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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to give tribes more sovereignty when it comes to regulating industries such as coal. He spoke to reporters Wednesday after the Trump administration lifted a moratorium on federal coal leases.
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Despite President Trump’s efforts to bring back coal, a coal fired power plant and coal mine on the Navajo Nation face closures. Hundreds of Navajo people who have worked in the coal industry for generations are worried about their futures.
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The U.S. Forest Service is hiring temporary firefighters for the upcoming season. Many in the agency were concerned whether those hires would be limited this year.
Miroslava Breach
A Mexican reporter was fatally shot in the northern state of Chihuahua this week
Gap in the border wall at El Porvenir, Chihuahua, Mexico and Fort Hancock, Texas.
Cemex, the Mexico-based construction materials giant, said it hasn't bid for a contract with the U.S. government for the construction of a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border.
Jamie Thousand
Arizona gave itself a raise in November. And so did Flagstaff. Now the City Council has amended the city’s minimum-wage law so it will have less of a compounded impact on employers.
Felix Herrera
A small lobby at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix feels a lot like the Motor Vehicle Division. It's where undocumented immigrants wait for a chance to tell their story to a pro-bono lawyer. They sit in hard plastic chairs, clutch official documents and stare at posters that explain how to act if the police pull them over.
Gap in the border wall at El Porvenir, Chihuahua, Mexico and Fort Hancock, Texas.
Members of Congress from along the Mexican border asked the Homeland Security Department Tuesday to give them a breakdown of what the nearly $1 billion first phase of the border wall will look like and how the department will fill 5,000 Border Patrol agent positions.
Pima County supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose any sort of federal tariffs on cross border trade with Mexico.
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A uranium mine six miles outside Grand Canyon National Park has filled with water from a wet winter. An environmental group and two tribes are concerned with how the company is dealing with it.
A key member of the Mexican Senate wants to prohibit any companies involved in the construction of a border wall from doing business with the Mexican government.
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More than a third of the Navajo reservation doesn’t have running water. And some who do, worry it’s not safe enough to drink. Saint Michael’s school for kids with special needs in northeastern Arizona is one such place. The utility that provides the water said it can only afford to reach the minimal drinking water standards and the school said those standards aren’t good enough.
The U.S. government has just handed Mexican authorities almost a million dollars in protective equipment for agents dismantling clandestine drug labs. The donation is part of the drug-fighting partnership known as the Merida Initiative.
The Homeland Security Department has pushed back its deadline for proposals for a giant wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s also released some ideas of what it’s looking for.
Customs agents check a driver's paperwork at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
The United States is under pressure to hire 15,000 federal agents to uphold the nation’s immigration laws at the border and inside the country. It’s a tough process to get hired to become an agent, especially a Border Patrol agent. And an internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection memo released earlier this week shows that the agency is looking to relax some of those hiring requirements.

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