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Rural border city of Yuma in emergency humanitarian crisis with surge of migrants

Yuma, a rural border city in Arizona, sees no end in sight to the surge of migrants and families crossing the border into their community. Continue reading

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Border crisis may soon impact fruit, vegetable prices, experts say

For fresh produce, time is of the essence. Now that wait times have increased on border crossings — because of a shift in personnel to address the border crisis — it’s been tougher for U.S. companies to bring fresh fruits and vegetables from Mexico.  Continue reading

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License required to repair doors? Regs spark heated debate in Arizona

The regulation in government debate makes its way to Arizona—with concerns of overregulation for jobs that make up almost 25-percent of the nation’s workforce—occupational licensing jobs that include barbers, realtors, nurses, bus drivers, respir… Continue reading

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All-night search operations with a special mission: to find critically endangered black-footed ferrets

When night falls, a group of well-caffeinated volunteers with high-powered lights go on a special mission. For five long nights, they carefully search the desert to try and find a tiny and stealthy creature – the black-footed ferret. Continue reading

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Arizona bill that would allow employers to pay students less than minimum wage sparks controversy

Students in Arizona see a controversial new minimum-wage bill as a “direct attack” on them. Small businesses are welcoming the proposal.   Continue reading

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First African American MLB player in Cactus League paved way for baseball integration today

Just eleven weeks after Jackie Robinson, outfielder Larry Doby was signed by the Cleveland Indians from the Negro League and became the second African American to play Major League Baseball and then eventually the second African American manager of a M… Continue reading

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El Paso Border Patrol sees jump in apprehensions as large migrant groups cross into US

“We started seeing an uptick in apprehensions in this area,� El Paso Sector Border Patrol agent Ramiro Cordero said. Continue reading

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Digital license plates that cost whopping $499 now an option for Arizona drivers

Arizona is the latest state trying to phase out old-fashioned metal license plates in favor of digital ones. Continue reading

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US ranchers near Mexico weigh in on border wall, shutdown talks

Ranchers on the border say they’re increasingly concerned about the situation right in their backyard. Continue reading

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George H.W. Bush: Military personnel pay tribute to last presidential war hero

As the last in a line of presidential war heroes, George H.W. Bush is being remembered by military veterans and active duty military personnel as a fearless patriot who set the standard for public service. Continue reading

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Video gaming becomes official after-school league at US high schools

Video gaming becomes official after-school league at US high schools

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Montana Senate candidates battle over whether feds or state should manage public land

The fate of public lands is at the center of Montana’s Senate race pitting GOP candidate Matt Rosendale against Democrat Jon Tester. Continue reading

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‘Think, Pray, Vote:’ Millions spent in midterms to rally evangelical voters

‘Think, Pray, Vote:’ Millions spent in midterms to rally evangelical voters

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Migrant caravan becomes key issue in Arizona congressional race ‘everyone’s going to be watching’

As the migrant caravan makes its way to the U.S. border, stirring up a political frenzy, few races are feeling the impact of it more than Arizona’s 2nd Congressional district. Continue reading

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Phoenix midterm ballot proposal at ‘forefront’ of effort to eliminate dark-money donors

Anonymous spending with the intention of influencing an election has raised concern throughout the country and specifically in Phoenix, where a ballot measure could be at the ‘forefront’ of bringing dark money spending to light. Continue reading

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Arizona’s clean energy midterm ballot proposal could influence national debate

Clean energy has been a trending yet controversial topic politically when it comes to mandates—and the latest clean energy conversation effort is on Arizona’s ballots. Continue reading

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As early voting set to begin in Arizona, Senate race in virtual dead heat

In Arizona’s highly contested Senate race, it could all come down to independent voters to decide who will be the next senator. Continue reading

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ATV ‘wheelchairs’ allow people with mobility issues to go off-roading

With the flick of a finger, an innovative off-road ATV-like mobility scooter is giving Americans with disability or mobility issues, a chance to experience the outdoors. Continue reading

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Veterans, Arizonans pay their respects to Senator McCain with memorial outside of his office

As Americans from the west coast to the east coast remembered the late Senator John McCain in different ways—one memorial was set up in his home state right outside of his Phoenix office. Continue reading

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GOP bill would let asylum seekers apply in Mexico, in bid to ease immigration court backlog

A Republican lawmaker said he has a novel idea to cut down asylum seekers illegally crossing the border. Make them apply for asylum before they reach the U.S. border. Continue reading

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