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John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Kirkpatrick on business backing for immigration reform

Interviews with U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer, Tucson Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce President Lea Marquez Peterson, Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker, and Washington D.C. commentator Jimmy Zuma.... Read more»

J.C. Scott: Huckelberry on extortion accusations

Interviews with Sunnyside Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo and spokeswoman Mary Veres, attorney Bill Risner, mortgage banker Chuck Byler, developer Richard Studwell, sportswriter Anthony Gimino, and Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.... Read more»

Immigration backers keep pressure on House with rallies, conferences

Phoenix resident Hassan Quiz had passed all the tests toward his dream of being in the military when he ran up against one he couldn’t pass. Quiz was brought to this country illegally as a child, making him ineligible to serve in the U.S. military. So Wednesday, he and eight other illegal immigrants who had been turned away from the service did military-style drills in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, hoping to get a message to Congress.... Read more»

Az advocates try to take immigration appeal directly to Boehner

They rode for 43 hours in a bus from Phoenix, hoping to appeal to House Speaker John Boehner on immigration reform, but when they arrived at his office in Washington they were turned away. So the group of 44 Arizonans gathered in the hallway outside Boehner’s district office Tuesday, singing and praying and vowing to wait – for a week or for a meeting with the speaker, whichever comes first.... Read more»

U.S. and Mexico struggle to clean up Rio Grande

When the Rio Grande is swollen with rain, as it was recently in Laredo, it’s hard to tell that more than 5 million gallons of raw sewage spill into its waters every day. But kayak through the little creeks on the side of the river bordering Mexico, and the odor is unmistakable.... Read more»

Hefty Mexico wants to slim down. Does Mayor Bloomberg have the answer?

Mexico's many junk food mavens will soon be plunking down more pesos to pack on the pounds. The lower house of congress has approved a 5 percent tax on fatty foods and soft drinks — a levy widely known here as the “Bloomberg tax,” referring to New York City's outgoing fat-fighting mayor — in an effort to combat a spreading obesity pandemic.... Read more»

Feds add Az hearing on proposed changes to Mexican gray wolf plan

Following a request from U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, federal officials have added a public hearing in Arizona on proposed changes to the management of endangered Mexican gray wolves.... Read more»

How Peru could become America's next drug war debacle

Peru (and the U.S.) want the country's coca eradicated. But farmers from the world's coca capital depending on the cocaine source warn there will be blood.... Read more»

Photos: Nogales marks one year since teen shot by Border Patrol

After a year, the shooting death of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez remains an open wound in the Mexican border community of Nogales, Sonora. More than 200 arrived on both sides of the border wall last week to mark the anniversary and press for some kind of justice for the 16-year old boy who was shot to death by at least one Border Patrol agent. The incident remains under investigation by U.S. authorities. ... Read more»

Az insurer teams with Chicanos Por La Causa on health outreach

When Chicanos Por La Causa holds events, representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona will be there to connect and inform the Latino community about the Affordable Care Act. The two organizations have collaborated on a public service announcement airing on Univision and Telemundo.... Read more»

Operation Streamline

Protestors blockade courthouse, force immigration hearing halt

A four-hour protest Friday led authorities to halt Operation Streamline deportation hearings as activists stopped two buses carrying people to immigration hearings in Tucson. Protestors chained themselves to the buses, with more blocking the gate of Tucson's federal courthouse. 18 were arrested by Tucson police.... Read more»3

Spanish band Delorean falls victim to 'virtual kidnapping' in Mexico

Spain is urging its citizens to take extra precautions when visiting Mexico following the “virtual” kidnappings of Spaniards traveling here, including indie music band Delorean. Virtual kidnapping? It’s exactly that — a case of ransom being demanded when no one has actually been abducted.... Read more»

Grijalva among scores arrested at Capitol in immigration rally

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva was arrested Tuesday with nearly 200 other protesters outside the U.S. Capitol after a daylong rally to demand congressional action on comprehensive immigration reform. The Tucson Democrat was one of eight lawmakers arrested at the end of the Camino Americano rally, which drew thousands to the National Mall for speeches, music and cheers.... Read more»1

Immigration advocates push to keep focus on comprehensive reform

Advocates are planning 177 events in more than 150 cities Saturday, which they are calling the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Dawn Le, deputy campaign manager of Alliance for Citizenship, one of the organizing groups, said the day aims to pressure House leaders to move on immigration reform.... Read more»3

‘They ordered us to kill all the people’

Shaken by sobs, his head bowed, a former Guatemalan commando testified last week that he wept as he hurled a little boy to his death in a village well 31 years ago while a commanding officer, Lt. Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes, snarled: “This is a job for men!” ... Read more»

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