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What’s likely to be the only live gubernatorial debate in Tucson had the three candidates sticking more to their talking points than trading punches on Thursday. Fred DuVal, Doug Ducey and Barry Hess answered questions for about 90 minutes, but none were caught against the ropes as they repeated their campaign pitches.... Read more»   

A photograph of Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally in military uniform, posted Thursday on Facebook and Twitter, appears to be a violation of a Defense Department directive.  Members of the military — including retired officers such as McSally — are prohibited from using photographs of themselves in uniform as the “primary graphic representation in any campaign media.”... Read more»   2

Of the nearly 800 fully automatic M-16s Arizona law enforcement organizations have received under a Department of Defense program that gives away surplus military hardware, 13 have gone to a state agency better known for serving farmers and ranchers and protecting consumers.... Read more»   

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Arizona’s overall poverty dropped down to 18.6 percent in 2013, but is still well above the national rate. The state mirrored the national trend of minorities accounting for the majority of those in poverty.... Read more»   

Those who endured last week’s record-breaking rain in the Valley won’t get much of a payoff at their taps. That’s because the storm didn’t have a measurable effect on area reservoirs.... Read more»   

Local singer-songwriter Laura Kepner-Adney is both talented and busy, juggling a number of musical projects as well as her own upcoming wedding in October.  I caught up with this fresh-faced dynamo for a few stolen moments between rehearsals and gigs for a brief interview.... Read more»   

The University of Arizona’s making news for something other than President Ann Weaver Hart’s imperious ways, with Playboy ranking the “wet and wild” college as the No. 4 party school in the United States. The magazine’s staff may have also been partaking: the report refers to Tucson’s “Fourth Street bar scene.”... Read more»   2

Lawmakers accused Veterans Affairs officials of trying to “whitewash” reasons behind the deaths of veterans waiting for treatment at a VA facility in Phoenix. Under intense questioning, officials said long could might have “contributed” to 40 veterans’ deaths in Phoenix.... Read more»   

The congressional debate about how to address the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing illegally into Texas is likely to re-emerge later this year when lawmakers debate an omnibus budget bill, according to a Texas lawmaker.... Read more»   

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McSally campaign photo may fly in face of military regs

A photograph of Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally in military uniform, posted Thursday on Facebook and Twitter, appears to be a violation of a Defense Department directive.  Members of the military — including retired officers such as McSally — are prohibited from using photographs of themselves in uniform as the “primary graphic representation in any campaign media.”... Read more»2

Arts & Entertainment  

The confessions of Laura and The Killed Men

Local singer-songwriter Laura Kepner-Adney is both talented and busy, juggling a number of musical projects as well as her own upcoming wedding in October.  I caught up with this fresh-faced dynamo for a few stolen moments between rehearsals and gigs for a brief interview.... Read more»

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More dodges, weaves than jabs in Az gov debate

What’s likely to be the only live gubernatorial debate in Tucson had the three candidates sticking more to their talking points than trading punches on Thursday. Fred DuVal, Doug Ducey and Barry Hess answered questions for about 90 minutes, but none were caught against the ropes as they repeated their campaign pitches.... Read more»

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Against the odds, Africans taking refuge in El Paso

Four years after fleeing Somalia, Dekha Hassan-Mohamed is living in El Paso after winning an asylum claim and bucking a national trend. Her lawyer is seeking the same protection for another client who fled Nigeria. Both women are grateful for the new chapters of their lives in El Paso.
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