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Sentinel reporting wins Arizona Press Club awards

TucsonSentinel.com's coverage of border and immigration issues and watchdog reporting on local elections won several awards from the Arizona Press Club, with recognition for Paul Ingram, Joe Watson and Dylan Smith.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: 'Dark & misguided' to deploy Park Police on border

The Trump administration and many Republicans in Washington claim that our border with Mexico is swarming with dangerous immigrants. According to this tired narrative, we have no choice but to send Park Police to help carry out a crackdown that won’t stop until President Trump believes “the homeland” is safe.... Read more»

'Lovely' the dog dies after being doused with gas, burned

A Tucson dog named "Lovely" died Sunday morning after being treated by vets here and in Scottsdale. She was doused with gasoline and set on fire by a woman who also burned part of her family home earlier this month, authorities said.... Read more»

Corp Comm candidates to debate Sunday in GV

Four Democratic candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission — one of the most powerful elected bodies in the state — will debate Sunday afternoon, moderated by TucsonSentinel.com Editor Dylan Smith.... Read more»

‘Chain migration’: The definitions, history & faces behind family-based immigration

“Chain migration,” “family reunification” and “family-based immigration” are three terms used to describe the same thing: migrating to the United States and gaining lawful permanent residency through an immediate relative who lives here legally.... Read more»

Amazon plans to bring 1,500 jobs to Tucson isn't the only good economic news

Amazon's pick of Tucson for a distribution center that will employ 1,500 people next year is just the latest sign that our economy is steadily improving.The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity said metro Tucson has gained 5,300 jobs over the past year. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Google Assistant coming for thousands of Tucson jobs

Artificial intelligence is an economic asteroid we can all see coming, so voters must question our civic leaders right now about that issue as the bot industry draws one of its first beads on a leading Tucson industry.... Read more»

Amazon confirms massive Tucson warehouse plans

Amazon has confirmed a TucsonSentinel.com report from March that the company is building a giant distribution center on the Southeast Side. The company will hire about 1,500 workers here.... Read more»5

After Trump took office, ICE transfers jumped 60 percent in most populous Texas county

Even before last year's protests, lawmaker scuffles and marathon committee hearings over "sanctuary" legislation, Texas counties were some of the most compliant when it came to immigration enforcement, a new study shows.... Read more»

Emails reveal close ties between construction firms, top school officials

Emails obtained by AZCIR from four school districts show the depth of the relationships construction company executives have cultivated with school district administrators: trips to Mexico and French Polynesia, golf outings and visits to restaurants.... Read more»

Deconstructed

Az upends school procurement laws in effort to cool cozy relationships with builders

Included in the new $10.4 billion Arizona budget are massive changes to how public schools will be allowed to hire builders for large construction projects, as well as harsh new penalties for malfeasance that occurs during the selection process. But charter schools are exempted.... Read more»

BP agent to be retried for manslaughter in killing of Mexican teen

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager in 2012, will again face trial after federal prosecutors announced in court Friday that they will pursue voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges. He was found not guilty of murder last month. ... Read more»

Border towns struggle with students crossing border from Mexico

Along the border, living in one country and going to school in the other has been part of everyday life for decades. In San Luis, Ariz., parents and teachers are debating whether children who live in Mexico should have a right to public education in the United States, even if they’re U.S. citizens.... Read more»

After decades, tribal courts & police slowly regaining lost authority

Congress has only recently started to reverse the trend, but for most of the last 50 years tribal law enforcement had to refer any serious crime to federal or state law enforcement agencies with scant resources – and little interest, critics say – to investigate those crimes.... Read more»1

Arizona & Mexico officials work to make road to Rocky Point safer

The 63-mile stretch of highway between the Arizona border town of Lukeville and the Mexican beaches of what Americans call Rocky Point is mostly bland and barren, except for an occasional wooden cross and a roadside shrine in the middle of nowhere.... Read more»

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