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House OKs bill lowering student loans; some worry about long-term impact

Arizona students who rely on federal student loans to go to college can breathe easy – at least for now.... Read more»

DES director touts Arizona’s efforts to reform social-service programs

The director of Arizona’s Department of Economic Security told a House subcommittee Wednesday that money’s not the problem when it comes to the welfare system – the system is.... Read more»

Looking good, senator: Flake tops The Hill’s ‘most beautiful’ list

Sen. Jeff Flake had already made something of a name for himself as a freshman, by being one of the bipartisan “Gang of 8″ that drafted a sweeping immigration reform bill.... Read more»

Immigration stays in spotlight as Congress recesses

As Congress enters its August recess with sweeping immigration reform legislation on hold, anxious Democrats and Republican proponents of a comprehensive overhaul are warning that a narrow timeline awaits lawmakers when they return. And they are using the break to drive home their belief that a comprehensive bill is the only way to move forward.... Read more»

Mexico madness: Did the Knights Templar murder the navy's vice admiral?

Vice Adm. Carlos Salazar and a bodyguard were shot dead Sunday when gunmen attacked their official navy car, which had been diverted by a protest blockade on a major toll road on to a secondary road in Michoacan.... Read more»

Report: Immigration reform could add thousands of jobs, billions to economy

Passing an immigration reform plan that provides for a pathway to citizenship could create up to 123,680 jobs and boost the gross domestic product by $10.32 billion by 2014, according to a new study.... Read more»

RTA/PAG taps Moghimi as regional transportation chief

The Regional Transportation Authority and Pima Association of Governments named Sahuarita's assistant town manager, Farhad Moghimi, as the new executive director of the linked-at-the-hip agencies at a special meeting Friday. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: UA president lays out priorities

UA President Ann Weaver Hart was the Friday Focus spotlight. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Sarah Garrecht Gassen, columnist and editorial writer at The Arizona Daily Star, and Dan Shearer, editor of The Green Valley News. Plus, the Weekend Watch with columnist Matt Russell.... Read more»

TUSD ordered to release names of sup't finalists

A judge has ordered Tucson Unified School District to release the names and resumés of three finalists for superintendent. The district announced that new leader H.T. Sanchez was the sole finalist for the post in June, but had also short-listed three others, whose identities were kept confidential.... Read more»2

Mexico, where off-the-books work is the rule, not the exception

Six in 10 Mexican workers toil in the country’s informal economy. The new president is after the potential income taxes they’re not paying. Wish him luck. ... Read more»1

Cruz’s nonfactual illegal immigration figures

Sen. Ted Cruz says there will be “20 or 30 million” people living in the U.S. illegally “in another 10, 20 years” if the Senate immigration bill becomes law. But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the bill, if enacted, will reduce future illegal immigration by 33 percent to 50 percent compared with current law.... Read more»

Mexico's drug war shifts gears, again

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had seemed eager to pull back from his predecessor's militarized drug war swagger. But now the navy, aided by US intelligence, is netting cartel capos again with a vengeance. ... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Dems say HB 2305 is GOP voter suppression

Interviews with Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Don Jorgensen, TUSD Governing Boardmember Mark Stegeman, KVOI GM Doug Martin, Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hand Stephenson.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Is Campbell still interested in running for governor?

Interviews with Gary Auerbach, founding president of the World Federation of Chiropractic, along with Democratic state Rep. and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, and, Don Loose, Buckmaster legal contributor.... Read more»

Arizona Theatre Company

Andrews to return to run troubled ATC

Arizona Theatre Company, facing a $1 million deficit and turmoil in its leadership, will turn to a familiar face. Jessica Andrews, who left the nonprofit theatre in 2009, will return as interim managing director.... Read more»

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