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More Undocumented Arizonans To Become Eligible For Vaccine
Arizona’s most populous county says it will soon make COVID-19 vaccines available to people who do a wider variety of essential jobs, like teaching. The state is home to a large undocumented workforce that will more and more be vaccine-eligible as the so-called Phase 1B distribution expands.
Jan. 6, 2021
Mexican President: States Will Receive Vaccine Next Week
Every state in Mexico is expected to receive the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine by the beginning of next week.
Jan. 6, 2021
Fisherman Dies After Crash With Conservation Ship
A fisherman has died near the small town of San Felipe, Baja California, after his small boat crashed with a conservation ship last week. The man’s death occurred during one of a series of violent clashes between poachers and conservationists working in the Sea of Cortez to protect a small endangered porpoise.
Jan. 6, 2021
Navajo Nation Appoints New EPA Executive Director
The Navajo Nation has appointed Valinda Shirley to head its Environmental Protection Agency. The position is an important one, because there are more than 500 abandoned uranium mines on the reservation.
Jan. 6, 2021
Feds: Ancient Statue Found In Arizona To Be Returned
Federal authorities say they found a priceless Buddhist statue at a home in Arizona, and agents packed the statue so it can be sent back to India.
Jan. 6, 2021
Advocates Take Sonoran Marriage Equality Fight To Court
The fight over marriage equality in Sonora is far from over. Last September, a reform that would have allowed same-sex Sonoran couples to wed like their straight compatriots failed in committee by a single vote, ending for the time being a more than yearlong legislative journey.
Jan. 5, 2021
Pilot Program For Mexican Visitors Takes Step Forward
Many Mexican nonimmigrant visa holders have been unable to cross into the United States since last March due to those pandemic crossing restrictions, which exempt U.S. nationals.
Jan. 5, 2021
Mexico COVID-19 Czar Caught Vacationing
Mexico’s coronavirus cases and deaths are on the rise, and many cities are near a health care crisis. The government’s head to front the pandemic has asked citizens to avoid gatherings and leaving their homes, but last weekend, he was caught vacationing in a public space.
Jan. 5, 2021
Mexico To Offer Political Asylum To Wikileaks Founder
The founder of Wikileaks, accused of publishing classified government information in the U.S. and other countries, avoided his extradition from the United Kingdom to American soil. And while he still faces justice in England, Mexico’s president is offering him asylum.
Jan. 5, 2021
Trump Administration Completes 450 Miles Of Border Wall
Outgoing President Donald Trump’s administration announced Tuesday that it had completed a campaign promise of finishing the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jan. 5, 2021
New Package Delivery Aims To Keep Sonorans Connected
Cross-border visitors spend billions of dollars in Arizona every year. But with the border closed to most of those travelers since March because of the pandemic, much of that spending has dried up. So, Tucson’s tourism office is trying something new: a package delivery service transporting goods to Sonoran shoppers, and bringing sales taxes to Arizona’s coffers.
Jan. 5, 2021
Wretched Refuse? Author Shows How Immigrants Boost The Economy
Immigration to the U.S. has dropped dramatically during the Trump administration, with a lot of the attention focused on enforcement policies related to undocumented immigrants. But legal immigration has also seen huge limits, and those became even starker in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Jan. 5, 2021
Sonora Says Its Ready To Receive Vaccine In First Months Of 2021
A top Sonoran health official said recently that the state is ready to receive doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Frontline health care workers will be prioritized in the first round of vaccination.
Jan. 4, 2021
Governor: 2 Lucid Motors Suppliers Up And Running In Sonora
Two suppliers for the electric car company Lucid Motors are up and running in Sonora. That’s according to a recent announcement from Gov. Claudia Pavlovich.
Jan. 4, 2021
Navajo Nation Reports 146 New Cases Of COVID-19
Despite rollout of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and about 90,000 Arizonans being immunized, COVID-19 is still taking a large toll on the Navajo Nation.
Jan. 4, 2021
The Pandemic Spurred Bike Interest In Hermosillo. Can It Be Sustained?
Cycling has enjoyed steadily growing popularity in Sonora in recent years, but during the pandemic, interest has soared. But maintaining that rising interest will likely mean addressing longstanding safety issues in the city.
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Jan. 3, 2021
CARES Act Funds Bring Electric, Water To Navajo Nation
Hundreds of homes have been wired for electricity since the Navajo Nation authorized use of $110 million in CARES Act funding last fall. Workers have brought electricity to 713 homes so far through the project, exceeding the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority's initial goal of 510 homes.
Jan. 2, 2021
Navajo Nation Casinos To Lay Off More Than 1,100
Casinos run by the Navajo Nation plan to temporarily lay off more than 1,100 workers on New Year's Day because of prolonged closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Jan. 1, 2021
Inspection At Phoenix Airport Leads To More Than 200K Fake N95 Masks
Federal authorities say the search of a shipment to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has led to the seizure of more than 200,00 counterfeit masks. The fake N95 face coverings were supposed to go to medical workers across the country.
Dec. 30, 2020
Nogales School Superintendent: Remote Learning To Continue
In the first semester of the school year, the Nogales Unified School District had 5,500 students learning online and provided about 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to families that requested them. In June, The Show spoke with the district’s superintendent, Fernando Parra. The Show spoke with him again recently for a check-in on how students and teachers are doing.
Dec. 30, 2020