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Three U.S. citizens arrested for smuggling meth, cocaine through Nogales this week

Three U.S. citizens were among six arrested by Customs and Border Protection agents in multiple incidents since Saturday for attempting to smuggle $586,000 in "hard drugs," including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine through Nogales-area ports. ... Read more»

Factchecking Trump’s debate bias claim

Donald Trump wrongly labeled the debates “rigged” because the Commission on Presidential Debates’ “head guy used to work for Bill Clinton.” The nonpartisan debate commission is co-chaired by a former Clinton aide and a former Republican National Committee chairman.... Read more»

Az woman accused of helping inmate husband plot prison bombing

An Arizona woman accused of smuggling publications distributed by Islamist militant groups into a prison as part of a plot to help her inmate husband build a bomb, has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism and conspiracy, court documents showed on Thursday. ... Read more»

Court's immigration ruling could affect Texas 'sanctuary city' debate

A decision last month by a federal judge in Illinois undercutting a major tool the federal government uses to deport criminal immigrants could ripple across the country, changing how local jails hold people thought to be in the country illegally.... Read more»

Rights groups: More U.S. arrests for pot than violent crime

U.S. police make over 1.25 million arrests a year for drug possession, more than twice the number for violent crimes, and about half of the arrests are for marijuana, two human rights groups said on Wednesday in a call for sweeping drug decriminalization. ... Read more»

After being hit hard by recession, Latinos see sharp income, employment rise

Hispanic Americans enjoyed the fastest growth in household incomes and the largest decline in the poverty rate of any major racial or ethnic group in 2015, the White House said Wednesday.... Read more»

Tucson struggles to attract film industry without state incentives

Fans of the movie-making industry are still irked that Arizona legislators stopped allowing incentives to entice filmmakers six years ago and continue to rebuff efforts to reinstate them.They contend that the lack of incentives is a major reason why Pima County hasn’t come close to its potential.... Read more»

Radtke indictment unsealed: Pima's chief deputy accused of $500k in laundering, theft

In an indictment that was unsealed Wednesday, the former chief deputy of the Pima County Sheriff's Department is accused of conspiring to launder money and six counts of theft of public funds, totaling more than a half-million dollars over five years. Chris Radtke resigned Monday following the federal charges.... Read more»2

Bordering on insecurity

El Salvador's gang violence thrives in aftermath of civil war

Bloody gang conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and sparked a years-long exodus from El Salvador. The current “war” takes place in a country where memories of an earlier 12-year civil struggle still cut deeply. This story is part of the Tribune's yearlong Bordering on Insecurity project... Read more»

Nanos attacks critics, calls Carmona a 'blatant liar'

Beset by accusations that he is responsible for a "broken leadership culture" at the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Chris Nanos defended himself during a press conference Wednesday and called Dr. Richard Carmona, a 30-year veteran of the agency, a "blatant liar" with "anger issues" and "barely anything more than a wannabe deputy."... Read more»

Vector Space Systems

Small rocket company plans to launch big jobs in Tucson

Vector Space Systems, a young Tucson company that plans to put small payloads into orbit by launching hundreds of small rockets each year, will build a manufacturing plant at Pima County's tech park, near World View. The company plans to hire 200 high-paid employee as they build its 40-foot-tall rockets.... Read more»

Following indictment of chief deputy, Carmona again hits at Sheriff Nanos

Following the indictment of Chief Deputy Chris Radtke, a group of deputies reiterated their claims Tuesday that the Pima County Sheriff's Department is suffering from a "broken leadership culture" created by Sheriff Chris Nanos. ... Read more»

Powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl makes a deadly mark in Arizona

Pima County’s Medical Examiner reported 17 fentanyl-related deaths last year, up from seven in 2014 – a deadly trend involving one of the most potent synthetic opioids in the world.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Sunshine Mile born to die for progress

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has tagged Broadway between Euclid and Country Club as an endangered place alongside San Francisco's Embarcadero, the Louisiana steamship the Delta Queen, the James River in Virginia and See's Candy on Broadway. One of these things doesn't belong.... Read more»2

Supreme Court agrees to hear cross-border shooting case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday it would consider a controversial Texas case involving a cross-border shooting that ended with the death of a 15-year-old boy at the hands of a Border Patrol agent.... Read more»

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