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Mexican Fish Smuggler Arrested
Mexican authorities say the leader of a drug cartel linked with illegal trafficking of the endangered totoaba fish was arrested in Baja California last week. The black market for totoaba fish is a leading threat to the nearly-extinct vaquita porpoise.
Sep. 17, 2018
AZ Aerospace Company Grows In Sonora
Tempe-based Walbar Engine Components recently finished work on a new manufacturing facility in the Sonoran port city of Guaymas, near San Carlos.
Sep. 17, 2018
Trump Wants $20M To Help Mexico Deport Migrants
Mexico’s foreign relations and interior ministry said in a joint statement they were considering an offer that, according to a report first made by the New York Times, would set aside $20 million in aid for Mexico's immigration enforcement.
Sep. 17, 2018
New AZ Financial Tech Law Helps Foreign Partnerships
The recently approved law in Arizona is one of the first of its kind. It allows fintech companies to test its products for two years on up to 10,000 potential consumers.
Sep. 17, 2018
Morena Party Sweep In Mexico Raises Hope, Concerns
Mexico’s early July election brought an insurgent center-left party to power at every level, and dealt stinging defeats to some of its longest standing parties. How the old guard will adapt — and how the new guard will avoid the pitfalls of the past — are very live questions.
Sep. 13, 2018
Separated Parents To Get Second Shot At Asylum
A potential settlement has been reached in a trio of lawsuits involving immigrant families separated by the federal government, and the deal would give a do-over to parents facing deportation after failing initial interviews for asylum.
Sep. 13, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 6: The Rockers
The Nizhoni Girls are redefining what it means to be Navajo. They're shaking down their assimilated ways in their songs and holding onto key Navajo beliefs in their activism.
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Hear The Podcast
Sep. 13, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 5: The Healer
Like thousands of other Navajos, Haley Laughter was raised Mormon and had to seek out her people’s spiritual teachings. Today, she bridges that cultural gap that so many young Navajos are trying to leap across. This is the fifth episode of "Changing Woman," and today's lesson is: "You are sacred."
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Hear The Podcast
Sep. 12, 2018
Southwest Key Worker Convicted As Investigation Continues
A former employee of Southwest Key Programs has been convicted of sex crimes against the undocumented kids he once served. On Friday, a jury found 25-year-old Levian Pacheco guilty of 10 charges after a short trial in federal court.
Sep. 11, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 4: The Mother
Jeneda Benally is making music that empowers indigenous youth because she wants her daughters to grow up in a world where they feel strong and powerful. She and her brother just released an album called “Fight Like A Woman.”
Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Hear The Podcast
Sep. 11, 2018
Legal Groups Call For Immigration Court To Be Own System
The national union for immigration judges wants those judges and their corresponding court system to be pulled out from the Department of Justice.
Sep. 10, 2018
Dominic Lanza Appointed To Federal Bench In AZ
The U.S. Senate confirmed a new judge to the federal bench in Arizona. Dominic Lanza, who is currently a federal prosecutor, has prosecuted some storied cases in Arizona’s recent past.
Sep. 10, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 3: The Leader
Navajo Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, whose middle name means “warrior,” has started her own #MeToo movement without the hashtags. She’s confronted her colleagues and has written policies about the violence against women that pervades her culture. This is part three of Changing Woman, a series about the modern Navajo woman.
Part One | Part Two | Hear The Podcast
Sep. 10, 2018
Jury Convicts Southwest Key Worker Of Sex Crimes
A former worker at a shelter for immigrant children has been convicted of sex crimes against the kids he once served.
Sep. 7, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 2: The Historian
In the second episode of Changing Woman, we meet Navajo historian Jennifer Denetdale. Through her story and the book she wrote about her great-great-great-grandparents, we will better understand how women’s power has been repressed.
Part One | Hear The Podcast
Sep. 7, 2018
Trump Administration Wants To Replace Flores Settlement
President Donald Trump’s administration wants to be freed from a decades-old court agreement dealing with undocumented immigrant children in federal custody, and officials say the government’s new proposal will guarantee kids get dignity and respect.
Sep. 6, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 1: Kinaaldá
The traditional stories that define Navajo culture revere women. But today, rape and domestic violence rates surge. So what happened? That’s what we set out to answer in this series named after Changing Woman, or Asdzą́ą́ Nádleehé. We’ll meet the women who prove that despite generations of cultural genocide, the heart of Navajo culture still beats.
Hear The Podcast
Sep. 6, 2018
Spill Victims Cheer Mexican Supreme Court Ruling
The Mexican Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a small Sonoran community opposed to a copper mine’s tailings pond.
Sep. 5, 2018
Think Tank Calls For Completion Of Mexico City Airport
Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will receive public comment on the construction of Mexico City’s new airport until Wednesday as part of his incoming administration’s review of the 4-year-old project.
Sep. 4, 2018
Sonora, New Mexico Sign New Agreements
New Mexico and Sonora governors signed new agreements on education and security at a plenary meeting of the New Mexico-Sonora Commission in Santa Fe last week.
Sep. 4, 2018

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