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Brewer appeals to Supreme Court over licenses for Dreamers

Gov. Jan. Brewer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a legal process that is set to result in driver’s licenses being issued to people who have been granted deferred action from deportation by the federal government.... Read more»2

Breaking the code of the Navajo Nation

For many Americans, the word Navajo conjures up images of the World War II code talkers who used their unique language to encrypt secret radio messages sent to the front lines. Here’s what many don’t know about the most populous Native American tribe in the United States.... Read more»

Obamacare co-ops cut prices, heat up competition

Low premiums are upsetting so-called “legacy” insurance plans like Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates that have traditionally dominated insurance markets.... Read more»

Once-bleak downtown Phoenix poised to add even more apartments

Downtown Phoenix has seen a revival in housing options in recent years with new apartment and condominium projects. And more apartments should be on the way, as several major projects are slated to add around 2,100 bedrooms to the downtown core by 2017.... Read more»

Koch-linked operative mum on millions missing from Az group

Three years ago, the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights — a nonprofit fueled by the political fundraising network of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch — said it made a seven-figure contribution to another nonprofit. But where did the money go?... Read more»

Does a state fuel tax unfairly favor trucks over trains?

Attorneys for railroad carrier CSX argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court that Alabama’s 4 percent sales tax on fuel used by freight trains—a tax trucks and barges don’t have to pay—is inherently discriminatory and violates federal law.... Read more»

Man rescued in 'high-risk' mission in Baboquivari Mtns.

Agents from the Office of Air and Marine and U.S. Border Patrol rescued an injured man from a deep ravine in the Baboquivari mountains Tuesday.... Read more»

FactCheck: No back taxes in immigration action

President Barack Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to “pay any back taxes” in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not.... Read more»

Doctors' testimony crucial as border kids seek asylum

Asylum cases are among the most difficult immigration status cases to win and a doctor’s testimony can help sway the decision. Such medical-legal partnerships have cropped up in New York and California, where thousands of unaccompanied minors have settled with their families or friends who were already in the U.S.... Read more»

Barber/McSally: All over but the re-recounting

Pima and Cochise counties have finished the machine recount in the race between U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and likely winner Martha McSally, but there won’t be any results released until next week. First, a hand recount of random ballots will be performed Monday, and used to verify the accuracy of the machine count.... Read more»

McSally poised for Armed Services, Homeland Security seats

If the ongoing recount holds up, Martha McSally will be stepping into U.S. Ron Barber’s shoes in more than one way: she’s set to be seated on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.... Read more»1

TUSD giving raises to teachers, administrators

TUSD teachers will receive their first effective raises in years following a Governing Board meeting Tuesday, while a group of administrators outside the district office will see an even larger pay bump under a package approved in a 3-2 vote. Teachers will be moved up one step in the pay scale, a $500 increase. Other staffers will see a 2.5 percent raise, with some school administrators averaging an $1,800 pay bump.... Read more»1

El Paso ID program aims to aid undocumented

A standardized ID would afford the homeless, indigent and disabled access to city services, and help undocumented immigrants prove they qualify for relief from deportation under the president’s recently announced executive action, an immigrant rights group says.... Read more»

Report: Migrants often deported without cash, IDs or belongings

The activist group No More Deaths says that detained migrants lose their possessions as they are shuffled from agency to agency. Routinely, officials failed to return money or belongings, cash was returned in checks or debit cards impossible to use outside of the United States, or agents kept the money, a study says.... Read more»

Az Dreamers one step closer to driver's licenses

The 9th Circuit Court refused Gov. Jan Brewer’s request to delay a ruling that struck down Arizona’s bar on issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have been granted deferred action status. The latest move by the courts means those “Dreamers” will likely be eligible for licenses in a week.... Read more»

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