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PCSD: Missing Green Valley woman found

Alena Miszek, the missing 88-year-old Green Valley woman was found in a wash Friday afternoon, authorities said.... Read more»

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Democrats announce $3.8 billion education-funding plan

Arizona House and Senate Democrats announced a plan they say would provide public schools an additional $3.8 billion over 10 years without raising taxes. Leaders say their plan addresses under-budgeting as well as hundreds of millions of dollars the state owes for failing to make inflation adjustments to school funding as required by a voter-approved law.... Read more»

Douglas misses Board of Education meeting, drawing ire from some

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas missed Monday’s meeting of the Arizona State Board of Education, leading several members to note their disapproval. "I am astonished," said board VP Reginald Ballantyne.... Read more»

Flock to Arizona’s fall festivals

Take advantage of all fall has to offer in Arizona at one of these popular festivals.... Read more»

Could the Vatican face racketeering charges for harboring abusive clergy?

The RICO Act was designed to combat organized crime groups like the Mafia. But a growing number of advocates in the U.S. see the recent FIFA investigation as a precedent for a possible criminal investigation into the Holy See’s role in child sexual abuse cases.... Read more»

Douglas recall campaign faces critics, sheer numbers

If volunteers succeed in getting 366,128 signatures by Dec. 30, there will be a statewide recall election in which other candidates can take on state schools chief Diane Douglas. While many petition drives use paid petition circulators, the grass-roots effort is relying on volunteers.... Read more»

Guadalupe residents push back against persistent poverty

Just 300 feet separate a meticulously manicured resort and golf course from the tiny town of Guadalupe, where 31 percent of its mostly Latino and Yaqui Indian population live in poverty and only about 54 percent of its children graduate from high school. The Phoenix suburb is one of the poorest communities in Arizona.... Read more»

BP agent indicted for 2012 cross-border shooting death

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz has been indicted for second-degree murder in the shooting of 16-year Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez through the border fence in Nogales during an Oct. 10, 2012, incident. ... Read more»

Catholic Church increasing Hispanic outreach

When Pope Francis visits Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, he will see the changing face of the Roman Catholic Church in America, which includes more Hispanics and immigrants... Read more»

Az delegation splits on party lines as House votes to strip Planned Parenthood funding

A sharply divided House on Friday passed two strong anti-abortion bills that supporters said would help stop an American “genocide,” but critics derided as a political “farce” to appeal to pro-life voters. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines to approve one bill to strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year.... Read more»

Az Rep. Gosar to skip pope's address in protest

When Pope Francis delivers a history-making address to a joint session of Congress, Rep. Paul Gosar won’t be there. Gosar, a Catholic, said he decided to stay away because he is “ashamed” of the pope’s position on the “false science” of climate change and what Gosar sees as a failure to speak out against radical Islam and Planned Parenthood.... Read more»

Civil Rights Comm. hammers immigration authorities on family detention

In a scathing report released Thursday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said it found evidence that immigration officials were interfering with the constitutional rights of families in detention, and called on Homeland Security to immediately release them. It cited conditions that are "useless, punitive and not necessary."... Read more»

Texas student arrested for homemade clock likely to transfer schools

A Texas teenager whose arrest for bringing a homemade clock to school drew a national outcry, said Wednesday that he would probably be transferring schools. ... Read more»

Second immigrant dies in ICE detention in Arizona

Two Mexican men have died in immigration holding centers in Arizona this year, including Juan Garcia-Hernandez, 39, who collapsed inside a detention facility in Florence on Monday afternoon. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

History lessons: The first deportation

Led by Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidates are embracing the policy of deporting some 11 million Hispanics in the country illegally. If implemented, it would be a humanitarian calamity and a stain on the nation. But it wouldn't be the first time "American exceptionalism" took such a cruel turn.... Read more»

Mesa program offers struggling veterans an alternative to the streets

Soon after returning home from the Vietnam War, Marine Corps veteran Larry Hutchison said he found himself homeless in this Phoenix suburb. "I spent 30 years on the streets with drugs and alcohol trying to get rid of bad memories that I had," he said.... Read more»

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