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Education Sup't Douglas announces 'We Are Listening' state tour

The 14-stop 'We Are Listening' tour, which kicks off Thursday in Kingman, is something Diane Douglas has wanted to do since becoming superintendent of public instruction in January, a spokesman said. ... Read more»

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Families of Tucson shooting victims urge D.C. to act on gun control

Emily Nottingham, whose son was killed in the 2011 Tucson mass shooting that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was in Washington Tuesday urging lawmakers to pass stronger background checks and ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers split – sharply – over State of the Union address

For Arizona lawmakers, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday was either an urgent national call to arms or a ruinous plan for big government, depending on which side of the aisle they sit on.... Read more»

'Plan Tucson' meeting Wednesday night

The first of two public hearings on a replacement for the city's general plan will be held Wednesday evening. Tucsonans will have a chance to voice their opinions on the Plan Tucson draft before the City Planning Commission on Feb. 13 and 27.... Read more»

Mt. Lemmon Highway reopens

The Catalina Highway up Mount Lemmon has been reopened, but officials cautioned drivers about icy patches, while roads may be effected by running washes.... Read more»

Tucson soccer giving sports tourism a kick

February has long been the month for northern snowbirds to migrate to the sunny 70-degree desert oasis that is Tucson. But a new reason to travel to the Old Pueblo is emerging, and it's proving to be a boon for the local economy: soccer.... Read more»

Brewer: 'More boots on ground' necessary for secure border

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer capped off an aerial tour of the region Tuesday by reiterating her argument that the border was not secure and that there "needs to be more boots on the ground." Brewer met with Customs and Border Patrol agents, as well as southern Arizona ranchers, before boarding one the state's National Guard Blackhawk helicopters for a three-hour tour of the borderlands.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Preview of this weekend's Gem & Mineral Show

An interview with Sam Wercinski, head of Arizona Advocacy Network, about the push to overhaul Arizona's Clean Elections. Also, financial planner Shelly Fishman has the Tuesday Money Maker Report. Then, the monthly Tech Report with Troy Ward, regional sales manager for INVOLTA, and Paul Harter, 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show chairman.... Read more»

'In struggle against silence, life at stake': Reporting Mexico's drug war

The winner of the Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism talks about how the perils faced by Mexican journalists caught between the government and the narcos.... Read more»

Court upholds conviction of mentally disabled man in child sex abuse

A divided federal appeals court upheld the abusive sexual contact conviction of a mentally disabled Arizona man, refusing to accept his claim that police coerced him into confessing.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Compact for America strikes right balance on war financing

While not perfect, state legislatures are closer to the American people and less likely to be driven by a narrow agenda to abuse the power to incur debt—or to instigate unjustifiable wars. For this reason, HB 2328 rightly puts state legislatures in the position of determining the legitimacy of any request to lift the federal debt limit.... Read more»

Bill would pilot online voting in Arizona

Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, says the future of voting is online and that moving Arizona's elections to the Internet would save money, deter voter fraud and increase efficiency. He has introduced a bill that would establish a pilot program in at least one county and one city or town. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson International Airport unveils master plan

The Monday Political Face-off featured commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Then, a newsmaker interview with Bonnie Allin, CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority.... Read more»

With accounting system ‘on the ropes,’ Arizona upgrading

The state’s accounting system is on life support, but thanks to funding allocated last year by the governor and the Legislature it’s getting an overhaul that officials say is long overdue.... Read more»

After 19 months, hopes rise for Marquez judicial confirmation

Sen. Jeff Flake said he met with Rosemary Marquez and will review her writing, making supporters optimistic that the long-delayed judicial nominee will get a hearing after 19 months. Marquez has been nominated to the busy U.S. District Court in Arizona, which faces a crushing caseload, with more vacancies recently announced.... Read more»

U.S., Mexico unveil plan to avert trade war over tomato imports

The U.S. and Mexico unveiled a tentative deal that could avert a feared trade war over tomatoes, but would sharply raise prices. It calls for Mexican growers to raise the price of tomatoes and for the U.S. to drop claims that Mexicans were selling tomatoes below cost. ... Read more»

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