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Advocates, Arizona settle federal lawsuit over SB1070

Advocates and Arizona officials have agreed to restrict the remaining parts of Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070, ending a lawsuit that began in 2010. Police officers cannot prolong a stop solely to conduct immigration checks and cannot use race or ethnicity as a basis to suspect that someone is in the country without authorization. ... Read more»1

Bordering on insecurity

Illegal Central American immigration surges again at U.S. border

For the second time in three years, the U.S. Border Patrol is apprehending more non-Mexicans than Mexicans along the southwest border, reflecting a renewed surge of Central American migrants fleeing violence and gang warfare in their home countries. ... Read more»

Court: Medicaid patients who sued over state plan can recover lawyers’ fees

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a group of Arizona Medicaid recipients who sued the government after it approved higher copayments for their care should still be able to recover attorneys’ fees in the case.... Read more»

Tribal leaders say proposed water deal could benefit Az tourism

The chairman of the Hualapai Tribe told a Senate committee Wednesday that a proposed 70-mile, $173 million water project would lay the groundwork for expansion of Grand Canyon West and increased tourism in the state.... Read more»

Development officials: Caterpillar could haul more companies to Tucson

Caterpillar Inc.'s move to Tucson is creating a lot of buzz. Since the manufacturer announced plans in May to move a major division and about 600 jobs to Tucson, about 10 other companies have begun looking at locating here too, officials said.... Read more»

Tucson park fields to close for seasonal repairs

A number of athletic fields at Tucson parks will be temporarily closed this fall and winter for aerating, fertilizing and re-seeding, and to allow for turf growth. From September through February, a total of 23 fields will be closed in six parks. ... Read more»

Consumer advocate: Predatory lending still 'major problem' in Arizona

Consumers nationwide have submitted nearly 10,000 complaints with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau about short-term consumer loans they believed were unfair, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. The complaints were submitted over the past two and a half years.... Read more»

AZ Supreme Court OKs police pay for on-the-clock union work

The Arizona State Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that paying police officers while they did work for the police union does not violate the state constitution.... Read more»

Free rabies vaccines at Cunningham's office Saturday

A free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs will be held at the Ward 2 Council office on the East Side on Saturday, with the Humane Society offering to treat up to 150 pets. Low-cost distemper/parvo shots will also be available.... Read more»

Southern Arizona residents take border security complaints to Congress

Two southern Arizona residents told a House panel Tuesday that their communities have grown more dangerous due to what they see as a lack of security at the Arizona-Mexico border.... Read more»

House panel OKs bill to change how tribes get federal recognition

A House committee last week gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give Congress greater control over which Native American tribes are granted federal recognition. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar, was approved 23-13 on a largely party-line vote, despite objections from Democrats that the measure would just make the process even more cumbersome and erode tribal rights.... Read more»

Court grants new hearing for pregnant Maricopa inmate shackled during labor

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a former Maricopa County jail inmate can sue the office of Sheriff Joe Arpaio for shackling her while she was in labor and as she left the hospital after giving birth.... Read more»

Ducey blasts marijuana reform in ‘values voter’ speech in D.C.

Gov. Doug Ducey told a Washington audience this weekend that the movement to legalize recreational marijuana is “a battle for the minds and future of our children’s lives.”... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Flipping Arizona: Can Clinton carry the state?

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has Hillary Clinton within one point of Donald Trump in Arizona. You read that right. This is in line with a polling average from Real Clear Politics, which even had Clinton slightly ahead during and after both parties' conventions. Is it possible that Hillary could flip Arizona to the Democrats? I am skeptical.... Read more»

Johnny Depp's ex-wife drops defamation suit vs. Doug Stanhope

Johnny Depp's ex-wife, Amber Heard, has dropped her lawsuit against an Arizona comedian she accused of defaming her. The complaint against Doug Stanhope, Depp's friend, was dismissed without prejudice.... Read more»

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