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Kirkpatrick: Az's influence grows with Ag Cmte appointment

In 1952, Truman was president, the Dodgers still played in Brooklyn, and I was a toddler in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. 1952 also happens to be the last year that Arizona had any representation on the powerful House Committee on Agriculture. That's why it's good news for Arizona's farmers, ranchers and forestry workers that I was just appointed to the Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress.... Read more»

Bill before Congress would give entrepreneurs citizenship opportunity

A U.S. Senate bill introduced this month would create up to 75,000 visas for foreign entrepreneurs and offer a four-year process for them to become citizens if they make at least $100,000 in their first year and employ at least five full-time employees after four years.... Read more»

FactCheck: Romney's poverty points

Mitt Romney said that under President Obama “there are more people in poverty in America than ever before.” That’s true, but the poverty rate — which accounts for population changes — was higher under several former presidents than it is currently.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Allow more first responders to give antidote to opiate overdoses

When a person overdoses on an opiate-based painkiller, life or death can hinge on how quickly a first responder or doctor administers drugs known as opiate antagonists. A state lawmaker wants to allow more first responders to give them to overdose victims. ... Read more»

Texas Dems set to play defense on immigration

After hitting immigration issues hard during their campaigns, Texas Republicans including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are on the hook to kill in-state tuition for undocumented students. Its survival may come down to the business lobby, and wily House Democrats. ... Read more»

Facing criticism, House delays border security bill

The bill would allocate $1 billion a year for equipment, technology and personnel to shut down illegal immigration and border smuggling. Critics came from both sides of the issue - some called it "extremist," while others said it was "timid" and "enforcement theater." ... Read more»2

Report: These are the world’s deadliest cities

A new report ranks the 50 most violent cities on the planet. Here's why Latin America crowds the list.... Read more»

Amy Mendoza: New lineup, new album

The consistent thread through Amy Mendoza's musical detours and travails is a sense of unfettered style and restless honesty, which was palpable as she told me about her latest project in a recent interview. Her proper debut record, "Suicide on the AM Dial," will be released Saturday at a show at The Flycatcher.... Read more»

Bill would make Az schools post vaccination rates to websites

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona schools to post health-related information on their websites including immunization rates among students – information he says is especially important given the measles outbreak originating at Disneyland.... Read more»

Brother of slain Mesa man works to spread word about Sikhs

Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh man in the religion’s traditional turban, was one of the first victims of the hate crimes against immigrants that followed the 9/11 attacks. His brother, Rana Sodhi, has made it his “life mission” to educate people about his faith and values.... Read more»

Nogales port officers seize $563K in cocaine and meth

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $563,000 in methamphetamine and cocaine at the ports of entry in Nogales, much of it over the weekend. ... Read more»

Calexico announces release of 'Edge of the Sun'

Tucson alternative rockers Calexico will drop a new album in April. "Edge of the Sun" was recorded at Wavelab Studios, and includes a wide complement of guest musicians. The band is kicking off live dates featuring the new songs with a concert in Glasgow this weekend, with U.S. tour dates pending.... Read more»

Soccer

Desert Friendlies: Espinoza back in SKC blue

Sporting Kansas City started their training in Monday’s chill in Tucson with a familiar face back on the team: Roger Espinoza. His return is welcome to a team that underperformed last year after winning the MLS Cup in the 2013 season.... Read more»

Appeals court: Family of prisoner who ODed after beating can sue state

A federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out a suit against the state for its failure to protect a prison inmate who was brutally beaten by fellow prisoners. The court said there were enough questions about Philip Cortez's case to require a trial. ... Read more»

75 guns confiscated at Sky Harbor in 2014, 4th-highest in nation

The Transportation Security Administration confiscated 75 guns at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2014, the fourth-highest total in the nation. Sky Harbor’s total was up from 65 in 2013 and 53 in 2012. Tucson International Airport had 12 confiscations in 2014, up from eight in 2013. ... Read more»

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