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Early ballot request deadline: 5 p.m. Friday

Want to the thousands of early voters in avoiding Election Day hassles for Arizona's primary? The deadline to request an early ballot is Friday at 5 p.m. You can do so online, or via phone.... Read more»

Childcare pays poverty-level wage, but Az still tops most states

Arizona’s median salary of $20,070 last year for childcare workers was not even the worst in the nation – in fact, it ranked ahead of 30 other states and Puerto Rico, according to the recent report.... Read more»

Latino activists aim to register 75k new voters in Arizona

Community advocacy groups like Arizona Advocacy Network, Mi Familia Vota and Puente decided to work together to make sure eligible minorities were registering to vote — and actually making it to the polls. They called the new coalition One Arizona. ... Read more»1

Metro Tucson sees 2nd highest job growth in Arizona

Metro Tucson is adding jobs at one of the fastest rates in the state. The area recorded 4.2 percent more jobs in July compared with data from a year earlier. That is the second highest growth behind the Prescott area. Arizona overall, meanwhile, reported a fourth consecutive monthly increase in the unemployment rate.... Read more»

Az facilities not affected as Justice Dep't looks to end private prison contracts

The Justice Department will begin shifting away from using private prisons following a report by government auditors sharply critical of the practice. While Arizona is home to more than a dozen private prisons that contract with the state and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, none will be affected by the move, announced Thursday. ... Read more»

Park Service push for centennial visitors worries environmental groups

The National Park Service hopes to boost visits in honor of its centennial later this month, but its “Find Your Park” program has some environmental groups asking: How much is too much?... Read more»

Advocates call conditions inside Border Patrol cells 'inhumane and punitive'

Newly released still images, pulled from videos taken inside Border Patrol stations in Arizona, show that apprehended immigrants, including women and children, were regularly held more than 24 hours in cells that were often dirty and overcrowded, leading to conditions that advocates call "inhumane, punitive, and unconstitutional." ... Read more»1

Candidate commentary

Holmes: Why World View doesn't have a spacey business model

Two weeks ago, without much fanfare or notice from the press, the Tucson Airport Authority board unanimously passed a resolution backing the development of Spaceport Tucson, the new and controversial home of World View. What this resolution means is that after months of actively working against the spaceport, the airport has gotten past the rhetoric and negativity, reviewed the facts, and decided to work with World View. Why the turnaround? ... Read more»1

What the Devil Won't Tell You

Money and power drive DEA pot ruling

One of the challenges facing the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is to convince recreational drinkers that recreational toking is somehow a moral equivalent. It's not. Americans are better served in edge-abatement by somebody sparking up a joint than that guy slamming down the eighth shot of Jägermeister.... Read more»

UA grad swims, bikes, runs his way to first Olympic triathlon

Ben Kenute, a 23-year-old University of Arizona graduate, is in Rio to compete in his first-ever Olympic Games.... Read more»

CBP: Teenager, woman arrested for trying to walk drugs into U.S.

A teenage girl and a 26-year-old woman were arrested in Nogales for trying to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine beneath their clothes this week. ... Read more»

Man dies from gunshot after fight with Pima County deputy

A man who fought with a Pima County sheriff's deputy died Tuesday night at a hospital after he was shot in the altercation. The deputy, who was responding to a report of a man trying to lure children to a vehicle, was treated for cuts to his head and face.... Read more»

FactCheck: Fake Clinton medical records in circulation

Medical documents purporting to be from Hillary Clinton's doctor and posted on conservative websites claim to show Clinton suffers from seizures and dementia. ... Read more»

Head of Tucson's MOCA leaving museum

The head of MOCA Tucson is leaving the downtown art space after just one year in the post. Samuel Ireland, the contemporary art museum's executive director, will step down at the beginning of September. ... Read more»

T-O woman sentenced to 11 years in DUI crash that killed 2

A 47-year-old Sells woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison in the deaths of her daughter and granddaughter in a 2013 car wreck fueled by alcohol, cocaine and high speed. ... Read more»

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