Stories for September 11, 2013
Heavy rains have dominated the weather forecasts across much of the Southwest this week. Some areas in eastern New Mexico have seen almost four inches of rain so far. That's more than double the average amount of moisture that usually falls there in the entire month of September.
The principal of Lee Elementary School in Paradise Hills was placed on leave following her weekend arrest on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs and a stolen gun, authorities reported Wednesday.
North Korea appears to be in the process of restarting a nuclear reactor used to produce weapons-grade plutonium, five years after shutting the facility down as part of international disarmament efforts.
Few Americans eat horse meat, and many don't like the idea of horses being slaughtered. But a handful of investors are struggling to restart a horse-slaughter industry in the U.S.
About 30,000 people gathered in Santa Fe, New Mexico recently to watch the annual burning of Zozobra , a fifty-foot tall marionette effigy. The event has been held in New Mexico for nearly 100 years and celebrates the burning away of the world's gloom.
SAN DIEGO - The California State Senate has passed Assembly Bill 4 -- better known as the TRUST Act. If signed into law, the bill will protect many immigrants arrested for minor crimes in California from deportation.
The War on Drugs makes for good drama. It has inspired Hollywood for years and lately a recent surge of television shows like "Breaking Bad," "Weeds" and "The Bridge." These shows are trying to do something new, however - showing the complexity of the conflict, with bad guys on both sides of the border.
In June the state of New Mexico froze Medicaid payments to 15 behavioral health providers due to "credible allegations of fraud." The agencies were then taken over by five mental health firms from Arizona. But controversial practices by auditors are raising new questions about the states actions.
When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, many consumers buying health insurance could take a big hit to their checkbooks, and New Mexico may take the biggest hit of all.
Fifteen New Mexico behavioral health providers that were accused of fraud and shut down still haven't been able to see the audits that lead to their downfall. The audits supposedly showed the companies over-billed the state for Medicaid reimbursements. Now, the company that performed the audit is having its track record questioned.
On a recent, muggy afternoon in the city of El Cajon, I hugged Maladh Mohammed Ali in the parking lot of her drab apartment building next to a school.
PHOENIX -- In the coming months, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts will be finalized for new surveillance technology along the Southwest border. The federal government is taking a new approach to awarding these contracts in an effort to avoid past mistakes.
Across the Southwest, groups are canvassing neighborhoods to inform uninsured people about how to sign up for coverage under Obama's Affordable Care Act beginning Oct. 1. But getting the message across is a difficult task, especially reaching certain minority groups and those that may not speak English well.
Even though the Clean Air Act has been in effect for almost four decades, many national parks are still dealing with haze. An environmental group has called on the Obama administration to clean up the air pollution at a much faster rate.
PHOENIX -- Imagine this scenario. An intruder hops a fence and starts to walk in a forbidden zone. Instantly, a camera senses his movement, spins around to record him, and detects that he is human, not wildlife.
Fall brings many traditions to New Mexico: the smell of roasting green chile, the sounds of high school football and the burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe.
San Francisco County appears ready to make it illegal for local jails to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally and turn them over to immigration agents.
The federal government has issued new policies that will change the way it places detained immigrants in solitary confinement. The move has the support of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Today marks the last day that Janet Napolitano will serve as Secretary of Homeland Security before she leaves for the University of California.
Construction is beginning on the cross-border airline terminal that will give travelers easier access to the Tijuana airport form the San Diego side.
A recently published study tries to draw a correlation between the sunsetting of the 1994 assault-weapons ban in the United States and an increase in violence in Mexico's border states.
With Congress back to work, immigration reform advocates are ramping up their efforts to get a bill passed before the end of the year. But debate over the federal deficit and Syria are threatening to push immigration reform to the bottom of the legislative agenda.
Illegal Crossings Increasingly Deadly Along South Texas Border
Several ongoing court cases are testing the authority that United States Border Patrol agents have to enforce laws not within their jurisdiction.
Nevada schools have the largest percentage of English Language Learners in the country. For the first time, the state has designated funds to go directly towards improving ELL education. The bulk of the money, nearly $40 million, will go to Las Vegas' Clark County School District, the biggest in the state.
The Obamacare web-based health insurance marketplace goes online at the start of October. That's when consumers will finally get to see just how much it's going to cost them to enroll in the various health insurance plans.
A report by The New York Times sheds light on how the United States government has routinely confiscated and searched the computers and electronic devices of people entering the U.S., even without a search warrant.
A bill to regulate a drilling technique known as "fracking" has passed the state Assembly. It will now go to the Senate for a final vote.
If you're following the Syrian debate, there's a good chance you've come across Elizabeth O'Bagy, an analyst on the Syrian war, who went from obscure think tank analyst to media darling to unemployed in roughly a week.
Supervisors Approve Tiered System for Stable Permits
The mother of fallen Twentynine Palms Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Barfield got in touch with me a few months ago to let me know her son was to be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Valor on March 7, 2013 - what would've been Jason's 24th birthday. Jason's story has stayed with me because of what he did before he lost his life, planning a beautiful Christmas surprise for his family. This post was originally published October 26, 2011.
Alcoa, Bank of America and Hewlett-Packard are being dropped from the index of America's 30 top companies and replaced by Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa.
If the orthopedist wants to inject saline into your arthritic knee, it's time to say no thanks. Same for taking the popular supplements glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis pain.
Donations to veterans and military charities has climbed into the billions since the 9/11 attacks. Most groups do good work, but a report reveals some groups are scams.
A new study shows rate of hospitalizations for valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease, has doubled over the past 12 years in California.
When the global financial system started to collapse five years ago, leaders from the Treasury Department, Congress and the Federal Reserve jumped up and started running.
In an exhaustive, 18-month investigation, Reuters has detailed a practice in the U.S. of "private re-homing" of unwanted foreign adoptees and allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of guardians.
Crews battling a wildfire in Northern California that destroyed 30 homes and damaged 30 others are expecting more favorable weather to help.
Fresh off its success in July, the National Immigrant Youth Alliance is planning to hold another immigration protest at the U.S.-Mexico border.