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GAO report faults Border Patrol on checkpoints

A draft government study found the Border Patrol isn't measuring how its checkpoints along the border affect the quality of life in surrounding communities. One of the findings of a Government Accountability Office draft report was that the Border Patrol hasn't documented how many agents it needs to confront smugglers sneaking around a proposed permanent checkpoint on Interstate 19 in southern Arizona.

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Mexican soldiers in place at border crossings

YUMA - Members of the Mexican army are in place at border crossings until new customs officers begin inspecting traffic passing through the port of entry. The Mexican customs administrator at San Luis Rio Colorado said soldiers will be providing security for both pedestrian and vehicle lanes heading into Mexico.

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7 Ariz. postal stations avoid consolidation

The U.S. Postal Service's Arizona District announced Aug. 19 that no changes will be made at seven of the eight Arizona postal facilities it has been studying for possible consolidation. Still under consideration is Tucson's Midtown Station but district officials say a final decision won't be made until Oct. 1 at the earliest.

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