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Stories by Jill Replogle

Ensenada Calls Off Water Rationing To Residents

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The Mexican port city of Ensenada has restored 24-hour water supply to its users after five months of harsh rationing.

Construction Begins On San Diego End Of Cross-Border Air Terminal

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Construction began this week on the cross-border air terminal that will connect Tijuana's international airport to the U.S.

San Diego Voters Reject Barrio Logan Community Plan

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Propositions B and C would have rezoned Barrio Logan to separate industry from the homes of people. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and other business interests opposed the measures.

Native Speakers And Linguists Fight To Keep Kumeyaay Language Alive

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There are fewer than 100 fluent speakers of Kumeyaay left in Southern California and northern Baja California, where they once dominated. Efforts are now underway to preserve the endangered language.

Survey Finds 'Dreamers' Are Politically Engaged And Benefitting From Temporary Legal Status

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A nationwide survey finds many undocumented immigrants are getting their first jobs and driver's licenses since getting temporary legal status under an Obama administration program.

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Firefighters Extinguish Last Of 13 Blazes In Baja California

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Most of the fires were contained outside of population centers, but one fire did destroy four homes and a school in Ensenada.

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Cocos Fire Destroys Dozens Of Homes In San Marcos Spiritual Retreat Center

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The 2,520-acre Cocos fire burned most of the more than 30 homes and buildings at a spiritual retreat center in San Marcos.

California Delegates Ask Feds To Accept Driver's License Design For Undocumented Immigrants

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Congressman Juan Vargas and other California delegates are asking the federal government to approve the design of a new driver's license for undocumented immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security says it doesn't comply with federal standards.

Boxeadoras Tijuanenses Se Abren Espacio En Una Arena Masculina

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KPBS siguió a dos hermanas boxeadoras de Tijuana que están cambiando el mundo masculino del box.

Tijuana Sisters Bust Up Masculine World Of Boxing

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Kenia and Tania Enriquez are among a new generation of female boxers in Tijuana who are shaking up the sport's traditional gender bias while bringing fans to their feet.

Deported Immigrants Regroup After Failed Attempt To Re-Enter U.S.

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In March, around 100 immigrants who formerly had been living in the U.S. illegally walked up to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and asked for political asylum or humanitarian parole. Twenty-four have been deported.

Campaign Seeks Health Coverage For Undocumented Californians

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California health care activists are on a road trip to raise awareness about the lack of health coverage among undocumented immigrants, and to garner support for a bill intended to bridge the coverage gap.

CBP Commissioner: Agency Will Provide Officers For Cross-Border Air Terminal

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On a visit to the San Diego-Tijuana border region, the new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Gil Kerlikowske, said his agency would provide officers for the new cross-border air terminal under construction in Otay Mesa.

Mexico's Drug-Related Homicides Are Down But Not In Tijuana

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A University of San Diego report on drug violence in Mexico finds that homicides are down overall in the country, but the number of killings in Tijuana is up from 2012.

Tijuana Photo Exhibit Sheds Light On Homeless Deportees

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David Maung's photography exhibit, Luz Tenue, is an intimate portrait of the life of homeless deportees in Tijuana and Mexicali.

David Alvarez Supporters Analyze Loss In San Diego Mayoral Runoff Election

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San Diegans who pounded the pavement in hopes of bringing the city’s first Latino mayor into office gathered over the weekend to discuss why San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez lost the mayoral election last February.

San Diego-Baja Rail Line Has New Boosters

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Tijuana and San Diego business leaders are putting cross-border rail service at the top of their priority list.

Drought Forces Ensenada To Ration Water — And It’s Only Spring

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Due to a severe water crisis, many of Ensenada’s 320,000 inhabitants now only get water from their taps two or three times a week. The governor has declared a state of emergency because of the shortage.

Ensenada Declares State Of Emergency As Aquifers Dry Up

The severe drought affecting Baja California has forced Ensenada to ration water to residents and declare a state of emergency.

Mexico's Film Industry Sees Hope In Recent Hits

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Once a thriving industry, Mexican cinema has struggled to compete with the behemoth that is Hollywood. But some observers are seeing a renaissance in a string of box office hits and international awards for Mexican filmmakers.

Migrants Stage Second Protest At San Diego Border

Activists with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, which organized the protest, said a total of 16 men and 15 children were detained on Thursday. Most of the adults were born in Mexico.

Downtown Tijuana Stages A Revival

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After a dozen or so painfully dead years for businesses in and around the city’s main tourist strip, Avenida Revolución, customers are starting to return to Tijuana, Mexico.

Border Patrol Limits Use Of Force Against Rock Throwers, Moving Vehicles

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The U.S. Border Patrol announced limitations on when agents can use deadly force against rock throwers and moving vehicles in an internal memo.

UC Program To Be NAFTA Of Higher Education

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The North American Free Trade Agreement turns 20 this year. Key leaders and observers of the pioneering trade agreement met in La Jolla on Thursday to talk about the past and future of U.S.-Mexico relations.

