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JCPenney won't close El Con store

Department store JCPenney announced that it will shutter 138 stores across the country., but while the location at Tucson's El Con Mall is among the retail chain's worst performing shops, that store won't be closed. The only Arizona store on the shut-down list is in Bullhead City.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Napier: Sheriff can't enforce federal immigration laws without harming public safety

Sheriff Mark Napier: "While I support the increased attention given to the border and welcome additional federal resources, the Sheriff’s Department does not have the capacity to engage in proactive enforcement of federal immigration laws. If local law enforcement becomes proactive in immigration enforcement, we will not enhance public safety, but rather deteriorate it."... Read more»

Ex-Border Patrol agent gets 13 years for drug trafficking, accepting bribe

A former Border Patrol agent will serve 160 months in prison for attempting to smuggle 110 pounds of cocaine in a rental car headed for Chicago, and for accepting bribes as a public official. ... Read more»

Advocates: Relatively small budget cuts could have big impact on Arizona arts

The Trump administration’s call to eliminate the NEA and NEH in next year’s budget would mean the loss of just over $1.5 million in federal funds for Arizona. While that number may appear small in a budget that’s in the trillions, arts advocates called it short-sighted — taxpayers “get a lot of bang for their buck with the small amount of funding they get from the NEA.”... Read more»

Supreme Court to hear dispute on pension payments in Arizona divorce

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Monday whether an Arizona veteran who gave up some of his pension in order to get disability payments has to reimburse the ex-wife who was supposed to get half his military pension as part of their divorce settlement.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

See crimson, stem tide: March against madness of UA athletics subsidy

Arizona's universities just witnessed the biggest cuts of any public higher ed system in America, and a proposed $100 student fee to pay for athletic programs would mean Arizona and Arizona State would lead the nation in subsidizing college sports.... Read more»

Legislative roundup: A retired justice, minimum wage & drunken hair cuts

The week in the Arizona Legislature.... Read more»

Lawyer: BP 'lost or destroyed' original video of Nogales cross-border shooting

A lawyer representing Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager at the border in Nogales, said that the agency has "lost or destroyed" the original video recordings of the incident. ... Read more»1

CBP seeking proposals for 'physically imposing' concrete wall on Mexico border

Late Friday night, officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection began accepting proposals to design and build prototypes for two walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, one a "physically imposing" wall of reinforced concrete. ... Read more»

Trump budget would hire lawyer team to obtain property for border wall

President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget calls for the hiring of 20 attorneys to help the federal government “obtain the land and holdings necessary to secure the Southwest border.”... Read more»

Advocates leery of plan to hire more immigration judges, prosecutors

Advocates say a backlog in immigration courts denies justice to the accused, but they are not ready to endorse President Donald Trump’s plan to speed up the process by hiring more judges and prosecutors.... Read more»

Judges say plan to split 9th Circuit could backfire, spark court delays

Judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized plans to split the massive Western circuit in two, telling a House committee Thursday that doing so would cost taxpayers money while slowing down the judicial process.... Read more»

White House asks Congress for $2.6 billion for border wall

Echoing promises made during the campaign, President Trump is seeking to hire more than 1,500 law enforcement officers this year, while spending $2.6 billion to begin construction of a Southwest border wall, and another $1 billion on detention and deportation efforts, according to a proposed budget released Thursday by the White House. ... Read more»

State of the City

Rothschild: Tucson a 'reliable partner' with business

The text of Mayor Rothschild's "State of the City" speech, delivered Thursday: "The City of Tucson is a good partner, a reliable partner, as we've proven time and time again during my tenure as mayor." Rothschild made his case for an increase in Tucson's sales tax, asking voters to OK it at an upcoming special election to help fund police, fire and road repairs.... Read more»

Mexican presidential candidate files complaint against Trump policies

A leading candidate for the Mexican presidency filed a petition Wednesday in Washington that calls on President Trump’s administration to stop its “racist, discriminatory speech” and “massive” deportation aimed at Mexican migrants. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the populist leader of the National Regeneration Movement in Mexico, made the comments as part of a speech.... Read more»

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