Ted Robbins http://publicradioeast.org en The Curious Practice Of Bringing Immigrants Back — To Deport Them http://publicradioeast.org/post/curious-practice-bringing-immigrants-back-deport-them U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They're then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That's a question people on all sides of the immigration debate are asking. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 39660 at http://publicradioeast.org 'World's Largest Rosebush' Graces Arizona Desert Town http://publicradioeast.org/post/unique-rose-bush-graces-arizona-desert-town Just a few blocks from the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz., a former hotel and boarding house hides a treasure.<p>A sign in front says "World's Largest Rosebush," but most people have no sense of its size until they walk through the building and into the backyard.<p>The bush, a Lady Banksia Rose, was planted in 1885, back when Tombstone was a boomtown for silver mining. The tree officially covers 9,000 square feet, and its gnarled trunk is about 12 feet around. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 39032 at http://publicradioeast.org 'World's Largest Rosebush' Graces Arizona Desert Town Nevada Ranch Dispute Ends As Feds Back Down — For Now http://publicradioeast.org/post/nevada-ranch-dispute-ends-feds-back-down-now Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>A standoff between federal agents and a Nevada rancher is over for now. Over the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management released about 400 head of cattle it had rounded up, fearing a violent confrontation. Militia members, including many with guns, had rallied in support of the rancher, Cliven Bundy, and his family. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: No BLM. No BLM. No BLM.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The situation came to a head on Saturday. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 38913 at http://publicradioeast.org For Albuquerque PD, A Searing Rebuke From Justice Department http://publicradioeast.org/post/albuquerque-pd-searing-rebuke-justice-department Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Justice Department issued a scathing report today on the Albuquerque Police Department's use of force. Albuquerque officers have shot and killed 23 people in the last four years. Many of the victims were mentally or emotionally unstable. The report says the department has systemic deficiencies that caused the deaths and many other incidents. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The Department of Justice investigation lasted 16 months. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 38638 at http://publicradioeast.org Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks http://publicradioeast.org/post/waters-will-flood-part-colorado-river-just-few-weeks Millions of gallons of water used to flow every day from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Now, the Colorado River ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border. Below it, one of North America's largest wetlands is dry.<p>Karl Flessa, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona, began researching the damage two decades ago. Then he started asking how much water it would take to bring back some of the habitats.<p>That push for restoration paid off. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 38137 at http://publicradioeast.org Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint http://publicradioeast.org/post/arizona-citizens-keep-close-eye-immigration-checkpoint Border Patrol checkpoints aren't always near the border. Some aren't even on roads that go to the border. Take Arivaca Road; it's an East-West route 25 miles north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona.<p>A Border Patrol checkpoint has been operating there around the clock for seven years. Some residents of the town of Arivaca say agents at the checkpoint go well beyond their legal authority; searching vehicles and questioning citizens without cause. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 37628 at http://publicradioeast.org In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint Arizona Struggles To Gain Cross-Border Trade With Mexico http://publicradioeast.org/post/arizona-struggles-gain-cross-border-trade-mexico In 2010, Arizona passed laws aimed at undocumented immigrants. As a result, business relations with Mexico — Arizona's biggest trading partner — began to suffer. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 37328 at http://publicradioeast.org At The Cubs' Arizona Retreat, A Fond Reminder Of Wrigley http://publicradioeast.org/post/cubs-arizona-retreat-fond-reminder-wrigley The Cubs have a new home in spring training that evokes their stadium back in Chicago. Fans and former players love Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz. — their own "mini-Wrigley." Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 36659 at http://publicradioeast.org Border Patrol Revises Its Rulebook For Use Of Deadly Force http://publicradioeast.org/post/border-patrol-revises-its-rulebook-use-deadly-force Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol wants agents to limit their use of deadly force. The Border Patrol says agents have killed 10 people since 2010, while the ACLU says that number is 27. NPR's Ted Robbins reports on a directive issued today that outlines new guidance for the use of force against rock throwers and vehicles.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The Border Patrol is coming under heavy criticism over its use of force, including accusations that agents have stepped in front of vehicles trying to flee so they could open fire. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 35935 at http://publicradioeast.org Amid Controversy, 'Right To Refuse' Bill Hits Governor's Desk http://publicradioeast.org/post/amid-controversy-right-refuse-bill-hits-governors-desk Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer is being pressured to veto a bill that would allow business owners in the state to deny service to gays and lesbians. To deny service, the business owner has to have sincerely held religious beliefs. That's the legislation's wording. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 35143 at http://publicradioeast.