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Court: Az must give driver's licenses to Dreamers

Thousands of young adults known as “Dreamers” may be able to get driver’s licenses in Arizona after a federal appeals court rejected Monday a request by the state for a new hearing. In doing so, the full 9th Circuit affirmed a July ruling that Arizona illegally denied licenses to those who fall under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.... Read more»

Barber sues to add more ballots to CD 2 vote count

Attorneys for Ron Barber filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday morning, alleging that ballots in Arizona’s CD 2 race were improperly rejected. Last week, Barber asked county and state officials to delay the canvass of the election and include more votes. The Democrat trails challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and has claimed between 133 and 167 ballots should be added to the count.... Read more»1

U.S., Az universities set foreign student enrollment records

While the number of foreign students enrolled in U.S. colleges rose 8 percent in the last year, schools in Arizona more than kept pace, with international enrollment growing by 16 percent. Arizona’s 15,442 foreign students ranked it 18th among states.... Read more»1

Barber presses SoS on uncounted ballots

Attorneys for Ron Barber wrote to Secretary of State Ken Bennett, asking him to delay the statewide election canvass. Both Pima and Cochise counties declined Barber’s requests to review more ballots. The Democrat trails Republican challenger Martha McSally by just 161 votes, and claims 167 ballots should be added to the count.... Read more»

Sanctuary cases have new future after Obama address

While President Obama pressed Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform during a speech in Las Vegas on Thursday, attorney Margo Cowan was planning new legal pathways to blunt deportation orders for the two people now in sanctuary at Tucson churches.... Read more»

Feds confirm gray wolf is roaming north of Grand Canyon

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced Friday that they’ve got the straight poop on an animal seen near the Grand Canyon, confirming that a gray wolf from the Northern Rockies is making a home near the North Rim. While biologists were unable to capture the wolf for testing, DNA analysis of the wolf’s scat showed that she is a member of the endangered species.... Read more»3

Tucsonans join chorus of protests over 43 missing Mexican students

More than 150 people gathered in front of the Mexican consulate in downtown Tucson on Thursday to protest the disappearance of 43 students from a teacher’s college in Mexico.... Read more»

Cochise rejects Barber call to delay canvass, count more ballots

Cochise County joined a move by Pima County earlier in the week, rejecting a request Thursday by Rep. Ron Barber to delay a vote to approve the canvass of the election, a move that would give the Democrat more time to make a case for adding some rejected ballots to the count.... Read more»1

Some Arivaca residents want Border Patrol checkpoint gone

Some Arivaca residents are gathering evidence that the checkpoint, which opened seven years ago in southern Arizona, isn’t deterring or apprehending illegal immigrants or curtailing the flow of drugs.... Read more»2

Big changes for health insurance: Watch for these 6 possible pitfalls

You don’t get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions if you’re not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans — where most working-age folks get coverage — are changing too.... Read more»

By the numbers: New immigration policy may cover 100k-plus in Arizona

About four percent of Arizona’s population lives without legal status, but more than 100,000 of those people may be covered by new immigration policies announced Thursday by President Obama. While the state’s number of undocumented residents has dropped 40 percent over the past decade, many of the estimated 274,000 here will now be eligible to have deportation deferred.... Read more»

Women give up immigration fast, but not fight

Eight days after she joined other mothers fasting for immigration reform, former Arizona resident Alejandra Sanchez broke her fast as the president unveiled his own plans on immigration reform. But while the fast is over, the hunger strikers said the fight for reform is not.... Read more»

Some politicians hail Obama immigration plan, others cry #fail

Arizona politicians had mixed — and predictable — reactions to President Obama’s announcement of new immigration enforcement priorities, and an expansion of deferred action from deportation. Ranging from welcoming the move as “a turning point” to calling Obama “a tyrannical king,” here are comments from members of Congress and others.... Read more»1

Obama gives 'sense of excitement' for those in sanctuary

President Obama’s announcement of new guidelines for immigration enforcement means that two people who sought sanctuary in Tucson churches while facing deportation have new hope that they won’t have to leave their families behind. Francisco Perez Cordoba and Rosa Robles Loreto watched the speech, surrounded by parishioners at their churches.... Read more»1

Video & full text of Obama's immigration speech

Obama to undocumented immigrants who fit certain criteria: “Here’s the deal ... you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law ... It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive.”... Read more»

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