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CBP seizes nearly $1.5M in marijuana in Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than nearly $1.5 million in marijuana hidden behind a false wall in a tractor-trailer at the Mariposa Port of Entry on Monday.... Read more»

Obama's immigration amnesia

President Barack Obama tried to rewrite history by claiming that his position had not changed regarding legal authority for executive orders on immigration that he is now considering.... Read more»1

Texas border surge could continue through August

The surge of state law enforcement on Texas’ southern border will continue through August if an $86 million request made by the state’s top leaders is approved next month by budget writers.... Read more»

Dismay rises as border agent hiring bogs down

Computer hackers and polygraph test failures have slowed hiring of 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents needed to help speed commerce through airports and border checkpoints.... Read more»

Supes OK count as Barber alleges ballots improperly rejected

The Pima County Board of Supervisors rejected Tuesday a bid by Ron Barber to delay the canvass of the Nov. 4 election. The congressman’s campaign — on the losing edge of a 161-vote margin with a recount in the offing — said that 132 Pima voters had their ballots tossed out because poll workers “failed in their duty.”... Read more»10

Premature births fall as health law provisions take effect

The percentage of babies born prematurely fell to 11.4 percent in 2013, its lowest level in 17 years, according to an annual March of Dimes report released this week. Officials say the health law’s expansion of Medicaid to adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level has played a role.... Read more»

Factcheck: Biden's boasts

Biden was the keynote speaker at the AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers Summit on Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development on Nov. 13. His comments centered on job opportunities and education, and they included some exaggerations.... Read more»

Analysis

Enforcement overdrive has overloaded the immigration courts

Over the past two decades, the United States has put immigration and border enforcement into overdrive, while not allocating adequate resources to the immigration court system. This mismatch leads to long backlogs and delays.... Read more»1

Texas: Renewed push to outlaw 'sanctuary cities'

A Texas state senator introduced legislation on Monday that would prohibit municipalities and other local governments from adopting policies that forbid local peace officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. That includes asking the immigration status of someone detained or arrested by a police officer. The legislation would cut off state funding for governments adopting such policies.... Read more»1

'Light the Night' freebies will brighten way for Tucson cyclists

An event Tuesday evening will offer local riders free bicycle lights and information on riding safely and legally after dark. “Light the Night,” sponsored by the City of Tucson, PAG and Living Streets Alliance, will take place at 5 p.m. at the corner of North Columbus Boulevard and East Pima Street.... Read more»

Ducey: Review budget before settling $300M schools case

Doug Ducey said Monday the budget will quickly become his top priority when he takes office as governor, including what to do about a lawsuit that’s left the state owing more than $300 million to schools. That includes being open to reaching a settlement in the suit, he said.... Read more»1

McSally gets freshman orientation in DC as recount looms

The outcome of the election won’t be official until next month, but congressional hopeful Martha McSally reinforced her recent claim to a victory over Ron Barber by showing up in Washington, D.C., for freshman orientation Monday.... Read more»7

Commentary

Obama let opponents define the Affordable Care Act

Commentary: the Democrats’ strategy seems to have been to say as little as possible about why reform was needed and how the final law would protect us from insurance industry abuses... Read more»

Time is money: Who's making a buck off prisoners' families?

Video: How a web of prison bankers, private vendors and corrections agencies profit by shifting costs onto inmates’ families.... Read more»

Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care

Nursing homes serving blacks, Latinos provide less daily registered nurse care than those housing whites.... Read more»

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