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Human Rights Org Creates DNA Database for Dead Migrants; Border Patrol Rescue Beacons Mark 15th Year

Fifteen years ago, 14 undocumented migrants were found dead from exposure along the U.S./Mexico border near Yuma. In response, Yuma Sector Border Patrol developed emergency beacons for migrants in distress. But the deaths continue, leading a Tucson human rights organization to create a database to identify the dead. Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports… It’s always hot in the Yuma desert in the summertime along the border. For more than thirty minutes, Casey Roloff, a...
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The California judge who is subject to a recall campaign after imposing a six-month jail sentence on a former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault has been reassigned at his own request from criminal to civil court.

Aaron Persky, a Superior Court judge in Palo Alto, will move to a courthouse in downtown San Jose, effective Sept. 6.

Maya Springhawk Robnett / Arizona Science Desk; KAWC

Fifteen years ago, 14 undocumented migrants were found dead from exposure along the U.S./Mexico border near Yuma. In response, Yuma Sector Border Patrol developed emergency beacons for migrants in distress. But the deaths continue, leading a Tucson human rights organization to create a database to identify the dead. Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…

It’s always hot in the Yuma desert in the summertime along the border.

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The Age-Old Tradition of Ditch Digging

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In 2014, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to release more than one-hundred-thousand acre-feet of Colorado River water from the Morelos Dam near Yuma, Arizona to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

It was part of a historic agreement called the Minute 319 Pulse Flow and it may have had some environmentally unfriendly side-effects.

It had been more than two decades since Colorado River water flowed into the Sea of Cortez. The intent of the release was to help restore a parched ecosystem damaged by drought and high demand.

Not 1,000. Not 50. Not even 10.

Zero.

"There have so far been no laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus in spectators, athletes or anyone associated with the Olympics," the World Health Organization said Thursday on its website.

Orientation at Arkansas Tech University this year included a surprising topic for a Bible Belt state that pushes abstinence-only in high school. Every freshman was shown a newly produced video in which real students talk about the struggle of an unplanned pregnancy, and the challenge of staying in school as a parent.

Top French Court Suspends Riviera Town's Burkini Ban

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France's highest administrative court struck a blow against controversial 'burkini bans' Friday, upending one town's decision to prohibit the full-body swimsuit on its beaches.

The Council of State suspended the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet, just west of Nice, saying it "seriously, and clearly illegally, breached the fundamental freedoms to come and go, the freedom of beliefs and individual freedom."

The Riviera town was one of roughly 30 municipalities to forbid beachgoers from donning the swimsuit often worn by Muslim women, reporter Jake Cigainero tells our Newscast unit.

Once upon a time, cigarettes were the currency of choice when those behind bars needed to barter. But these days, America's prisoners are trading with ramen.

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