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Lost in pressing crisis: Perpetual immigration issues

As attention centers on the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas-Mexico border, activists in the Rio Grande Valley are working hard to ensure that their ongoing campaigns continue to gain traction after the current crisis subsides.... Read more»

Az kid cooks up White House invitation with healthy lunch recipe

Cody Vasquez’s passion for food earned him an invitation to the White House, where the Gilbert 12-year-old will be one of 54 young chefs Friday taking part in a “Kid’s State Dinner” hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.... Read more»

Experts: Water-safety message needs to reach all ages, all bodies of water

Gilbert dad Cody Thomson has a problem with pool-safety campaigns: the pool part. Thomson, whose then 6-year-old son, Brenan, drowned in a canal in 2011, said safety campaigns need to remind people that drownings and water-related injuries don’t only occur in pools.... Read more»

Officials: Use caution on flooded Pima County roads

Monsoon storms have flooded some Pima County roads, closing one and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on 30 others. Here’s the list:... Read more»

Cold calls: Peace Corps reaches out to recruits

The Peace Corps is working to streamline a cumbersome application process, and reaching out to potential volunteers who abandoned the old 60-page application. ASU routinely ranks in the top 25 of large schools whose students volunteer.... Read more»

Analysis

A 'baby step,' not a leap for Az education funding

The courts have ordered that Arizona’s Legislature must restore cuts to education funding that were made several years ago. The promise of an additional $233 per student translates into more than $300 million additional dollars — but it’s not a cause for celebration: Arizona’s schools were woefully underfunded before the budget cuts were made and restoring this money simply moves our funding level from disastrous to routinely terrible.... Read more»

Comic:

Babeu raises his profile

Sheriff Paul Babeu decided he needed to call attention to himself — again — by ginning up a protest of the arrival of undocumented immigrants in Oracle.... Read more»

Pall on Mall for smokers: UA campus smoking ban coming

If you’re a smoker, the University of Arizona may be about to put out your fire, or at least your cigarette. If a proposed policy takes effect Aug.15, the school will ban “the use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products” on all UA property.... Read more»1

Comic:

The Midnight Ride of Paul Babeu

When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu tipped anti-immigrant protesters to the arrival of undocumented minors to a shelter in Oracle, hilarity ensued.... Read more»

Acting VA secretary tells Senate $17.6B needed to fix agency

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson told a Senate committee Wednesday that the agency will need another $17.6 billion over the next three years to cut patient waiting times for the rising number of veterans.... Read more»

UA sponsoring free eye screenings Saturday

Free eye screenings are available Saturday at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, 140 West Speedway Boulevard, 8 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by the UA Department of Ophthalmology, in conjunction with the University of Arizona Medical Center.... Read more»

Police: Missing Oro Valley man found dead

A 70-year-old man missing from his Oro Valley home since June 26, Robert Wesley Carney, was located dead in an office building Tuesday night, an official said.... Read more»

Update: Storms affect Pima County roads

Monsoon storms have flooded some Pima County road, closing two and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on others. Here’s the list:... Read more»

Video: Mexican women helping child migrants make their way to U.S.

While the United States is grappling with how to handle the thousands of child migrants arriving at its borders from Central America, a group of women in central Mexico has quietly attended to them for years.... Read more»

Feds delay busing migrant kids to Oracle; rival groups demonstrate

Passions ran hot among two groups demonstrating near a new shelter for undocumented children in this small Arizona town, with both gearing up to display their fervor as the first buses of migrant kids were expected to arrive. Around noon, officials said that the children would not be driven to the shelter Tuesday.... Read more»4

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