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Crowded field for CD8 special election raises more than $1.1 million

A week before the special primary to fill former Rep. Trent Franks’ seat in Congress, new campaign finance reports show a Democrat has raised and spent more than any candidate in the heavily Republican district. Hiral Tipirneni had raised $306,318.78, well over the $270,491.38 raised by the next-highest fundraiser, Republican Phil Lovas, and more than $270,000 above her nearest Democratic opponent, Brianna Westbrook.... Read more»0

Congress takes week off as DACA deadline looms, Dreamers fret

With the March 5 deadline coming up quickly and Congress on recess this week, that leaves just five working days left for a solution before the legal protection goes away for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children.... Read more»0

Despite gains, Arizona blacks still lag in employment, income

President Donald Trump bragged that African American joblessness is at the lowest rate ever, but advocates and experts say there is still a long way to go from what one called “depression-type” black unemployment in Arizona.... Read more»0

Gosar call to arrest illegal immigrants at Trump address causes stir

Two Arizona lawmakers invited DACA recipients as guests at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, where another state lawmaker, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, said the immigrants should be arrested by Capitol Police if they cannot provide their papers.... Read more»0

Wish you were here: CBP tries to sell Nogales to reluctant officers

In real estate, the saying goes, it’s all about location, location, location. Apparently, that same rule also applies when it comes to recruiting Customs and Border Protection agents.... Read more»0

Customs rotates officers into Nogales to deal with staffing shortages

Ports of entry at Nogales are as many as 300 CBP officers shy of their approved staffing levels, according to the officers’ union, leading to long lines that threaten the region’s economy.... Read more»0

Supreme Court rejects appeal of Az's longest-serving death-row inmate

The Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a repeat murderer and rapist who has been on Arizona’s death row for 40 years for a string of grisly crimes in Maricopa County.... Read more»0

Grand Canyon partly open, blunting biggest hit of gov't shutdown

As Congress met this weekend in an effort to end the government shutdown before it could enter its third full day, the costliest impacts of the shutdown in Arizona have been blunted – for the moment. Privately run shops, lodging and other businesses at Grand Canyon National Park remain open, although no park rangers are on hand.... Read more»0

Polls show ‘stunning reversal’ in recent Mexican attitudes toward U.S.

Mexican attitudes toward Americans have gone through a “stunning reversal” since the election of President Trump, with most Mexicans holding an unfavorable view of the U.S. for the first time ever.... Read more»0

Flake, McCain: Trump attacks on media hurt democracy, aid dictators

Arizona’s two senators took President Donald Trump to task in separate forums Wednesday, saying his attacks on the press and “fake news” claims embolden dictators to crack down on media abroad and endanger democracy at home.... Read more»0

Court reverses death sentence in brutal Mohave County triple murder

A federal appeals court Friday overturned the death sentence in a brutal 1996 triple murder near Kingman, saying Arizona courts did not give enough weight to the killer’s troubled childhood and mental health issues.... Read more»0