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NPT Media: NY Post cartoon stirs protests at Murdoch television, including KFOX-TV

The offending cartoon

The offending cartoon

News release sent late last night:

NAACP El Paso Branch (other groups including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of El Paso) to protest at KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas over Fox owned New York Post cartoon.

The nation’s largest civil rights group will hold actions in over 70 other cities on Thursday, February 26, 2009. El Paso will hold this press conference Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 2:00pm MST at Full Gospel Evangelistic Temple located 4631 Atlas Avenue, El Paso, TX 79924.

“It’s an invitation to the assassination of the 44th President,” says Mr. Harold Howell, President of the El Paso Branch of the NAACP speaking about the New York Post cartoon that has sparked outrage around the country. The nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization is asking that the Fox Corporation terminate the cartoonist, the editor-in-chief and increase diversity in the news room.

Sito Negron

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February 25, 2009 at 10:33 am

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NPT Biz: The Greater chamber is getting busy with the PSB, Higher Ed, economy

The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce sure has been busy. In addition to being host to a new annual event, the PSB public review (click here for more), it today is organizing a higher education address by UTEP President Diana Natalicio, Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine founding Dr. Manny de la Rosa, and El Paso Community College President Richard Rhodes.

On March 10, the Chamber is organizing a state of the economy presentation, with speakers “Alan Russell (maquila industry), Dana Vogelmeier (client services), Larry Patton (local banking), Harold Hahn (mortgage banking), Dan Olivas (residential real estate), and finally Bob Ayoub and Adam Frank sharing the podium (commercial real estate development) We will also have Bill Gilmer of the El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve present to answer questions and provide local economic data and forecasts along side several UTEP economists.”

Follow the jump to see the Chamber’s news release and invitation to the events.

Sito Negron

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February 25, 2009 at 10:30 am

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NPT Capitol: Pickett explains the ins and outs of the stimulus package

pickettThe stimulus package is a funny thing. State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso and chairman of the House Transportation committee gave me a little insight into how it works yesterday.

Regarding transportation, Texas will receive about $2.6bn. But it’s not like DC just cuts Texas a check. It cuts hundreds. Of the $2.6bn, $1.1bn goes straight to local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPOs) through a complex formula funding rubric. The rest, in theory, goes to goes to TXDOT.

For El Paso this means about $21m in-pocket, since Governor Perry asked for the money last week. Sounds like a lot right? Let’s get boots on and shovels in the ground! This is supposed to be a “stimulus package” after all. Gosh, imagine what you could do with $21m…

Not a lot, would seem to be the answer….

–Ben Wright

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February 25, 2009 at 10:29 am

NPT DC: Reyes comment on Obama speech

silverstrereyesNews release from U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes. For the transcript of Obama’s speech, click here.

“President Obama was very honest about the challenges our country is facing but reaffirmed that America will rise to the challenge and will emerge from this crisis a stronger nation. The road ahead will not be easy, as we are confronting one of the most serious financial crises in our nation’s history, but the President and the Congress are determined to lead our country in a new direction and will continue to advance an ambitious legislative agenda that will move America forward again.

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February 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

NPT Capitol: Shapleigh: 10,000 have moved from Juarez to El Paso as Drug War pushes into U.S.

So far, 10,000 Mexican nationals have moved from Juarez to El Paso in order to escape the drug war, which is increasingly reaching up into America, said state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh this morning.

Shapleigh was speaking to the committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, a committee he sits on in the Texas Senate.

Shapleigh spoke about the resignation of the Juarez police chief earlier this month, after cartels threatened to kill one police officer every 48 hours. After his resignation, cartels put posters up along Juarez’s main highways declaring they would now kill the mayor within 48 hours. Shapleigh, citing press reports, said the mayor of Juarez has since moved to El Paso.

According to Shapleigh, in addition to the 10,000 Juarez residents living in El Paso, 140,000 Americans live in Juarez and 4,000 El Pasoans commute from north to South everyday.

Shapleigh called the situation “serious” and would require an “appropriate and measured response” from the state of Texas as the drug violence was beginning to reach right “up the transportation corridors” (I-10, I-35) to places like Phoenix and Atlanta. As such Shapleigh said the committee needed daily updates on the situation in Mexico. Shapleigh offered to prepare such a brief, providing clips from Mexican national dailies for his fellow committee members.

While Chairman John Carona did not ostensibly take Shapleigh up on the offer, or admit the graveness of the situation, he praised Shapleigh as the Senate’s “expert on these issues.”

Shapleigh’s remarks were the last thing discussed by the committee before it adjourned.

–Ben Wright

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February 25, 2009 at 10:19 am