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Census: Maricopa County – again – saw country’s biggest population gains

Maricopa County saw the largest population increase of any county in the nation last year, adding 81,244 residents to make eight straight years of gains. Pima and Pinal counties also had substantial increases in the number of residents.... Read more»

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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»

5 frostbitten men rescued by CBP helicopter from snowy peak south of Tucson

A helicopter crew with U.S. Customs and Border Protection airlifted five men Thursday morning from a snowy peak in the Santa Rita Mountains. ... Read more»

Border communities deal with onslaught of fentanyl overdoses

Despite record seizures of fentanyl at U.S. border crossings, a rise in overdoses is forcing law enforcement officials to change tactics, emphasizing information and public engagement, as well as drugs to reverse opioid overdoses.... Read more»

Pentagon more than doubles active-duty troops deployed to border

The Defense Department said it will send an additional 3,750 active-duty troops to the southern border to support Customs and Border Protection officers by stringing razor wire, helping operate mobile surveillance equipment and other support activities.... Read more»

Santa Cruz sheriff: Border wall alone is not the best way to stem drug trafficking

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said a border wall would do “very little” to stop the flow of drugs, most of which come in to the U.S. through ports of entry.... Read more»

Cross-border Nogales sewer needs $25 million in repairs

A transborder pipeline that brings millions of gallons of raw sewage from Mexico to the U.S. faces challenges on two fronts: The pipe is nearly 70 years old and increasingly prone to leaks; and heavy metals in the wastewater are causing problems at the Arizona plant where it’s treated.... Read more»

Santa Cruz River in jeopardy if int'l sewage pipe ruptures again, experts fear

Some residents of Santa Cruz County are warning that the pipeline carrying raw sewage from Mexico into the United States could rupture as it did during last year’s monsoon, when it spewed millions of gallons of waste into the Nogales Wash over seven days.... Read more»

CBP chief looks to X-ray all vehicles at Nogales border crossing

Officials are planning to expand the use of X-ray machines to scan all cars and trucks passing through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. ... Read more»

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... Read more»

Gov. Ducey declares emergency over sewer line break in Nogales

Arizona Gov. Ducey declared a state of emergency, calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide assistance to staunch a breach in a pipeline that carries sewage from Sonora, Mexico, to a wastewater treatment plant north of Nogales, Arizona.... Read more»

Maricopa County boomed in 2016, Pima population up by thousands

Maricopa County added more people last year than any other county in the nation, but it was neighboring Pinal County that posted the fastest growth rate in the state, a beneficiary of overflow from its neighbor to the north. Pima County added about 8,000 residents as well.... Read more»

From fresh produce to inmate job training, Nogales food bank fills a basket of needs

Food waste, the affordability of fresh produce, and prison inmate rehabilitation may seem like disparate issues, but the Borderlands Food Bank in Nogales is approaching them all head-on.... Read more»

Profits of policing: Az asset seizures net $200M in past 5 years

Civil asset forfeiture laws let Arizona police seize tens of millions of dollars in cash and property each year, even if suspected criminals aren’t convicted, and with little oversight of how the proceeds are spent.... Read more»

Rural high schools confront low college completion rates

Students in rural Arizona counties like Cochise have significantly lower college completion rates than those in counties that have bigger cities and state universities. While 30 percent of more urban county residents have bachelor's degrees, only 23 percent of Cochise residents have one.... Read more»

3 men who refused to mule drugs tied to Nogales-area fence 'like piñatas'

Three men were found Friday morning "tied up like piñatas" to a border fence just inside Arizona, said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. The men said they were left there as a reprisal for refusing to carry drugs into the United States. ... Read more»

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