Payton Muse peit-n museNews Reporter, Phoenix
Payton Muse expects to graduate in December 2021 with a master’s degree in mass media and communications. Muse, who has interned for WKOW in Wisconsin, is working in the Phoenix News Bureau.
NOGALES – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has received more than $743 million in funding since 2017 for upgrades in border technology. But it has only bought 28% of the equipment needed to modernize and coordinate systems designed to thwart the flow of illegal goods and border crossers.
NOGALES – More than 9% of the drugs that entered the U.S. in fiscal year 2021 came over the border in Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection data says. CBP has technology to help seize drugs, but agents say cartels are steps ahead.
NOGALES – After 19 months, Nogales will reopen Monday to nonessential travelers from Mexico, giving the Arizona border city of 20,000 hope that life and the economy may return to pre-pandemic normal.
SCOTTSDALE – An interpreter for the U.S. military fled his native Afghanistan after the Taliban retook control in August. He and his fiance landed in Arizona with some help from a Scottsdale law group.
PHOENIX – Arizonans making less than $50,000 a year were responsible for nearly 40% of votes cast in the 2020 general election, a voting study says. Nationwide, that figure was 35%.
PHOENIX – Immigrants seeking permanent residency now must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, along with polio, mumps, measles, hepatitis and other infectious diseases. But access to vaccines around the world, especially in Latin America, is uneven.
WASHINGTON - After months of work and millions of dollars, the contractors investigating Maricopa County's elections were able to answer one question Friday - President Joe Biden did win. Otherwise, they spent hours raising questions and calling for more investigation.