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Legislators in the Mexican state of Sinaloa unanimously approved a law this week that seeks to protect journalists and human rights activists.
May. 27, 2022
What do a Coconino High School student, a novelist and writer for the San Francisco Chronicle as well as a poet from Fountain Hills have in common? They're all part of this edition of Word, a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon.
May. 23, 2022
Sonoran Pandemic Impacts
According to a new report, neighboring Sonora ranked among the five least peaceful states in Mexico in 2021. And the economic costs of violence in the state are significant.
May. 19, 2022
Tempe Elementary School District office
Now, Tempe Elementary School District is requesting name suggestions for Gililland Middle School, Hudson Elementary School and the Laird School.
More Arizona education news
May. 13, 2022
Buscadoras por La Paz
Tuesday was Mother’s Day in Mexico. But many mothers in the country say it’s no longer a day to celebrate with so many of their sons, daughters and other family members missing.
May. 11, 2022
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The Cochise County Attorney’s Office says it won’t pursue charges of a Border Patrol Agent who fatally shot a Mexican migrant earlier this year.
May. 10, 2022
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A memo from Customs and Border Protection says it will stop using Critical Incident Teams, the internal Border Patrol units accused of interfering with outside investigations into agent conduct.
May. 9, 2022
Arizona Cardinals training facility
Last week, the Arizona Cardinals drafted Colorado State tight end Trey McBride in the second round despite having two two quality tight ends under contract. The reason: Cardinals management felt McBride was too good of a talent to pass up. But his pick is significant in other ways.
May. 4, 2022
Sonoran Searchers
As Mexico confronts what has been called a crisis of disappearances across the country, the lower house of Congress this week unanimously approved a measure to create a new agency to search for and identify the missing.
Apr. 27, 2022
Navajo Nation flag
Earlier this month, the Navajo Nation Council’s Health, Education and Human Services Committee voted against a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage on the largest Native American reservation in the country. The bill is far from dead, however.
Apr. 25, 2022
missing poster showing images of Debanhi Escobar
The haunting story of a young woman left on the side of a highway late at night in northern Mexico ended in tragedy Friday, after her body was found in a subterranean water tank at a motel.
Apr. 21, 2022
Arizona Corporation Commission building
Two or three decades ago, the concept of environmental justice was mostly talked about in academic circles. A recent ruling on a gas plant expansion shows the idea has entered the mainstream.
Apr. 13, 2022
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The United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances released new findings this week about the soaring number of disappearances in Mexico, saying the country has become a place where disappearances are "the perfect crime."
Apr. 13, 2022
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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved $17 million to build 610 affordable housing units.
Apr. 11, 2022
Social equity drawing
The Arizona Department of Health Services held a drawing Friday for marijuana sales permits set aside for Arizonans hurt most by enforcement of old prohibition laws.
Apr. 8, 2022
U.S. Capitol building
Republicans and some Democrats in Washington are aiming to keep a Trump-era public health policy restricting asylum at the border in place by tying it to a sweeping COVID-19 spending bill.
Apr. 6, 2022
Abandoned uranium mine site
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with members of Congress in support of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
Apr. 4, 2022
Sunday marked the second anniversary of Title 42, the pandemic-era policy enacted by the Trump administration that allows border officers to turn almost everyone back to Mexico or to their home countries on public health grounds.
Mar. 21, 2022
Phoenx Indian School Visitor Center
The Interior Department is on the verge of releasing a report on its investigation into the federal government's past oversight of Native American boarding schools. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Wednesday the report will come out next month.
Mar. 17, 2022
Legal abortion now sign
Another Mexican state moved to decriminalize abortion this week. But in neighboring Sonora, laws penalizing the procedure remain on the books.
Mar. 10, 2022


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