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Federal prosecutors charged former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, his wife, prominent lobbyist Jim Norton and utility owner George Johnson with conspiracy, bribery and fraud over what prosecutors lay out as a scheme to pay off Pierce in return for favorable regulation surrounding a special $18 million wastewater plant deal.... Read more»   

For 890 consecutive Thursdays, members of La Coalición de Derechos Humanos have held a Tucson vigil to honor, and pray for, immigrants who have died or disappeared while crossing the southwestern deserts of the United States from Mexico. And, now the 17-year tradition may come to a close. ... Read more»   

Health insurance premiums nearly tripled in Arizona between 2013 and 2017, the fourth-biggest increase among the 39 states that participated in healthcare.gov, a new report said. But the report does not mention the tax credits that many low-income consumers received under Obamacare.... Read more»   

The Republican plan to replace Obamacare will force as many as 23 million Americans off health insurance over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office reported, with local experts predicting more than 400,000 of those will be in Arizona.... Read more»   

John McCain seems ready to clear his throat and do the "Straight Talk" thing again, because his favorite card to play is the Ace of Spades — the Death Card — on those who done him wrong. Donald Trump's about to pay a price for his "I like people who weren’t captured" crack.... Read more»   

After signing a bill and testing out a few guns at a shooting range Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott held up his bullet-riddled target sheet and joked, "I'm gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters."... Read more»   

A man was killed when his truck drove through a guardrail and into a drainage ditch overnight on Tucson's East Side, authorities said. Frank Gamez, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene near 5th Street and Harrison.... Read more»   

House members called on Homeland Security officials to crack down on the “growing problem” of immigrants who overstay their visas in the U.S. "With this year’s number of border apprehensions at a record low, visa overstays are a much, much bigger problem than they have been historically,” said Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»   

An Arizona rancher and state legislator told Congress that he has been “held hostage” for years by the red tape that accompanies federal ownership of lands in the West. But Kendra Pinto, who lives on the Navajo Nation, testified that she welcomes federal stewardship of the lands around her home.... Read more»   

As long as there have been big newspaper chains answering to the stock market rather than independent local ownership, newsrooms have braced for “layoff season.” But now the cuts are year-round. What if the ownership of your local newspaper is the biggest threat to the continued existence of watchdog journalism in your community?... Read more»   

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After 890 consecutive Thursdays, El Tiradito vigil for immigrants may end

For 890 consecutive Thursdays, members of La Coalición de Derechos Humanos have held a Tucson vigil to honor, and pray for, immigrants who have died or disappeared while crossing the southwestern deserts of the United States from Mexico. And, now the 17-year tradition may come to a close. ... Read more»

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Navajo school immerses tribal youth in Diné language and culture

“Béédaałniih: Diné bizaad bídahwiil’aah. Táadoo biligáana k’ehjí yádaalłti’í. Ahéhee’.” These are the first words that visitors see on a sign at the entrance of Tsé Hootsooí Diné Bi’ Olta’, an elementary immersion school that teaches the Navajo language to its 133 students on the capital of the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

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Look out, Donald: Straight Talk Express rumbling back to life

John McCain seems ready to clear his throat and do the "Straight Talk" thing again, because his favorite card to play is the Ace of Spades — the Death Card — on those who done him wrong. Donald Trump's about to pay a price for his "I like people who weren’t captured" crack.... Read more»

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Old Pueblo Lightning rugby falters in semifinals

Hooker Morgan Haggerty scored a try late in the second half, but it proved only to be a consolation as Old Pueblo Lightning Rugby fell 30-10 to San Francisco Golden Gate at Kino North Stadium on Sunday afternoon.... Read more»

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Buy local: Don't short Tucson business over sales-tax increase

I find it more than a bit disappointing that the petulant reaction to Tucson voters approving a half-cent bump in the sales tax is for some who opposed it to declare that they'll now "do all their shopping online." It's important to do business with local small business. That's how money stays in our community — support your local mom and pop.... Read more»4

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