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In El Paso, a mirror of Catholicism's challenges

Catholicism remains the religion of choice for most people in El Paso, but membership in the church has declined. How the church adapts to modern societal beliefs will be reflected by what happens to its membership there.... Read more»

$2.3M in pot seized at Nogales port of entry

Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Mariposa crossing in Nogales seized more than $2.3 million worth of marijuana hidden in the back of a tractor-trailer Friday.... Read more»

Program helping to reduce waits at Texas border bridges

Nine months into a federal pilot program created to reduce wait times at international ports of entry, operators of bridges on the Texas-Mexico border say it appears to be accomplishing that goal. But they also say it’s difficult to measure whether cars, trucks and pedestrians are moving faster across the border.... Read more»1

Analysis

The facts on immigration today

Immigration has been a constant source of economic vitality and demographic dynamism throughout our nation’s history. Immigrants are taxpayers, entrepreneurs, job creators, and consumers. But the immigration system is broken and in need of an overhaul. Although the U.S. border is now more secure than ever, decades of ever-increasing border and interior enforcement have exacerbated the dysfunction caused by rigid, out-of-date laws.... Read more»1

After 23 years in Congress, Pastor savors victories large and small

Observers say Rep. Ed Pastor’s legacy can be measured in projects he brought to the state, like light rail, as well as people he helped. That’s just how Pastor, retiring this year, hopes to be remembered.... Read more»

Initiative eases transition to Mexico for those deported through Nogales

Deported after 25 years in the United States on domestic violence charges, Jose Castellea stepped off a bus at the Nogales border gate eight days ago with only the clothes on his back and a few belongings. “The first time you’re scared when you’re here in Mexico,” Castellea said. “Now, well I have to be here the rest of my life.”... Read more»

Study: Climate change will make wildfires worse for Arizona

As climate change worsens, one study looks at the impact that it could have on wildfires. The Cost of Carbon Pollution project concludes forecasts 100 percent more burned area in the U.S. by 2050.... Read more»

CBP helicopter crashes near Bisbee

A helicopter pilot with Customs and Border Protection walked away from an emergency landing east of Bisbee on Monday afternoon.... Read more»

Grijalva captures sign theft on hidden camera

TUSD Governing Board President Adelita Grijalva, running for re-election, said Monday that she has hidden-camera footage of someone stealing her campaign signs. Offering a $500 reward to anyone who can ID the alleged thief, Grijalva said that she’s lost $7,000 in signs this year.... Read more»4

Analysis

Health insurers press for high-deductible, low-benefit policies

Among the things insurers don’t like about Obamacare is that it made them stop selling junk insurance. Insurers are lobbying hard behind the scenes to get lawmakers to change the law to let them sell meager policies again, and they’ve turned to Democrats in red and purple states for help.... Read more»2

Gay marriage licenses issued in every Az county

In the week since Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage was rejected, clerks in all 15 counties say they have issued at least one marriage license to a same-sex couple - some to hundreds. And at $76 a pop, state coffers may already have taken in more than $20,000 in license fees.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Barber: Personal freedoms include gay marriage, abortion rights

We believe that everyone in our community has the right to live the life they want without the government, politicians or their employer interfering in their personal decisions. In Southern Arizona, we stand by our values. That’s why I am fighting to preserve a woman’s right to make her most personal health care decisions and to ensure that all Southern Arizonans have the right to marry the one they love.... Read more»3

From the editor

Calling candidate commentaries: Pols' op-eds wanted

Local political candidates are welcome to submit guest opinion pieces for publication. Here’s what we’re looking for, and what we’re not.... Read more»5

Autism, invisible disabilities are barriers to finding work

An advocate says that many times people with invisible disabilities choose not to disclose their conditions for fear of being stigmatized. On the other hand, employers oftentimes don’t value people with disabilities because they are fearful.... Read more»

VA fights veteran homelessness beyond Tucson, Phx areas

Recognizing that homelessness among veterans is a problem in rural areas as well as cities, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded a $2 million grant to the Veterans Resource Center, which has offices in Prescott, Flagstaff and Bullhead City.... Read more»

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