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The University of Arizona will cover full-time undergraduate tuition for members of the state's 22 federally recognized Native American tribes for any program on the school's main campus, officials announced Monday. Read more»

U.S. Customs officers arrested two men as they attempted to walk from Nogales, Ariz., into Mexico with four semi-automatic rifles strapped to their torsos, officials said. Read more»

The Browning .30-caliber machine gun found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Saturday in Nogales.

A Browning .30-caliber machine gun, along with more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, was seized at a Nogales border crossing Saturday, officials said. Read more» 1

Oro Valley is proposing a 5 percent water rate hike to maintain its system and provide for expected growth.

Oro Valley's across-the-board water rate increase was planned but kind of lets big users off the hook, while the South Tucson's game of "Guess where our budget went" is not how to run a city. Read more»

Sahuarita is sitting on a mountain of cash heading into the new fiscal year.

The political world loves "rainy day funds," but Sahaurita's excess cash is borderline insane. Meanwhile, a Tucson Unified School District's audit committee woes are the fault of a community that doesn't want to step up. Read more»

The Tucson City Council will get a first look at a proposed Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget, with a huge surplus.

Tucson's $158 million "fund balance" creates opportunities for the City Council to spend on transportation and public safety priorities. Plus, more in our quick look at what's planned for local government meetings this week. Read more»

U.S. District Courthouse in Tucson.

Former Santa Cruz County Assessor Felipe Fuentes pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud after he accepted thousands of dollars in cash, as well as the use of a 17-acre ranch parcel, in exchange for manipulating the value of land-holdings in the county. Read more»

Fentanyl pills found stashed in a bicycle frame by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Friday in Nogales, Ariz.

Nogales U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 9,000 fentanyl pills, worth an estimated $24,500 stuffed in the frame of a bicycle, authorities said. Read more»

Rosario, 24, una solicitante de asilo que solamente quiere usar su primer nombre por protección, dice que la violencia es lo que la hizo dejar su país y el estado de Michoacán. Ella habla con una reportera de Cronkite Noticias, en Nogales, Sonora, el 13 de abril de 2022.

Miles de inmigrantes esperan a lo largo de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México el levantamiento del Título 42, que cerró la frontera a los solicitantes de asilo como medida de salud pública durante la pandemia. Read more»

Rosario, 24, an asylum seeker who only wants to use her first name for protection, says violence pushed out of her home state of Michoacán. She talks to a Cronkite News reporter in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico on April 13, 2022.

Thousands of immigrants are waiting along the U.S.-Mexico border for the lifting of Title 42 - a policy enacted by the Trump administration that closed the border to migrants and asylum seekers as a public health and safety measure during the pandemic. Read more»

A case of ammunition for AK-47-patterned rifles found inside the engine compartment of a Nissan pickup truck.

A U.S. citizen was arrested last week after Nogales-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 13,000 rounds of ammunition meant for assault rifles, along with 16 magazines, stashed in his pickup. Read more»

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 130,000 tablets in Nogales Tuesday hidden in a crockpot.

Nogales-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 130,000 fentanyl tablets hidden in a crock-pot on Tuesday, officials said. Read more»

Flooding in Nogales.

The federal government will allocate more than $8.6 million to mitigate flash flooding in the Nogales area, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva announced. Read more»

A still from a video camera inside one of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector stations showing a group of men sleeping on the floor beneath mylar survival blankets.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to pay more than $3.8 million in attorney's fees and other litigation expenses stemming from a class-action lawsuit launched against the agency over the treatment and care of migrants in custody in Southern Arizona. Read more»

Water rate increases in Oro Valley will be just part of a week that could have local government leaders sweating their agendas.

Local governments are wading into dicey political territory with potentially unpopular agenda items on water rate hikes, raises for elected leaders and payouts of unused COVID leave. Read more»

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