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State officials push plan to ‘reinvent’ social services during Washington visit

The director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security was in Washington this week pushing his plan to “reinvent” the state’s safety net and create a streamlined system to better serve the needy. ... Read more»

Franks aims to take abortion limits national, despite court ruling on state law

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, said Wednesday he will push for a national prohibition on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, just one day after a court ruled a similar law in Arizona unconstitutional.... Read more»

Texas stands out on multiple immigration fronts

As Congress wades deeper into the debate over comprehensive immigration reform legislation, Texas is standing out both for enforcement within its borders and for its appeal to 21st century activists who are seeking an overhaul to the country’s system.... Read more»

Judge: Arpaio racially profiled Latinos in immigration crackdowns

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio violated the civil rights of Latinos who were detained during immigration sweeps, a federal judge ruled Friday. The 142-page decision came in a case brought by the ACLU and MALDEF that alleged Arpaio and his deputies relied on race in determining who to target for immigration enforcement.... Read more»1

New PCC chief: Accountability will put college back on track

Describing himself as "passionate about community colleges and the mission that we serve," the incoming chancellor of Pima Community College said Friday that a lack of accountability led to the troubles that PCC has faced in recent years.... Read more»1

Six facts lost in the IRS scandal

In the furious fallout from the revelation that the IRS flagged applications from conservative nonprofits for extra review because of their political activity, some points about the big picture — and big donors — have fallen through the cracks. Consider this our Top 6 list of need-to-know facts on social welfare nonprofits, also known as dark money groups because they don’t have to disclose their donors.... Read more»

Puppies join Border Patrol effort to sniff out smugglers

Meet Border Patrol's Yuma Sector Canine Unit through their two newest agents, Kirpy and Kala, who started training in March. The Belgian Malinois puppies will soon work with border agents to keep smugglers at bay. (with video)... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: Downtown a home for creative class

Downtown is creating a home for the creative class. Co-working spaces such as Gangplank, Connect, Xerocraft and Maker House are popping up across the city center, laying the groundwork for a high-tech hub in the heart of the city, helping to retain those educated young people that were so eager to flee Tucson a few years ago.... Read more»

There is a free lunch - for TUSD students this summer

TUSD students living in qualified areas can eat for free this summer; breakfasts and lunches paid for by the federal government will be served May 28-July 26.... Read more»

TPD: Kidnapped woman safe after crosstown chase

A 23-year-old woman who was kidnapped Thursday night was safe after her alleged abductor led police on a crosstown chase Friday afternoon, Tucson police said. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Barber: Congress needs to get to work, stop political games

The Affordable Care Act needs serious improvements, and Congress should come together to find bipartisan fixes to improve this law. Rather than focus on real solutions to the problems embedded in this law, leadership in Washington has wasted many days – and millions of your dollars – trying to repeal the law rather than make the necessary changes.... Read more»5

Gangplank opens new Downtown workspace

Co-working space Gangplank celebrated their grand re-opening in a newly decked-out suite in the historic Pioneer Building downtown Wednesday night. The nonprofit's goal is to offer a welcoming and supportive space for community members to connect, generate ideas, and take successful steps towards their personal business goals. ... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Tucson City Council approves budget

Former state Sen. Frank Antenori, plus Jesse Lugo, Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham, state Rep. Ethan Orr (R-LD9), financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik... Read more»

Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Gov. Brewer appoints 5 to ASDB Board

Gov. Jan Brewer appointed five new members to the Board overseeing the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind on Wednesday, following allegations of mismanagement. The terms of all eight gubernatorial appointees had expired without Brewer picking replacements until now.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hamed: Brewer must continue ASDB's fresh start

From a former Board member, and student: Gov. Jan Brewer's appointment Wednesday of five new members of the Board of Directors of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind is a start to fixing the damage done to that institution's reputation.... Read more»

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