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LeBarón Family Marches With Thousands Against Violence In Mexico
Relatives of the women and children murdered in November in Sonora, Mexico, are among the leaders of a rally heading to Mexico City. Their goal is to put pressure on the government to stop the violence in the country.
Jan. 24, 2020
Drug Task Force Makes Big Fentanyl Bust In Phoenix
The Drug Enforcement Administration says teamwork by local, state and federal law-enforcement kept almost 170,000 deadly fentanyl pills off the streets.
Jan. 24, 2020
Apache Chef Uses Food As Medicine For His People
A decade ago, it looked like Chef Nephi Craig was on the verge of something big. He had left a burgeoning international career in the restaurant industry to come back home to Whiteriver, Arizona, a small town on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in eastern Arizona, where his people — the White Mountain Apaches — are from.
Jan. 24, 2020
Coal Industry On Navajo Nation Could End With Plant Closure
The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the economy for decades. The Arizona Public Service Co. now plans to shutter the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico, in 2031 when its coal contract expires rather than wait until 2038.
Jan. 24, 2020
Controversies In Mexico As Migrant Caravans Arrive
Caravans of thousands of Central American migrants are crossing Mexico on their way to the American Dream. But the Mexican government is trying to stop them and sending many back to their homeland. Is Mexico still honoring its open-door policy to refugees or following instructions from Washington?
Jan. 23, 2020
Tusayan Town Council OKs Latest Development Application
The Tusayan Town Council plans to vote Thursday on a permit application that would allow a developer to build a large-scale residential and resort area south of Grand Canyon National Park.
Jan. 23, 2020
Official: Oft-Delayed Sonoran Highway Project Expected This Spring
The major infrastructure project is all but finished, with most remaining work between Nogales and Ímuris. Mexico’s current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto both have promised to finish that highway, but the expected completion dates have repeatedly come and gone.
Jan. 23, 2020
Will Sales Taxes Help Tribes Bounce Back From A Development Ban?
The Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe were, until recently, subject to a ban on development under what was known as the “Bennett Freeze.” To find out more out that piece of history and how it’s impacted communities, The Show spoke with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today.
Jan. 23, 2020
Goldwater Clashes With Advocates Over Indian Child Welfare Act
In 2014, the Goldwater Institute waded into a longtime debate over the validity of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA. The act mandates child welfare agencies prioritize placing children taken from dangerous domestic situations with families that share their Native American heritage. The Goldwater Institute argues the act puts the traditions of the tribe above the safety of the children.
Jan. 22, 2020
2019 Was Mexico’s Most Violent; Murders Up In Sonora
Mexico had a record-setting number of murders last year. And Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, saw a particularly grisly jump in homicide. The murder figure rose just 2.5% nationally but nearly 60% in Sonora since 2018.
Jan. 21, 2020
Temperatures Within Border Patrol Facilities Challenged In Trial
The U.S. government and a team of legal advocacy groups representing migrants in Border Patrol custody clashed over a cornerstone complaint: the temperatures inside the facilities.
Jan. 18, 2020
County Supervisors Seek Applicants To Fill Assessor Job
Paul Petersen recently resigned as Maricopa County assessor, and now the county’s Board of Supervisors has come up with a plan to fill the job.
Jan. 17, 2020
Communities Affected By Mining Spill Win Case In Mexicos Supreme Court
On Wednesday, the Second Chamber of Mexico's Supreme Court unanimously granted legal protection to communities affected by a 2014 mining spill in the Sonora River. Residents of the communities affected by the spill hope that the ruling will provide relief they’ve been seeking for more than five years.
Jan. 16, 2020
Navajo President: China Trade Deal Would Benefit Tribes
The Navajo president said the trade agreement that the Trump administration and China signed Wednesday would open doors for tribes.
Jan. 16, 2020
Amid Impeachment Din, Senate Approves USMCA By Wide Margin
As the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is getting underway, the U.S. Senate approved the revised NAFTA deal on Thursday by a wide margin. The final tally was 89-10, with both of Arizona's senators voting for the measure.
Jan. 16, 2020
Reports: Burritos Making Border Patrol Detainees Sick
A greater than normal percentage of migrant detainees are reporting abdominal pain and gastrointestinal issues at the Casa Alitas shelter in Tucson. And the common thread for those being held in Border Patrol custody is a particular kind of burrito that is provided to the detainees.
Jan. 16, 2020
Sheriff Penzone Gives Public Apology For Leaving Meeting On Racial Profiling Early
Leaving a community meeting tied to a long-running racial profiling case landed Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone in hot water with a federal judge last year. Penzone gave a public apology Wednesday night at the first meeting this year to give updates on efforts by the Sheriff’s Office to carry out court orders to end racial profiling of Latinos.
Jan. 15, 2020
Worker Morale At Homeland Security Climbs, But Not Everywhere
The Government Accountability Office says low morale has gotten better in recent years in the massive Department of Homeland Security, but a nonprofit found worker satisfaction fell in 2019 in sub-agencies that deal with immigration.
Jan. 15, 2020
Judge Overseeing Border Patrol Trial May Order Tents For Tucson Sector
The federal judge overseeing a trial on the Border Patrol’s treatment of migrants in its custody may have come up with a solution for the agency.
Jan. 15, 2020
Navajo, SRP Take Steps To Make Solar A Priority
The Navajo Nation is taking steps to make solar energy a priority, with the help of Salt River Project. Salt River Project seeks proposals for up to 200 megawatts of solar development on the Navajo Nation.
Jan. 15, 2020