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Phoenix wants to be a leading “smart region”, a place where innovations would be used and developed. But it also wants to attract global tech businesses and entrepreneurs with a new strategy… especially those from Latin America.
Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo
Mexican trade officials for the first time are saying they’re preparing for a future without the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved more than $1 billion in increase to border security, keeping alive President Donald Trump’s promise of new walls and more agents along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The FBI announced Tuesday that it is offering a $25,000 reward for information it can use to solve the case of a Border Patrol agent who died in Texas on Sunday.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says withdrawing from the agreement would especially hit hard Midwestern industrial states and southern border states, including Arizona.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally both are calling his death a murder.
Mexico and the U.S. are planning to create a cross border energy relationship that ultimately will eliminate both countries dependence on the rest of the world for oil, electricity and natural gas.
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In a new poll, Native Americans say a major problem they face is “institutional discrimination.” In Indian Country they call it environmental racism. During World War II and the Cold War, mining companies blasted 30 million tons of uranium out of Navajo land, abandoning more than 500 mines. Since then, many Navajo have died of conditions linked to contamination.
Steve Bannon
President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon was in Tucson on Saturday night where he spoke at an event commemorating the death of a Border Patrol agent in 2010.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced results Thursday of a crackdown on members of the international gang Mara Salvatrucha, and five arrests were made in Arizona as part of the sweep dubbed Operation Raging Bull.
Federal police in Mexico said they captured the alleged mastermind behind one of the country’s most chilling slaughters of 72 migrants whose bodies were found in 2010.
DHS Office of Inspector General
The government agencies that oversee fraud and abuse of authority by government employees, like those in the Border Patrol and the FBI, warned Congress Wednesday that cuts to their budgets can lead to corruption and other problems.
Snowbowl
During peak snowy days thousands of people from the Valley make the two hour climb to Arizona Snowbowl ski resort in Flagstaff to experience winter. Flagstaff has a love-hate relationship with Phoenicians. The economic benefits are great, but the overcrowding causes serious problems.
The National Voter Registration Act is supposed make it easier for Americans to participate in elections. But the American Civil Liberties Union has accused several Arizona state agencies of “persistently violating” the federal law.
NAFTA
Negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement will resume on Wednesday in Mexico City, as representatives from the U.S, Canada and Mexico are racing to wrap up talks by March.

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