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Appeals court upholds conviction in El Grande Market triple murder

A federal appeals court Friday upheld Martin Fong Soto’s murder and robbery convictions in the 1992 robbery at El Grande Market in South Tucson that left three people dead. Fong claimed his trial was tainted, noting two co-defendants whose convictions were overturned after it was learned that a detective gave false testimony in their cases.... Read more»

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Got questions about Rio Nuevo?

Sentinel editor Dylan Smith will help interview Rio Nuevo board chair and downtown investor Fletcher McCusker on the Buckmaster Show on Friday. If you want to know more about what’s up downtown, let us know your questions.... Read more»

Az ranks near bottom for per-pupil spending on grade schools

Arizona had the third-lowest per-pupil spending on public elementary schools in the country in 2010, topping only Utah and Idaho. Arizona schools spent an average of $7,848 per grade school student in that year, well below the national average of $10,615 per pupil.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

JC Scott: McSally hits her stride

CD2 Republican candidate Martha McSally and Nancy Young Wright, a Democratic candidate for Pima County supervisor in District 1.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Sales tax renewal measure headed for court

Today on Buckmaster-Ann-Eve Pedersen, head of the group backing the effort to renew the one-cent sales tax when it expires in 2013.... Read more»

Ron Barber to cultivate Oro Valley constituents

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber will meet with constituents at the Oro Valley Farmers Market on Saturday morning.... Read more»

Az delegation follows party line health care repeal vote

Arizona lawmakers split straight down party lines Wednesday as the House voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, less than two weeks after it was upheld by the Supreme Court.... Read more»1

Mexican paper El Mañana stops covering violence after second grenade attack

A newspaper in Nuevo Laredo announced Wednesday it would no longer cover “violent disputes” after a second grenade attack against its office in as many months. Other newspapers in northern Mexico have stopped publishing stories about the drug war to protect their journalists against threats.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

JC Scott: 'Open primary' initiative discussed in detail

Ted Downing on proposed changes to Arizona election laws, Democratic LD 11 state Senate candidate Jo Holt on her campaign, and financial expert Shelly Fishman reports back from Russia.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Rosemont air quality application going back to Pima County

Wednesday on Buckmaster- Bill talked with Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias about the latest developments concerning the proposed Rosemont Mine. Plus, Republican LD9 state Senate hopeful Tyler Mott, and a conversation with Pima County’s new library director, Melinda Cervantes.... Read more»

Will PRI's return mark shift in drug war?

The likely return to power of PRI in Mexico has prompted many to question whether the party’s former alleged practice of making deals with cartel members will be the standard after President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto is sworn in on Dec. 1.... Read more»1

Az panned for family leave protections

Arizona got a grade of D for its legal protections for employees who need to take family or medical leave, in a recent national report ranking states on their health leave laws. But the state was in good company: The report gave grades of D or F to 34 states.... Read more»1

John C. Scott Show

JC Scott: Expect progress on Rio Nuevo projects soon

Terry Dee on the death of William G. Valenzuela; Rio Nuevo Board Chairman Fletcher McCusker; Democratic state House candidate Victoria Steele; U.S. Senate hopeful Wil Cardon.... Read more»

Reporter O'Dell leaving Daily Star, taking Republic gig

Reporter Rob O’Dell, who’s covered City Hall and done computer assisted reporting for the Arizona Daily Star since 2005, is moving north of the Gila to take a position as a CAR reporter for the Arizona Republic.... Read more»3

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Transit funding pipeline will benefit Tucson

Terry Bracy, Buckmaster Show contributor on Washington and government affairs; financial planner Shelly Fishman; aging expert Gale Morgan; and Lisa Lovallo, vice president of Cox Communications in Southern Arizona.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Keeping tabs on the fourth branch of government

You might be tempted to pass on a story in Sunday’s Arizona Republic with the process-y headline, “Case Asks Who Must Pay Taxes for Utility.” Don’t. It’s about a case that’s a rare window into how power and influence work in the state. Power, especially, at what insiders call “the fourth branch of government,” the Arizona Corporation Commission.... Read more»

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