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Sierra Vista firm gets contract for part of border wall construction

A Sierra Vista company won one of four contracts awarded last week to build prototypes of President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second round of awards in as many weeks.... Read more»

9/11

Former Arizonan and firefighter recalls days at Ground Zero

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, former Arizonan Robert Sebold — a volunteer firefighter and EMT — watched the attacks on the World Trade Center on TV and knew he had to do something. The former soldier packed up his gear, put on his firefighter turnout clothes, then boarded a bus and headed for Ground Zero.... Read more»

Flags at half-staff to mark 9/11

Across the country, American flags are being flown at half-staff to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. President Trump and Arizona Gov. Ducey both ordered government flags to be lowered, and the president proclaimed Patriot Day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers weigh in on case pitting gay rights, religious rights

Three Arizona lawmakers were among the scores of House and Senate members who filed a court brief Thursday defending the Colorado cake shop owner who was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.... Read more»

One day after DACA decision, Dems push for vote on DREAM Act

Arizona DREAMers joined other advocates on Capitol Hill Wednesday as Democrats called for a quick vote on a “clean” DREAM Act, which would keep many of the protections that could be lost if DACA is revoked. ... Read more»

Advocates’ response to DACA decision is swift, broad-based, emotional

Immigration advocates vowed they would go to court to block a Trump administration plan to wind down a deferred deportation program for young immigrants, almost as soon as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the plan Tuesday.... Read more»

White House: Phasing out DACA least harmful to young immigrants

Trump administration officials defended their proposal to “wind down” a deferred deportation program over the next six months, calling it the least disruptive way of terminating a program that has protected 800,000 young immigrants.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers sour on plan to revoke DACA, vow to work on new bill

Arizona Democrats, joined by some Republicans, had harsh words for the Trump administration’s Tuesday announcement that it will revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unless Congress can agree on a replacement in six months.... Read more»

Marchers go from White House to ICE offices to protest DACA decision

Hundreds of demonstrators marched peacefully in Washington Tuesday to protest the Trump administration’s decision to “wind down” deferred deportation protections for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.... Read more»

DACA supporters protest in Tucson following Trump's move to end program

Furious with the cancellation of DACA, 150 people protested at Tucson City Hall on Tuesday, vowing to "resist" the Trump administration and push lawmakers to protect thousands from deportation. ... Read more»

Top Democrats demand inquiry Into deadly DEA-led operations

Lawmakers cite a ProPublica investigation and an inspector general report that detail how teams of foreign police officers trained by the DEA were linked to innocent lives lost in Mexico and Honduras.... Read more»

FactCheck

Does police acquisition of military surplus reduce crime?

In lifting the Obama-era restrictions on police acquisition of surplus military equipment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions misleadingly cited studies to claim that President Obama “went too far” and undermined public safety.... Read more»

Trump administration: DACA ending in March

The Trump administration ordered an end Tuesday to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama action that shields about 788,000 people from deportation, and pushed Congress to replace the policy with a legislative fix before March 5, 2018. ... Read more»

How dog lovers sparked laws that could save kids in hot cars

This year, at least five states — Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Texas — enacted laws to protect bystanders from being sued for breaking a car window to rescue a child in an emergency. Over the last four years, amid growing awareness of the dangers of leaving children alone in cars, at least 16 states have enacted such laws.... Read more»

As ‘gig economy’ grows, labor experts split on whether it’s good or bad

Many workers will get holiday pay if they clock in on Labor Day, but for a rapidly growing sector of the labor force it could be just another day on the job. Uber drivers, TaskRabbit handymen, Rover dog-walkers, Airbnb hosts and countless others in the new “gig economy” are all considered independent contractors and not employees.... Read more»

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