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Despite premium increases, feds forecast 1 million more Obamacare signups

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell predicted Wednesday that 13.8 million people will sign up for Obamacare when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, even though they will face fewer options and higher premiums in states like Arizona.... Read more»

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Sanders in Tucson: 'Crystal clear' differences between Trump and Clinton

With just three weeks until Election Day, U.S. Bernie Sanders returned to Tucson to stump for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, telling a crowd of nearly 5,000 people on the University of Arizona mall that "Our job is to defeat Trump."... Read more»

Deputies: Tucson mom shot by toddler

A woman was shot in the arm at her home southwest of Tucson on Monday as she tried to take a handgun from her two-year-old child, authorities said. She was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.... Read more»

High school football

Marana QB Connor Leavens not letting up after father's sudden death

“Singlehandedly, I would say that my father was the most influential person in my life up to this point,” Connor said about his father, Todd, who died Wednesday. “I wouldn’t be the man, the athlete or the football player that I am without his guidance and his leadership.... Read more»

After being hit hard by recession, Latinos see sharp income, employment rise

Hispanic Americans enjoyed the fastest growth in household incomes and the largest decline in the poverty rate of any major racial or ethnic group in 2015, the White House said Wednesday.... Read more»

Prop. 206

Study: Minimum wage bump would result in minimal job losses

The Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist Phoenix think tank, said the minimum-wage increase proposed in Prop. 206 could result in from zero to 26,000 lost jobs by 2020. Arizona is adding about 15,000 jobs each quarter, which would more than make up the difference, economic analysts said.... Read more»1

Prosecutors to press criminal contempt charge against Arpaio

U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday they will seek a criminal contempt charge against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his tough stance on illegal immigration, for violating a court order in a 2007 racial profiling case. Arpaio could face six months behind bars.... Read more»

Gang wars, poverty drive Central Americans over U.S. border

The challenge of securing the southern U.S. border is changing dramatically as fewer Mexicans cross illegally, but more Central Americans arrive seeking refuge from the terror and chaos of their home countries.... Read more»

Free spay and neuter for hundreds of pets this weekend

Local schools and animal care groups are coordinating to provide free spay and neuter surgery for hundreds of animals... Read more»

Blue water barrel's trip to NY museum honors work to end deadly Az treks

Rev. Robin Hoover and others from Humane Borders were at a tony event at NYC's Cooper Hewitt design museum last week because a simple blue plastic water barrel, designed by activists to save migrants crossing the desert southwest of Tucson, is part of a new exhibit at the branch of the Smithsonian.... Read more»

Voto Latino volunteers hope Hispanics will play election roles

UA volunteers hope to expand the voter rolls, but with less than a week before the registration deadline, the idealistic ambitions of today's students may be over-matched by their entrenched challenges. Just 48 percent of Hispanics in Arizona are registered voters.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

What are crafters of anti-pot ads smoking?

I'm not going to get in the business of fact-checking every claim made between now and Election Day but I've rarely seen or heard of an ad as factually challenged as the first 30-second spot aired by the group out to beat back Prop. 205, the effort to legalize marijuana for personal use in Arizona.... Read more»1

CDC: Adults more likely to smoke marijuana than teens

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that middle-aged parents are more likely to smoke marijuana than their teenage children.... Read more»

Franks urges action on pro-life bill stalled in Az Senate for a year

More than a year after his Born Alive Protection Act passed the House, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, called on senators to act on the bill before the legislative calendar runs out.... Read more»

One less battle: Treatment courts keep vets out of jail, in recovery

Veterans treatment courts divert vets who have been charged with a crime and connects them to services. The programs can cut repeat offenses and veteran homelessness sharply, advocates say... Read more»

India largest source of new unauthorized immigrants in U.S.

Over the last five years, the population of unauthorized immigrants from India grew 43 percent, the largest increase among all immigrants. A demographic shift has come as the number of Mexicans without authorization has declined significantly. Canadians are the second-largest group of illegal aliens in Arizona.... Read more»1

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