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CBP spent $5 million on lie detector tests for disqualified applicants

Customs and Border Protection spent more than $5 million on lie detector tests for applicants to be Border Patrol agents or customs officers, despite their previously admitting to officials that they were involved in crimes like drug smuggling and human trafficking. ... Read more»

TUSD superintendent candidates to appear at nightly forums

The four finalists to lead the Tucson Unified School District are being interviewed this week, including by the public at nightly Q&A sessions with each candidate. ... Read more»

Photos: Tucsonans march against racism in wake of Charlottesville killing

Around 1,500 people slogged through the August heat in Downtown Tucson on Sunday to express "love and support" from our community in response to a bloody neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., a day earlier. ... Read more»

Quick take

Ally Miller: 'I am WHITE - and proud of it! No apologies necessary'

Responding to comments about Trump's platitudes about the Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally, Pima Supervisor Ally Miller said, "I'm sick and tired of being hit for being white....It is all about making us feel like we need to apologize. I am WHITE - and proud of it! No apologies necessary."... Read more»2

Quick take

McCain on Va white supremacist attack: 'Defy those who raise flag of bigotry'

Commenting on the white supremacist attack in Virginia that killed at least one and injured more than a dozen others, Sen. McCain said "neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people... (We) must come together to defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry."... Read more»1

Expensive, slow, frustrating: Renters, landlords have little government support

The Arizona Residential Tenant and Landlord Act outlines basic regulations, but no local or state government agency enforces those regulations. ... Read more»

Judge rejects motion to dismiss murder case against BP agent

The case against Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, will move forward after a federal judge rejected a motion from the defense arguing that the case should be dismissed. ... Read more»

Secrecy and suspicion surround Trump’s deregulation teams

ProPublica and The New York Times identify more possible conflicts of interest among appointees, as Democrats in Congress demand greater transparency from the White House. ... Read more»

Analysis

Juvenile justice figures show kids are becoming more all right

Teenagers in Arizona and elsewhere in the country have been turning away from crime in remarkable numbers, according to federal and state-level data. And nobody’s sure why.... Read more»

‘Hard choices’ at VA could include cut to unemployability benefit

Faced with a “hard decision” on the budget, the Department of Veterans Affairs is again considering new limits on the Individual Unemployability benefit that currently helps more than 200,000 disabled veterans.... Read more»

Weekend music

Ocean of noise: Surfbroads and Return of the Mermaids

A wave of sound will wash over Tucson this weekend, with live performances including The Surfbroads, Chick Magnet, more Resonars, Casey Golden, Hank Topless, Lucifer The Cat and the Return of the Mermaids.... Read more»

Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

Outcry has been building over the rising cost of brand-name medications, but the price of generic drugs has been moving in the opposite direction. The stock prices of generic manufacturers have tumbled, but many consumers aren’t paying less at the pharmacy counter. ... Read more»

Majority of Az’s Native Americans now speak only English at home

Families in more than half of Native American homes in Arizona now speak only English at home, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.... Read more»

Familiar faces - and controversial outsider - as TUSD releases list of sup't finalists

Among the finalists to be the next TUSD sup't are three familiar faces and one outsider: Donna Hargens, ousted from her Kentucky district, which is being audited over mismanagement allegations. The sweeping review could lead to a complete takeover of the district by the state.... Read more»3

Tail-waggers of the week: Moose & Turkey

Meet a couple of the many great companions available at our local animal rescue groups: Moose & Turkey.... Read more»

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