Sunland Park Fire Department supporting Border Patrol rescues
Immigration along the southern border surged to record levels in the 2022 fiscal year. The Border Patrol encountered more than 2.3 million immigrants, but another record went largely unnoticed. Agents performed more than 22,000 searches and rescues, nearly double 2021 levels and more than four times the number in 2020. As immigrants try to cross […]
Mobile processing centers help officials amid El Paso immigrant influx
The Border Patrol took in more than 300,000 immigrants in El Paso, Texas, last fiscal year. That’s more than a third of the surrounding county’s population. It’s an influx that overwhelmed the area and led to migrants sleeping on the streets. But the Border Patrol, city and county governments were quick to act and each […]
Winds of change: Wyoming wind farms threaten golden eagle population
The golden eagle population in the United States is at risk of decline, according to biologists. Some of the greatest threats to these raptors are electrical lines, bullets, cars and wind turbines. While many of these hazards are entrenched in society, wind farms are a recent addition. “Because this is a new technology and something […]
Coming soon: Wyoming wind farms threaten golden eagles
Coming Tuesday, Oct. 18: Two groups normally aligned find themselves at odds in Wyoming. Green energy advocates and animal conservationists are colliding over policy and solutions as the pursuit for wind power threatens golden eagles. This specific bird population faces the risk of a decline in the United States since many man-made threats to raptors are […]
Gen Z congressional candidates ready to take on DC establishment
Ray Reed, 25, is one of many voices that make up Generation Z (born between 1997-2012). He is a part of a new movement that is making a bid to take on the establishment in Washington, D.C. The oldest members of Gen Z became eligible to run for congressional office this year. Reed, a progressive […]
Dragging carriers into the future, Apple ditches SIM card tray in iPhone 14
Apple’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro offer a number of new features, including upgraded cameras, faster processors and emergency SOS via satellite. But dropping the physical SIM card tray in favor of a digital eSIM in U.S. models could have the biggest impact across the mobile phone landscape. The Subscriber Identity Module card, or […]
Gold Star mother revisits legacy of Marine Cpl. Daegan Page
It’s been more than a year since the death of 23-year-old Cpl. Daegan Page. The Marine was among the 13 servicemembers and hundreds of Afghan civilians killed by an ISIS suicide bomber outside the Kabul Airport on Aug. 26, 2021. Page helped facilitate the evacuation of American and Afghan civilians as Taliban forces began to […]
‘Their only future is Ukraine’: Disabled orphans find temporary shelter amid Russian invasion
Millions of Ukrainian refugees have continued to cross the Polish border in search of safety and a new life. Among them are some of Ukraine’s most vulnerable: orphans. Straight Arrow News met with Peter Zagarsky, the headmaster at an orphanage in Kaweczynek, Poland. He’s been caring for 24 children from Lutsk, Ukraine. The orphanage’s name translates […]
A look back at President Biden’s first year…and his approval ratings slide
President Joe Biden is officially one year into his presidency, but while his administration worked to combat COVID, inflation, and immigration challenges in 2021, American approval began to fall. Gallup polling reflects a 17 point drop in his approval rating from January 2021 to January 2022. According to Gallup’s polling, he entered office with 57 […]
Russia sends troops to Kazakhstan amid deadly protests
Violent anti-government protests are continuing in Kazakhstan over rising fuel prices. Despite being an oil-rich country, price caps were lifted on liquefied petroleum gas, causing prices to double. Thousands of demonstrators have clashed with security forces across the country. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency after protesters stormed a major airport, seized government […]
Spotlighting Straight Arrow News’ 2021 staff selections
Political profiles. Geopolitical deep dives. Economic hiccups. The Straight Arrow News team broke down stories that made a difference to Americans and the world in 2021, all while a global pandemic continued to disrupt international supply chains and your everyday activities. Our newsroom came together and chose its nine favorite projects since launching in the […]
As non-citizens gain voting rights, debate swells in New York and nationwide
With a 33 to 14 passing vote, the New York City Council gave more than 800,000 residents who are not citizens the right to vote in local elections. The new law is scheduled to take effect January 2023, should it survive expected legal challenges. The law would put the Big Apple on a growing list of […]
Can Texas or any other state actually secede from the US?
