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Border 'safer than ever,' but Arizona still a crossing hot-spot

The U.S.-Mexico border is safer than it's ever been, but Arizona will continue to be the most-active stretch for border crossing as the "water balloon effect" squeezes desperate border crossers toward Yuma and Tucson, a new report says. ... Read more»7

Illegal re-entry topping all federal prosecutions

Illegal re-entry became the most-frequent federal criminal charge in the United States during the first six months of fiscal 2011, a pattern that was mirrored in Arizona during that period.... Read more»2

Senate considers Zipps to replace slain Judge Roll

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps faced a friendly Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday on her nomination to fill the seat of U.S. District Judge John Roll, who was killed in the Jan. 8 attack that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.... Read more»0

ATF officials admit mistakes, defend aim of 'Fast & Furious'

Arizona-area supervisors for the ATF acknowledged in a sometimes emotional five-hour congressional hearing Tuesday that “we made mistakes” in Operation Fast and Furious, but defended the intent of allowing some illicit gun buyers to go unmolested in an effort to uncover larger networks that armed Mexican cartels.... Read more»0

Court denies halt to forced meds for Loughner

A federal appeals court late Friday denied an emergency request to block the forced medication of Jared Loughner. In a detailed response filed late Friday afternoon, government lawyers painted a picture of a depressed and hopeless Loughner saying "give me the injection, kill me now."... Read more»0

Loughner forcibly medicated despite court order, attorneys claim

Jared Lee Loughner was forcibly given psychotropic drugs by prison officials this week, just six days after a federal court ordered such medication stopped, his attorneys claimed in court filings Thursday.... Read more»0

Phx chamber leader: Immigration law jumble harms business

A Phoenix business leader warned Tuesday that businesses will continue to suffer from the jumbled approach to immigration issues by states, unless the federal government steps in. (with video)... Read more»0

Kirkpatrick leads Rep. Gosar in CD 1 money race

Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick outpaced GOP Rep. Paul Gosar in fundraising through the first half of the year as the two face a potential 2012 rematch in Arizona’s CD 1. A third candidate, Democrat Wenona Benally Baldenegro, trailed in raising money.... Read more»0

Thousands get medical marijuana cards, despite legal tangle

More than 7,500 Arizonans had been approved for personal medical marijuana licenses as of Wednesday, despite a well-publicized court battle that has delayed implementation of other parts of the law.... Read more»0

Az students support DREAM Act in Washington

A group of Arizona students went door-to-door asking friends and businesses for funds to help them take a message to Congress: They want to continue their education here in the country they have always known as home. (with video)... Read more»2

Supreme Court rules part of Az’s Clean Elections unconstitutional

A divided U.S. Supreme Court Monday invalidated the matching-funds provision of Arizona's Clean Elections Act, saying it violates the free-speech rights of those not participating in the fund.... Read more»0

Gifford’s doc tells Washington to support rehab

Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's attending physician called the Arizona congresswoman's recovery "ideal" and "typical for those who have the ability and access to the right resources" to recuperate from a debilitating injury.... Read more»0

National Guard border deployment extended

National Guard troops will remain on the border and continue to “be the eyes and ears of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection” until Sept. 30, under a move announced Friday by the Department of Homeland Security.... Read more»0

'Fast and Furious'

ATF agents, Terry family blast 'gun-walking' investigation

Agents from the Phoenix office of the ATF and the family of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry testified Wednesday that the risky Operation Fast and Furious program was a “disaster.”... Read more»1

High court won't wade into Salt River ownership fight

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider an appeal in a 26-year battle over who holds title to the Lower Salt River, the state or private landowners.... Read more»0

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Chamber outlines 'Steps to a 21st Century U.S.-Mexico Border'

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce laid out a coordinated border plan Wednesday that calls for combined improvements in infrastructure, security, immigration policies and trade, instead of the current piecemeal approach.... Read more»0