• June 10, 2014   BY  

    The federal government is scrambling to house a surge of Central American migrant children traveling alone across the border. These children are supposed to be held in Department of Homeland Security custody fewer than 72 hours before they’re transferred to shelters. But as Jude Joffe-Block reports from the Fronteras Desk, the government can’t keep up.
    Obama administration officials said Monday federal agencies are requesting more than $2 billion from Congress to pay for more shelters. Continue reading

  • May 8, 2014  

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is pushing back against calls for him to resign after allegations that dozens of patients have died because of delayed treatment at an agency hospital. Shinseki has ordered a nationwide review of access to care at all VA clinics. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Phillip Carter from Center for a New American Security and Brian Skoloff of the Associated Press. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2014  

    In a recent spate of voter identification controversies sweeping the country, a federal judge in Kansas ordered election officials to help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to show proof of citizenship. Hari Sreenivasan get two views from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Jenny Rose Flanagan of Common Cause. Continue reading

  • February 27, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, gunmen believed to be members of the militant group Boko Haram staged an all-night attack on multiple small communities in Northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 33. Also, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays on religious grounds. Continue reading

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    February 26, 2014   BY  

    Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties. Continue reading

  • February 25, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said his state counterparts are not obliged to defend bans on gay marriage. Meanwhile, an Arizona state senate bill allowing business owners to deny service to gays on religious ground has sparked outrage among gay rights activists. Also, audio recordings appear to show Turkey’s prime minister telling his son to dispose of money before police raids. Continue reading

  • January 13, 2014   BY  

    The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to reconsider a 2012 Arizona ban on abortions beginning at 20 weeks of fetal gestation. The highest court’s decision upholds a lower court’s ruling that the ban violated a women’s constitution right to terminate pregnancy up to the time when the fetus was “viable” enough to live outside the womb. Continue reading

  • August 9, 2013  

    In the Mojave Desert, extreme heat and wind made worse by more intense weather conditions in recent years has helped the spread of a resilient fungus that causes a deadly infection known as Valley Fever. Ray Suarez reports on the role of dust in the dramatic rise of Valley Fever. Continue reading

  • July 9, 2013  

    In other news Tuesday, a severe storm caused flash floods and knocked out power for at least 300,000 people in Toronto. Also, Congressional Democrats said they would not consider an immigration reform bill that doesn’t include a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. Continue reading

  • July 2, 2013  

    While the residents of Prescott, Ariz., grieved the loss of 19 firefighters killed battling a dangerous wildfire, the uncontrolled flames continued to burn despite calmer conditions. A spokeswoman warned that afternoon thunderstorms and winds could bring more threats to the parched landscape. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading