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TPD officers who receive the most Stonegarden pay

In 2013, 63 different Tucson police officers received pay through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Stonegarden program. Twelve received more than $5,000 over the course of the year. Most of the officers who were paid through the program were part of the department's gang unit, comm…

April 10, 2014 3:48 pm

Racial profiling alleged in ACLU claim against Tucson Police Department

The promised string of legal challenges to how law-enforcement agencies are applying Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, is under way.

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Tucson traffic stop of 2 immigrants brings ACLU claim

Tucson traffic stop of 2 immigrants brings ACLU claim

A legal claim filed today says the Tucson Police Department acted improperly in a traffic stop last fall that drew dozens of protestors.

April 04, 2014 12:05 pm Photos

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Arizona banks gain strength, but ratings trail national average

The financial health of Arizona’s banks continued to improve in the last quarter of 2013, though the state’s ratings still trailed the nation’s, the most recent ratings from Bauer Financial show.

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Agenda for March 12 South Tucson City Council meeting

Agenda for March 12 South Tucson City Council meeting

The agenda for the South Tucson City Council's March 12 meeting did not specify the subject of the closed session. The topic was negotiations with the American Civil Liberties Union over allegations of improper detention.

March 13, 2014 4:48 pm
Revised agenda for March 13 South Tucson City Council meeting

Revised agenda for March 13 South Tucson City Council meeting

After an objection from the Star, South Tucson began adding a description of the matter to be discussed during a closed session.

March 13, 2014 4:43 pm
Agenda for March 13 South Tucson City Council meeting before revision

Agenda for March 13 South Tucson City Council meeting before revision

The South Tucson City Council had not be listing on its agendas the specific topics it planned to discuss during closed sessions.

March 13, 2014 4:46 pm
More crime victims seeking special immigration visa

More crime victims seeking special immigration visa

Each year, more crime victims apply for immigration visas under a program designed to boost cooperation with law enforcement.

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Police checked immigration status even before SB 1070

Police checked immigration status even before SB 1070

Law-enforcement officers along the border approached and detained people suspected of recently crossing into the country illegally even before Arizona’s tough new immigration law.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Federal, local tasks blur along border

Federal, local tasks blur along border

There was a time not long ago when the Border Patrol thanked Arizona officers for their cooperation with barbecues and practice ammunition. Now, departments get millions a year in paid overtime, with some officers nearly doubling their salaries and dozens more marked cars out patrolling the streets.

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Being turned over to Border Patrol doesn't always mean deportation

A call from local police to the Border Patrol does not necessarily lead to a deportation.

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Lax record-keeping blurs SB 1070 impact

Lax record-keeping blurs SB 1070 impact

SB 1070 was supposed to standardize local immigration enforcement across Arizona.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Sahuarita slashes police-report prices

The Sahuarita Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to overhaul the fees that it charges the public for copies of police records.

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ACLU files lawsuit precursor in SB 1070 challenge case

The American Civil Liberties Union has launched the first legal challenge to the so-called “show me your papers” provision of SB 1070 since it went into effect just over a year ago.

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Tucson beats only Detroit in high-wage job growth

Tucson beats only Detroit in high-wage job growth

A ranking of major metropolitan areas by the share of new jobs paying high wages shows Tucson outpacing only one other metro area — Detroit.

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Tucson protesters to fight felony charges with deportees' accounts

Tucson protesters to fight felony charges with deportees' accounts

Activists who stymied a day’s immigration proceedings in Tucson earlier this month by chaining themselves to a detainee transport bus have announced the first step in their legal defense: a pair of hotline numbers.

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Pair whose traffic stop prompted immigration protest released

The two men detained last week after a traffic stop escalated into an immigration-policy protest have been released from the custody of federal immigration authorities.

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Dozens confront Border Patrol agents in Tucson traffic stop

Dozens confront Border Patrol agents in Tucson traffic stop

Just more than a year after SB 1070’s divisive show-me-your papers provisions came into effect, Tucson marked the occasion with capsules of pepper spray.

October 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Arizona parents who don't pay child support could fill a pro football stadium - or 2 or 3

Arizona had 159,117 cases of unpaid child support at the end of May.

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Who are Pima County's poor?

Major predictors of poverty in Pima County are minority status, youth, single-parent families and low levels of education.

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Breaking down unwed pregnancy by race and ethnicity

Births to unwed mothers in Pima County are not evenly distributed among racial and ethnic groups.

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Special report: Many Tucson jobs are low-pay

Special report: Many Tucson jobs are low-pay

Camille Lujan works 40 hours a week processing worker's compensation claims for an insurance company. But she would be unable to pay her bills and support two children without the help of food stamps and a child-care subsidy.

August 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Unemployment in Pima County may be even higher than stats suggest

There is a reason Tucsonans may not feel the market improvements economists have been describing in hopeful tones.

