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In 2015, the Yuma Police Department lost over 30 police officers who moved on to better paying agencies. Over a year later, the department is fully staffed but now faces another issue, budget revenue shortfalls.

KAWC's Stephanie Sanchez checks in with YPD Chief John Lekan to talk about the state of the department  and looming budget cuts.

President Donald Trump wants local police to help enforce federal immigration laws. His recent executive action gives local police chiefs the choice to deputize their officers as immigration officials and do street level enforcement.

But in the border community of Yuma, Arizona, where there are thousands of border and customs officials, the local police department said using its resources to enforce immigration laws makes no sense.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports.

Saying public education is his key focus in 2017, Governor Doug Ducey reiterated his State of the State address Friday in Yuma.  Ducey said his budget includes new public funds, funding beyond what is coming from passage of Proposition 123 last spring.

Andrew Cattoir / National Park Service

Water levels in Lake Mead, which stores water for Arizona, California, and Nevada, have plunged in recent years.  If levels drop below a certain point, they trigger an official shortage.  But as Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports, the three states are trying to avoid that…

Maya Springhawk Robnett / Arizona Science Desk; KAWC

Efforts to protect the country's agricultural crops from pathogens and other threats requires some unusual practices.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports from the fields of Yuma...

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