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In immigration news: Lower tuition denied in AZ, Hulu targets Latinos, awards for 'hackathon' coders, more

Still from the new Hulu series
Still from the new Hulu series "East Los High" one of the shows the company is targeting at young Latinos.

Regents reject step toward lower migrant tuition - Arizona Republic The Arizona Board of Regents turned down a proposal to reduce the cost of college for students without legal status. Right now, so-called Dreamers have to pay out-of-state tuition rates - which can amount to double the in-state tuition, according to the report. One regent wanted to limit tuition for dreamers to 110 percent of in-state tuition, but there were questions as to whether the move would hold up legally.

John F. Kennedy represented change for the Latino community - Imperial Valley Press  On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, some Latino academics reflect on the appeal of the country's 35th president. Isaac Garcia, Brigham Young University history professor and author of “Viva Kennedy: Mexican Americans in Search of Camelot," explained that Mexican-American activists cultivated the "Viva Kennedy" image to advance their own goals. But, Kennedy realized he needed minority support to win the election, and a day before he was killed, made a brief appearance at a dinner held by League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to show his appreciation.

Why Hulu is doubling down on its Latino audience - Gigaom  Hulu plans to nab Latino viewers with a dedicated site section. The company has made deals with 11 Spanish-language content partners, just two months after it inked similar deal with Univision. Gigaom reports that "targeting the Latino audience makes a lot of sense for Hulu, as it is much more engaged with online video than many white viewers." Nielsen, the media research company, found that "Latinos on average watch 6 hours and 22 minutes of online video per month, whereas white viewers clock 3 hours and 44 minutes on average."

Star Types and Stereotypes - New York Times TV critic Mike Hale makes the case for why he thinks "two of the strongest and most interesting female leads on television are being played by Asian-American actresses." Maggie Q as the eponymous assassin of CW's "Nikita" and Lucy Liu who plays Joan Watson on CBS’s “Elementary."  From the story: "Both shows have their formulaic elements, but Nikita and Joan are noncartoonish, reasonably complex, multidimensional characters, and in prime time, there aren’t too many actresses getting that kind of opportunity in a lead role." He cites only a few other examples of women in that category including Claire Danes in “Homeland,” and Lizzy Caplan in “Masters of Sex.”

LA coders win prize in Zuckerberg's hackathon for Dreamers - Southern California Public Radio, the advocacy group co-founded by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, held a "hackathon" for dreamers and awarded prizes to two 24-year-old coders with ties to UCLA. Justin Mora is a student there; Kent Tam is a recent graduate. The two helped to develop a web app that grades Congressional representatives, their positions on immigration reform, and gives users information on how to contact them. The app will even dial up a politician; all the user needs to do is provide a zip code. Other winners were in the category of design and storytelling.