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Fri December 20, 2013
What New Mexico Is Doing To Curb Drug Abuse
Fronteras: What are the prospects for immigration reform next year? Fronteras looks at how New Mexico is dealing with its drug addictions and future efforts to curb drug abuse. In the Southwest, wildlife relocations have proven successful in bringing back populations of some species, but sometimes those relocations come at a steep price. Also, California's DREAM Act has started providing financial aid for undocumented students.
2013 will draw to a close soon without Congress passing immigration reform. From Phoenix, Jude Joffe-Block reports on what 2014 is likely to bring on this issue.
A Cochise County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that the widow of a murdered Arizona border rancher could not prevent the law enforcement report on her husband’s death from being released to the public.
New Mexico has a drug problem. The state routinely holds close to the top position nationally for overdose deaths, but no one has a clear reason why. Some say poverty or unemployment, or easy access to drugs along distribution routes north. In the first of a two-part series, Tristan Ahtone looks at high demand in New Mexico for criminal commodities.
In 2012, nearly 500 New Mexicans died from drug overdoses. For many, opioids, like prescription painkillers and heroin, are the drugs of choice, and they’re easy to find and often cheap. In the second of a two-part series, Tristan Ahtone reports on efforts to tackle addiction in New Mexico.
Last November, Arizona wildlife officials began a program to re-introduce bighorn sheep to the Santa Catalina mountains north of Tucson. 31 of the iconic animals were trucked in from a wilderness area, fitted with tracking devices and offloaded into the mountains.
But shortly thereafter, another iconic creature, the native mountain lion, stalked and killed two of the bighorns. Then those mountain lions were shot and killed by Arizona Game and Fish. From Tucson, Fronteras correspondent Michel Marizco looks at the costs and benefits of human attempts to balance out nature.
California's DREAM Act provides financial aid for undocumented students
California lawmakers passed the state's DREAM Act more than two years ago. KPBS education reporter Kyla Calvert tells us this is the first semester that undocumented students were eligible for state financial aid.