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Lawmakers praise staff at Tucson shelter for migrant kids, question reunification process

More than a dozen state legislators toured the Southwest Key shelter in Tucson, where nearly 300 children are staying as part of an contract with Health and Human Services, including 73 kids who were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. ... Read more»

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Rogue Theatre

No longer a homeless Rogue

The Rogue Theatre’s new permanent home is helping boost attendance for their avant garde productions. According to Joe McGrath, artistic director of the company, attendance at this season’s first project, Animal Farm, was up by 30 percent over previous shows. ... Read more»

DesertRATS

NASA: Arizona will play key role in next moon mission

As NASA plans for the next U.S. footprints on the moon and eventually its first on Mars, Arizona’s evolution into a center of space research means it will have a role even bigger than just a place to study geology.... Read more»

Border & immigration

ATF border gunrunning program has flaws, says Inspector General

Just a few days after the Justice Dep't patted itself on the back for success in halting gunrunning on the border, a new report shows the program isn't using some of its money wisely.... Read more»

Arizona Gold Star Military Medal

New law provides medal to families of Arizona’s fallen service members

The dogtag around Margy Bons’ neck bears a picture of her son, Marine Sgt. Michael Marzano. Her office contains a shrine of sorts to him: a portrait, a service medallion, a folded flag. Under a new law, she is to receive an Arizona Gold Star Military Medal honoring her son’s sacrifice.... Read more»

'America the Beautiful' coins

New quarters to feature Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon will be one of the first sites featured on “America the Beautiful” quarters to be released next year. State officials and tourism experts hope that exposure will mean extra silver for businesses that depend on visitors.... Read more»

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

New UA medical school may mean more rural doctors

Between working on class projects and studying for exams, medical student Nathalie Petein reports to Native Americans for Community Action Family Health Center at 8:15 a.m. five days a week, treating patients with chronic diabetes, hypertension and other problems. Some days she does the same thing at the county jail. Because she’s interested in family medicine, she signed on for the school’s Rural Health Professions Program to work alongside doctors who often have to do it all.... Read more»

Wildcat basketball

Onion report: Wildcat point guard already calling school 'Zona'

From the Onion: In an effort to impress his new University of Arizona teammates, Wildcats freshman point guard Lamont Jones was already referring to the school as "Zona" after his very first practice, sources reported Tuesday.... Read more»

Health care

Emotions still run high in health care reform debate

As lawmakers prepare to return to Washington to take up health care reform, supporters on both sides of the issue are still making their thoughts heard. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can expect some fireworks as she has announced three town halls.... Read more»

Border & immigration

Border fence being sold as scrap metal

Holes are still being made in the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but not for the reason you might think. ... Read more»

Turkey sees merit in jailing children

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey – If Turkish prosecutors have their way, Hebun Akkaya, a timid 16-year-old with a hesitant manner, could spend seven years in jail for having joined a demonstration a year ago in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast.... Read more»

Couple chases B of A loan modification while debt mounts

Bank of America is the biggest mortgage servicer in the business. And judging by Treasury Department data, its customers searching for loan modifications are the most frustrated. ... Read more»

Career and Academic Support for Teachers

UA to train unemployed teachers

Hundreds of Tucson-area teachers remain unemployed after uncertain budgets forced local districts to lay off many educators. While many were eventually hired back for this school year, concern over jobless teachers leaving the profession has led the UA to launch the CAST support program. ... Read more»

Ernest Hancock - Viper Militia

Online radio host who staged gun interview at Obama rally defended 90s militia group

Ernest Hancock, who staged an interview with an assault-rifle toting group at an Obama event on Monday, was a vocal friend of right-wing militia members who were convicted of weapons and conspiracy charges, reports TalkingPointsMemo.... Read more»

Federal stimulus funds

How much stimulus funding is going to Pima County?

Want to know what’s going on with the stimulus in your area? ProPublica has compiled nearly all the contracts, grants and loans that the government has reported awarding so far in the stimulus program. Type in your county or click on your state to find projects in your area.... Read more»

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