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To coincide with Hispanic Heritage month, PBS TV stations nationwide begin an historic six-hour documentary series tonight, titled “Latino Americans.”   

Covering 500 years of history in six hours, it is the first major documentary series on the history and experience of Latinos in  America.

Watch Latino Americans on KLRU (18.1) Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 pm and Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm.  KLRU's VME channel (18.4) will show the series in Spanish starting Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 pm.  Or watch online at klru.org.

Dallas Mexican American Heritage League

Forty years ago, a 12-year-old boy named Santos Rodriguez was killed by a police officer in Dallas. The event sparked the closest thing to a race riot in the city’s history. 

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In the West Dallas branch of the city’s public library system, students are learning English. That's no surprise -- especially for a neighborhood with many Latino immigrants.

What's different here, though, is that both parents and kids are in class -- right across the hallway. The dual effort is part of the new Atmos Energy Literacy Center, which opened in January as a partnership with Texas A&M University Commerce. 


Shelley Kofler, KERA

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade. In this installment of the series, Texas 2020, we look at how the deep roots of Lone Star Latinos create a different racial calculus than in other states -- and meet three generations of one North Texas family.

Lauren Silverman

Ana Reyes will make history in the city of Farmers Branch when she is sworn in as the first Hispanic member on an all-white city council. Reyes defeated William Capener 63 to 37 to win the district one seat.

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A record number of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college last fall outpacing their white counterparts, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

Using U.S. Census data, the study found that seven in 10 Hispanic students, or 69 percent, who graduated in 2012 went on to college compared to 67 percent of white students.

By 2030, nearly six million Latinos will be obese, according to The Texas State Demographer’s office. KUT's Veronica Zaragovia reports local communities are trying to raise awareness and shrink waistlines.

Dynamic engagement is behind a boom in Latino-produced online media. One example: Texas blogger Armando Rayo calls himself a “taco journalist.” He explains how his dual heritage reflects a larger shift in interests in an interview with KERA's Lauren Silverman at SXSW Interactive. “I was born and raised here in Texas, I’m Mexican at heart but Tejano by birth so that experience is my own bicultural experience ... you won’t see me watching novelas, but you will see me watching the 'Daily Show',” Rayo says.

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