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DHS chief: Congress must increase border-security funding

Following a review of Super Bowl security preparations, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson spoke in Phoenix, pushing against a perception that DHS has done little to combat border crossings as he urged Congress to increase funding for his agency. Johnson also said he approves of a court ruling to give Arizona driver's licenses to Dreamers.... Read more»1

Arizona ‘beer bill’ would lift production cap for microbreweries

Local breweries face a dilemma: They can produce more beer. But if they do, they would have to close their restaurants. One state lawmaker wants to change that. ... Read more»1

ASU's new Kyl Center to study Az water

The Morrison Institute’s Kyl Center for Water Policy was established in November to address long-term issues with Arizona's water supply.... Read more»

Bill before Congress would give entrepreneurs citizenship opportunity

A U.S. Senate bill introduced this month would create up to 75,000 visas for foreign entrepreneurs and offer a four-year process for them to become citizens if they make at least $100,000 in their first year and employ at least five full-time employees after four years.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Allow more first responders to give antidote to opiate overdoses

When a person overdoses on an opiate-based painkiller, life or death can hinge on how quickly a first responder or doctor administers drugs known as opiate antagonists. A state lawmaker wants to allow more first responders to give them to overdose victims. ... Read more»

Facing criticism, House delays border security bill

The bill would allocate $1 billion a year for equipment, technology and personnel to shut down illegal immigration and border smuggling. Critics came from both sides of the issue - some called it "extremist," while others said it was "timid" and "enforcement theater." ... Read more»2

Bill would make Az schools post vaccination rates to websites

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona schools to post health-related information on their websites including immunization rates among students – information he says is especially important given the measles outbreak originating at Disneyland.... Read more»

Brother of slain Mesa man works to spread word about Sikhs

Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh man in the religion’s traditional turban, was one of the first victims of the hate crimes against immigrants that followed the 9/11 attacks. His brother, Rana Sodhi, has made it his “life mission” to educate people about his faith and values.... Read more»

Nogales port officers seize $563K in cocaine and meth

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $563,000 in methamphetamine and cocaine at the ports of entry in Nogales, much of it over the weekend. ... Read more»

Appeals court: Family of prisoner who ODed after beating can sue state

A federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out a suit against the state for its failure to protect a prison inmate who was brutally beaten by fellow prisoners. The court said there were enough questions about Philip Cortez's case to require a trial. ... Read more»

75 guns confiscated at Sky Harbor in 2014, 4th-highest in nation

The Transportation Security Administration confiscated 75 guns at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2014, the fourth-highest total in the nation. Sky Harbor’s total was up from 65 in 2013 and 53 in 2012. Tucson International Airport had 12 confiscations in 2014, up from eight in 2013. ... Read more»

Douglas faces Common Core supporters on Az Board of Education

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ tough stance on Arizona’s use of the Common Core State Standards for Education may not be a winning argument with at least some of her fellow State Board of Education members. "That looks like a nuclear explosion. That just sounds ridiculous," said one.... Read more»2

Scottsdale company capitalizes on medical marijuana industry

The medical marijuana industry in Arizona has tripled since 2013, leading to a variety related businesses cropping up. Officials with Scottsdale-based The Marijuana Companies hope to capitalize on marijuana dispensary marketing and this growing industry.... Read more»

Bill would require Az police to wear body cameras

State lawmaker says requiring police to wear body cameras would promote trust and collaboration. ... Read more»

Political prankster Dick Tuck turns 91

It's not often you can shake the hand of a genuine American political legend, much less wish him a happy 91st birthday. Sunday afternoon, a group of Tucsonans had just such an opportunity, as trickster Dick Tuck marked his 91 years with a party at the Shanty.... Read more»

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