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12:10 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Judge: Maricopa County Can't Prosecute Migrants For Smuggling Themselves

Judge: Maricopa County Can't Prosecute Migrants For Smuggling Themselves
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PHOENIX -- A federal district judge has ruled that one of Maricopa County's most controversial enforcement policies impacting undocumented immigrants must end.

On Friday, Judge Robert Broomfield ruled the county of Sheriff Joe Arpaio must immediately stop its policy of prosecuting unauthorized migrants under the state's human smuggling statute with felonies for conspiring to smuggle themselves.

In 2005, Arizona's state legislature passed a state human smuggling statute that makes it a state felony to transport immigrants in the country illegally for financial gain.

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12:10 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Drug Cartel Provides Storm Relief, Helps Image

Drug Cartel Provides Storm Relief, Helps Image
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It looks like Mexico's gangsters are trying to improve their image.

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10:14 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Lessons Learned From The Yarnell Hill Fire Investigation

Lessons Learned From The Yarnell Hill Fire Investigation
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PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire concluded with several recommendations. Many hope that the report released Saturday leads to wildland firefighting policy changes.

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7:49 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Nevada Unemployment Woes Shed Light On Federal Neglect

Nevada Unemployment Woes Shed Light On Federal Neglect
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LAS VEGAS - Five years into the recession, Nevada's unemployment rate remains stubbornly high. At 9.5 percent it's the highest in the nation.

To make matters worse, a recent software upgrade caused the unemployment office's computer system to be shut down temporarily, delaying payments for weeks. Many states are having the same struggles with outdated and overwhelmed unemployment departments.

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7:08 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Best Of The Border (9/23 - 9/27)

Bilingual Fire Training Brings International Pros To New Mexico
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Managed Care Organizations Look To Cash In On Native American Patients

Hate it or love it, the Affordable Health Care Act is set to roll out soon. And as most already know, the act requires nearly all citizens to obtain health insurance or face penalties.

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1:02 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Police Chief On Drug Cartel Payroll

New details have emerged about local police involvement in Mexican drug cartel activity on the U.S. side of the border.

A Columbus, N.M., town official testified this week that former Police Chief Angelo Vega was paid $2,000 per month to protect cartel gun and drug smuggling activities.

The Albuquerque Journal reported the cartel also allegedly paid Vega $1,500 a month to use police department and town vehicles. It may not seem like a lot of money, but the paper said this is standard practice for Mexican drug cartels.

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4:04 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Texas Troopers Putting Up Border Checkpoints

South Texas residents are turning to Facebook to keep one step ahead of roving roadside checkpoints set up by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS Troopers say they are searching for unsafe drivers and not immigration violators.

For the past week DPS checkpoints popped up seemingly randomly in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. According to officials this is a short-term, multi-agency law enforcement effort that is targeting various criminal activities and unsafe driving behaviors in South Texas.

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2:59 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

For Refugee Doctors, Journey Back To Practicing Medicine Is The Longest

For Refugee Doctors, Journey Back To Practicing Medicine Is The Longest
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Najwan Al Ani sits in her El Cajon apartment and flips through a tattered study guide for the first phase of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. After she used the workbook to study for and pass the test in 2011, it's less a book and more a messy stack of pages saturated with highlighter ink.

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2:03 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

In Border Town Criminal Cases, Close Ties Complicate

The intricate relationships of small town residents are complicating major drug and gun investigations in two border cities.

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10:30 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Drought Spurs Native Farmers To Use Non-Traditional Irrigation Methods

Drought Spurs Native Farmers To Use Non-Traditional Irrigation Methods
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SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO, N.M. - Severe drought has been gripping much of the Southwest for years, with New Mexico getting the worst of it. And the lack of water is forcing many Native American farmers to consider more non-traditional methods of irrigation.

On a late summer morning at the Santo Domingo Pueblo just south of Santa Fe, Water Resources Manager Jonathan Garcia grabs a map and the keys to a large SUV. He's headed to the reservation's agricultural land for a closer look at new irrigation techniques.

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