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Arizonans ask for regulation rollbacks on taxes, water use, hot dogs

Gov. Doug Ducey’s hotline for red-tape tips is gathering more boiling mad complaints than concrete suggestions.... Read more»

Legislative roundup: Cell phones and tampon tax

On Valentine’s Day, the Arizona State Capitol was full of gratuitous shows of love: singing on the House floor, heart-shaped balloons on the rose garden. But whether state minimum wage workers will feel the love became the question. Meanwhile, legislators reviewed bills on tax returns, sales taxes on tampons, teen drivers and more.... Read more»

White House denies plan to use Nat'l Guard for immigration enforcement

The White House on Friday said there was no plan to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, after a news report that such a proposal had been under consideration by the Trump administration.... Read more»

Navajo official worries cuts under Trump will hurt tribal schools

The superintendent for Navajo schools said “alarming” calls for the Trump administration to eliminate Head Start funding could leave tribal children without preschool programs or the education resources they desperately need to succeed.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Last act for Sanchez at TUSD?

Contract or no contract, TUSD superintendent H.T. Sanchez has less than a week to improve the information flow with the school board majority or he has no business staying. Newcomer Rachael Sedgwick remains steadfast in her determination to make a change at the top of Tucson's largest district.... Read more»6

Guide educates families on what to do if ‘picked up by ICE in Arizona’

With President Trump’s new enforcement of deportation orders, and the deportation of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos last week, immigrant rights organizations in Arizona are stepping up their educational efforts so families will know what rights they have if a parent is deported.... Read more»

Phoenix council rejects bid to become 'sanctuary city'

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday rejected a bid to declare the large southwestern U.S. municipality a "sanctuary city" despite vocal cries to protect undocumented immigrants.... Read more»

Phoenix woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle guns & ammo to Mexico

A Phoenix-area woman will serve 30 months in prison for attempting to smuggle two semi-automatic AK-47-patterned rifles, along with 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and a tripod-mount for a .50-caliber sniper rifle, into Mexico last March. ... Read more»

Monsanto pulls Pima property-tax proposal, preserves trade-zone plan

Dodging a potential thorn in the side of a federal Foreign Trade Zone application for a planned Marana greenhouse, controversial agi-biz giant Monsanto has withdrawn a proposal to pay Pima County less in property taxes while backing the FTZ bid.... Read more»

BP finds drug catapult bolted to border fence near Douglas

In the latest example of ingenuity when it comes to getting drugs over the U.S.-Mexico border, Douglas-area Border Patrol agents discovered a homemade catapult attached to the wall on Friday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Trans-Pacific trade debate makes for unusual allies, antagonists

Arizona exported $13.3 billion in goods in 2015 to the 11 Pacific Rim countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That number accounted for 58 percent of the state’s total exports that year. But President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the TPP.... Read more»

State of Indian Nations: Hopeful, but cautious, as Trump replaces Obama

Tribal leaders said they hope to see a continuation of the gains in tribal and federal relations under the Trump administration that they said began during the administration of President Barack Obama. ... Read more»

With coal-fired power costs high, TEP's Navajo Generating Station to close by 2019

The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page voted today to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on site reclamation. The coal-fired plant has been under financial pressure from historically low natural gas prices.... Read more»

More than 680 arrested in nationwide immigration raids

U.S. immigration officers have arrested more than 680 people in recent operations, 75 percent of whom have criminal records, the homeland security chief said on Monday of actions that have alarmed immigrant rights groups.... Read more»

Legislature taking up major civil asset forfeiture reforms

In the wake of a yearlong investigation that found lax oversight of the program that allowed Arizona law enforcement to seize $200 million from people suspected of committing crimes and spend more than half of it on general operations, the Legislature is considering a measure that would fundamentally alter how police can take a private citizen’s money or property. ... Read more»

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