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Driving under the influence of electronics needs to stop

Studies continue to highlight that phone addiction has become the new "drunk-driving" epidemic of our generation. Make no mistake, driving impaired is no accident. An accident is defined as something unfortunate, which cannot be avoided. A collision, on the other hand is the result of choices made and risks disregarded.... Read more»

Local officials call Vice President's visit to Nogales a 'photo op'

With the border town of Nogales as a backdrop, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the Trump administration's complaints about the legal framework surrounding immigration, and told repeated the idea that there was an "unprecedented" number of apprehensions along the border. ... Read more»

Shift of CBP officers has led to border slowdown that’s hurting trade

The Trump administration has moved border agents from ports of entry to dealing with asylum seekers, causing delays that leave some fearing economic impacts.... Read more»

CBP: Southern border apprehensions topped 360,000 in first half of year

Customs and Border protection leaders warn lenient laws are encouraging families to flee central American violence and seek asylum in the U.S.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A privilege to tax: RTA law clears way for new sales taxes

Someday soon, Arizona is going to have to have a talk with itself about how much sales tax is too much, and if a new revenue balance is worth pursuing.... Read more»

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to rule families can't sue in cross-border shooting cases

Lawyers for the Trump administration argued that the families of two boys shot and killed in cross-border shootings — including one in Nogales — by U.S. Border Patrol agents should not be able to sue in U.S. courts. ... Read more»

VP Mike Pence to visit Nogales BP station Thursday

While the Homeland Security Department continues to shed leaders, Vice President Mike Pence will tour the Nogales Border Patrol station on Thursday. ... Read more»

DHS continues to shed leaders as ICE acting director Ronald Vitiello shoved out

In one of her last acts in office, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Wednesday that Ronald Vitiello, the acting director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is also leaving the agency. ... Read more»

House, Senate OK Colorado River drought plan, capping years of debate

Two weeks after water officials told Congress there was urgent need to approve the Colorado River drought contingency plan, the House and Senate both passed a plan Monday and sent it to the president’s desk.... Read more»

Acting director at DHS resigns, paving way for new Trump choice

Ousted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that her acting deputy resigned Tuesday, paving the way for current CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to take over DHS. ... Read more»

Border detentions jump again in March, as Trump struggles to block asylum-seekers

Customs and Border Protection said it is facing "unprecedented" numbers of migrants along the southwestern border, after the number of people detained in a month again soared, rising 35 percent from February to March. ... Read more»

Paws on the ground: Mexican gray wolf numbers rise, but long-term viability still a concern

The Mexican gray wolf population grew by 14 last year, which conservationists are happy about but not so happy they think the animal's long-term prospects are secure.... Read more»

Waste flowing into Nogales Wash raises concerns about water supply for both Mexico and U.S.

Failing wastewater pumps in Nogales, Son., have caused raw sewage to back up and empty into the Santa Cruz River watershed on the U.S. side of the border.... Read more»

Homicide Survivors to hold annual candlelight vigil Saturday

Homicide Survivors will hold its annual candlelight vigil on Saturday, remembering homicide victims as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico during case review

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing a plan to send asylum-seekers back to Mexico while their cases wind through the U.S. immigration system. ... Read more»

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