Arizona

After three weeks of patrolling county lines by aircraft, Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he plans to scrap Operation Desert Sky in which volunteers have boarded their own airplanes to look for drugs and smugglers crossing the Maricopa County Border.
April 21, 2011
The Mexican government began battling the drug cartels in that country five years ago. According to recently released Wikileaks cables, the Mexican government was denying access to U.S. law enforcement agencies to the weapons seized in Mexico.
April 21, 2011
After Arizona signed its controversial immigration bill last summer, the Mexican border state Sonora saw a surge of enrollment in their schools. Kids born or raised in the U.S. were coming back to Mexico and many did not read, write, or even speak Spanish. Now Sonoran schools are faced with a problem all too familiar to many American school districts -- the task of educating students who don't speak the language and don't know the culture.
April 18, 2011
The census takes a separate count for Native Americans. The 2010 report, released earlier this year, shows a steady growth of this population across the southwest over the past 10 years.
April 13, 2011
An accused Mexican drug lord being held on charges in the United States has filed an unusual motion in federal court: He's challenging the U.S. government, saying he had been working with its own federal agents in Mexico.
April 07, 2011
It's dawn in the desert, the brilliant white walls of the mission just beginning to glow from the sun's first rays. The air is still and heavy with the pungent must of boiling cactus and smoking wood.
April 05, 2011
Two officers from the department’s Professional Standards Bureau Inspections Unit explained to the five-member Kidnapping Statistics Review Panel that poor classification is at the root of the statistical discrepancies.
March 31, 2011
As Arizona continues to battle with the federal government over immigration policy, some cities are stepping up to make a statement of their own.
March 29, 2011
In late 2005, the housing market exploded. Developers arrived in Maricopa in droves. Homes and shopping centers sprouted up on farms and fields everywhere. Demand was so high, developers had to create lottery drawings for potential buyers. The city’s population exploded and grew by more than 4,000 percent by 2010.
March 29, 2011
Clifton sits at the base of the largest copper mine in the country. In 1910, it had nearly 5,000 people. Since then, the numbers have gone up a little, then down a bit, based on the price of copper and the needs of the mine.
March 29, 2011

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