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J.C. Scott: Border protection, at what cost?

On Friday's edition:

We started the show with Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada, who talked about the immigration reform debate taking place in Congress. Estrada talked about where he believes money spent on border protection shows the greatest return on investment. He also talked about the importance of improving international traffic flow at our ports of entry.

Twenty minutes into the show, TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith talked about the moving speech by Mexican reporter Marcela Turati at a journalism conference. Turati said drug cartels "are killing reporters like flies" in her country, and implored new organizations on both sides of the border to devote more resources to covering drug trafficking. Smith also gave a report on the delayed meeting to approve a contract with a new superintendent for Tucson Unified School District.

37 min: We interviewed Republican state Rep. Ethan Orr (LD9), who was returning from an Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon and shared some topics discussed there. He also defended his vote on Medicaid expansion and talked about how proud he was of helping pass mental health, CPS, education and election reform legislation.

50 min: Next up was Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, who discussed the need for the state to increase the gas tax to help upgrade our crumbling roads, the future of Rillito Race Track and horse racing in Pima County, and proposed Pima bond projects including up to $160 million requested by the University of Arizona. He also talked about the county paying to move the Hughes Access Road, the property tax rate and a possible Jan. 8 memorial at the historic downtown courthouse.

83 min: We finished the show with legal adviser to the John C. Scott Show, attorney Don Loose, who covered the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that were handed down this week. He also talked about the effects of recently passed Arizona laws.

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