3:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Sec. Salazar Pushes Solar Energy Program

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar finalized a plan in Las Vegas Friday that allows the Bureau of Land Management to push forward a solar energy program for the Southwestern United States.

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4:27 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

A Drier Southwest Means More Bears Move To Town

The long drought and fire have killed off berries, acorns and other favorite foods in parts of the southwest. So bears have become resourceful.
Arizona Game and Fish

Across the Southwest more and more bears have shown up in people’s kitchens, garages and flower beds. Wildlife officials in Colorado say in that state alone they had to euthanize 133 “problem bears” last year. And in Arizona at least a dozen bears have been euthanized, and scores of sightings have many people rattled.

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5:27 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Cesar Chavez Remembered In The Place Of His Birth, Death

Cesar Chavez and his sister were born in San Luis, Ariz.
Cesar Chavez Foundation

On Monday, President Barack Obama designated the Cesar Chavez home in Keene, Calif. as a national monument. The labor and civil rights leader was born in Yuma County, Ariz.

The farm town of San Luis, just south of Yuma, remembers Cesar Chavez well -- with schools, streets and a cultural center named after him.

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4:56 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Fire Study Stirs Controversy

Green Knoll Wildfire in Jackson, Wyoming,

A controversial study that questions decades of forest ecology research has made headlines across the country. The study -- published earlier this year -- raised eyebrows especially in the west where forest managers have been trying to prevent severe wildfires for decades.

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12:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Mexican Military Arrests Two In Border Patrol Murder Case

The Mexican military arrested two suspects in the murder of Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie.

Reuters news is reporting that the Mexican Army arrested two people Wednesday morning in Agua Prieta, Sonora. The border town lies about 15 miles southeast of where the murder took place.

An FBI spokeswoman in Phoenix said she cannot confirm the arrests.

3:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

"Dropout High": Where At-Risk Kids Get One Last Chance To Graduate

Flagstaff kids used to call it "Dropout High". Its real name is Ponderosa High and it's where at-risk kids are given one last chance to graduate. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.

Jonathan Bronston would probably make a good linebacker. He's big...and intimidating. He's got a long rap sheet: drugs, gangbanging, grand theft auto. That's the one that landed him in jail. But at 20, this young Navajo man says he's changed. After seven years in the Crops gang, he quit this year.

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8:24 am
Wed September 26, 2012

NAFTA 20 Years Later: Part II Free Trade And Migration

In the early 90's, President Clinton promised that the North American Free Trade Agreement would create such great jobs in Mexico that Mexicans wouldn't need to illegally immigrate here. But in the two decades since, the number of people living here illegally has nearly quadrupled. As part of our ongoing series on the 20th Anniversary of NAFTA series, Reporter Devin Browne has a story that helps explain the relationship between free trade and migration.

1:52 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

NAFTA 20 Years Later: Part I

Negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement concluded 20 years ago this month. The treaty's goal was to eliminate barriers to trade and investment among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. This week, the Changing America Desk will be look at what the agreement promised and where it did and did not deliver. Reporters Devin Browne and Jill Replogle begin the series by taking a trip back to the early 1990's.

5:22 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Deportations Are Up, But Is Anyone Applauding?

Since they were deported, 21-year-old Jose Contreras, right, and a 24-year-old man named Alejandro, spend much of their time on the on the banks of the Tijuana trying to figure out how to get back into the U.S.
Adrian Florido

Every year, the Department of Homeland Security releases statistics showing how many deportations its enforcement agencies -– Immigration and Customs, the Border Patrol -- have carried out in the previous year.

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10:34 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Dropout Nation: From Detention To Diploma

The Coconino County Juvenile Detention Center
Laurel Morales

The high school dropout rate for American Indians is almost twice the national average. Educators in Flagstaff, Ariz., have tried to turn that trend around. And they’ve had some success at a place you wouldn’t suspect -- the Coconino County Juvenile Detention Center.

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