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Sonora’s mask mandate to stay in place in place for now
Sonora’s governor said officials were moving to revoke a state mask mandate early this week. But legislators now say it’s staying in place for at least a bit longer.
May. 20, 2022
AMLO visits Sonora to address issues of violence, justice
Mexico’s president was in neighboring Sonora this week on a tour meant to address the state’s security concerns. He also met with members of Indigenous communities.
May. 20, 2022
Sonora governor continues to push to reroute Nogales rail line
The governor of Sonora met with the leaders of U.S. and Mexican railway companies this week to push for railroad tracks that run through the downtowns of both Nogales, Arizona, and Sonora to be moved.
May. 19, 2022
Rosemont Copper Mine is blocked by court order, but advocates are wary
This month, a federal court upheld a previous order that blocked Hudbay Minerals from building an open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains outside Tucson. But advocates say some construction is still moving forward on another slope of the mountain range.
May. 18, 2022
Guerrero becomes 8th Mexican state to decriminalize abortion
Another state in Mexico decriminalized abortion this week. It’s the eighth of Mexico’s 32 states to legalize the procedure. It marks a major step forward, but advocates say there’s still a long way to go to guarantee access to pregnant people across the country.
May. 18, 2022
Arizonas Havasupai push back as world interest in uranium grows
A growing global debate over an energy source with a deadly past is playing out amidst the sweet sage and pine trees of the forests right by the Grand Canyon. More than a decade since the disastrous Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, interest in uranium is on the rise again. And Arizona has cleared the way for a once stagnant mine to resume operations.
May. 18, 2022
Tucson voters approve a sales tax extension for road repairs
Tucson voters have approved a measure to use sales tax revenue to fund a sweeping road improvement project over the next 10 years.
May. 18, 2022
Pima County votes to install new ballot drop-off, emergency voting sites
The Pima County Board of Supervisors have approved 15 new locations for early ballot drop-offs. The sites will also serve emergency in-person voters.
May. 18, 2022
In April, overall encounters rose along border, but arrests fell slightly
New data from Customs and Border Protection shows border officers encountered migrants more than 234,000 times in April. Data shows made less arrests between ports, more encounters overall and a similarly high instance of repeat crossings.
May. 18, 2022
Despite spat over summit, AMLO says U.S. relationship isnt at risk
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador insists that leaders of country in the Americas should be invited, and has threatened to not attend if that doesn't happen.
May. 17, 2022
Experts: Sonora’s reservoir system at ‘crisis’ levels of storage
The state's system of nine reservoirs is sitting at below 19% of capacity, a figure not seen in mid-May in years.
May. 17, 2022
Eelgrass is an ancestral food in the Comcaac community. Now it’s gaining global attention
An Indigenous nation on the Sonoran coast of the Gulf of California is working to revive an ancient tradition of using seagrass as a food source. The plant is also drawing international interest, both for its nutritional value and its importance to combating climate change.
May. 17, 2022
Tucson immigration lawyer overwhelmed by influx of Title 42 cases
Mo Goldman has been practicing immigration law in Tucson for more than a decade, and right now, he says attorneys like him are overwhelmed.
May. 17, 2022
Investigation brings new attention to atrocities of Indian boarding schools
The U.S. Interior Department has released the first volume of its investigation into federal Indian boarding schools across the country.
May. 17, 2022
Asylum-seeking family cant intervene in AZs Title 42 suit
A federal judge says an asylum-seeking family being blocked from entering the California-Mexico border cannot intervene in the Arizona-led suit trying to keep Title 42 in place.
May. 16, 2022
Federal money will help fund Tucson airports improved runway
The Tucson International Airport is getting a multimillion-dollar funding package from the Department of Transportation.
May. 16, 2022
Mexico to spend $1.2 billion on teacher raises
Mexican educators are being promised retroactive raises. To address what federal officials call inequities in pay for the country’s hundreds of thousands of educators, Mexico will spend some $1.2 billion on those raises.
May. 16, 2022
As the Title 42 debate rages on, asylum seekers in Nogales search for concrete answers
This week, a federal judge in Louisiana is expected to rule on whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can terminate Title 42 on May 23 as planned. It’s the latest in a simmering political battle over the future of the pandemic-era protocol that restricts asylum at the border.
May. 16, 2022
Report finds more migrants are going missing in Mexico
An organization that helps families search for loved ones who have gone missing while migrating says nearly four times as many migrants were reported missing last year in Mexico than in 2020. A new report finds many were locked up in detention centers without access to communication.
May. 16, 2022
Construction underway on Rocky Point solar plant
Construction is now underway on a massive, government-owned solar plant near the well-known Sonoran beach town of Rocky Point. The project is by far the most significant solar energy plant undertaken by the Mexican government.
May. 16, 2022

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