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Tucson mayor's race has become much ado about contrived nothings

Without a Republican in the election mix, the battle to be Tucson's next mayor isn’t about big ideas and contrasting governing philosophies. It’s a theatre of the absurd about petty wrist-slaps and indignation over minor flesh wounds voters shouldn't be so indignant about. ... Read more»2

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9th Circuit confirms right to lawyer in asylum hearings

Ruling that noncitizens are entitled to attorneys during removal proceedings, the 9th Circuit ordered an immigration judge Tuesday to rehear the deportation case of a Mexican man who disputes that he willingly gave up his right to counsel.... Read more»

Trump admin rushed sweeping immigration policy, but sloppy mistakes could penalize military families

Trump’s new immigration policy applies more harshly to families of U.S. citizens in the military than to families of noncitizens in the military. Experts think it’s an error that suggests officials are pushing policies even they don’t fully understand.... Read more»

Border wall work started this week in Az's Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument

Contractors began replacing border fencing along a two-mile stretch of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument this week, the first of three projects that will add 30-foot high "bollard" walls along three of Southern Arizona's wildlife refuges. ... Read more»

Wednesday is Tucson ballot-mailing deadline

To be received by next Tuesday in order to be counted, ballots in Tucson's primary election should be mailed Wednesday, or dropped-off in person at one of several voting locations.... Read more»

Republicans won't appeal ruling that OKed Tucson 'sanctuary city' for November ballot

Local Republicans won't seek review of a judge's ruling last week that tossed out their legal challenge to an initiative that would declare Tucson a "sanctuary city" and restrict local immigration enforcement if voters approve in November.... Read more»

As Peru welcomes Venezuelan refugees, its immigration system is overwhelmed

As Venezuela's economic and political crisis continues, Peru's limited-scale asylum system is working through an estimated 161,000 asylum claims, after more than 700,000 Venezuelans came into the country since 2015. ... Read more»

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Report road hazards, graffiti & other issues

Is your drive home less than smooth? Use our mapping tool from SeeClickFix to report everything from potholes and graffiti to broken streetlights and overgrown weeds and keep watch over your neighborhood... Read more»

Kelly has 5-point lead on Arizona’s McSally in Senate race

Tuesday poll numbers show McSally losing her Senate seat next November to her Democratic opponent, former astronaut Mark Kelly.... Read more»1

McSally staffers to hold 'mobile office hours' in Oro Valley

Staffers for U.S. Sen. Martha McSally will be on hand Friday to assist constituents in Oro Valley with questions about government agencies.... Read more»1

Pima County shelter opens doors to 400 legal asylum-seekers

After weeks of controversy, a Tucson shelter for asylum-seekers quietly opened its doors two weeks ago and has hosted about 400 people, after the former wing of the juvenile detention center had been "significantly remodeled." ... Read more»

Sahuarita Pecan Festival canceled: Blame it on tariffs, shaky markets, bad weather elsewhere

Shaky international markets, soaring tariffs and bad weather back East have left their mark on Sahuarita, all playing a role in the cancellation of the Pecan Festival. FICO, which owns 7,000 acres of pecan trees in Green Valley and Sahuarita, announced Friday that this year's festival is off.... Read more»

Judge tosses challenge to Tucson 'sanctuary city' initiative

A judge ruled Friday against a challenge brought by Republicans, allowing an initiative to make Tucson a "sanctuary city" to go to voters in November. Supporters celebrated, while opponents are discussing an appeal of the decision.... Read more»

'Dirtbag,' 'Savages,' 'Subhuman': A BP agent's hateful career & the crime that ended it

Border Patrol Agent Matthew Bowen had been investigated for years before he used his 4,000-pound truck to assault a fleeing migrant.... Read more»

Ads bashing Romero campaign over 'Trump tie' funded by connections of RNC's Bruce Ash

An election committee is pushing the message that mayoral candidate Regina Romero is connected to Donald Trump — with big funding from a close family member of Bruce Ash, himself a major Trump booster.... Read more»1

Out of sight is out of mind: Small communities across U.S. struggle in shadow of larger disasters

Small towns struck by disasters often must rely on neighbors and non-profits more than federal assistance to rebuild in the aftermath.... Read more»

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