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Arizona execution procedures face review in U.S. court

A federal judge in Phoenix will hear arguments this week about resuming executions in Arizona, where a 2014 lethal injection that took nearly two hours raised questions about the state's death chamber protocols and the chemicals it uses to kill inmates.... Read more»

Clinton campaign pushing money, proxies to Arizona in effort to swing state

With only three weeks to Election Day, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sending top surrogates to Arizona this week and pledging $2 million in advertising in an effort to turn the state blue for the first time in 20 years.... Read more»

Nat'l graduation rates reach new high, but Arizona lags behind

High school graduation rates reached an all-time high of 83 percent last year, but Arizona still lagged behind the nation at 77 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, the White House said Monday. ... Read more»

Lawyers for BP agent challenge court's jurisdiction in Nogales shooting

The case against Border Patrol agent indicted for murder in a 2012 cross-border shooting could be dismissed based on a judge's determination of the jurisdiction over a narrow strip of land along the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

PCSD: One man killed, another wounded in related shootings

One man was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds, and another was injured in what authorities believe were related incidents Sunday night on Tucson's Southwest Side.... Read more»

Criminal charges against Arpaio filed in Phoenix court

Justice department officials have filed an order seeking criminal contempt charges against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. ... Read more»

Deputies: Tucson mom shot by toddler

A woman was shot in the arm at her home southwest of Tucson on Monday as she tried to take a handgun from her two-year-old child, authorities said. She was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.... Read more»

From the editor

Calling candidate commentaries: Pols' op-eds wanted

Local political candidates are welcome to submit guest opinion pieces for publication. Here's what we're looking for, and what we're not.... Read more»2

Yuma BP agents arrest 12, seize $450K in marijuana

A group of 12 men were arrested Friday morning after agents spotted them walking through the remote desert near Dateland, Arizona, carrying backpacks loaded with nearly $450,000 in marijuana.... Read more»

Rocket manufacturer Vector zeroes in on $60M contract

A fledgling rocket company based in Tucson announced a major boost as it plans to build out a factory here — a $60 million contract to conduct a series of satellite launches beginning in 2019. Vector Space Systems said last week it plans to hire 200 employees as it constructs a facility near TIA.... Read more»

Radtke pleads not guilty to misusing RICO funds

A former high-ranking member of the Pima County Sheriff's Department entered a "not guilty" plea in federal court Friday. Chris Radtke, the ex-chief deputy, is charged with seven counts related to alleged misuse of civil forfeiture funds, including purchases to benefit an employee cafe run by his niece.... Read more»

Three U.S. citizens arrested for smuggling meth, cocaine through Nogales this week

Three U.S. citizens were among six arrested by Customs and Border Protection agents in multiple incidents since Saturday for attempting to smuggle $586,000 in "hard drugs," including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine through Nogales-area ports. ... Read more»

Az woman accused of helping inmate husband plot prison bombing

An Arizona woman accused of smuggling publications distributed by Islamist militant groups into a prison as part of a plot to help her inmate husband build a bomb, has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism and conspiracy, court documents showed on Thursday. ... Read more»

Rights groups: More U.S. arrests for pot than violent crime

U.S. police make over 1.25 million arrests a year for drug possession, more than twice the number for violent crimes, and about half of the arrests are for marijuana, two human rights groups said on Wednesday in a call for sweeping drug decriminalization. ... Read more»

After being hit hard by recession, Latinos see sharp income, employment rise

Hispanic Americans enjoyed the fastest growth in household incomes and the largest decline in the poverty rate of any major racial or ethnic group in 2015, the White House said Wednesday.... Read more»

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