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away http://publicradioeast.org/post/air-bag-help-during-avalanche-cord-yank-away Let's say you're skiing in the backcountry, looking for some powder — but instead, you trigger an avalanche.<p>If you have an avalanche air bag pack strapped to your back, you just yank the cord. That deploys the air bag, which keeps you close to the surface and easier to dig out, says Andy Wenberg with Backcountry Access, one of several companies making the devices. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:31:47 +0000 Ted Robbins 34036 at http://publicradioeast.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away In Las Vegas, Lawns Are The Biggest Water Waster http://publicradioeast.org/post/las-vegas-lawns-are-biggest-water-waster Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead for its water and the reservoir is dropping. The city's water officials long ago instituted water conservation measures. Critics say they are not nearly enough. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:47:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 33166 at http://publicradioeast.org High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy http://publicradioeast.org/post/high-schoolers-hit-slopes-and-books-team-academy Freestyle aerial skier Mac Bohonnon <a href="http://freestyle.usskiteam.com/news/bohonnon-takes-career-first-podium">recently finished second</a> at the Val St. Come World Cup in Quebec, and that helped him qualify for the Olympics in Sochi. But when he's not doing triple-twisting double backflips, he's taking Advanced Placement classes at <a href="http://ussateamacademy.org/">Team Academy</a> in Park City, Utah.<p>It's tough to be a normal high school senior and manage constant training and competition. But Mac doesn't go to a normal high school. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 33153 at http://publicradioeast.org High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing http://publicradioeast.org/post/south-texas-new-hot-spot-illegal-crossing As the U.S. government has militarized the California and Arizona segment of the Southwest border over the last two decades, illegal crossers have moved to another area. South Texas has become the new border hot spot.<p>The Rio Grande Valley is also the closest route to Central America. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 32383 at http://publicradioeast.org South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold? http://publicradioeast.org/post/will-team-usas-high-tech-speedskating-suit-pay-gold A years-in-the-making, top-secret engineering and design project for a superaerodynamic suit to be worn by U.S. speedskaters at next month's Winter Olympics was finally unveiled Thursday.<p>Defense contractor Lockheed Martin and sporting goods company Under Armour released photos of the suit they're calling "Mach 39." It has been kept so tightly under wraps that the sport's governing body wouldn't even allow it to be worn at the Olympic trials in Salt Lake City.<p>What's so revolutionary about the uniform? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 32196 at http://publicradioeast.org Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold? The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet http://publicradioeast.org/post/fruits-free-trade-how-nafta-revamped-american-diet Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you'll see things you'd never have seen years ago — like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter.<p>Much of that produce comes from Mexico, and it's the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month.<p>In the years since, NAFTA radically changed the way we get our fruits and vegetables. For starters, the volume of produce from Mexico to the U.S. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 31590 at http://publicradioeast.org Skier Lindsey Vonn Bows Out Of Olympics With Knee Injury http://publicradioeast.org/post/skier-lindsey-vonn-bows-out-olympics-knee-injury Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The U.S. Olympic ski team lost one of its biggest stars today. Gold medallist Lindsey Vonn announced that she will miss the games in Sochi next month because of injuries. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 31502 at http://publicradioeast.org Wave Of Illegal Immigrants Gains Speed After NAFTA http://publicradioeast.org/post/wave-illegal-immigrants-gains-speed-after-nafta The North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, turns 20 next week. Hailed as a boon for regional trade, it had some undesirable effects. It hastened a trend away from small farmers, and speeded illegal immigration to the U.S. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 30665 at http://publicradioeast.org Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert http://publicradioeast.org/post/once-mighty-bomber-b-52-meets-its-end-desert A relic of the Cold War met its end on Thursday. The Air Force destroyed the last B-52 bomber required under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.<p>A crew used a circular saw to cut through the plane's aluminum skin, the tail section separating from the fuselage with a loud thunk and officially rendering the bomber useless.<p>Truth is, this particular bomber hadn't flown in more than 20 years. It's been sitting with thousands of aircraft in the desert at what's known as the boneyard, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base facility for retired aircraft. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:42:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 30262 at http://publicradioeast.org Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert Many Young Undocumented Immigrants Have Yet To Seek 'Deferred Action' http://publicradioeast.org/post/thousands-still-need-apply-daca-program <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind these numbers, which range from zero to 1 trillion.</em><p>Today's figure: Half a million. That's how many people there are who likely qualify but have yet to apply for the Obama administration's program known as DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA allows young people brought to the U.S. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:35:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 29925 at http://publicradioeast.org Many Young Undocumented Immigrants Have Yet To Seek 'Deferred Action'