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Barber and his wife, Nancy, seen through a Main Library display window at the Jan. 6, 2013, opening of an exhibit of artifacts from the spontaneous community memorials that occurred after the Jan. 8 attack.

Southern Arizona Democrat Ron Barber joined a bipartisan group urging senators and representatives to cross party lines — at least to sit together at President Obama's Jan. 28 State of the Union address. Barber, along with U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, an Arizona Republican; Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado; and Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, urged colleagues to repeat the aisle-crossing begun in 2011 after the Jan. 8 attack in Tucson. Read more»

When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But only five years ago, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. was part of a group of legislators that supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs. Read more»

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table. Read more»

Kathleen Ferris, executive director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, credited the Groundwater Management Act, which was enacted in 1980, with the state’s success in water conservation.

The director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that there is no “silver bullet” to the problem of rising demand for water from the Colorado River. Read more»

Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still unanswered. Here’s what we still don’t know. Read more»

Jamie Stone (left) and Serenity Hammich, both 10, speak about their friendship with Christina-Taylor Green in front of a photo of Green and Hammich.

Friends and colleagues of those killed on Jan. 8, 2011, came together with clergy on Sunday at the University of Arizona to speak about the lives of those who touched them so deeply. Read more»