A growing number of Americans are in favor of a national divorce. According to a Bright Line/YouGov poll, 37% of respondents expressed a willingness for their state to secede. Some Texans have been threatening secession for years, but states like California and New Hampshire also have growing secessionist groups. But could a state actually legally […]
The Judgment Fund: The government’s secretive, unlimited bank account
The Justice Department’s negotiation of six figure settlements is shining a light on a little known government account called the Judgment Fund, which pays out billions every year. While some settlements are controversial, others compensate for egregious errors by the federal government. Senate Republicans introduced multiple bills that, if passed, would block money from being […]
‘Unjustified’: Biden’s travel ban, spurred by Omicron COVID variant, targets Africa
The Omicron variant is the latest challenge facing the Biden Administration’s pandemic response. The first cases were identified in South Africa, but the variant has since spread to more than 25 countries, including the U.S. However, President Biden’s travel ban only applies to eight African countries. The restrictions have been met with criticism. South African President Cyril […]
Religious exemptions: COVID-19 vaccine mandates put faith leaders between employers, government
Getting an employer to approve a religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine has been challenging for many Americans. According to the Washington Post, thousands of federal workers have applied for religious exemptions. The battle over religious exemptions has put faith leaders between the government and private employers. Anti-vaxers denied religious exemptions Reporter Teryn Gregson posted […]
Redistricting: How partisanship can alter Congressional representation
States around the country are redrawing their Congressional maps in a once a decade process called redistricting, and it will impact which political party controls both the United States House of Representatives and State Houses for the next ten years. Adjusting the maps is a constitutional requirement designed to help reflect population changes over time. Every […]
Worst case scenario: The chances of surviving a mid-air disaster
Does boarding a plane give you anxiety? Does turbulence make you sweat? If so, you’re not alone; nearly 40 percent of Americans experience anxiety while flying. Air Force veteran Skip Bailey, a flight training coordinator at the Aviation Institute at University of Nebraska at Omaha, knows a thing or two about the chances of surviving […]
Why some experts say America’s national debt doesn’t matter
Despite the National Debt Clock displaying 28 trillion in the red, some economists argue that America’s national debt is really just a number. “You can potentially think about the government as never having to pay back its debt,” University of Georgia economics professor William Lastrapes said. He argued debt is typical of most developed countries […]
What is a prop gun? Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ movie set turns deadly
All eyes are on actor Alec Baldwin after authorities say he shot and killed a cinematographer, and injured another crew member on a Sante Fe, New Mexico movie set Thursday. Baldwin was using a prop gun during the filming of a scene of the western film ‘Rust’. Authorities say cinematographer Haylna Hutchins was killed and […]
The Darién Gap: A “tropical hell” Haitian migrants must survive to reach US border crossings
More than 90,000 migrants crossed the deadly Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia in 2021, according to Panamanian authorities. A majority of migrants making the dangerous trek are Haitians hoping to seek asylum in America. Adults and children rely on smugglers to transport them by boat and leave them to find their way through a 66-mile stretch […]
Haitian migrants travel thousands of extra miles for American asylum. Here’s why.
Thousands of Haitian migrants are gathered in Del Rio, Texas, hoping to be processed by Border Control and gain asylum in the United States. The trip to the border is demanding and dangerous. The most direct route from Haiti to the US would involve a boat ride to one of Florida’s ports, but many Haitian […]
What’s the graver threat to homeland security today: Domestic or international terrorism?
It’s been 20 years since al-Qa’ida terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and flew them into buildings and fields on Sept. 11, 2001, killing 2,977 Americans in the process. While American military forces have pursued and killed terrorists and their harborers across the Middle East and South Asia, security experts have warned that groups like al-Qa’ida and […]
Grab soap and a sponge: It’s time to get clean and talk hygiene
Celebrities are sharing their hygiene habits with the world, and that’s stirring up conversations all over social media. Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Matthew McConaughey are the latest celebrities to talk online about showering. The Kutchers pushed back at criticism, showing social media users they bathe their children. Now, people are questioning how […]
COVID vaccine mandates: Who holds the power in getting everyone vaxxed?
