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 Many states are having the same struggles with outdated and overwhelmed unemployment departments.
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.
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.
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.
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.