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What the Devil won't tell you

State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

All aboard the celebration of Tucson’s railroad heritage

Explore the last steam engine used in the Tucson sector at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum on Locomotive Saturdays.... Read more»

Supreme Court OKs use of lethal-injection drug used in botched Az execution

Use of the drug midazolam in lethal injections does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, despite its use in botched executions in Arizona and Oklahoma, the Supreme Court ruled this week.... Read more»

Will the Supreme Court’s lethal injection review kill the death penalty?

The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. Here’s what it means for the death penalty. ... Read more»

Mexico's drug war

Cartel accused of laundering money through U.S. horse racing

U.S. authorities have accused 14 members of the Mexican Zetas drug cartel of hiding millions of dollars of drug proceeds in a horse racing and breeding operation in the United States.... Read more»

The state of open records laws: access denied

Some open records laws are filled with hundreds of exceptions, buried in state codebooks to the point where it’s difficult to keep track of what the exceptions are and just how they got there.... Read more»

National Parks the focus of planned haze rule

By November, the EPA is supposed to complete a plan that could regulate emissions from dozens of Texas’ industrial plants, with the goal of reducing haze at parks.... Read more»

Analysis

Romney's Super Tuesday wins half-hearted

Turnout was so light for Super Tuesday, the vote appears less than convincing.... Read more»

Report: Tough laws don’t make illegal immigrants ‘self-deport’

Strong family ties, the cost of returning to their native countries and fewer economic opportunities back home have kept illegal immigrants in the U.S., despite strict immigration laws here, a new report claims. The report said tough laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 do not prompt illegal immigrants to “self-deport.”... Read more»5

Analysis

Immigration: Staying put but still in the shadows

Have state anti-immigration bills led to an exodus of unauthorized migrants from the United States as restrictionists have promised?... Read more»1

Biggest quakes on Okla. record rock state

The biggest earthquakes on record in the state of Oklahoma damaged buildings and roads, and injured a handful of people to hospital.... Read more»

Water cooler talk

Money talks as Texas doesn't walk from Big 12

As athletic conferences continue to shuffle about, one thing that is going to stay the same is the Big 10 Conference. Er, the Big 12 with ten teams in it. ... Read more»

Health care & religion

Catholic directive may thwart end-of-life wishes

A woman in Oklahoma suffered a massive stroke and although she had a directive specifying no artificial hydration or nutrition if she weren’t going to recover, her nephew insisted the local bishop’s directive on feeding tubes required the Catholic hospital to install one. ... Read more»