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ACLU lawsuit challenges SB 1070′s ‘show your papers’ provision

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB 1070’s requirement that law officers to determine whether someone is in the country illegally if they have reason to suspect it. The case involves a woman detained after a traffic stop in Pinal County.... Read more»

Activists: Stop giving military hardware to school cops

More than 20 national education and civil rights advocates sent a letter September 15 to Department of Defense officials, urging them to stop giving U.S. school police departments anti-mine vehicles, military-grade firearms like M16s, and even grenade launchers.... Read more»

How one Spanish priest went gangster in Central America

El Salvador officials recorded Spanish priest Antonio Rodriguez becoming way too chummy with the jailed ‘mara’ gang members he was meant to be rehabilitating. An investigation that found Rodriguez to have sought favors for gang members and smuggled contraband into prisons.... Read more»

Center for Biological Diversity

Enviros threaten to sue feds for not protecting pygmy owl

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Defenders of Wildlife this week filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not protecting the owl under the Endangered Species Act. The groups also object to the wording in the agency’s policy restricting the owl from receiving protection.... Read more»1

Largest-ever tribal settlement sees $554M to Navajo

The tribe’s 2006 lawsuit originally sought $900 million for what it called the federal government’s decades of mishandling royalties from oil, gas, coal, uranium and other mineral leases it held in trust for the tribe. The settlement was hailed as a “victory for tribal sovereignty.”... Read more»

Brazil and Ecuador come out against airstrikes in Syria

The South American governments are calling the air campaign against Islamist militants a violation of Syria’s sovereignty — even if Assad seems to be welcoming the help.... Read more»

Domestic abuse a challenge for states

States are increasingly interested in reducing domestic violence, but none of them are trying to prevent domestic violence by focusing on specific demographic groups. Advocates say that’s a problem, stressing stress that states must consider the influence of race, culture and other demographic factors to craft effective strategies.

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The best reporting on children with PTSD

What happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.... Read more»

Huckelberry hardball: 'Pay this bill or we'll kill these dogs'

Pima County fired back at Tucson’s refusal to pay for increased animal-shelter costs Wednesday, with a Chuck Huckelberry memo that’s reminiscent of a 1973 National Lampoon cover. The county administrator said if the city doesn’t want to pay more for the Animal Control Center, then Tucson can choose to put strays to sleep — and hire someone to do it.... Read more»2

Fact-checking Feinstein on the assault weapons ban

Senator Dianne Feinstein said “the evidence is clear: the ban worked.” Except there’s no evidence it saved lives – and the researcher behind the key statistic Feinstein cites says it’s an outdated figure that was based on a false assumption.... Read more»

Az agencies received 447 bayonets from feds

A review of state-level data for the Department of Defense Excess Property Program shows the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office receiving 257 bayonets and police departments in Tucson, Pinetop-Lakeside and Payson receiving 150, 30 and 10, respectively.... Read more»2

Faith groups announce nat'l coalition to support sanctuary movement

Reinvigorated by two recent sanctuary cases at Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary movement is once again offering refuge to people subject to deportation. Faith leaders announced Wednesday that 24 congregations across the country are part of the effort to shelter undocumented immigrants from officials... Read more»

Sanctuary movement in Tucson may give refuge to third immigrant

A third person may take refuge in a Tucson church if immigration officials do not accept his request for a stay of deportation on Wednesday. Francisco Perez Cordova will go into sanctuary at St. Francis in the Foothills on Thursday night unless authorities agreed to give him a stay of deportation and close his case.... Read more»

City Council asks feds to close sanctuary case

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to ask the White House and Homeland Security to close the deportation case against Rosa Robles Loreto, who has been in sanctuary at a Tucson church for nearly 50 days.... Read more»2

CBP chief: Southwest border focus immigrant kids, not ISIS

The head of Customs and Border Protection said there is no evidence of ISIS attempts to infiltrate the Southwest border and his agency is more focused on trying to prevent more unaccompanied minor immigrants.... Read more»

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