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Opening land to renewable energy could make Az 'solar capital'

Arizona could become the world’s solar-energy capital - with some help from Congress, said Eric Fitzer, of the governor’s energy office. He and La Paz County Supervisor D.L. Wilson were supporting a bill to make it easier to develop renewable-energy on federal land.... Read more»

GOP governor candidates to debate in Tucson

Five of the six candidates seeking the nod as the Republican candidate for Arizona governor will debate Wednesday night in Tucson.... Read more»

Az official backs bill to streamline Western state land exchanges

State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman told a House panel that a bill to streamline public-land exchanges in the West could make for more sensible and environmentally sensitive development. And that could mean more trust land money to go to local schools, she said.... Read more»1

Linda Ronstadt awarded Nat'l Medal of Arts for 'one-of-a-kind voice'

Tucson native Linda Ronstadt was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama on Monday. The White House cited the singer’s “one-of-a-kind voice and her decades of remarkable music,” and Obama confided a boyhood crush on her. A day after both women were honored, the singer was interviewed by Diane Rehm. “I felt like a fraud,” she told the veteran reporter. (with video)... Read more»2

Family of Mexican boy slain in cross-border BP shooting files suit

The family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodiguez, the Mexican teen killed in Nogales Sonora, by U.S. Border Patrol agents when they fired through the fence into Mexico in 2012, filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday. “I’m asking the people who killed my grandson to have the courage to show their faces,” the 16-year-old’s grandmother said.... Read more»1

Analysis

Border crisis demands Central American intervention

The humanitarian situation on the U.S. southern border, created by a dramatic increase in children fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, demands a range of sustainable interventions across northern Central America, as well as increased international assistance.... Read more»1

Arizonans urge White House to include immigrants in debate

The small but vocal protest outside the White House said immigrants who are in this country illegally have ideas that could help with the immigration debate - if only they could be heard. They urged the president to include undocumented immigrants in any future negotiations.... Read more»

Commentary

Michelle Obama has a duty to visit detained migrant kids

Commentary: There are few universal truths we can settle on in this world. But one of the few truths we can probably all agree on is that children are not political animals — they are not motivated by politics and while they are often caught in political spheres, they are never the actors.... Read more»

Analysis

Kids Count shows Az's preferred obsolete model

I like to say Arizona is the 48th state because it seems that’s about where we usually land when compared to the 49 other states on key measurements such as educational achievement, per pupil funding or children well-being. Thank God for Mississippi, the perennial 49th state. The only reason we consistently beat out Mississippi is because most kids in Arizona can spell “Mississippi.”... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Arizona's lethal irony

The death penalty is a serious issue, and a very ironic one. The very idea of punishing killing by killing does not make sense. It makes matters worse when payback can’t even be done correctly. This past week convicted murder Joseph Wood was put to death in an Arizona prison through the use of not-all-that-lethal injection.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on party lines over immigration

A pro-immigration scorecard gave a zero to all Republicans in the Arizona delegation but no less than a 73 to the Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero on the “far-left” scorecard; Rep. Raul Grijalva was “honored” by his perfect score.... Read more»3

VA agreement includes $20M for Phoenix outpatient clinic

The Phoenix facility was one 27 projects, worth more than $230 million, that were part of the tentative $17 billion deal between the House and Senate on the overall veterans health-care package. The two chambers have only a few days to act before leaving town for their August recess.... Read more»

Wheels on Sun Tran to keep going around, at least for another week

Tucson’s municipal bus system will continue normal operations until at least Aug. 6, as officials with Sun Tran and Teamsters Local 104 agreed to extend the current labor contract for a week. The agreement was set to expire on Thursday, but drivers will avoid a strike — at least for the moment.

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Casa de los Niños needs clothes for abused, neglected kids

Children at Casa de los Niños are in desperate need of summer clothing, the agency said. The crisis shelter has been full for several months, some children staying for months at a time, and its supply of warm-weather clothing is almost gone.... Read more»

Monday is deadline to register to vote in August primary

The deadline to register to vote in the August primary election is midnight on Monday. The Pima County Recorder’s Office will be open until 10 p.m., or you can register online at ServiceArizona.com.... Read more»

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