NewsTaco's Latino News Roundup: Tejanos, Chimichangas, College, Chente, Latinas and Tortilla Soup

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500 Years In The Making: The Tejano Monument – On Jan. 13, workers finally broke ground on the Texas Capitol site where a 525-square-foot statuary honoring the legacy of Tejanos, or Texans of Mexican and Spanish descent, will be dedicated March 29.

Chimichangas, Tacos and Latino Politics – With chimichanga-gate in the news, and Latino unemployment stalled at about 11%, we're talking about tacos and chimichangas? If anything, that's what irritates me. There are real issues to contend with, and the conversation reaches it's highest pitch when the subject is food?  Even the undercurrent is a farce.

Bien Hecho: Latino Profs. Receive National Humanities Medal  – President Obama recently awarded the 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to a group of selected intellectuals, including UCLA professor Teofilo F. Ruiz, and Stanford professor Ramón Saldívar.

American Prosperity Runs Through The U.S. Latino Community – Latinos will account for 76% of the growth in the labor force through 2020.

Will Latino Grads Grow As Online University Access Expands? – The University of Texas recently launched a new program, Finish@UT, with the goal of creating better access to classes and the attainment of degrees for non-traditional students, who may be juggling work or children, or simply cannot access the campus. Will that be enough to create more Latino grads?

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup – This tortilla soup is easy, delicious, doesn't have a ton of ingredients (you probably have most in your pantry anyways) and full of flavor.

Superstar Vicente Fernandez Announces Rey-Tirement – Mexican superstar Vicente Fernandez, El Rey de la Cancion Mexicana, announced his retirement from the music industry Thursday.

Amplifying The Latino Voice About The Environment – Results of polls, like the recent 2012 Colorado College Western States Survey shows that the protection of parks, clean air and water is a top issue for Latinos. In fact, 87% of Latinos surveyed believe we can protect land and water while still having a strong economy.

One Latina Twentysomething's 12 Tips For Teens – Bumbling through life, I have learned helpful things that I would like to pass on. I have compiled some tips for teenage girls, some of which I learned by doing, others by judgmentally observing.

Mississippi's Gulf Of America Representative Is My Hero – Mississippi State Representative Stephen Holland has become my personal hero. He's the guy who jokingly filed a bill in the Mississippi state legislature (HB150) to change the name of the Gulf of Mexico to the “Gulf of America.”

Daniel D. Portado Explains Self Deportation – Conservative Republican Hispanic activist Daniel D. Portado, the original self-deportationist, explains the origin of the self-deportation movement in his own words.


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