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House delays vote on bill to ‘secure borders first’ in face of criticism

The bill would allocate $1 billion a year for equipment, technology and personnel to shut down illegal immigration and border smuggling. Critics came from both sides of the issue - some called it “extremist,” while others said it was “timid” and “enforcement theater.”... Read more»

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State Integrity Investigation

Study: Corruption risk huge for state governments

The tales are sadly familiar to even the most casual observer of state politics. Officials make lofty promises when it comes to ethics in government. But these efforts often fall short of providing any real transparency or legitimate hope of rooting out corruption.... Read more»1

State Integrity Investigation

Arizona gets D+ on corruption risk report card

Arizona, like most states, tends to initiate reforms after scandals. The state may need more good government laws: Arizona landed 27th with a grade of D+ and a numerical score of 68 in rankings by the State Integrity Investigation.... Read more»

Anticipating the new House Republican budget plan

President Barack Obama several weeks ago laid out his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013. Now it’s the House Republicans’ turn to present their vision.... Read more»

Tucson's Bill Roe picked to lead state Dems

Tucson environmental activist Bill Roe was tapped Saturday to lead Arizona’s Democrats. He was elected by acclamation at a party meeting in Phoenix.... Read more»

Senate bill could roll back health insurance savings

An insurer-supported Senate bill aims to roll back the requirements for consumer rebates from health insurance companies.... Read more»

Texas prison radio show is inmates' link to the outside world

On Friday nights, in prison cells across parts of Texas, a window opens to the outside world — a radio show for inmates that links inmates to family, friends and the world outside.... Read more»

Poll: Americans most optimistic about jobs since 2008

Americans are now more optimistic about finding work than at any time since before President Barack Obama took office, according to a new poll released Friday by Gallup.... Read more»

Man gets 57 months for illegal entry

A 30-year-old Mexican man was sentenced to 57 months in prison Tuesday for illegal entry into the United States.... Read more»

Ex-Guatemalan soldier gets 6,060 years for '82 massacre

Former Guatemalan elite forces soldier Pedro Pimentel was sentenced to 6,060 years in prison this week for participating in a 1982 massacre that left 201 people dead.... Read more»

BP finds more than 1,400 lbs of abandoned pot

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana in two incidents since Thursday.... Read more»

Sheriff's Dep't adds new helicopter to fleet

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has added a new helicopter to its air fleet to replace a helicopter lost in a crash in 2011 that killed its pilot and injured two others.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: TUSD must win back community's trust

Today on Buckmaster - TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone, the Reporters’ Roundtable with The Tucson Weekly’s Mari Herreras and TucsonSentinel.com’s Dylan Smith, and Culinary Cruiser Matt Russell.... Read more»

Pima Community College

Miles won't seek permanent chancellor's post at PCC

PCC interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles announced Friday that she would remain in her position until a permanent leader is hired, and volunteered to take a $91,000 pay cut. Miles won’t seek the permanent position, she said.... Read more»5

Civilians get taste of military life from Az National Guard

For the second year, the Arizona National Guard and the Arizona Coalition for Military Families have offered civilians a two-day military-immersion experience.... Read more»

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