Judge Declares Mistrial In Penalty Phase Of 'Los Palillos' Trial

A judge has declared a penalty phase mistrial for two Los Palillos gang members convicted of several murders between 2004 and 2007 in San Diego.

Migrants Kill 2 Bandits After Being Attacked While Trying To Cross Border Near El Centro

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At least two gunmen were killed and a migrant was shot in the face after attacks on groups of undocumented immigrants attempting to cross into the U.S. in a remote area west of El Centro.

Violence Fuels Dramatic Rise In Central American Asylum-Seekers

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There’s been a more than 500 percent increase in asylum-seekers at the U.S. border in the past five years. Experts say gang and drug-related violence in Central America likely is driving the trend, but some legislators suspect fraud.

Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shoots Suspect In Otay Area

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man in rugged terrain of the Otay area of southeast San Diego early Tuesday.

Mexicans Lured To Border By Faint Hope Of Asylum

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Residents of embattled towns in Mexico's Michoacán state are fleeing to the U.S.-Mexico border in search of asylum. But experts say their chances of getting it are slim.

45 San Diego Gang Members Charged With Meth, Gun Crimes

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The U.S. Attorney's Office announced indictments for methamphetamine and gun charges against 45 people involved with six criminal gangs in San Diego.

Baja Winemakers Cheer Decision To Block Urban Development In Guadalupe Valley

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Ensenada’s city council voted to strike down a law that would have allowed high-density housing in parts of the valley slated currently for agriculture.

San Diego Meth-Related Deaths Up 55 Percent Since 2008

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San Diego might not be the "meth capital of the country," but it's still the top entry point from Mexico for the drug.

Three Plead Guilty To Smuggling Immigrants By Plane

The smuggling ring transported undocumented immigrants by plane in order to avoid Border Patrol checkpoints.

Mexican Pop Singer Tries To Distance Herself From Drug Lord Father

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Pop singer Melissa Plancarte tries to salvage her career after evidence surfaces of ties to her drug lord father.

California Immigrant Advocates See Health Care, Professional Licenses As Next Battle

On the heels of legislative victories in 2013, immigrant advocates in California are planning their next major fights.

Abandoned Homes Plague Tijuana’s Outlying Suburbs

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The estimated 50,000 abandoned homes in Tijuana are dragging down home values and quality of life in many of the city's outlying suburbs.

Baja's International Crime Hotline Produces Some Results

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Authorities in Baja California have received more than 300 calls from the U.S. since the crime hotline was launched in 2009.

Conjoined Grey Whales Discovered in Baja California Lagoon

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It was reported that the twins were smaller than normal — about 7-feet long compared to 12- to 16-feet for healthy calves — and might have been miscarried.

Giffords Skydives To Mark Anniversary of Shooting

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Three years after taking a bullet to the head, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords marks the anniversary by skydiving and outlines her resolutions for stronger gun laws.

Mexico's Tax Hikes Hit Border Residents Hard

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In Mexico, the new year brought in new and higher taxes for many consumers and business owners. Residents of the border region are being hit particularly hard.

Ensenada Toll Road Collapse Affecting Tourism In Baja California

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The closure of part of the scenic highway that runs down the Baja California peninsula is affecting businesses in Ensenada.

Tijuana-Ensenada Toll Road Collapse No Surprise To Mexican Geologists

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One of the most scenic portions of the coastal highway between Tijuana and Ensenada collapsed on Dec. 28, plunging a cement truck at least 100 feet toward the sea. Geologists had warned for decades the area was unstable.

South Sudanese In San Diego Concerned About Violence Back Home

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Members of the South Sudanese community in San Diego are concerned about violence in their homeland.

San Diego Business Leaders Launch Campaign To Put Developer Fee On Ballot

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For the second time this year, the San Diego business community wants voters to make the ultimate decision on a measure approved by City Council already. This time the issue is a tax hike on land developers.

San Diego Leaders Ask Congress To Fund San Ysidro Port of Entry Expansion

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San Diego leaders are lobbying Congress to fund the San Ysidro border crossing expansion.

Deportee Camp in Tijuana Plaza Disbands

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A tent camp set up by deportees in a Tijuana plaza has been dismantled and many have moved to a shelter east of Tijuana.

Congress Extends Visa Program For Iraqi And Afghan Interpreters

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On December 19, Congress extended the special visa program for Iraqi and Afghan interpreters and mandated improvements.

Tijuana Official Shot, Killed By Unknown Assailants

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The head of Tijuana’s municipal sports department was murdered Monday night while in his vehicle. Arturo Hachadur Kaloyan Aguirre, nicknamed “Hacho,” was shot several times by unknown assailants.

Medical Tourism Booming In Baja California

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Medical tourism to Baja California has risen nearly 18 percent over the past three years, but changes might be on the horizon as the Affordable Care Act kicks in next year.

What Has NAFTA Done In Its Twenty Years?

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On NAFTA’s 20th anniversary, many are lauding its accomplishments in boosting commerce, but almost half of Mexico’s population still lives in poverty.