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Immigration is main charge in 52% of all federal prosecutions

While President-elect Trump has promised to deport up to 2 million "criminal aliens," new data from TRAC shows that immigration charges are all but three of the top 10 crimes pursued by federal prosecutors, easily surpassing prosecutions for firearms, drugs and fraud. ... Read more»

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Deportations could hit real estate markets in Az, nation

If the mass deportations promised by President-elect Donald Trump take place, the housing market could take a significant hit as undocumented immigrant homeowners are foreclosed on: an impact of roughly $906.3 billion across the United States. In Arizona, the hit would be $23.7 billion.... Read more»

Advocates: Ending Arizona’s veteran homelessness is in reach

Arizona advocates say eliminating veteran homelessness is within reach, and Phoenix has already reached “functional zero” veteran homelessness. Tucson just missed that mark in 2015.... Read more»

80 pets face euthanasia deadlines at Casa Grande shelter

More than 80 dogs and cats are scheduled for euthanasia this week at the Pinal County animal shelter in Casa Grande if they are not adopted before 5:30 a.m. deadlines Wednesday and Friday. Local animal rescue groups are working to find temporary foster homes for the animals.... Read more»

Hundreds of Haitians stuck in Mexico waiting to cross the border

Driven by poverty and natural disasters, citizens of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere wait on the Mexican side of the southern U.S. border, hoping to qualify for Temporary Protective Status in the United States.... Read more»

Rural high schools confront low college completion rates

Students in rural Arizona counties like Cochise have significantly lower college completion rates than those in counties that have bigger cities and state universities. While 30 percent of more urban county residents have bachelor's degrees, only 23 percent of Cochise residents have one.... Read more»

Arizona incomes grew 3 percent in 2015, slightly behind national pace

Personal income grew 3 percent last year in Arizona, tracking a national increase of 3.7 percent that year as the nation continued to rebound from the recession, new government data shows.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Sedgwick's surprise win may be exactly what TUSD needs

Overnight, the stars aligned to change Rachel Sedgwick from a political asterisk into the most powerful newly elected leader between Oro Valley and Nogales. Good thing the woman may match the moment. The bickering school board couldn't ask for more than a curious, empathetic, tough new member.... Read more»3

Judge orders halt to controversial BP detention practices

A federal judge has issued an injunction against the Border Patrol, saying that advocates "presented persuasive evidence that the basic human needs of detainees are not being met" in Tucson Sector holding cells. Judge Bury ordered BP to provide bedding and showers, regular meals, and allow detained migrants to sleep.... Read more»

Tail-waggers of the week: Amelia & Jag

Meet a couple of the many great companions available at our local animal rescue groups: Amelia and Jag.... Read more»

Arizona homelessness down 30% since 2010, nat'l report says

The number of homeless people fell nearly 30 percent in Arizona in the last six years, outpacing the decrease nationwide in the same period, according to report Thursday from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.... Read more»

Scared by Trump, some migrants give up on American dream

For some poor Central Americans and Mexicans at travelers' shelters in the desert town of Nogales, Trump's threats to build a wall along the whole border and deport millions of illegal immigrants have led them to abandon their harrowing journeys and hopes of a better life in the north. ... Read more»

Hate crimes on rise — but gov't isn't keeping good track

There is considerable anxiety about the potential for violence after a bitter national election. The data kept on hate crimes won’t reassure anyone. ... Read more»

Our Fallen: Tucsonans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars

In more than a decade of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Here is our brief tribute to them.... Read more»3

Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor slain Show Low officer

Flags at state office buildings will be flow at half-staff to honor Show Low Police Officer Darrin Reed, who died after a shooting Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered.... Read more»

Nogales sees huge turnout, voters cite economy and immigration issues

The so-called Latino sleeping giant awoke in Nogales, a U.S. border town where voters said the stakes are unusually high. Santa Cruz County voters cast more early ballots this year than the total ballots cast two years ago, and on Election Day, some voters waited more than an hour to fill out their ballots.... Read more»

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