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Sheriff Dupnik to resign this year

Longtime Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Friday that he will step down in 2015. Dupnik, in office since 1980, advised listeners of the Bill Buckmaster Show that his oft-rumored retirement will soon take place. Dupnik's likely replacement is widely seen as being Chris Nanos, who was elevated to the long-vacant post of chief deputy early last year.... Read more»4

Kickstarter deadline for Panorama: Photos of the entire Az-Mexico border

Just in: Help us hit triple our goal before Saturday's deadline! Support TucsonSentinel.com's "Panorama de la linea," an unprecedented effort to capture a photograph from every mile of the Arizona-Mexico border — all 373.5 of them. Contribute on Kickstarter before time runs out.... Read more»

Experts: Treat heroin as a health problem, not crime

Treating the heroin epidemic as not only a law enforcement issue, but also a community health issue – is the approach touted last week to mayors from across the country who were at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington.... Read more»

Border agents rescue lost hunter

Border Patrol agents rescued a lost hunter Tuesday after family members reported him missing near Douglas. ... Read more»

DHS chief: Congress must increase border-security funding

Following a review of Super Bowl security preparations, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson spoke in Phoenix, pushing against a perception that DHS has done little to combat border crossings as he urged Congress to increase funding for his agency. Johnson also said he approves of a court ruling to give Arizona driver's licenses to Dreamers.... Read more»1

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»

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»

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»

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»

Scottsdale company capitalizes on medical marijuana industry

The medical marijuana industry in Arizona has tripled since 2013, leading to a variety related businesses cropping up. Officials with Scottsdale-based The Marijuana Companies hope to capitalize on marijuana dispensary marketing and this growing industry.... Read more»

Bill would require Az police to wear body cameras

State lawmaker says requiring police to wear body cameras would promote trust and collaboration. ... Read more»

Homeland Security chief bashes McSally-backed border bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sharply criticized a border security bill headed for a House floor vote next week, calling the legislation "extreme to the point of being unworkable." The measure includes an amendment pushed by Rep. Martha McSally that would require the Border Patrol to deploy closer to the U.S.-Mexico line.... Read more»6

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