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Dramatic January drop in kids, families picked up at border

The number of unaccompanied minors and parents with children apprehended at the border declined dramatically from December to January, even as the administration takes hits from activists and Democrats over immigration raids conducted after the New Year. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

How ICE shields financial dealings with private prison contractors from public scrutiny

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is fighting hard to hide from public scrutiny the workings of its contracts with private prison corporations like CCA and GEO. It seems that private prison contractors not only control an increasing share of our unjust immigration system; they now seek to limit the public's access to government contracting decisions and the reach of FOIA itself.... Read more»

FactCheck: Do polls show Trump can easily beat Clinton in November?

Donald Trump said he can beat Hillary Clinton in November, citing “so many” polls that show “we beat her and we beat her easily.” ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson economy faces cracks as UA research funding dries up

Cuts in state funding for the UA and stagnant federal research budgets are going to cost the Tucson economy and cost it a lot. $600 million in lost revenue is like losing two-thirds of Davis Monthan Air Force Base or 80 percent of the Raytheon Missile Systems payroll. It's like losing six Ventana Medical Systems.... Read more»2

Project means detours at I-10/I-8 interchange near Casa Grande

Work on the interstate highway interchange between Eloy and Casa Grande will mean detours and potential delays, as crews improve drainage, rebuild barriers and repave roadways.... Read more»

Anti-litter groups: Cigarette butts trash Arizona freeways

The cigarettes that are detrimental to your health are also littering Arizona freeways, creating eyesores, leaching chemicals and causing a fire hazard.... Read more»

Arizonans go head-to-head on motorcycle safety laws

Motorcyclists who roll down Arizona highways agree that riding in the open air is one of life’s exhilarating experiences. But disagreements become sharp when the subject of whether to wear a helmet – or whether the state should mandate helmet use – is on the table.... Read more»

Dateless on Valentine's weekend? Take a tour of the city's landfill

If you're down in the dumps on Valentine's weekend, the city of Tucson has plans for you. The Environmental Services Department will offer a tour of the Los Reales Landfill and the ReCommunity recycling center next Friday morning... Read more»

Pentagon: A-10s will fly through 2022

The Air Force's A-10 attack jets will not be retired until at least 2022, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday, previewing the Obama administration's military budget. The planes, including those based in Tucson, had been on a path to an earlier retirement in favor of the F-35, with some already grounded.... Read more»

Poll: Kirkpatrick has a shot at unseating McCain

The general election is months away, and Sen. John McCain needs to get past a primary challenge, but an early poll shows a statistical tie between the incumbent Republican and Democratic challenger Ann Kirkpatrick. The poll tightened to just a one-point lead for McCain, down from six last November.... Read more»

Mexican police nab leader of Beltran Leyva cartel

Mexican police announced the weekend arrest of Francisco Javier Hernandez Garcia, the alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel. On Saturday, Mexican federal police also conducted raids in Sonoyta, just across the border from Lukeville, Arizona. ... Read more»

As feds plan to cut border monitoring, Texas officials ask why

Texas officials pressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.... Read more»

Campaign donations reflect sharp split in Congress among Republicans

An analysis of political fundraising shows conservative House Republicans have less in common with their party’s leaders, whose donors sometimes more closely resemble those of Democrats. GOP leadership, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, raises money from a vastly different set of political action committees.... Read more»

Analysis

Ensuring due process protections for Central American refugees

Opinion: All asylum seekers must be informed of their rights, have access to counsel, and not be rushed to deportation before making their full case for protection.... Read more»

After nation’s deepest higher ed cuts, Az advocates see glimmer of hope

Arizona cut higher education funding deeper than any other state last year, capping a five-year period in which the state led the nation with a 27.3 percent cut from its support for colleges, but the 2017 fiscal budget could see a modest increase.... Read more»1

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