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Groups start petition to keep transmission lines out of Sonora’s El Pinacate
Conservation groups in Sonora, Mexico, are circulating an online petition to keep power lines out of a protected area near the Arizona-Sonora border.
Sep. 15, 2022
Mexico’s lower house of Congress votes to keep military in public safety role
Mexico’s lower house of Congress has voted to continue using the military to tackle domestic security issues through 2028.
Sep. 15, 2022
Border Patrol made migrants throw away backpacks, passports, birth certificates
Migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border bring backpacks, clothes, supplies, toys, money, religious items and important documents. Last year, Border Patrol agents in the Yuma sector began forcing migrants to throw their belongings in the trash.
Sep. 15, 2022
Concerns about Navajo primary results mount among some candidates
Several candidates who competed in the Navajo Nation’s presidential primary election last month continue to question the results. It follows a full recount last week of the nearly 50,000 votes cast.
Sep. 15, 2022
Calls to review controversial ICE program renewed
A group in Congress is renewing calls to review and end 287(g) — a Department of Homeland Security program that has local law enforcement agencies partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sep. 14, 2022
Report: Gaps in IT systems led to faulty migrant tracking
A government watchdog report out this month finds that Information Technology systems run by the Department of Homeland Security failed to keep track of migrants during processing at the border in 2021.
Sep. 14, 2022
Tucson community leaders host conversation about climate disasters
Community leaders in Tucson hosted an online meeting this week on emergency preparedness as climate change forces cities to address and plan for natural disasters.
Sep. 14, 2022
Work begins on improvements at Sonoran port in Guaymas
The initial phase will cost some $30 million, but federal authorities have pledged around $150 million for the port's modernization.
Sep. 13, 2022
AMLO says U.S. will respect sovereignty on energy issues
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he was told that his government's policy of privileging energy produced by the state-owned utility over private producers would be respected.
Sep. 13, 2022
1st trial begins in Tucson for man accused of killing 2 local girls
Tuesday marked the opening day of trial for a man accused of murdering two young girls in Tucson years ago. It’s the first in a pair of trials long awaited by the girls’ families.
Sep. 13, 2022
Flagstaffs minimum wage is going up in January. Heres by how much
There’s some history to Flagstaff’s minimum-wage increase. In 2016, voters approved a measure that, starting next year, will bump up the wage annually by the increase in the cost of living.
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Sep. 13, 2022
Podcast digs into life, death of a teen killed through the border fence
A new podcast from the Arizona Republic investigates the life and death of a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed through the southern border wall in 2012.
Sep. 13, 2022
More kids in Navajo Nation are vaccinated against COVID than elsewhere in country
COVID-19 hit the Navajo Nation hard. Now, the tribe has vaccinated more than half of children ages 5 to 11; that’s compared to about a third nationwide.
Sep. 13, 2022
Heavy rain prompts flooding concerns in southern Arizona
The National Weather Service has issued several flood warnings for parts of southern Arizona as more remnants of Tropical Storm Kay send ripple effects into Arizona, California and Nevada.
Sep. 12, 2022
Activists search for answers as new construction materials appear at the U.S.-Mexico border
The federal government announced it would be doing remediation construction along several parts of the Arizona borderland earlier this year — things like addressing road erosion, fixing storm gates and filling gaps in the existing wall.
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Sep. 12, 2022
Disaster declaration greenlights aid for Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community
A powerful storm in July destroyed homes and left thousands in a tribal community east of Scottsdale in the dark for up to five days. This month, the federal government responded to the tribe’s request for aid by approving federal disaster assistance.
Sep. 12, 2022
Mexico’s Senate approves reform, giving Army control of National Guard
Mexico’s National Guard has been used not only as a police force, but to undertake migration control, staff ports and carry out infrastructure projects. Now, with approval from the Senate, the civilian-led law enforcement body will be handed over to the Army.
Sep. 9, 2022
Floods, evacuations in Sonoran coastal towns as Hurricane Kay arrives
Hurricane Kay, now downgraded to a tropical storm, has made landfall in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. In nearby Sonora, strong winds and rains have left coastal towns flooded.
Sep. 9, 2022
Ducey is stockpiling shipping containers in Nogales
In a continued effort to shore up the southern border, Gov. Ducey is stockpiling shipping containers in Nogales for a potential makeshift wall. But not all in the border town are pleased with the move.
Sep. 9, 2022
2 killed in armed attack on Sonora electricity company workers
Two workers with Mexico’s electricity commission were killed in an armed attack in Sonora this week.
Sep. 8, 2022

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