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The sweeping presidential power to help prisoners that Holder didn’t mention

President Obama has given just one person early release from prison. Obama has overall granted clemency at a lower rate than any modern president, which includes both commutations – early release – and pardons. The Justice Department rarely gives positive clemency recommendations to the president. Experts have been calling for reform of the entire clemency process.... Read more»


The facts on immigration today

Here are the latest and most essential facts about immigrants and immigration reform in our nation today. The facts are broken down into the following sections:... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: House Speaker Tobin calls for firefighter benefits

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Republican Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch, talk show host Emil Franzi, Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham.... Read more»

Furniture fire scorches outside of Value Village

A large pile of burning mattresses and furniture came close to spreading a fire to the interior of a Tucson thrift store Friday morning. Twenty-four firefighters quickly brought a blaze at Value Village under control, but not before several fire sprinklers inside were set off.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Sen. Jeff Flake talks immigration, economy

Northern Arizona reporter Jeff Demand, Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake.... Read more»

Giffords' gun group to return Midler foundation donation

Donations from nonprofits to Americans for Responsible Solutions — including a $10,000 contribution from Bette Midler's family foundation — will be returned because the donors violated tax laws, the gun-control group founded by Gabrielle Giffords said.... Read more»

Video: McCain backs immigration reform at Tucson town hall

U.S. Sen. John McCain told a Tucson audience Tuesday that he backs immigration reform, favors more stringent background checks for gun purchases, and explained his opposition to a government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act. He called approving sequestration the "dumbest vote" he's ever made.... Read more»

AG announces U.S. drug sentencing reform in major policy shift

The United States is softening its all-out war on drugs of the past 40 years. "Low-level, non-violent" drug offenders will no longer face mandatory minimum prison sentences, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday... Read more»

Mentally challenged man located after going missing overnight

A 22-year-old mentally handicapped man who was reported missing by his family Monday evening was found Tuesday around noon.... Read more»

FEMA denial no surprise to Yarnell residents

Residents of Yarnell said Monday that they were never really depending on help from the federal government, and vowed to continue rebuilding their community after a request for disaster aid was rejected Friday.... Read more»

U.S. officials troubled by drug lord's release

The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that the release of Rafael Caro Quintero, a legendary drug boss in Mexico connected to the murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, was “troubling and disappointing” – a sign the move could throw a wrench in U.S.–Mexico relations.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Remembering the life of Dave Sitton

GM Tucson Padres Mike Feder, ex-Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority chair Tom Tracy, Councilman Steve Kozachik, developer Richard Studwell, Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, and Washington commentator Jimmy Zuma.... Read more»

Police locate missing elderly woman with dementia

An 80-year-old woman with dementia who was missing on the East Side was located Monday afternoon. Billie Wilson, who left her adult care home in the 7600 block of East Edison Street around noon, was found, a department spokeswoman said.... Read more»

NASA: Climate change means ‘new normal’ for wildfires

Climate change, and the consistently hotter and drier weather that comes with it, is largely the cause of the recent “sharp increase” in the number and intensity of wildfires, NASA officials said Friday.... Read more»

Flash flood warning for Catalinas; Sabino hikers warned

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Santa Catalina Mountains and areas downstream, in effect until 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Nearly two inches of rain fell in the mountains, and hikers in Sabino Canyon "should seek higher ground immediately."... Read more»

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