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States fill federal vacuum on immigrants

During another year of congressional inaction on immigration, states pushed for more changes at the state level, including opening up access to education for unauthorized immigrants.... Read more»1

The best reporting on California's drought

This year may be the driest in California in half a millennium. These reports explore how the drought is affecting agriculture, business and living conditions in the nation’s most populous state.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Gun deaths: Twice as many suicides as homicides

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one.... Read more»

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GOP gov candidates: Bored by the border

It’s time for the Republican Party primary, which means it’s time for candidates to talk about the issues that matter to voters.... Read more»1

Civil rights groups sue to stop 'deportation mill' in New Mexico

Calling a federal facility in New Mexico a “deportation mill,” civil rights groups are suing the federal government, arguing that procedures in the makeshift center harm the asylum claims of those held there.... Read more»

Horne vows to continue 'crusade' vs. Ethnic Studies

During a border security town hall, Arizona AG Tom Horne told the crowd that he would continue to battle against TUSD’s Mexican American Studies program. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was there to support Horne’s bid for reelection and ‘answer questions about illegal immigration or President Obama.’... Read more»5

U.S. now faces threat of U.S.-made weapons in Iraq

Never mind that the vehicle is a boxy, lumbering, second-hand set of wheels with a top speed of just 60 mph. To some of the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. M1117, aka the Guardian Armored Security Vehicle, has become their favorite ride.... Read more»

Flood of UA students prompts closure of 4th Ave underpass

Anticipating a weekend crowd as students return to the University of Arizona, city officials will close the 4th Avenue underpass to southbound vehicles nightly from Thursday through Sunday this week.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Negative campaigns: Winds of change sweeping from the plain?

While voters consistently self-report that negative advertising is a turn-off, the results say something else. Negative advertising works. It works consistently and well. Candidates who run happy campaigns mostly end up dripping tears on election night. But that didn’t happen in Oklahoma. It didn’t happen in Virginia. And the same dynamic may well be in play here in Arizona.... Read more»

California to Chiapas, climate-change plans could see new life

Four years after state officials from California and Chiapas signed a deal that would let California businesses exceed pollution limits by paying to protect rain forests abroad, the proposal has stalled. But advocates now see hope for gains in Chiapas and elsewhere in Mexico.... Read more»

Baby elephant, Tucson share a birthday

The long wait is over, and Semba, an African elephant at Reid Park Zoo, delivered her calf at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday — just in time for Tucson’s 239th birthday.... Read more»1

Photos: The lens of Will Seberger

A selection of photographs by Tucson journalist Will Seberger, who died Sunday night. Seberger’s photos could capture a moment of quiet contemplation amid the chaos of a rodeo, and even find a fleeting dynamic angle as yet another politician stepped up to yet another lectern.... Read more»1

Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

The 60 Plus Association — a nonprofit senior citizen advocacy group funded largely by billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch’s conservative political network — appears to have vastly understated its level of election spending on federal tax filings, a Center for Public Integrity review of documents indicates.... Read more»1

Gun Wars

Across the nation, guns can be carried into more public places

More Americans can carry guns in more places than ever before. In the majority of states, law-abiding gun owners can walk into bars, restaurants and churches with their guns without fear of legal ramifications, a News 21 review of all 50 states found.... Read more»1

Background checks fail on dangerous mentally ill

While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains the only square inch of compromise between the nation’s divided gun camps, the costly federal program is failing to keep guns away from the dangerously mentally ill.... Read more»

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