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Hidalgo County’s claims of improper enrichment by a former employee and his family are either dismissed or withdrawn. Employee sees vindication; the county says it could appeal or head to federal court. Read more»

The Nogales, Sonora, side of the fence at the border, in 2015.

During the campaign, President Donald Trump promised to build a wall across the southern border some 1,000 miles long. The number of miles the president currently has money for: seven. Read more»

Trump speaks at CPAC in February.

Current trade agreements mean foreign companies, including some big firms in Mexico, might well get in on the building of the president’s wall. Read more»

Construction workers bring down sections of a border mural at the U.S.-Mexico border.

President Trump built his campaign on the promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Just a month after his inauguration, Homeland Security announced plans to begin construction. And the department took a step to make sure it will look good, stating in a little-noticed update that bids will be judged on “aesthetics.” Read more»

For roughly 30 years the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals. Read more»

Dr. Daniel Budnitz, at his office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. Budnitz has campaigned to have flow restrictors -- safety plastic devices fitted into the necks of medicine bottles to slow the release of fluid -- added to all liquid medicines, but so far he’s had limited success.

Today, the promise to make medicine safer for kids remains largely unfulfilled, hindered by industry cost concerns and inaction by federal regulators, an examination by ProPublica found. Read more»

Americans have a spotty understanding of the risks of Tylenol, a nationwide poll shows. About half said they are not aware of any safety warnings involving the drug. But 80 percent said that overdosing on the medicine could result in serious side effects. Read more»

A civilian contractor's vehicle was struck by a bomb in December 2007.

Private contractors injured while working for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Monday, claiming that corporations and insurance companies had unfairly denied them medical treatment and disability payments. Read more»

Members of the Massachusetts National Guard secure a construction site Friday in Qalat City, Afghanistan.

If you want more explanation about the military’s troubles in treating troops with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress, read two recent reports from the Government Accountability Office. Read more»

U.S. soldiers spread findings from a weapons cache onto the ground near the Mazgarey Mountains, Afghanistan, on April 27. A draft of a military survey has found that the majority of U.S. troops exposed to bomb blasts in Afghanistan are not examined for concussions.

More than half of U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan have been exposed to bomb blasts in the last year, but only about one in five of them said they were examined for concussions. Read more»

Acknowledging that commanders have sometimes wrongly denied the Purple Heart to soldiers who suffered battlefield concussions, the Army plans to issue new guidance to clarify when such recognition is warranted, officials said. Read more» 2

A key congressional oversight committee announced Friday that it was opening an investigation into the basis of a decision by the Pentagon's health plan to deny a type of medical treatment to troops with brain injuries. Read more»

Despite pressure from Congress and the recommendations of military and civilian experts, the Pentagon refuses to cover cognitive rehabilitation — a decision that could affect the tens of thousands of service members who have suffered brain damage while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more»

The U.S. Army honors soldiers wounded or killed in combat with the Purple Heart, a powerful symbol designed to recognize their sacrifice and service. Yet Army commanders have routinely denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who have sustained concussions in Iraq, despite regulations that make such wounds eligible for the medal. Read more»

Traumatic brain injuries have been called the "signature wound" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. While improvements in armor and battlefield medicine mean more soldiers are surviving bomb blasts that would have killed them in previous wars, the explosions are leaving some of them with permanent wounds. Mild traumatic brain injuries are difficult to detect as they leave behind no obvious signs of trauma. While many soldiers recover fully from the injury, others are left with persistent mental and physical problems. Sources: Interviews with Dr. Ibolja Cernak, M.D., M.E., Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Dr. Michael R. Yochelson, M.D., of the National Rehabilitation Hospital; "Traumatic Brain Injury: An Overview of Pathobiology With Emphasis on Military Populations" by Ibolja Cernak and Linda J. Noble-Haeusslein in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism; brainline.org; Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

The military medical system is failing to diagnose brain injuries in troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom receive little or no treatment for lingering health problems, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found. Read more»

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