migrants, border crossings, Border Patrol, Venezuela, Texas, California, Mexico, Biden administration
Sep 21, 2023

After lull, asylum-seekers adapt to US immigration changes, overwhelm agents

A group of migrants from China surrendered to a Border Patrol agent in remote Southern California as gusts of wind drowned the hum of high-voltage power lines, joining others from Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and elsewhere in a desert campsite with shelters made from tree branches. Their arrival Wednesday was another sign that agents have become overwhelmed in recent days by asylum-seekers on parts o[...]

political ads, election, 2024, AdImpact
Sep 19, 2023

Arizonans can expect huge increase in campaign ads ahead of 2024 election

Arizonans should brace themselves to be inundated with campaign advertising between now and the November 2024 election.

Backpage, New Times, trial, prostitutes, ads
Sep 13, 2023

Lawyers argue indicted Backpage employees sought to keep prostitution ads off site

A former executive and two operations managers for classified site Backpage.com worked vigorously to keep the platform free of ads for prostitution even as strategies on how to do so constantly shifted, their attorneys said Tuesday at a federal trial in Phoenix.

Ukrainian pilots, F-16s, Tucson
Sep 12, 2023

Ukrainian pilots could be flying F-16s in three months, Air National Guard head says

The U.S. could have the first Ukrainian pilots trained on F-16 fighter jets before the end of the year, though it will be longer than that before they are flying combat missions, the director of the U.S. Air National Guard said Tuesday.

Sep 7, 2023

Congressional watchdog describes border wall harm, says agencies should work together to ease damage

The construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump toppled untold numbers of saguaro cactuses in Arizona, put endangered ocelots at risk in Texas and disturbed Native American burial grounds, the official congressional watchdog said Thursday.

Sep 6, 2023

For small biz reliant on summer tourism, extreme weather is the new pandemic

For small businesses that rely on summer tourism to keep afloat, extreme weather in Arizona and other states is replacing the pandemic as the determining factor in how well a summer will go.

Backpage, New Times, trial, prostitutes, ads
Aug 29, 2023

Backpage founder faces 2nd trial over what prosecutors say was scheme to sell sex through ad sales

A founder of the lucrative classified site Backpage.com will face his second trial on charges of facilitating prostitution and laundering money in what authorities say was a scheme to knowingly sell ads for sex on the site.

extreme heat, workers, Arizona, California, Nevada, Hobbs
Aug 28, 2023

Workers exposed to extreme heat have no consistent protection in the US

A historic heat wave that began blasting the Southwest and other parts of the country this summer is shining a spotlight on one of the harshest, yet least-addressed effects of U.S. climate change: the rising deaths and injuries of people who work in extreme heat, whether inside warehouses and kitchens or outside under the blazing sun. Many of them are migrants in low-wage jobs.

abortion, Prescott Valley
Aug 11, 2023

‘Abortion-free America’: Initiative seeks more ‘sanctuary cities for the unborn’ across U.S.

Mark Lee Dickson leads the charge of the anti-abortion movement with a goal of banning abortion across the nation – city by city and state by state – until he can create an abortion-free America. And world.

Pac-12, Arizona State, Pacific Northwest, Big Ten
Aug 4, 2023

Big Ten clears way for Oregon, Washington to join, sources say

The Big Ten has cleared the way for Oregon and Washington to apply for membership and join the conference, four people with familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday, dealing a crushing blow to the beleaguered Pac-12.

water, Imperial Valley, Arizona, Colorado River, California, drought
Aug 3, 2023

Getting Colorado River water from California farms will take more than just money

The Imperial Valley produces $2.9 billion in crops and livestock each year. That’s because the valley’s Imperial Irrigation District holds the largest single allocation of Colorado River water – bigger than any other farming district or city between Wyoming and Mexico. But now, that water allocation is under increasing scrutiny from water managers looking to cut back on water use and correct[...]

solar panels, Yuma, recycling
Aug 1, 2023

First generation of solar panels will wear out, recycling industry taking shape

In Yuma, a desert city where Arizona, California, Sonora and Baja California meet, North America's first utility-scale solar panel recycling plant has opened to address what founders of We Recycle Solar call a "tsunami" of solar waste. Plans to address climate change rely on massively scaling up clean, solar electricity.