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Fate of lawsuit over cross-border shooting death undecided

While the circumstances surrounding the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Nogales teen are "horrible and tragic," an attorney for Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz said in federal court Tuesday that a judge must dismiss a lawsuit by the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. ... Read more»

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Struggling vets program 'moves in' with CODAC

Comin' Home, a transitional housing program for veterans, found new digs as CODAC Behavioral Health Services formally took over the agency last month.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Border crossings up in Texas

Illegal immigrants may be crossing the border more in Texas than in Arizona; the GOP's shifting stance on immigration; and news from south of the border.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: New provost predicts UA's best days are ahead

The Friday Focus spotlighted Dr. Andrew Comrie, the new University of Arizona provost. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editiorial writer at the Arizona Daily Star, and Linda Valdez, editorial writer at the Arizona Republic. Plus, Weekend Watch with Matt Russell.... Read more»

Mental Health First Aid plan advancing at State Capitol

Representatives from law enforcement, behavioral health and faith-based groups are urging lawmakers to expand a state training program that helps community members recognize and assist those facing mental health challenges. The he Mental Health First Aid program is backed by two Southern Arizona lawmakers, Victoria Steele and Ethan Orr.... Read more»

Poor districts may see cuts under Brewer's school performance budget

Supporters of Gov. Jan Brewer’s performance-based education funding model for school districts and charter holders say concerns about the formula’s effects on schools in low-income areas don’t take into account the bigger picture.... Read more»

GOP lawmaker targets public employee unions

Only one in 20 Arizonans is a member of a union, but that hasn’t stopped several Republican state lawmakers from pushing bills aimed at restricting organized labor. Sen. Rick Murphy, R-Peoria wants to rein in unions representing public employees such as police officers, firefighters and teachers — groups he says take advantage of taxpayers.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Cancer survivors unite at bootcamp

An interview with Save the Scenic Santa Ritas Vice President Morris Farr about opposition to the Rosemont Mine.. Also, Dr. Peter Gordon, veterinary neurologist with Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, and Anita Kellman on the 5th Annual Beat Cancer Boot Camp.... Read more»


Weds. night bump was sonic boom from F-16

A large chunk of Tucson - stretching from Midtown across the mountains to Three Points and northwest to Marana - was rattled Wednesday evening by a loud, deep boom and shaking ground. Late Thursday afternoon, Air Force officials confirmed the noise was a sonic boom from a Luke AFB F-16.... Read more»2


Federal budget inaction could weaken border security, trade

The same week Texas Democrats touted the results of a government study that shows border communities are safe, a federal stalemate could shrink the law enforcement build-up that helped make those results possible.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: Cancel sequester, close tax loopholes with Balancing Act

The massive federal budget cuts that will start Friday as part of the "sequester" will damage our economic recovery and mean fewer services here in Southern Arizona. Strip away the conservative economic theories and party-line rhetoric and that's the reality we're facing. ... Read more»

Mesa mayor says lifting bonds’ tax-exempt status could hurt cities

While much of Washington is focused on the impact of Friday’s “sequestration” cuts, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is worried that a proposed solution to that problem could end up seriously hurting cities.... Read more»

D.C. rally demands voting-rights protection in states like Az

Hundreds gathered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to rally in support of a federal voter-protection law that governs mostly Southern states with a history of discrimination, including Arizona.... Read more»

US Airways official repeats assurances about Phx jobs after merger

A US Airways executive repeated assurances in Washington on Tuesday that the company plans to maintain a significant corporate presence in Phoenix after its proposed merger with Texas-based American Airlines.... Read more»

Report: Az's smaller defense firms face sequester cuts

Smaller companies with contracts to supply products and services to Arizona’s top-tier aerospace and defense companies face the greatest threat if sequestration cuts take effect, according to a report released Tuesday.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Study confirms Mediterranean diet is best

An interview with Victoria Maizes, M.D., executive director of the University of Arizona-based Center for Integrative Medicine. Plus, a conversation with University of Arizona Regents Law Professor and water expert Dr. Robert Glennon, and Tom Collier, Buckmaster consumer affairs contributor.... Read more»

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