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CBP: Nearly $650K in heroin, cocaine, and meth seized in Nogales

Nearly 156 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine — worth almost $650,0000 — were intercepted by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers in two seizures on Wednesday, authorities said.... Read more»

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More than 368,000 deported from U.S. in FY 2013

The Obama administration on Thursday announced that it deported 368,644 undocumented immigrants from the country during the 2013 fiscal year. That's a decrease from the 409,849 removals in 2012. But that didn’t stop advocates for immigration reform from immediately criticizing the president for his administration’s continued record-setting deportations.... Read more»1

Final broadcast: John C. Scott signs off

The last edition of the John C. Scott Show was broadcast on radio Friday, featuring news commentary and kudos to John by ITB's Mark Evans, Jimmy Zuma and TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, thanks from charity organizer Jesse Lugo, and a word from City Hall commentator Richard Studwell. Callers who thanked John for his years on the air included Ray Carroll, Byron Howard, Rick Grinnell, Bill Buckmaster and Joe Higgins.... Read more»


Sonoran Ramblings: Digging into border news

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, we're looking at a major Arizona Republic investigation into Border Patrol's use of force policies, new data on BP abuse of migrants, and a recent KGUN "report" on border security. ... Read more»1

Granite Mtn Hotshot families file $237M wrongful death claims

The families of 12 of the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed June 30 in the Yarnell Hill Fire have filed notice of claims with the city of Prescott, Central Yavapai County Fire District, the Arizona Forestry Division, Yavapai County and four fire commanders seeking $237.5 million in damages.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Will 2014 be the year for real immigration reform?

An interview with Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson. Also, we talk Wildcat football and basketball with Anthony Gimino, sports contributor for the Buckmaster Show and TucsonCitizen.com.... Read more»

Videos: Gunfight kills 5 in Rocky Point

At least five people were killed in a tourist area of Rocky Point on Wednesday as a large number of Mexican federal police fought in a gun battle. At one point, a helicopter reportedly fired on a condominium complex in the Sandy Beach neighborhood. ... Read more»1

Bill targets 'pension poachers,' but some worry it doesn’t go far enough

Lawmakers hope to make it harder for “pension poachers” to hide the assets of elderly veterans, but at least some advocates worry that the proposed fix may end up hurting the vets it is designed to protect.... Read more»1

'Pension poachers' profit off benefits meant for elderly veterans, widows

Business is booming in a multibillion-dollar government program that offers modest pensions to America’s neediest elderly war-time veterans – and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Lawmakers, advocates and government officials say unscrupulous financial advisers – “pension poachers” – are taking advantage of veterans, selling unneeded services, making promises they can’t keep and helping hide assets for veterans who may then be unable to access their own funds if they need them.... Read more»

Fears, willingness to help make seniors appealing targets for scams

Told he had won $10 million in a sweepstakes, an older man insisted that he was going to Florida to collect despite objections from his family and even an explanation from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office that he was being scammed.... Read more»

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

Guns or funds? Districts debate what it will take to make kids safer, and schools and state governments have feverishly searched for ways to protect their students. State legislators introduced hundreds of pieces of legislation on school safety. Many called for arming more security guards or, like a law passed in Texas, for arming teachers.... Read more»

Mexico says cobalt-60 finally secured, villagers doubtful

Mexico’s energy authorities say specialists finally have recovered a capsule of cobalt-60 from a cornfield near the Mexican capital, presumably ending a nine-day saga that began when thieves hijacked a truck carrying the highly radioactive metal.... Read more»

Little-known visa for trafficking victims is chronically underused

Visas to enter the U.S. are typically a hot commodity: The government stopped taking applications for its 2014 allotment of 65,000 H-1B work visas after just four days, for example. But not the T-visa. Of the 50,000 T-visas that have been offered over the last 10 years, the government has issued only 6,206 of the little-known visas meant to protect victims of human trafficking and their family members.... Read more»

Update: 9-year-old runaway located after missing overnight

A 9-year-old boy who ran away from his Midtown home after a fight with his father Sunday afternoon has been located. Police said he "spent the night at the home of a close family friend, who was unaware that police were called and looking for him."... Read more»

Looming Super Bowl drives efforts to toughen Az sex trafficking laws

With the clock ticking down to the 2015 Super Bowl, nonprofits and advocates are already working to raise awareness about sex trafficking and persuade lawmakers to toughen laws. Advocates say that sex trafficking increases around sporting events, and the Super Bowl in particular. That was a consideration when a committee appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer made recommendations for new laws and policies in September.... Read more»

Pima corrections officer charged with sexual contact with inmates

A Pima County corrections officer has been arrested for "inappropriate contact" with female inmates, and charged with nine counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct, Correctional Facilities, a department spokesman said.... Read more»

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