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New Border Patrol chief: Fence would help, but not the only answer

The U.S.-Mexico border could use more fencing, but other measures are needed as well to “detect and respond to threats in our nation’s border regions,” the new chief of the Border Patrol testified Wednesday.... Read more»

In Gila County’s political divide, Democrats and Republicans coexist

Although Globe and Miami residents were once predominantly Democratic, the 2016 election showed a trend toward the conservative politics seen in the rest of Gila County.... Read more»

'Health index' scores Az counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues

Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less.... Read more»

Is Ciudad Juárez on the brink of a new gang war?

October was the deadliest month in Ciudad Juárez in nearly three years, with more than 100 people murdered just south of the Rio Grande. Locals are anxious — and hopeful they're not witnessing a resurgence of the brutal drug war that plagued this Mexican border city from 2008 to 2011. ... Read more»

Immigration is main charge in 52% of all federal prosecutions

While President-elect Trump has promised to deport up to 2 million "criminal aliens," new data from TRAC shows that immigration charges are all but three of the top 10 crimes pursued by federal prosecutors, easily surpassing prosecutions for firearms, drugs and fraud. ... Read more»

Report: Drug cartel orders attack on Mexican newspaper

Mexican police told the staff of the Tijuana news weekly "Zeta" that a cartel member had ordered the paper's office be shot up in retaliation for publishing photos of alleged drug cartel members. Two staffers have been murdered in previous years, and another survived an assassination attempt that killed a bodyguard.... Read more»

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Goodbye to posse is ‘last hurrah’

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio stood in a cold parking lot outside Park Central Mall on Monday evening and presided over one of his last press conferences. The 84-year-old sheriff, who is facing criminal contempt charges over his continuing racial profiling despite a court order, lost a re-election bid after 24 years in office.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Monsanto deal no dirtier than recent Pima County triumphs

Tucson can't claim purity of progressive essence with a cash-for-jobs economic development model that heralds the coming Caterpillar's mining division and expansion of Raytheon's missile factory. But the county does have a way to provide clarity to corporate "bad boys."... Read more»2

Electric car plant, 2,000 workers steering toward Casa Grande

Lucid Motors plans to build a new electric vehicle factory in Casa Grande and to begin selling luxury cars in 2018. The plant will bring "more than $700 million in capital investment to the region" along with thousands of jobs, officials said.... Read more»

Court reinstates excessive-force suit against UA cop

A federal appeals court Monday reinstated an excessive force lawsuit against a University of Arizona police officer who shot a woman four times as she walked toward another woman while carrying a kitchen knife.... Read more»

Guatemalan woman dies after seizure at ICE detention center

A Guatemalan woman died Monday at a hospital in Casa Grande after suffering a series of seizures at the Eloy Detention Center, authorities said. ... Read more»

There’s no evidence our election was rigged

We had more than 1,000 people watching the vote on Election Day. If millions of people voted illegally, we would have seen some sign of it. ... Read more»

Ducey names 2 to expanded Arizona Supreme Court

Gov. Doug Ducey announced his picks Monday for two additional justices of the state's highest court — which was expanded to seven seats this year in what some derided as a court-packing plan. Tapped were Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Andrew W. Gould and Arizona Solicitor General John R. Lopez.... Read more»

Deportations could hit real estate markets in Az, nation

If the mass deportations promised by President-elect Donald Trump take place, the housing market could take a significant hit as undocumented immigrant homeowners are foreclosed on: an impact of roughly $906.3 billion across the United States. In Arizona, the hit would be $23.7 billion.... Read more»

Advocates: Ending Arizona’s veteran homelessness is in reach

Arizona advocates say eliminating veteran homelessness is within reach, and Phoenix has already reached “functional zero” veteran homelessness. Tucson just missed that mark in 2015.... Read more»

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