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Ongoing problems land tribal oversight agencies on GAO 'high-risk' list

Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office.... Read more»

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Tempe firm among 4 finalists for concrete border wall prototypes

Federal officials have picked four companies, including one from Tempe, Arizona, to build concrete prototypes of President Trump's promised wall along the Southwestern border. ... Read more»

CBP to jumpstart construction of Trump’s border wall in Texas wildlife refuge

Customs and Border Protection indicates it will use its own funds to build 3-mile segment of wall amid one of the nation’s most cherished bird-watching locales, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande River in Texas.... Read more»

Replacement of 'outdated fencing' completed at Naco border

Construction crews installed the last metal border fence panel on Tuesday, completing a project to replace 7.5 miles of "outdated pedestrian fencing" near the port of entry in Naco, Arizona. ... Read more»

Smartphone distractions, drinking spur rising pedestrian death toll

Pedestrian deaths are surging across the nation, and analysts are putting much of the blame on drivers and walkers who are looking at their smartphones. Tipsy walking also is part of the problem, with one in three victims legally drunk when they were struck and killed.... Read more»

Justice Dep't joins lawsuit alleging massive Medicare fraud by UnitedHealth

The Justice Department has joined a California whistleblower’s lawsuit that accuses insurance giant UnitedHealth Group of fraud in its popular Medicare Advantage health plans.... Read more»

'Brain boosters' a gold mine for supplements industry but benefits hotly disputed

Concerns about Alzheimer's and other brain-wasting diseases have fueled booming sales of dietary supplements. But experts question the benefits.... Read more»

Experts: Doctor training key to fighting opioid epidemic

Although Arizona has developed a training program for doctors on prescribing opioids and treating chronic pain, the state does not mandate doctors take continuing education in pain management, controlled-substance prescribing or substance-abuse disorders – as several other states do.... Read more»

Report: Border Patrol overtime, pension plan could backfire long term

Border Patrol agents nearing retirement are being locked into a set number of overtime hours under a policy aimed at controlling pension costs that could end up driving scheduling decisions, a recent report said.... Read more»1

No wall, but more high-tech gear & fencing sought by border agents

Federal agents who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico want 23 more miles of fences, better radios and more aerial drones to tighten the southern frontier, according to an unpublished government study. The modest scope of the requirements contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures.... Read more»

Factcheck: Did Obama cut VA to fund Syrian refugees?

Did President Obama cut benefits for veterans by $2.6 billion to give the money to Syrian refugees? No. The Department of Veterans Affairs transferred funds to close a $2.6 billion gap in a health care program. The transfer is unrelated to Syrian refugee aid.... Read more»

CBP: 3-D-printed full-auto rifle seized at Lukeville crossing

Border officers in Lukeville arrested a U.S. citizen Saturday after they found a cache of weapons in his car, including an semi-automatic rifle modified with a 3-D-printed receiver, allowing the weapon to fire in full automatic mode.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

How ICE shields financial dealings with private prison contractors from public scrutiny

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is fighting hard to hide from public scrutiny the workings of its contracts with private prison corporations like CCA and GEO. It seems that private prison contractors not only control an increasing share of our unjust immigration system; they now seek to limit the public's access to government contracting decisions and the reach of FOIA itself.... Read more»

Reuters exclusive

U.S., Mexican efforts to battle gun trafficking falter

Efforts to combat illegal gunrunning from the United States to Mexico have stumbled in recent years, hampered by a lack of cooperation between U.S. and Mexican officials, according to a report from a U.S. federal watchdog agency.... Read more»

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Kirkpatrick: Close 'Terror Gap' to deny guns to those on no-fly list

People too dangerous to fly are too dangerous to buy guns and explosives. Makes sense, right? Not to Washington politicians. ... Read more»

Critics fault new highway law for concessions to trucking industry

A $305 billion highway bill approved by Congress includes several provisions aggressively sought by the trucking industry that, critics say, will undermine traffic safety. The long-awaited FAST Act removes truck safety ratings from a public website. It also creates a program to put drivers as young as 18 behind the wheel of a big rig if they have received military training.... Read more»

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