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U.S. House Democrats make new immigration push

As the federal government shutdown continued for a second day, congressional Democrats said they are looking to make sure comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t fall off the priority list, as they announced legislation on Wednesday that includes elements of a border-security measure backed by a key GOP leader.... Read more»

Groups mobilizing to enroll Arizonans in health exchange

As community leaders and advocates briefed Phoenix College students on the federal health-insurance exchange that launched Tuesday, 18-year-old India Grasso dropped by to learn what she could do if her mother lost her job and benefits.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: The government shutdown's impact on investors

An interview with state Rep. Ethan Orr (District 9 - R). Then, financial planner Shelly Fishman had the Tuesday Money Maker Report. Next, Arizona winemakers are celebrating a strong harvest — we talked with Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards in Sonoita. Plus, our monthly "Your Meds" segment with Dr. Ray Woosley, former UA College of Medicine Dean and creator of CredibleMeds.org.... Read more»

TUSD magnet forums start Tuesday night

Tucson Unified School District is holding public forums this week, soliciting public feedback on magnet programs at Pueblo Magnet High School, Carrillo K-5 School and Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School. ... Read more»

Sheriff: Missing elderly man returns home

An 84-year-old man reported missing from his Three Points home since Sunday morning returned there Monday night. George Alexander had driven into Tucson to have his cell phone repaired and had problems with his pickup truck, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said.... Read more»

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Buckmaster: Who will be blamed for gov't shutdown?

The Monday Political Face-Off featuring commentators Vince Rabago and John Munger. Then, Dr. Mark Gilbert, who created the Eye of the Hurricane program at the UA Cancer Center. Plus, Satish Hiremath, mayor of Oro Valley, gave his assessment of the state of his town.... Read more»

Mexico: Lack of university spots ‘cut short the dreams of so many’

Many of Mexico's college 'rejects' hail from working-class barrios or slumping rural villages. They're often the first in their family to reach for a university degree.... Read more»

Mexico’s militia moms fight crime and the law

After decades making another life in the United States, Nestora Salgado found herself back home in southern Mexico's mountains, leading scores of mostly male volunteer police against gangsters and officials alike. Salgado, 42, was elected commander this spring of the community police in Olinala, an artisan and cattle town buried deep in the Pacific coast range of Guerrero state.... Read more»

Illegal immigration shifts to Texas, as overall numbers fall on border

Illegal immigration along the Southwest border has shifted to the east in recent years, with Texas seeing a rise in apprehensions while numbers in all the other border states have fallen sharply.... Read more»

Stanton: Electronic vehicles, sustainability no longer ‘optional nicety’

Committing to preserving the environment, including supporting the use of electric vehicles, is no longer an “optional nicety” for cities, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Friday.... Read more»

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Buckmaster: Mandatory school funding upheld by Az Supreme Court

The Friday Focus interview was with Cam Juarez, TUSD Governing Board member. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Mark B. Evans, editor of Inside Tucson Business, and Sarah Garrecht Gassen, columnist and editorial writer for The Arizona Daily Star. Plus, Matt Russell had the Weekend Watch.... Read more»

Sex-trafficking task force wants tougher laws against johns

A task force Gov. Jan Brewer assembled to address human trafficking plans to recommend laws toughening penalties for johns in child prostitution cases and raising public awareness of the problem.... Read more»1

After federal change, border cattle industry struggles

The remote town of Ojinaga on the Texas-Mexico border used to enjoy the distinction of being one of the busiest ports for importing Mexican cattle into the U.S. But citing concerns about escalating drug violence in Mexico, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year moved its cattle inspectors across the Rio Grande into Texas — a decision residents on both sides of the border say has crippled the local livestock industry. ... Read more»

For lottery retailers, big jackpots mean extra sales of this and that

As manager of a gas station convenience store, Leslie Robb said he’s noticed that people who come in glancing at the Arizona Lottery sign often make a detour to grab chips and a soda before plunking down money on tickets. That effect is more pronounced as Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots rise: In addition to increased lottery sales, he sees more customers and more extra purchases of this and that.... Read more»

Dems: RNC's Bruce Ash uses racial slur in Obama comment

Arizona's Republican National Committeeman, Tucson businessman Bruce Ash, used what opponents called out as a racial slur Thursday. In a Facebook post about President Obama, Ash said the president is "shucking and jiving" about health care reform.... Read more»1

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