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Court sides with Tohono O’odham - again - in Glendale casino fight

A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling that prevented the city of Glendale from annexing land in an effort to block a planned Tohono O’odham casino there.... Read more»

Maricopa County settles parts of U.S. rights suit against Arpaio

Maricopa County agreed on Wednesday to settle three key parts of a 2012 lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department against controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies over alleged civil rights violations, a spokesman said.... Read more»

300-plus fugitives arrested in statewide sweep

An effort from law enforcement agencies in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties called Operation Justice targeted fugitives wanted for crimes including aggravated assault, drug offenses and homicide. ... Read more»

Court: Widespread racial profiling by Arpaio's deputies

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that racial discrimination by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies extended to all traffic stops – not just those performed during “immigration sweeps.” ... Read more»

Maricopa County one of two U.S. sites testing 2020 Census procedures

Maricopa County was selected to test new methods of collecting population data in advance of the 2020 Census. ... Read more»


Heroin overdoses grim toll of a deadly, unforgiving addiction

At its worst, the life of a heroin addict is deadly and unforgiving. From 2010 to 2013, drug deaths topped even the number of motor vehicle deaths in Arizona with 1,106 drug deaths compared to 711 motor vehicle deaths in 2010 and 1,200 to 770 in 2013.... Read more»

Farewell US Airways Center, hello Talking Stick Resort Arena

Fans who make their way to Phoenix Suns or Phoenix Mercury games will have to get used to a new name for the teams' home. The US Airways Center will soon be known as the Talking Stick Resort Arena. ... Read more»1

More cities, counties defying feds on deportation holds

More jurisdictions — including almost 300 cities and counties plus the states of California, Colorado and Connecticut — are refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when they are asked to detain noncitizen prisoners for possible deportation.... Read more»2

Phx out to reduce economic, human cost of disconnected youth

As of 2012, the Phoenix area had an estimated 183,000 disconnected youth, and the Valley's percentage of disconnected youth – 22 percent – ranked it last among the nation's 25 most populous metropolitan areas. Phoenix has taken steps to improve those figures. ... Read more»

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Andrew Thomas: A campaign fueled by hate

Only in Arizona can people run a TV ad using bigotry and homophobia as possible gubernatorial virtues.... Read more»1

Tribal, Glendale officials in casino fight testify to Senate panel

Tohono O'odham leaders "looked us in the face and lied" about plans for a Glendale casino, and Congress needs to step in and stop it, opponents told a Senate panel. But casino backers called such legislation "mean-spirited," noting that their plan has survived challenges at every turn. ... Read more»

Maricopa must pay $975,000 settlement in Arpaio harrassment case

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Maricopa County must pay former County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox $975,000 to settle her claims that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a former county attorney harassed and intimidated her.... Read more»

Domestic violence drops along with general crime

The recent Arizona Republic story was all too familiar: “Mesa police said they believe a 25-year-old man was the gunman in an apparent murder-suicide that also left his girlfriend dead Sunday morning in a school parking lot.”... Read more»

Advocate honored for giving voice to victims of violence

Jamie Blason, a deputy county attorney in Maricopa County, was recognized Wednesday by the Justice Department for her work giving a voice to victims of violence.... Read more»

Packed pounds prompt adoption flights

With shelters in Arizona facing an overabundance of chihuahuas, groups sometimes turn to shipping them to states where there's a better chance of finding homes. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control winds up euthanizing hundreds of chihuahuas each year. ... Read more»

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