Milenio.com.mx - The Jalisco government wants the new Miss Universe, Jimena Navarrete of its state capital Guadalajara, to be the ambassador of the Pan American games, which are played in the city next year, and to also promote the state in the coming months.
Milenio.com.mx - Organized crime forces lobbed grenades from an overpass at a police task force that was part of an operation to prevent the gangs from blocking streets and highways. Two police agents and two public security officials were wounded, as traffic was disrupted.
El Universal - The Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary of the Federation (TEPJF) said President Felipe Calderón violated the Constitution when he gave a message on security on June 15 during the electoral campaign season that the tribunal said was electoral propaganda.
By the CNN Wire Staff
Mexican investigators have asked diplomats from El Salvador, Honduras, Ecuador and Brazil to help identify the bodies of 72 presumed migrants discovered at a ranch in northeast Mexico.
The nationalities of the deceased have not yet been confirmed, according to a statement released by Mexican President Felipe Calderon's office late Wednesday.
Brazil said its foreign ministry was informed there were at least four Brazilians among the dead, the official Agencia Brazil news service reported Wednesday evening.
The statement by Calderon said the Mexican president "strongly condemns the acts that caused the death of 72 people, suspected to be migrants," and said that drug gangs are repeatedly turning to extortion and kidnapping of migrants as their resources and recruits dwindle.
"This is a result of the activity of the state against them, which has significantly weakened the operational capacity of criminal groups," Calderon's office said.
KPBS - A new law in Mexico, which took effect Wednesday, means those who buy antibiotics south of the border must have a prescription from a Mexican doctor. Mexican public health officials say up to 60 percent of all the antibiotics Mexican pharmacies sell are to people who self-medicate.
AFP - Tropical Storm Frank strengthened into the third Pacific hurricane of the 2010 season on Wednesday, veering west after soaking Mexico's southern coast, where heavy rains left four dead. The storm was about 240 miles south of Cabo Corrientes, moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour. It was not expected to make landfall, although it will pass near tiny Socorro Island on Friday.
The Los Angeles Times - Rodolfo Montiel's struggle to protect southern Mexico's mountainside forests from loggers and land barons landed him in prison, where he says he was tortured, and then left him in exile.
Montiel was part of a peasant movement in Guerrero that fought to stop the vast and often illegal denuding of the forests of the Sierra de Petatlan.
Wednesday, the decade-old case of Montiel went before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, where attorneys are asking that the Mexican government be forced to pay reparations, punish those responsible and clear the activists' names.
KRGV.com - The U.S. Consulate is warning Americans who travel to Monterrey that they face a risk of being kidnapped. The warning was issued after the kidnapping attempt of a student near the American School Foundation in the upscale suburb of Santa Catarina.
Market Watch - Wells Fargo & Company has expanded its ExpressSend remittance network in Mexico through an agreement with Houston-based Transnetwork Corp., adding more than 4,000 payout locations in Mexico for a total of more than 9,000 locations.
Dow Jones - Mexico's stocks recovered from steep losses to close slightly higher on Wednesday, tracking U.S. markets that managed to rebound after another round of weak economic data put stocks deep in the red early in the session. The IPC index rose 0.3 percent, or 88.83 points, to close at 31453.72. The peso closed at 12.9985, compared to 12.9520 at Tuesday's close.