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Smuggling tunnel in Naco is longest ever located in Tucson Sector

Longer than a football field, a tunnel found in Nogales by federal authorities in February 2014 was the record holder for cross-border smuggling shafts at 481 feet. But that tunnel has to take a back seat to the one found Tuesday, which was measured at 905 feet.... Read more»

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Gabby Giffords visits families of Sandy Hook victims

Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman shot in the head outside a Tucson grocery store almost exactly two years ago, visited the site of another American gun tragedy Friday in Newtown, Conn. (with video)... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson gun buyback set for Jan. 8

An interview with Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, Then, the Reporters' Roundtable with Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer at the Arizona Daily Star, and Mark B. Evans, administrator at TucsonCitizen.com. Plus, Matt Russell checks in with his top picks on the Weekend Watch.... Read more»

Border Patrol offering Citizens Academy

Want an inside look at the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection? The agencies will hold a free seven-week Citizens Academy in Casa Grande, beginning Feb. 7.... Read more»

Analysis

Setting the record straight on immigration and border enforcement

Those opposed to comprehensive immigration reform still point to deficiencies in border security as a reason to stall new immigration policy, but they are ignoring the facts. ... Read more»1

Feds announce new rules for legalizing undocumented spouses

The Department of Homeland Security has announced new rules designed to make it easier for thousands of U.S. citizens to legalize undocumented spouses without risking years of separation first. ... Read more»

Mexican troops kill 12 criminal suspects in gun battle

Mexican troops pursued and shot dead 12 suspected criminals in a gun battle in Zacatecas state, which lies on a key drug-smuggling route in central Mexico, the BBC reported.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Arizona's 6 new laws

An interview with Sharon Bronson, vice-chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors; state Treasurer Doug Ducey breaks down Arizona's 2013 financial picture, and Buckmaster Legal Contributor Don Loose on the state's new lawa.... Read more»

Mass shootings do little to change state gun laws

While legislators in Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, New York, Texas and Colorado sometimes contemplated tightening rules after rampage shootings, few measures gained passage. In fact, several states - including Arizona - have made it easier to buy more guns and take them to more places. ... Read more»

Narcolimosnas

Drug cartel alms funding Mexican Catholic Church

Although church officials deny connections, there's mounting evidence that some Mexican Catholics worship in churches funded by donations from drug lords. "A steeple built with drug money has blood gushing from its rafters," a bishop said.... Read more»

New Year's DUIs dampen spirits of 65 drivers

The Southern Arizona DUI Task Force arrested 65 drivers who were charged with drunk driving over New Year's. Officers handed out 441 other tickets, and found 21 suspected underage drinkers on Sunday and Monday.... Read more»

Mexican policy shift seen as push for sovereignty

Security initiatives recently announced by the Mexican government suggest that the country may move to reaffirm its sovereignty and focus less on the interests of the U.S. and other foreign countries. Last month President Peña Nieto utlined a strategy to fight crime that would create a 10,000-member force to focus on crimes like murder, kidnapping and extortion. It emphasized a shift from the previous administration’s focus on top cartel leaders.... Read more»1

Americans for Responsible Leadership

'Non-political' Az dark-money group backed Romney with millions

Five conservative dark money groups active in 2012 elections previously told tax regulators that they would not engage in politics, including Arizona-based Americans for Responsible Leadership, which spent more than $5.2 million - mainly to support Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ... Read more»1

Mexico: Armored car sales speed up

The sales of armored cars in Mexico were up 10 percent in 2012 from the previous year, according to the Mexican Automotive Armour Association. The most popular armored vehicles were Suburban, Grand Cherokee and Tahoe SUVs, sold mostly to private parties.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Brewer: Wishing Arizonans a happy and safe New Year

As Arizonans turn the page on 2012, it is an opportunity to reflect upon all we've accomplished together over the last 12 months, and to look forward with optimism to the new year.... Read more»

Free rides home for tipsy drivers - and cars

If you are planning to celebrate New Year's Eve and have a few too many, AAA will give you and your car a free ride home.... Read more»

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