The federal judge who presided over appeals from various accused drug lords — including Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — was killed with a bullet to the head outside his Mexico home Monday, authorities said.
Judge Vicente Bermudez Zacarias, 37, was shot at close range as he exited his home in Metepec, which is located about 43 miles outside of Mexico City, officials confirmed.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital in an ambulance but could not be saved, local media reported.
Bermudez had handled several legal challenges from lawyers for “El Chapo,” the jailed leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
He has also handled legal challenges from lawyers working for Miguel Trevino, who had ties to the Zetas cartel.
CNBC – Before Donald Trump takes to the debate stage Wednesday night for one last chance to prove U.S. trade policy is letting Mexico steal Michigan and Ohio’s auto jobs, he might want to do some research on manufacturing trends in the global auto industry.
Mexico’s biggest and fastest-growing carmakers aren’t American brands like Ford and General Motors’ Chevy. The biggest Mexican carmaker is Nissan, and the newest plants belong to Audi and Kia, with big BMW and Toyota plants in the pipeline.
Utility Dive – The California ISO announced this week that Mexico’s grid operator is considering linking Baja California Norte with the state’s growing western Energy Imbalance Market, as the voluntary power market continues to grow and show benefits.
WSJ – Mexican state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos said it will seek private partners to develop two shallow water oil fields in its second planned exploration and production joint-venture under the country’s new energy laws.
Jewish Press – Andrés Isaac Roemer Slomianski, Mexico’s 52-year-old Jewish ambassador to UNESCO in Paris, was fired over his reluctance to cast a ballot in favor of a resolution that denied the basic reality of his ancestry and that of his countrymen.
BBC – Mexico City is massive. It can seem like one endless obstacle course: tree roots shooting out of broken pavements, uneven steps and potholes are everywhere. It’s a challenge getting around for those who are able-bodied, and even more difficult for those using wheelchairs. One group of charities is trying to change that.
Catholic Herald – Mexican authorities have arrested a suspect in the abduction and murder of two Catholic priests in Veracruz state last month. Mexico City prosecutors say in a Monday statement that the unidentified suspect was detained on October 13 along with another person after they allegedly carjacked a couple in the capital. Investigators later determined the suspect had an arrest warrant for the kidnapping of the priests.
NYT – A senior Mexican official says prosecutors are trying to detain the former governor of Veracruz state on suspicion of corruption. Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told Radio Formula on Wednesday that officials aren’t sure where Duarte is, but believe he’s still in the country. Duarte stepped down as governor a week ago, saying he wanted to confront the corruption allegations, which he denies.
The Daily Mail – Mexico’s festivities for the annual Dead of the Dead holiday (Diá de Muertos in Spanish) will kick off in less than two weeks, which means now is the perfect time for some travel tips. If you haven’t made any plans, consider this a guide for a last-minute getaway… or for a Day of the Dead 2017 trip planned well in advance.
NBC – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim was involved in the publication of New York Times articles about women who have come out and alleged Trump made unwanted sexual advances. In attacking Slim, the Republican presidential candidate is going back to his recurrent theme of condemning Mexico and Mexicans, a tactic that has played well to a base of supporters but has turned off a vast majority of Latinos —including Hispanic Republicans — and other more moderate voters.
Automotive News – It’s not just the wages. There’s another motivation for automakers flocking to Mexico to build small cars that would be tough to build profitably in high-wage nations like the U.S., Japan and Germany: the booming local market.
Mexico’s auto market is enjoying an 18 percent gain in new-vehicle sales through September, on top of 2015’s sales gain of 19 percent, breaking all volume records. And the meat of the market is small cars.
Donald Trump is broadening his attack against the media to hit globalism and the Clinton Foundation by charging that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is part of a biased coalition working in collusion with the Clinton campaign and its supporters to generate news reports of decades-old allegations from several women.
Trump, defiant and enraged in speeches, flatly denied charges he had made inappropriate advances on the women over the past three decades.
He claimed that Slim, as a shareholder of New York Times Co. and donor to the Clinton Foundation, has an interest in helping Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to a Trump adviser.
Attacking the Mexican billionaire would allow Mr. Trump to hit several targets. He could slam the “failing” New York Times, which he says had to be “rescued” by a “foreigner”—Mr. Slim, the adviser said.
“This is totally false,” said Arturo Elias, Slim’s spokesman. “Of course we aren’t interfering in the U.S. election. We aren’t even active in Mexican politics.” He said the contributions by Slim to the Clinton Foundation were a matter of public record.
WRTV -Another Indianapolis company has “tentatively decided” to move jobs to Monterrey, Mexico. Rexnord Bearings announced to its employees hat some jobs were going to be moved out of the country beginning in 2017, according to the union that represents those employees.
The move comes just 8 months after Carrier workers found out their jobs were being phased out of an Indianapolis manufacturing plant and instead moved to Carrier’s facility in Monterrey.
Bloomberg -After more than a year of watching Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump bash Ford Motor Co. for moving jobs to Mexico, General Motors Co. has pushed ahead with its own expansion. It just hasn’t said as much as Ford.
GM is advancing on an $800 million investment for its global small-car lineup that includes a factory retooling in San Luis Potosi state. That plant and another factory in Mexico will also build the redesigned Chevy Equinox crossover next year, people familiar with the matter said.
The automaker has only said that the next Equinox will be built in a factory in Canada and two other sites, keeping mum about Mexico and avoiding both attention from Trump and the chance that the news might have roiled labor talks in Canada last month, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.
Reuters – Mexico’s oil regulator again approved a more flexible bidding scheme for a highly anticipated upcoming auction that will pick a partner for national oil company Pemex to jointly develop its deep-water Trion block in the Gulf of Mexico.
SFGate – Mexican growers are withholding fruit as they try to negotiate higher payment from packers, and now the wholesale avocado price is two to four times higher than usual. As the primary U.S. supplier this time of year, after California’s season has ended and not much is coming out of Chile or Peru, the growers in Mexico have leverage.
Reuters – In Neza, once a dried-up lake bed of shanties set up after World War Two, residents have built a community of contrasts, where the comfortable and the destitute coexist. Now home to 1.2 million people, is an example of how slums – rather than being bulldozed – can be supported and upgraded to create thriving suburbs.