They call it the Train of Death - el Tren de la Muerte, or simply La Bestia, or the Beast. It is the life-threatening and life-altering mode of transportation from Central America to the United States for as many as half a million people a year.
NOWCastSA teamed up with Texas Public Radio to spend time learning more about the personal qualities of the four front-runners in the 2015 campaign for mayor of San Antonio.
Texas Radio produced an audio profile of each candidate that paired with a longer video piece produced by NOWCastSA. Here, in order of the votes they garnered in the May 9 election, are the stories:
When most people hear "civic engagement," the first thing that comes to mind is voting. Through voting, citizens hold the ultimate power of choosing who represents them in government. This power is extremely important, but the process of civic engagement requires so much more than registering to vote and filling out a ballot.
NOWCastSA and Texas Public Radio recently got a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Mike Villarreal's first television campaign commercial.
Villarreal and his Communications Director Greg Jefferson explained that the commercial is an important way to reach voters with his message.
"It's his biographical piece, this is the one introducing Mike to a lot of viewers who haven't been familiar with him and don't live in his legislative district" said Jefferson.