President Joe Biden is ramping up his COVID vaccination strategy. The President is now leveraging federal funding, saying all nursing home staff need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to continue receiving money for Medicare and Medicaid. But what powers do he and other politicians hold in getting the rest of America vaccinated? We spoke with […]
Facing criticism, Disney revamps controversial classic rides
The Walt Disney Company has been around for almost 100 years. With that tenure comes the challenge of staying relevant with modern times as movies and theme park attractions age. Though updates at Walt Disney World and Disneyland aren’t uncommon as new movie franchises are released, the most recent changes started in 2017 with the […]
Boom or bust? A block of cryptocurrency users betting on long-term future
For the last decade, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have taken financial markets by storm as the currencies of the future. While cryptocurrencies have their champions, many still question their safety and utility.
Deadly physical force: when are police justified in firing their guns?
Deadly physical force is an officer’s ability to fire his gun in dangerous situations. Critics scrutinize that ability as body-cam videos of police shootings are released to the public. They say personal bias plays a large role in an officer’s decision to pull the trigger. But the law states that an officer is justified as long as […]
Why is crime on the rise in American cities?
23 percent of U.S. adults have reported that they, or someone they live with, have been the victim of a crime in the last year, according to a Gallup poll. That number is up from a low of 20 percent in 2020. Violent crime continues to spike in American cities, as the United States recorded […]
Student debt crisis: What’s up with forgiveness and who would foot the bill?
As Connecticut State Colleges and Universities announce $17 million in student debt forgiveness using federal grant money, millions of people nationwide are still burdened by their loans. Several Democrats propose wiping out all outstanding federal student loans, with taxpayers footing the bill. However, many are opposed to the idea, saying it’s unreasonable and, ultimately, unfair.
Is better pay and training the key to better policing in America?
As President Biden works to address rising crime rates in the U.S., he’s encouraging communities to hire more police officers and implement additional crime prevention programs. This comes at a time when some communities are calling to defund their police departments. What is the key to better policing? Better pay and training? Omaha Deputy Police […]
Is Trumpism a bona fide political ideology or one man’s personality?
Former President Donald Trump is out of the White House, but the word ‘Trumpism’ continues to be a part of America’s vernacular. Is it a political ideology or just an extension of President Trump’s personality? We use some political pundits and a history lesson to break down what ’Trumpism’ really is.
Did the COVID-19 pandemic make people more or less religious?
A recent study by the Pew Research Center asked if the COVID-19 pandemic made individuals more or less religious. So how does America compare to other countries?
Russia or China: Who’s the greatest threat to America?
From Russia’s cyberattacks and election interference to China‘s economic buildup and expansion in the South China Sea, both countries pose pressing challenges to the global balance of power. Earlier this year, a U.S. intelligence report identified how and why Russia and China remain America’s top two international threats. It detailed how China has become a […]
Political pork is back. Wait. What do pigs have to do with Congress?
Lawmakers have another path for pushing their agendas. Earmarks are returning to Congress now that House Democrats voted to bring them back after a decade-long ban. The change allows legislators to add provisions to bills, often in exchange for their favorable votes.
Can an American be too old to serve as president?
Joe Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history. While American citizens must be at least 35 years old to be elected president, no upper age limit exists.
Qualified immunity: Should a police officer be held to a different standard in court?
Over a year after George Floyd’s death, a potential civil lawsuit against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is still on the table. Qualified immunity is a usable defense in such a civil trial. It is a principle that protects police officers from being held liable in civil court, even when they use excessive force. […]
What do we know about universal basic income in America?
New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang popularized the concept of universal basic income in America during his presidential campaign. Supporters say it could help struggling low-wage families, while skeptics believe it expands the welfare state too far.