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What the Devil won't tell you

See crimson, stem tide: March against madness of UA athletics subsidy

Arizona's universities just witnessed the biggest cuts of any public higher ed system in America, and a proposed $100 student fee to pay for athletic programs would mean Arizona and Arizona State would lead the nation in subsidizing college sports.... Read more»

Legislative roundup: A retired justice, minimum wage & drunken hair cuts

The week in the Arizona Legislature.... Read more»

Lawyer: BP 'lost or destroyed' original video of Nogales cross-border shooting

A lawyer representing Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager at the border in Nogales, said that the agency has "lost or destroyed" the original video recordings of the incident. ... Read more»1

CBP seeking proposals for 'physically imposing' concrete wall on Mexico border

Late Friday night, officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection began accepting proposals to design and build prototypes for two walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, one a "physically imposing" wall of reinforced concrete. ... Read more»

Trump budget would hire lawyer team to obtain property for border wall

President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget calls for the hiring of 20 attorneys to help the federal government “obtain the land and holdings necessary to secure the Southwest border.”... Read more»

Advocates leery of plan to hire more immigration judges, prosecutors

Advocates say a backlog in immigration courts denies justice to the accused, but they are not ready to endorse President Donald Trump’s plan to speed up the process by hiring more judges and prosecutors.... Read more»

Judges say plan to split 9th Circuit could backfire, spark court delays

Judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized plans to split the massive Western circuit in two, telling a House committee Thursday that doing so would cost taxpayers money while slowing down the judicial process.... Read more»

Shafer withdraws as candidate for TUSD interim sup't

The night before the TUSD Governing Board was set to approve a contract to hire former district administrator Maggie Shafer as the interim superintendent, she withdrew her name from consideration. TUSD was set to hire her, along with a deputy she hand-picked, to run the district through June after H.T. Sanchez was pushed out.... Read more»1

White House asks Congress for $2.6 billion for border wall

Echoing promises made during the campaign, President Trump is seeking to hire more than 1,500 law enforcement officers this year, while spending $2.6 billion to begin construction of a Southwest border wall, and another $1 billion on detention and deportation efforts, according to a proposed budget released Thursday by the White House. ... Read more»

State of the City

Rothschild: Tucson a 'reliable partner' with business

The text of Mayor Rothschild's "State of the City" speech, delivered Thursday: "The City of Tucson is a good partner, a reliable partner, as we've proven time and time again during my tenure as mayor." Rothschild made his case for an increase in Tucson's sales tax, asking voters to OK it at an upcoming special election to help fund police, fire and road repairs.... Read more»

TUSD set to hire interim leaders after apparent open meeting law violation

The TUSD Board has scheduled a Friday-afternoon meeting to approve contracts for an interim superintendent and deputy superintendent for the school district. But, although the Board discussed superintendent candidates at a closed meeting earlier this week, the matter of the deputy appointment never appeared on an agenda.... Read more»1

FactCheck: No evidence jobs data was 'manipulated' by Obama

President Donald Trump’s chief budget officer claimed — without any evidence — that “the Obama administration was manipulating the numbers” to make the nation’s unemployment rate “look smaller.”... Read more»

Mexican presidential candidate files complaint against Trump policies

A leading candidate for the Mexican presidency filed a petition Wednesday in Washington that calls on President Trump’s administration to stop its “racist, discriminatory speech” and “massive” deportation aimed at Mexican migrants. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the populist leader of the National Regeneration Movement in Mexico, made the comments as part of a speech.... Read more»

Az biz leaders see interest rate hike as sign of improving economy

The Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate by a quarter-percent Wednesday, to 1.0 percent, a move that Arizona business leaders welcomed as one that is likely to benefit consumers in the state in the long run.... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump's new travel ban before it takes effect

Just hours before President Trump's revised travel ban was set to go into effect, a U.S. federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued an emergency halt to the order's implementation. The judge ruled that while Trump's order did not mention Islam by name, "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion."... Read more»

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