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What the Devil won't tell you

Hockey deal could reverse Tucson's dismal minor-league fortunes

The deal to bring minor-league hockey to the Old Pueblo is in fact the smartest thing the Council and Rio Nuevo have managed to achieve since we said "no" to a Sky Bridge. What's there to complain about? They're putting hockey in an ice rink and a sports team in a sports arena.... Read more»

Mexico approves extradition of drug boss 'El Chapo' Guzman to U.S.

Mexico has approved the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States and has received guarantees the death penalty will not be sought against him, the foreign ministry said on Friday. ... Read more»

Ducey declares victory in $3.5 billion Prop. 123 vote

Arizona voters have narrowly approved a plan to pump $3.5 billion into education coffers over the next decade and put an end to a long-running legal battle, Republican Governor Doug Ducey said late on Thursday.... Read more»

Ally Miller aide linked to imitation news website; alter ego posing as reporter

A communications aide for Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller has been linked to a pretend news site whose "editor" is using a false name. Timothy DesJarlais, who is also running for the Marana School Board, was apparently posting for the "Arizona Daily Herald" while being paid during public meetings.... Read more»4

Federal judge orders ethics classes for Justice Dep't attorneys

The Brownsville-based judge who halted President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration has decided that ethics classes are in order for the attorneys who defended the policy.... Read more»

As opioid epidemic continues, steps to curb It multiply

In recent months there has been an increasing emphasis on health providers and the agencies that oversee them to stem access to widely abused prescription drugs.... Read more»

Killing the San Pedro: Arizona's last free-flowing river at risk

A colossal proposed housing development in Benson threatens to deplete the San Pedro River and the local water supply within five years of completion.... Read more»1

Prop. 123 fate unknown until vote count ends Friday

With just a bit less than 8,000 votes separating the "yes" and "no" piles of ballots across Arizona, whether Proposition 123 will pass with a narrow margin won't be clear until the last provisional ballots are counted on Friday. With most votes tallied, the controversial measure was passing narrowly: 50.41 percent to 49.59 percent.... Read more»

Push to provide lawyers for immigrant children loses steam

When thousands of Central American children began flooding across the Texas border in 2014, the state’s legal community said it was ready to pitch in and help minors seeking asylum in the United States navigate a system that doesn’t guarantee a right to counsel.... Read more»

Tucson biz leaders blast Goldwater suit over World View

The heads of local business groups are calling on a rightwing lobbying group, the Goldwater Institute, to drop a lawsuit against Pima County over support for World View, the high-altitude technology company. That includes the leaders of the Metro Chamber, Sun Corridor, SALC and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.... Read more»

Az official urges Senate to close gaps in tribal criminal law

A Pascua Yaqui official said Wednesday that changes to federal law allowing tribes to prosecute nonmembers for domestic violence represented “a new dawn” for Native Americans, but there are gaps in the law that need to be addressed. ... Read more»

CBP: 12,000 rounds of ammo seized at Nogales border crossing

A slipshod attempt to smuggle 12,000 rounds of rifle ammunition into Mexico resulted in the arrest of a Southern California man Tuesday by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers. ... Read more»

Factchecking Bill Clinton’s economic claims

Former President Bill Clinton — who will be called upon to help revitalize the U.S. economy if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency — made two inaccurate economic claims in a recent speech in Kentucky.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pass or fail, Prop. 123 is just step one

Parsing the results is a waste of time because the same question awaited victory or defeat: What's next? It's a long hard slog out of doing less financially for schools than all but two states with far lower poverty rates. It's going to require a series of political victories to change the paradigm created by the same forces now in charge. Might as well start today.... Read more»

Too close to call: Prop. 123 passing by a hair; Nearly 100k ballots left to count

Proposition 123, the controversial measure that would pull money from the State Land Trust to bolster school funding, was passing by a slender margin statewide, but there were tens of thousand of ballots left to count. Many Pima County voters joined those who were voting "no" on the question.... Read more»

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