Ted Robbins appears in the following:
Thursday, September 05, 2013
The Senate immigration bill calls for tripling a controversial federal court program called Operation Streamline. The program takes people caught crossing the border illegally, gives them prison sentences, then deports them. It's hugely expensive — but does it work?
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
The Downtown Container Park will set up budding entrepreneurs in repurposed shipping containers. The park will have 35 containers and a bunch of modular cubes like you'd normally see at a construction site — all to house local businesses.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
With the sequester, the Public Defender's Office in Tucson, Ariz., has lost a quarter of its staff. But everyone is entitled to legal representation, so judges are appointing expensive private attorneys in the public defenders' place.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Relentless drought will force the government to cut back on water releases between Glen Canyon and Lake Mead. It's the first time that's happened since dams were built on the Colorado River. Reduction starts next year, and the announcement gives the 40 million water users in the Southwest time to plan.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Using figures that were made for miniature train sets, a former Las Vegas crime reporter is finding big success creating and selling tiny imaginary crime scenes. Abigail Goldman's macabre, and sometimes funny, "Die-O-Ramas" are selling out before she's even completed them.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Nine young immigrants facing deportation were released from detention on Wednesday. They are known as the Dream 9 and have made a public plea to stay in the U.S. All were brought here as children and now they are trying to stay by applying for asylum.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Tucson Unified School District is resurrecting its Mexican-American studies program three years after it was banned by the state of Arizona. The courses are now known as "culturally relevant classes." They are set to begin in a couple of weeks, and they hold the same potential for controversy.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is stepping down to take charge of the University of California system.
Monday, July 01, 2013
More than a dozen firefighters in Arizona were killed on Sunday as they were battling the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott. It was the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. in decades.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The immigration bill garnered more Republican support with a provision that would double the number of Border Patrol agents to 40,000 and build more fences. But even a former Border Patrol chief is wondering where the drastic numbers came from.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Arizona has no right to demand documents proving citizenship when people register to vote. In a 7-2 decision, the court said the National Voter Registration Act trumps state law. At the same time, the court told Arizona officials how to get what they want, anyway.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, one of President Obama's staunchest critics, has confounded conservatives in her own party by pushing for an extension of Medicaid coverage in the state.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The immigration bill now under consideration by the Senate calls for drones to patrol the U.S. border 24/7. Supporters say that means more drones are needed. But critics argue there's no evidence the drones already flying are cost-effective.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Dr. Keith Layne's practice was destroyed in the tornado that hit Moore, Okla. Now the family practice doctor is scrambling to treat patients while worrying about their mental and physical health.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
In Arizona, a federal judge ruled against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, saying it used racial profiling to enforce the state's tough immigration laws. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Ted Robbins about the ruling.
Friday, May 24, 2013
In Oklahoma on Friday, state emergency officials said Monday's tornado destroyed 1,150 homes. An unknown number of structures were damaged. The state has registered more than 1,800 insurance adjusters.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Arizona has passed a law making it illegal for cities to destroy guns bought in buy-back programs. The new law kicks in this summer, and requires cities to sell the guns that are turned in.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
The Senate's immigration bill would require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify, a federal database that checks a worker's immigration status instantly. While businesses have had difficulty using the system in the past, officials say its results are now accurate 98 percent of the time.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Almost half of all undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. came legally — but then overstayed their visas. In an effort to curb those "overstays," the Senate is considering a bill that mandates tracking visitors' visas when they leave the country, not just when they arrive.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Nearly 20 people have been killed by Border Patrol agents along the Southwest border since 2010. Some agents have been exonerated, but for those who have not — and victims' families — justice drags on.