
Could Passage of the DREAM Act Have Saved Joaquin Luna?
By Viviana Hurtado | 12/07/2011 - 08:30

Despite being a good student with dreams of becoming an engineer, 18-year-old Joaquin Luna committed suicide the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Why?  His family insists that the Mission, Texas teen (who was brought illegally to the U.S. by his parents as a six month old baby) became depressed after the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed to pass Congress last December.  In a note addressed to Jesus Christ, he suggests he has no future:


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New Redistricting Plan Marks Victory for Latinos in Texas
New Redistricting Plan Marks Victory for Latinos in Texas
By Amaris Castillo | 11/28/2011 - 14:00

After an arduous battle surrounding a controversy over the state’s congressional redistricting, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) released a statement recently about a new court-proposed plan that promises Latinos increased electoral opportunity in Texas. According to MALDEF, a new redistricting plan was released by three federal judges in San Antonio that will improve the representation for Latinos in Texas.


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Latinos in Texas Dig In for Redistricting Battle
Latinos in Texas Dig In for Redistricting Battle
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 11/03/2011 - 09:25

Texas saw explosive growth in the past decade, according to the 2010 census, 65 percent of it fueled by Latinos as part of a total of 90 percent growth fueled by minorities. That lead to the state receiving four new Congressional districts, which equals four additional seats in Congress. How those new districts were drawn by the state is now the subject of two big court fights: One in Washington D.C., where Latino groups and the U.S. Dept.


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Quiero mi Boda
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Quiero Mi Boda’ Star Dishes on Long-Distance Relationships!
By Amaris Castillo | 08/29/2011 - 18:00

Tonight on MTV Tr3s’ reality series, Quiero Mi Boda, we meet 28-year-old Michael and 29-year-old Kristopher. The couple met on a study abroad trip but did not officially date until a year and a half later. Since then, several more years passed before this couple decided to take the plunge. The wedding planning proved extremely challenging because Kristopher was in Mexico at the time and Michael was in Texas. Michael found herself planning the wedding mostly alone.


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Quiero Mi Boda
EXCLUSIVE: 'Quiero Mi Boda' Star On Blending Mexican & Nigerian Customs
By Amaris Castillo | 08/08/2011 - 17:00

Tonight on MTV Tr3s’ reality series, Quiero Mi Boda, we meet 25-year-old Jessyca and 28-year-old Osaze, a Texan couple who share the same religious faith but very different cultural customs. Jessyca was born in Mexico and Osaze was born in Washington, D.C. to Nigerian parents and because their respective cultures mean a lot to them, figuring out how to mesh both backgrounds on their special day proved a challenge. They managed to do so, African dancers and the Virgin Mary included.


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Undercount
Texas Latinos Lose Out On Millions of Dollars in Census Undercount
By Amaris Castillo | 04/05/2011 - 16:00

As many as 300,000 residents who live along the Texas-Mexico border could lose millions of dollars over the next decade because they were not counted in the 2010 U.S. Census.  According to Equal Voice newspaper, 95 percent of these residents, many of whom are poverty-stricken and live in unincorporated subdivisions called "colonias", were not mailed census forms.  Hidalgo County has hired a lawyer and plans to sue the U.S. government for violating the protocol of mailing the forms.


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