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National Native American Heritage Month

In a nod to the original peoples of the United States and boasting about his roots, Will Rogers, one of America’s most beloved 19th century humorists famously said, “My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower. They met the boat.” Rogers was born a Cherokee citizen in Indian Territory, in what’s now the state of Oklahoma. His ancestors and those …

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KCK mass shooting haunts community

The decisions of judges last month in different states and jurisdictions in separate cases forever changed the lives of at least 11 families and others in a close-knit Hispanic community. On Sept. 9, Jackson County, Missouri Judge Kevin D. Harrell released Javier Alatorre from jail on his own recognizance. The judge so ruled despite the strenuous objection of the assistant …

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U.S. Hispanics – six facts

By Roberta Pardo After a month of events celebrating Hispanic heritage during National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), some misconceptions about the Hispanic population in the United States still prevail. According to some statistics from the Pew Research Center, here are six key facts about the country’s Hispanic population: 1. Hispanics are the nation’s second-fastest-growing racial or ethnic group: …

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Funding for southern border barrier

For the second time this year, Congress has tried to thwart President Trump’s plans to divert funds appropriated for defense construction elsewhere to building a fence on the southern border. In a 236-174 vote in the House on Sept. 27, representatives approved a resolution overturning the president’s national emergency border declaration. Two days earlier, the Senate also voted 54-41 to …

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How to help Bahamas recover

The Bahamas needs our help. On Sept. 1, Hurricane Dorian struck the Caribbean island nation with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (mph) – the highest winds of an Atlantic hurricane ever recorded at landfall. It’s the worst natural disaster in the Bahamas’ history with estimates of property damage upwards of $7 billion. At least 53 deaths have …

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Teens & guns in KCMO

In the first month of his administration, Kansas City’s hard-charging new mayor, Quinton Lucas took decisive steps to tackle gun violence. He proposed two new ordinances to keep guns out of the hands of minors. He’s attending anti-violence and community meetings, talking with residents on walking tours in high-crime neighborhoods, meeting with the police chief and mental health professionals, sounding …

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Commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month

The 31st annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month opens Sunday. The celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans with roots in Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain begins on Sep. 15. It’s the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Hispanic Heritage Month festivities close …

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Volume 39 Issue 36 • 09/05/19 – 09/11/19

In this Issue Latinas honored at Nuestra Latina Awards New rules on expedited removal take effect nationwide Suicide: How to spot its warning signs and prevent it

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New administration brings hope & optimism

Kansas City, Missouri, has a new mayor. Native son, Quinton Lucas was sworn in Aug. 1 as the city’s 55th mayor and one of the 11 youngest in Kansas City history. His life and background and his values, priorities and objectives inspire optimism. That was in full play in his inaugural address and enthusiastic approbation of the crowd filling the …

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Our working homeless & housing insecure

Monday marks the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a national holiday. What began as a tribute to the contributions of American laborers has evolved into a celebration of all employed Americans. Much else has changed. The country has grown by six states and 2.7 million people. The average speed of travel via the three transportation modes: two-to-three miles per …

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