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Experts: Don’t be fooled by funding gap in tight congressional races

The Democratic incumbents in three Arizona districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases. The closest challenger in the money race is Martha McSally, who’s aiming to face off against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»

Why Latin American diplomats are pulling out of Israel

More and more of the region’s governments are yanking their ambassadors out of Israel in protest.... Read more»1

Sheriff: Man assaulted after Northwest Side beer theft

Two men assaulted a 25-year-old man following a beer theft on the Northwest Side on Wednesday, authorities said.... Read more»

Free back-to-school immunization clinic set for Saturday

If you are a parent preparing your children to head back to school over the next couple of weeks, don’t forget that you can’t enroll them without proof of immunization. To make that easier, Pima County will be adding Saturday hours at two Health Department offices. Back-to-school shots are free.... Read more»

Pima College submits probation progress report

Pima Community College filed a 300-page report with accreditors on Wednesday, laying out the school’s work to fix systemic problems pointed out by the Higher Learning Commission last year. Chancellor Lambert called the self-assessment “part of a continuous process of improvement.”... Read more»8

Analysis

Too many humanitarian crises, not enough global resources

Analysis: An overwhelming number of crises means the international community cannot respond well.... Read more»

Campus sexual assault: What colleges are doing wrong

A round up of cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.... Read more»

Opening land to renewable energy could make Az 'solar capital'

Arizona could become the world’s solar-energy capital - with some help from Congress, said Eric Fitzer, of the governor’s energy office. He and La Paz County Supervisor D.L. Wilson were supporting a bill to make it easier to develop renewable-energy on federal land.... Read more»

GOP governor candidates to debate in Tucson

Five of the six candidates seeking the nod as the Republican candidate for Arizona governor will debate Wednesday night in Tucson.... Read more»

Az official backs bill to streamline Western state land exchanges

State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman told a House panel that a bill to streamline public-land exchanges in the West could make for more sensible and environmentally sensitive development. And that could mean more trust land money to go to local schools, she said.... Read more»1

Linda Ronstadt awarded Nat'l Medal of Arts for 'one-of-a-kind voice'

Tucson native Linda Ronstadt was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama on Monday. The White House cited the singer’s “one-of-a-kind voice and her decades of remarkable music,” and Obama confided a boyhood crush on her. A day after both women were honored, the singer was interviewed by Diane Rehm. “I felt like a fraud,” she told the veteran reporter. (with video)... Read more»2

Activity remains high on federal Health Insurance Marketplace

New federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April, after open-enrollment ended.... Read more»

Family of Mexican boy slain in cross-border BP shooting files suit

The family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodiguez, the Mexican teen killed in Nogales Sonora, by U.S. Border Patrol agents when they fired through the fence into Mexico in 2012, filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday. “I’m asking the people who killed my grandson to have the courage to show their faces,” the 16-year-old’s grandmother said.... Read more»1

Analysis

Border crisis demands Central American intervention

The humanitarian situation on the U.S. southern border, created by a dramatic increase in children fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, demands a range of sustainable interventions across northern Central America, as well as increased international assistance.... Read more»1

Lobbying declines among top special interests

As election season spools up and an already lethargic Congress readies for recess, federal lobbying efforts among elite special interests are sputtering, too.... Read more»

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