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Residents claim racial profiling at Border Patrol checkpoint

Arivaca residents said Sunday that they have evidence of racial profiling against Latino drivers during two months of observation of a Border Patrol checkpoint south of Tucson. Although thousands of drivers passed through the checkpoint, no arrests were made as observers recorded the actions of border agents.... Read more»3

Reineke, Colibri Center recognized with human rights award

Tucson’s Colibri Center for Human Rights, and its director, Robin Reineke, received one of three Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards this week at the Carnegie Hall Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.... Read more»

$317M in court-ordered funding an issue in governor’s race

State courts have ruled that Arizona owes public schools a first payment of more than $300 million for failing to make annual inflation adjustments to base funding as called for by a voter-approved law. Over five years, the bill could be $1.6 billion.... Read more»1

Prop 122 aims to allow state to reject certain federal laws, rules

Proposition 122 would amend the state Constitution to say that Arizona may exercise its “sovereign authority” to restrict the use of its money and personnel to purposes consistent with its Constitution. It’s the second straight election with sovereignty on the ballot.... Read more»

Voters deciding whether Az lawmakers get first raise since 1998

Proposition 304 has Arizona voters deciding whether to increase state lawmakers’ salaries from $24,000 a year to $35,000. It would be the first raise for state lawmakers since voters approved one in 1998, the only time a raise has been approved.... Read more»

Deportations near border surged as interior removals dropped

The study of 10 years of deportations - almost 3.7 million of them - showed that despite a focus on immigrants in the interior of the U.S., the vast majority were caught at the border. And those immigrants were much less likely to have committed a crime.... Read more»

Report: Az schools saw some of nation’s steepest spending cuts

The state’s per-pupil spending fell 17.5 percent since 2008, a decline that trailed only Oklahoma and Alabama. Advocates said the cuts show up in the form of larger classes, fewer teachers and more.... Read more»

Pima County issuing licenses after judge OKs gay marriage in Az

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Tom Horne said county clerks of court can “issue licenses for same-sex marriages immediately.” Pima County began doing so Friday morning.... Read more»3

Turning 65? 9 tips on signing up for Medicare

Even for me, a consumer reporter who has written about health-insurance issues, enrolling in Medicare is a daunting task. The terminology is confusing and the options are seemingly infinite, based on the amount of promotional material that’s begun arriving in my mailbox. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned since I embarked on my Medicare sign-up mission.... Read more»

Are Central American kids 'refugees'?

A 35-year-old resettlement program could help some of the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children entering the U.S. Their future hinges on how they are designated.... Read more»

Effort to preserve Mount Graham red squirrel features annual census

Each fall, groups including the Arizona Game and Fish Department scan the slopes of a southeastern Arizona mountain for signs of the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel.... Read more»

Gun groups locked and loaded for Nov. 4

Less than a month until the election? Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Both the National Rifle Association and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, have said they will unleash a fusillade of ads supporting and attacking candidates in some of the tightest contests in the country.... Read more»1

BP agents find 9 people hidden in rental truck

Border Patrol agents found nine people hidden in a the back of rental truck at the I-19 checkpoint last week.... Read more»

Rolls-Royce testing new aircraft engine over Tucson

A new composite carbon/titanium fan blade powered an aircraft for the first time Tuesday, taking to the skies in a 747 engine over Tucson. Rolls-Royce will continue to test the lightweight CTi component here over the next several weeks.... Read more»2

Border Patrol agents rescue 2 migrants from desert

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued two illegal immigrants Friday, authorities said.... Read more»

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