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4 of 8 killed in head-on collision IDed; 2 previously convicted for human smuggling

Officials have identified four of the people killed in a head-on crash Wednesday when a car crossed the yellow line and collided with a Chevy Suburban. The SUV's driver and a passenger, who were killed, had previously been convicted of assisting illegal immigrants. ... Read more»1

Head-on crash near Florence kills 8, including 4 migrants

Eight people, including four immigrants in the U.S. without authorization, were killed in a head-on crash on a rural stretch of State Route 79 north of Tucson late Wednesday night, authorities said. A Buick passenger car crossed the centerline, colliding with a Suburban carrying seven migrants and two U.S. citizens.... Read more»

Man who raped woman & set her on fire commits suicide in prison

A man who raped and attempted to kill a woman he set on fire in 1995 was found dead in his prison cell Monday, an apparent suicide. Cody Williams came from a disturbed family: his father brutally murdered his mother, and his brother is also a convicted rapist.... Read more»3

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Border Patrol recruits: Wild horses, tamed by prisoners

Long before the desert sun has had a chance to heat the dusty prison yard, some 20 inmates at an Arizona state prison begin quietly tending horses. Both the men and the horses are still learning how to live behind fences. Prisoners in the Wild Horse Inmate Program train mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the Border Patrol.... Read more»

Az woman accused of helping inmate husband plot prison bombing

An Arizona woman accused of smuggling publications distributed by Islamist militant groups into a prison as part of a plot to help her inmate husband build a bomb, has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism and conspiracy, court documents showed on Thursday. ... Read more»

Arizona to pay $3 million in prison teacher rape case

Arizona agreed on Monday to pay $3 million to an ex-prison teacher who was attacked and raped at a state correctional facility when she was left alone with a violent sexual offender.... Read more»

Second immigrant dies in ICE detention in Arizona

Two Mexican men have died in immigration holding centers in Arizona this year, including Juan Garcia-Hernandez, 39, who collapsed inside a detention facility in Florence on Monday afternoon. ... Read more»

Az agencies received 447 bayonets from feds

A review of state-level data for the Department of Defense Excess Property Program shows the Pinal County Sheriff's Office receiving 257 bayonets and police departments in Tucson, Pinetop-Lakeside and Payson receiving 150, 30 and 10, respectively. ... Read more»2

Groups: Pinal jail among 10 worst immigration detention centers

Alleging poor sanitation, abuse and lack of due process, the Detention Watch Network recently called on ICE to terminate its contract with Pinal County Adult Detention Center, saying it ranks among the 10 worst immigration detention facilities in the country.... Read more»

Freshman state senator focused on immigration

State Sen. Steve Smith was focused on one issue during his campaign: illegal immigration. His colleagues say he hasn't lost sight of what got him elected.... Read more»

Az communities applaud bid to revive Heritage Fund

In 2010, lawmakers eliminated the Heritage Fund, pulling the plug on dozens of approved, construction-ready projects. Now, a state lawmaker is moving forward with a resolution that would put the Heritage Fund back on the ballot in November.... Read more»

ADOT seeks input on Pinal highway route

Population growth in Pinal County is causing the state Department of Transportation to explore building a new road between Apache Junction and the Eloy area. ADOT wants public input on the route.... Read more»1

Scientists find possible 'Mona Lisa' skeleton

Archaeologists excavating beneath an ancient nunnery in Florence may have found the skeleton of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the 16th century woman who is believed to have been the model for the world's most famous painting, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa."... Read more»

History

Florence flourishes as 'True West' town

While Tombstone didn't make it on True West magazine's list of the "Top 10 true western towns," another Arizona town, Florence, not only made the list but cracked the top two.... Read more»