5:22 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

More Than Ever, Latinos Distancing From Republican Party

There are more Latino registered voters in this election cycle than in 2008 -- and a study shows this could be the deciding factor in several battleground states, including those in the Southwest.

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11:53 am
Tue August 14, 2012

A Drought So Severe, Even Cacti Can't Survive

Mike Corn is a lifelong rancher who's family has been in the Roswell, N.M. area for more than 100 years. The current drought is the worst he's ever seen.
Monica Ortiz Uribe

The historic nationwide drought has resulted in disaster declarations for more than half the counties in America. In the Southwest, parts of New Mexico and the Texas panhandle are in the worst shape.

Few feel the effects of the drought more strongly than cattle ranchers.

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2:29 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Forecast For Phoenix: Hotter And Hotter

John Larsala struggles to keep his family cool during the Phoenix summer. The shade trees in his front yard have died because he cannot afford to water them.
Peter O'Dowd

A place with one of the harshest climates in the Southwest –- Phoenix -- records more days over 100 degrees than any other major city in the country. But climate models predict metro Phoenix, with its population of four million, will get hotter.

Here in John Larsala’s driveway, the view is bleak.

“You see our tree is dead,” Larsala said. “All these trees are dying because I can’t put water on it.”

The grass is dead too. In fact, there is no grass anymore.

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2:04 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Obama Administration to Fast Track Renewable Energy Projects

President Obama announced seven large solar and wind projects in the west will be expedited.  The announcement comes on the first day of the national clean energy summit. 

Nevada Senator Harry Reid kicked off the renewable energy summit in Las Vegas with a call to replace coal with wind and solar.

"Every year we spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying coal from other states to burn in Nevada," Reid said. "It’s time to make a different choice a choice that brings new clean energy industries and jobs to Nevada, a choice to invest in our own natural resources."

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4:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

AZ's 1st Cong. District is the 10th Largest in the Country, Making Campaigning Challenging

Former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick writes a note to a voter who is not at home when she stopped by.
Laurel Morales

Arizona’s newly drawn 1st Congressional District is the size of Pennsylvania. It’s the tenth largest in the nation, taking up almost two-thirds of the state, from the Arizona-Utah border all the way down the eastern half of the state to just north of Tucson. That makes it tricky for candidates to campaign.

Former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatricks uses many tactics to get the word out this election.

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9:17 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Arpaio Discrimination Trial To Conclude Thursday

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Gage Skidmore

A class action lawsuit that goes to trial in Phoenix on July 19 will bring more attention to the tactics of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Arizona sheriff has been vocal that cracking down on illegal immigrants is among his top priorities. Plaintiffs claim Arpaio and his deputies discriminate against Latinos.

Every Latino motorist who has been stopped by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office since 2007 or will be stopped in the future is included in the class action suit.

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9:01 am
Thu August 2, 2012

First Navajo Woman Runs For Congress

Wenona Benally Baldenegro is the first Navajo woman to run for Congress.
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Arizona’s newly drawn Congressional District 1 includes more Native Americans than any other district in the country. That sets the stage for a historic first — an American Indian woman serving in Congress.

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10:14 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Plaintiffs Rest in Arpaio Discrimination Suit

Lawyers for Sheriff Joe Arpaio are making their case in Federal court today that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office does not discriminate against Latinos.  

After more than four days of testimony, attorneys for the plaintiffs accusing Sheriff Arpaio of racial profiling rested their case Tuesday. Cecilia Wang of the ACLU said even though Sheriff officers testified they did not engage in the practice, their other statements revealed problems at the department. 

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12:15 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Undocumented Immigrants Launch Bus Tour

Activists paint the vintage bus they plan to drive across the South to protest deportations.
Jude Joffe-Block

A group of undocumented immigrants is launching a national bus tour from Arizona this week to promote immigrant rights and protest deportations. The riders are planning stops in Southern states that have passed restrictive immigration laws.

The bus tour's slogan is 'No Papers, No Fear.' The riders ultimately plan to arrive in North Carolina by the end of next month, in time for the Democratic National Convention.

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11:39 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Romney Ad Highlights Ties To Mexico

Craig Romney campaigns for his father Mitt in Spanish.

A new campaign ad for Mitt Romney features his Spanish-speaking son. The spot highlights Romney’s family ties to Mexico.

Craig Romney talks about his grandfather George, who was born in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The Romney family fled to Mexico in the 1880s to avoid anti-polygamy laws. In a January interview with Univision, Mitt Romney said it would be “disingenuous” of him to claim Mexican heritage. So why shine a light on those connections now?

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