Stephanie Urbina Jones makes history in Grand Ole Opry debut as the first female artist to perform with mariachis

Jones was joined on stage by her producer Patterson Barrett and seven-piece band, Mariachi Internacional Nueva Galicia. Jones’ appearance marks the first time in the Opry’s 93-year history that a woman performed on the iconic stage with mariachis — a designation fitting for Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), which the Opry marked by hosting this performance. 

Nashville, TN  - October 7, 2018 -- Stephanie Urbina Jones made her Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, October 2 to a standing ovation. For Jones, performing on the Opry stage alongside mariachis has been a life-long dream, and if the audience reaction is any indication, Jones made their dreams come true as well.

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Noticias Telemundo wins a News and Documentary Emmy® Award in the category of Journalism in Spanish for "Los Nadien"

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The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards ceremony took place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P Rose Hall in the Time Warner Complex at Columbus Circle in New York City. The event was attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists.

Miami –October 3, 2018 – Noticias Telemundo was awarded a News and Documentary Emmy® Award in the category of Outstanding Investigative Journalism in Spanish for "Los Nadien," a two-part report produced by Noticias Telemundo Investiga. “Los Nadien” offers an inside look at the dangerous expedition of migrants attempting to reach U.S. soil and sheds light onto the experience of children born during the journey.

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Lesford Dixon, a carpentry teacher at Construction Careers Academy in San Antonio, named as semifinalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2018

Dixon has worked in construction for 18 years in three countries but is most proud of building the carpentry program at Construction Careers Academy. Dixon teaches his students how to build houses, and he brings the work and skills to life through stories of his work experiences and early life in Jamaica. In addition to being a licensed home inspector, he is an adjunct professor of construction technology at St. Phillips Community College and a National Center for Construction Education & Research certified instructor.

CALABASAS, Calif.— August 16, 2018.- A Texas high school skilled trades teacher is among the 52 teachers and teacher teams from across the country who were named today as semifinalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools 2018 Prize for Teaching Excellence and are in the running for a share of $1 million in cash prizes.

Lesford Dixon, a carpentry teacher at Construction Careers Academy in San Antonio, was chosen from among a field of more than 500 skilled trades teachers who applied for the prize. The semifinalists—some competing as individuals and some as teacher teams—hail from 27 states and specialize in trades ranging from construction and carpentry to automotive repair, welding, advanced manufacturing and agriculture mechanics.

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Texas in the number one position in the twelfth annual list of America’s Top States for Business

Since the study was introduced in 2007, Texas has placed in the top five every year and is the only state to be named a four-time winner.  This year, the state had top ten finishes in five of the ten categories of competitiveness, including two number one spots.  Texas added more than 350,000 jobs in the past year and had solid economic growth—including a 5.2% state GDP increase in the fourth quarter— putting the state in first place for the Economy category, up from number 25 last year. 

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., July 13, 2018—CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, unveiled the results of its twelfth annual list of America’s Top States for Business with Texas taking the number one position.  The Lone Star state scored 1,651 out of 2,500 points.

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Children, Separated Families, Faith Leaders and Artists Unite For Massive June 30 Protest Against Trump Immigration Policies in DC

Lin-Manuel Miranda, 11-year old Leah, John Tateishi, Aliza Erber, America Ferrera, Rev. Traci Blackmon, Eugenio Derbez, Diane Guerrero and others to join faith leaders, human rights advocates and many more

Washington, DC—Jun 29, 2018.- Event organizers today announced that momentum and energy is continuing to grow for a massive national day of action this Saturday June 30th, anchored by a massive protest in Washington, D.C. against family separation and other Trump administration immigration policies. Organizers also released a preliminary list of speakers for Saturday’s protests in D.C. and other major cities across the country. Attendees are encouraged to wear white to the events to show unity.

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Real Estate News: May brings record home sales in San Antonio

Homes priced below $300,000 account for more than 70 percent of San Antonio’s sales through an MLS, most of which are existing homes. The area's housing supply has provided sufficient room for growth to date but is on the brink of squeezing future transactions, as witnessed in hot housing markets across the nation. 

SAN ANTONIO, June 27, 2018.-  (Real Estate Center) – Real Estate Center research shows the local single-family sales boom continued in May, reaching a record-high 2,889 seasonally adjusted transactions through Multiple Listing Services (MLS). The area has benefitted from substantial population growth, adding nearly 500,000 residents in the past decade alone.

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Bilingual video series "Immigration 101" breaks down some of the basics of US Immigration

“Immigration 101,” is available to viewers starting today online at and as well as on KCET’s YouTube and social media platforms.

Burbank, Calif. – June 19, 2018 – KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, announced today the online launch of “Immigration 101,” a key initiative designed to help viewers better understand the sometimes complex and ever-changing issues involving immigration in the US.

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Cristiano Mattos, brazilian-born, Indianapolis-based artist, winner of the Friends of the American Latino Museum 2018 Design Contest

Mattos grew up in the vibrant city of São Paulo, Brazil, where he first developed his appreciation for art. He then studied media arts and animation at the Arts Institute of Indianapolis, and traveled across the United States and the world further developing his traditional art and media techniques.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 11, 2018.- The Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), a 501(c)3 exclusively committed to advancing the creation of a Smithsonian National American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital, today announced that Cristiano Mattos of Indianapolis, IN, is the winner of the FRIENDS' 7th Annual Design Contest. Presented with the generous support of Target, the winning design was chosen among five finalists through a week long public voting process open to the hundreds of thousands of Friends supporters across the country.

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3 Reasons Immigration Is Vital To The U.S. Economy 

A report two years ago by the National Academy of Sciences, titled “The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration,” concluded that immigrants are essential to America’s economic growth. And the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2017 breakdown of employment showed about 25 million people in the American workforce (16.7 percent) were immigrants.

Houston, TX.- May 26th, 2018.- Immigration remains a hot-button topic, and how it’s tied to U.S. jobs and the economy creates much of the debate.

Critics of immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, say they’ve taken jobs away from American workers. President Donald Trump emphasized that contention – often raised by Republicans – during his campaign with a controversial speech that some saw as anti-immigrant.

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Carnival Cruise Line To Expand Its Cuba Cruise Offerings In 2019-20 Including The First Cuba Cruises From Charleston

The 3,002-passenger, 102,853-ton Carnival Sunshine will be the largest cruise ship to ever call in Havana while offering the first-ever cruise to Cuba from the Port of Charleston.

MIAMI, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its cruises to Cuba with the addition of 23 three- to five-day sailings to Havana in 2019-20 aboard five different ships departing from four convenient East Coast homeports - Carnival Sunshine from Charleston, Carnival Triumph from Fort Lauderdale, Carnival Paradise from Tampa and Carnival Victory and Carnival Sensation from Miami.

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