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Giffords may get better brain-injury care than most of her constituents

Because of a lack of research and spotty insurance coverage, thousands of Americans with brain injuries don’t receive the comprehensive treatment they need.... Read more»2

Body found in desert may be missing man

Tucson Police Department detectives have tentatively identified remains found in the Pinal County desert as missing 21-year-old Jordan A. “JP” Peterson.... Read more»

Tx shooting highlights struggle to regulate replica guns

The fatal police shooting earlier this month of a Texas middle school student clutching a BB gun spotlights how localities and states have struggled to identify and control both look-alike toys and guns that fire something other than bullets. ... Read more»2

Federal judges question conduct of Tucson prosecutor

A U.S. appeals court panel criticized a Tucson federal prosecutor who it said “presented a falsified version” of testimony in a drug-smuggling case to make the defendant look as if she had lied on the stand.... Read more»

Punishment for coordination between candidates, PACs rare

There is no established fine for offenders of rules against coordination of PACs and candidates. It is up to the six-member FEC — split evenly between Republicans and Democrats — to decide on punishment, and punishment is rare.... Read more»

BP agents seize 1,440 lbs of pot

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,440 pounds of abandoned marijuana worth $720,000 in separate incidents Thursday.... Read more»1

Medical marijuana

Brewer: No MMJ suit, process dispensary applications

Rolling up the idea of suing the federal government over Arizona’s medical marijuana laws, Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday she is directing the state health department to begin processing applications for dispensaries.... Read more»

Los Zetas, Mexico's cartel army, are drug war's scourge

Many in Mexico’s federal police and army consider the Zetas to be the biggest problem in the drug war. They have launched a sustained campaign against them, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of arrests in recent months, but despite the onslaught, the Zetas keep coming back.... Read more»

Az's Senate Democratic leader offers plan to bar racial profiling

Taking a swipe at Arizona’s controversial law on illegal immigration, the state Senate’s top Democrat wants to ban racial profiling by law enforcement.... Read more»

Farley wants license-plate shields banned

State Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is renewing a push to ban license plate coverings that thwart photo enforcement cameras, saying the products endanger the public and law-breakers alike.... Read more»3

Court-martial recommended for Bradley Manning

Pvt. Bradley Manning, the former U.S. Army analyst accused of giving Wikileaks founder Julian Assange hundreds of classified documents, has been recommended to stand trial before a court martial... Read more»1

Treasury: 'El Chapo' Guzman most powerful drug lord

The U.S. Treasury Department has named notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán the “world’s most powerful drug trafficker,” boosting the evasive cartel leader’s legendary status as the country’s drug wars appear to have killed nearly 50,000 people in five years.... Read more»

Az Senate panel wants ban on 'bath salts' ingredients

Compounds used to make so-called bath salts, synthetic stimulants currently sold by some smoke shops and convenience stores, would be illegal under legislation endorsed Wednesday by a state Senate committee.... Read more»

Report: Az has 2nd worst traffic-safety laws in nation

Arizona got a failing grade Wednesday from a national highway safety group that said the state has adopted fewer than five of the 15 laws the group considers basic to traffic safety.... Read more»2

47,000 killed in Mexico's drug war since Dec. '06

Acting under pressure from journalists, federal prosecutors in Mexico announced Wednesday that more than 47,000 people had been killed in the drug war since President Felipe Calderón first used the Mexican military to combat the nation’s feared drug cartels.... Read more»

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