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How does immigration affect poverty rates?

While many cities near the U.S.-Mexico border have poverty rates above that of the U.S. overall, it is not clear from the available data that the elevated rates can be attributed directly to illegal immigration.

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Does our abundance of college students skew Tucson's poverty rate?

Tucson's status as a college town does not explain its relatively high poverty rate - but it does impact it.

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A solution: Health-care-training program has opened a pathway for her

A solution: Health-care-training program has opened a pathway for her

After her gas and electricity service was cut off in February, Luz Almeraz began waking at 3 a.m. to read her nursing textbook by candlelight.

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What happens to moms who leave welfare?

The 1996 welfare-to-work reforms were supposed to end the era of "welfare queens" and put single moms to work.

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Sheriff's Dept. starts unit to find appropriate care for mentally ill

Shortly after Los Angeles was terrorized by disgruntled ex-police officer Christopher Dorner, Pima County sheriff's deputies reckoned with a situation with frightening similarities.

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Tucson police officer is indicted, resigns

Tucson police officer is indicted, resigns

A seven-year Tucson police veteran was indicted Friday on felony charges, a department spokeswoman said.

June 15, 2013 12:00 am

Underground explosion injures 1, shuts off power in downtown Tucson

An explosion Friday evening in an underground electrical vault blew a metal grate about four feet on Congress Street just west of Stone Avenue, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman said.

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Tucson police officer resigns after felony indictment

Tucson police officer resigns after felony indictment

A seven-year veteran of Tucson Police Department was indicted Friday on felony charges, a department spokeswoman said.

June 14, 2013 6:03 pm

Ex-state rep takes Obama health-overhaul post

Former state Rep. Matt Heinz is headed to Washington, D.C., to help the Obama administration roll out the Affordable Care Act.

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State delays funding to schools, so districts take out interest-loans

When state administrators boasted last summer about Arizona's balanced budget and its first "rainy day" fund contribution since 2009, they didn't mention that delayed state payments were forcing many school districts to borrow money to pay teachers' salaries.

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Star 200: Southern Arizona's companies set the rules in workforce match game

Economists and analysts' predictions used to determine how governments focused their jobs and training resources.

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Many in mental crisis call Tucson police

Tucson Police Department receives more calls about mental illness than about burglaries or stolen cars.

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Richard Grand dies; Tucson attorney's huge trial awards matched his name

Richard Grand dies; Tucson attorney's huge trial awards matched his name

Richard Grand, a Tucson attorney at the vanguard of pushing wrongful-death and injury payments into the millions of dollars, died Sunday in San Francisco. He was 83.

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New golf courses unlikely in Southern Arizona as costs rise, appeal fades

New golf courses unlikely in Southern Arizona as costs rise, appeal fades

For decades, Tucson's growth traced the edges of golf course after ever-longer golf course as developers sought premiums on lots adjacent to a sea of rolling emerald turf.

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Tucson-area high-tech companies posing unfamiliar fire threats

High-tech manufacturers are coveted by economic developers for the good jobs they provide, but they pose a special threat: Firefighters often don't know how to put out the chemical blazes they can spark.

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Arizona commission wants to improve state reporting for gun checks

In Arizona, police officers have no way to know whether a person has been found by a judge to have a seriously incapacitating mental illness.

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High court case delays an Atwood resentence

High court case delays an Atwood resentence

A decision on whether a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision created a possibility for longtime death-row inmate Frank Jarvis Atwood to get a new sentencing hearing has been delayed by yet another Supreme Court case.

March 08, 2013 12:00 am
Districts moving slowly on security

Districts moving slowly on security

The Newtown, Conn., shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six adults has prompted a rush of emergency-plan reviews by Tucson-area schools.

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Pope's decision surprising, bishop says

Tucson's top Roman Catholic clergy and church observers were as surprised as any by Pope Benedict's resignation announcement Monday morning.

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NTSB: 'No significant findings' in AZ tests of 787 components

Testing at two Arizona facilities that supply electrical system components for the Boeing 787 has wrapped up with a declaration of "no significant findings."

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2006 fire under NTSB scrutiny

2006 fire under NTSB scrutiny

When a test of a lithium-ion battery charger turned into an inferno at Securaplane Technologies Inc. in 2006, temperatures reached as high as 1,200 degrees and three waves of firefighters failed to save the building.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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2006 fire in Oro Valley gets new NTSB scrutiny

When a test of a lithium-ion battery charger turned into an inferno at Securaplane Technologies Inc. in 2006, temperatures reached as high as 1,200 degrees and three waves of firefighters failed to save the building.

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Questions sprout anew in probe of 787 battery

Questions sprout anew in probe of 787 battery

Far from solving the mystery of what caused a Boeing 787's battery to burst into flames in Boston earlier this month, a recent visit to Tucson by aviation safety investigators catalyzed even more questions.

January 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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