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Arizona's reality to be found in K-12 demographics

Although our school systems have been “majority-minority” for 10 years, Arizona doesn’t seem to have come to terms with this reality yet.... Read more»

Filling sandbags: Phx mayor urges preparation for next big storm

After last week’s record rainfall, Phoenix officials are monitoring weather reports as Hurricane Odile moves north in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico. Mayor Greg Stanton said that officials are working together so that Phoenix is as prepared as it can be, adding that last week’s storm gives him confidence it will be.... Read more»

Border Patrol drug dog sniffs out $310k in pot

A Border Patrol drug dog helped agents confirm that a pickup truck they stopped Sunday in Douglas contain about 621 pounds of marijuana worth more than $310,000, authorities said.... Read more»

Border Patrol nabs convicted sex offenders

In the last two weeks, Border Patrol agents arrested seven men for being in the country illegally after they were previously deported from the United States for sex crimes.... Read more»

Nat'l report card gives Az schools a D for academics

Arizona schools got a ‘D’ for their overall academic achievement on a national report card released Thursday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In all, 20 states got a D or worse for students’ academic achievement, and U.S. schools again trailed other countries.... Read more»

Bear down, or bottoms up?

Playboy ranks UA as one of nation's top party schools

The University of Arizona’s making news for something other than President Ann Weaver Hart’s imperious ways, with Playboy ranking the “wet and wild” college as the No. 4 party school in the United States. The magazine’s staff may have also been partaking: the report refers to Tucson’s “Fourth Street bar scene.”... Read more»2

Accreditors seek public input on PCC probation

Staff from the Higher Learning Commission will be in Tucson next week, and are asking for feedback from the community about Pima Community College’s effort to fix systemic problems that led to the school being placed on probation last year.... Read more»

Ajo border agents seize 2,300 lbs. of pot in a single day

Border Patrol agents near Ajo seized 2,269 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1.1 million in three different seizures in a single day.... Read more»1

No border agents discplined for deadly force incidents since 2004

The new head of Customs and Border Protection’s Internal Affairs says agents have not been disciplined for the use of deadly force since 2004, and that authorities will continue to investigate some incidents, including one deadly force incident.... Read more»1

New Az law lets microdistilleries sell directly to public

A new craft distiller license gives microdistilleries the freedom to reach customers in ways they couldn’t before. In addition to selling directly to the public, microdistilleries can now have offsite tasting rooms.... Read more»

Border Patrol rescue man near Sonoita

A Mexican man lost in the desert was rescued by Border Patrol agents near Sonoita after he called 911 for help.... Read more»

Texas lt. gov criticizes Mexico's response to Guard deployment

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst issued a harsh rebuke of the Mexican government on Thursday for issuing what he called an “offensive” statement on the border surge that coincided with the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.... Read more»

Az lawmakers want greater say in U.S. strategy against ISIS

Members of the state’s congressional delegation differed on exactly what the U.S. strategy toward ISIS should look like, but they mostly agreed that they should have a greater say in it. The comments came as lawmakers were being briefed by White House officials on the plan.... Read more»1

Rally to push deportation stay for woman in sanctuary at Tucson church

Supporters of Rosa Robles Loreto rallied Thursday to urge immigration officials to change a decision to deny a her stay of deportation, holding a vigil in front of Tucson’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Field Office.... Read more»1

Enviros prepare lawsuit to force wolf recovery plan

The Center for Biological Diversity says it intends to sue over what it calls inadequate action to re-establish the Mexican gray wolf in the Southwest. The groups say a lawsuit would force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a workable recovery plan for the species.... Read more»1

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