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Gay marriage licenses issued in every Az county

In the week since Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage was rejected, clerks in all 15 counties say they have issued at least one marriage license to a same-sex couple - some to hundreds. And at $76 a pop, state coffers may already have taken in more than $20,000 in license fees.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Barber: Personal freedoms include gay marriage, abortion rights

We believe that everyone in our community has the right to live the life they want without the government, politicians or their employer interfering in their personal decisions. In Southern Arizona, we stand by our values. That’s why I am fighting to preserve a woman’s right to make her most personal health care decisions and to ensure that all Southern Arizonans have the right to marry the one they love.... Read more»3

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»5

Autism, invisible disabilities are barriers to finding work

An advocate says that many times people with invisible disabilities choose not to disclose their conditions for fear of being stigmatized. On the other hand, employers oftentimes don’t value people with disabilities because they are fearful.... Read more»

VA fights veteran homelessness beyond Tucson, Phx areas

Recognizing that homelessness among veterans is a problem in rural areas as well as cities, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded a $2 million grant to the Veterans Resource Center, which has offices in Prescott, Flagstaff and Bullhead City.... Read more»

4-year-old boy Tucson's second drowning victim of 2014

A four-year-old boy became Tucson’s second drowning victim of the year Friday afternoon, authorities said.... Read more»

Update: One killed in BP shooting near Casino del Sol

One person is dead following a shooting involving Border Patrol agents southwest of Tucson on Friday morning, officials said. Agents reported they were involved in a shooting incident with armed suspects about 10 miles southwest of downtown Tucson, resulting in the death of one of the suspects.... Read more»

Solar home tour will brighten Saturday morning

The Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership is organizing a self-guided tour of solar-powered Midtown homes to help you decide if solar is right for you.... Read more»

Phx out to reduce economic, human cost of disconnected youth

As of 2012, the Phoenix area had an estimated 183,000 disconnected youth, and the Valley’s percentage of disconnected youth – 22 percent – ranked it last among the nation’s 25 most populous metropolitan areas. Phoenix has taken steps to improve those figures.... Read more»

VA knew of Phoenix fraud years ago

Lawmakers reacted angrily to news the Department of Veterans Affairs knew about problems at its Phoenix health care facilities as early as 2008. But the VA said it dealt with problems as they arose and that 2008 and 2010 memos detailing those issues were “no secret.”... Read more»

Angry protests over disappearance of 43 Mexican students

A demonstration Wednesday was one of dozens that have been taking place across Mexico in response to the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers and the shooting deaths of three more by police and drug cartel gunmen on Sept. 26. A mayor in hiding, corrupt cops and narco gunmen are all implicated in the crime, which thousands of officers so far haven’t been able to solve.... Read more»

For artist, found objects humanize migrant journey

“Picking Up the Pieces,” an exhibit of artwork inspired by items left behind by migrants crossing the deserts of Southern Arizona, opened Tuesday at the University of Arizona School of Art.... Read more»1

Report: Az ahead of the game on after-school programs

Arizona was sixth in the nation on a national ranking of states for the quality of their after-school programs. The state’s ranking was boosted by the relatively high number of low-income students in such programs and the near total support of the programs by parents surveyed.... Read more»

Secretary of state candidates seek more dark money disclosure

Democrat Terry Goddard and Republican Michele Reagan say they want Arizona to have laws taking a harder line with so-called dark money groups, shadowy nonprofits that for now can spend money on behalf of campaigns without disclosing sources of their funding.... Read more»

I-10 reopens after fatal crash near Casa Grande

All lanes of Interstate 10 have been reopened Thursday afternoon, after authorities detoured traffic for hours following a deadly early morning crash on the highway.... Read more»

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