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Arizona GOP scraps 2020 presidential primary

  LOCKED DOWN: Arizona prisoners ask court to take control of health care

Arizona GOP head promises to stop ‘gun-grabber’ Mark Kelly ‘dead in his tracks’

  Tucson Mayor caught misbehaving in public ... again

McSally: Arizona base project on funding diversion list

Ducey appoints Montgomery to Arizona Supreme Court

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Pentagon approves military construction cash to build border wall

  Tucson bike store already feeling effects of new tariffs

  No matter how Tucson general election turns out, it will be historic

Southern Arizonans can see impact of trade with Mexico on new website

  UPDATE: Regina Romero wins Democratic nod in Tucson mayoral race

  Tucson woman paints powerful picture of gun violence

Family, friends and former political foes remember legendary lawmaker John McCain

Late senator's widow calls for return to civility.

In Louisville, Trump signs order forgiving student-loan debt for disabled veterans

President Donald Trump closed his speech in Louisville on Wednesday by signing an order that will forgive all student-loan debt for many of America’s disabled veterans.

Ex-pitcher says he’s interested in running for House seat

Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he might challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran if he runs in Arizona.

  Government delays some border wall construction in Arizona

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity calls the decision a small, but temporary win.

  Mexican tomatoes may be shut out of US market

Analysis shows 2020 votes still vulnerable to hacking

  Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan announces retirement

Recreational marijuana initiative may appear on 2020 ballot

ACLU sues over Trump’s fast-tracked deportations policy

  UPDATE: Altercation between Trump, Warren supporters leads to arrest

  Elizabeth Warren gets ‘warm’ welcome from supporters in Tempe

Massachusetts senator holds town hall event Thursday night.

Former Arizona lawmaker Don Shooter on life support

AZ Family political editor Dennis Welch reported former state lawmaker Don Shooter is extremely ill and on life support,

County Elections Director takes on statewide role

Cochise County Elections Director Lisa Marra will step into a new role next month as President of the Election Officials of Arizona (EOA).

County supervisors vote to house asylum seekers in juvenile facility

Vote results were met with boos, jeers from audience.

Rep. Kirkpatrick calls on House to open impeachment inquiry into President Trump

Kirkpatrick is a Democrat who represents Congressional District 2.

Here’s what you need to know to register to vote in Arizona

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming primary election is fast approaching.

  Southern Arizona company invited to White House

Arizona Chile Roasters, based in Catalina, was invited to the White House for the third annual Made in America Product Showcase.

Reports: Jeffrey Epstein donated $50,000 to U of Arizona

A high-profile financier who faces federal sex trafficking charges donated $50,000 to the University of Arizona in 2017, the Arizona Republic reports

Tucson progresses toward becoming state’s first sanctuary city

Proposal qualifies for November ballot.

Arpaio claims not to be behind billboards urging 2020 run

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has no idea who is behind Phoenix billboards urging him to run for office in 2020

Trump administration official says ICE raids underway; minimal activity reported

The official says the raids will focus on about 2,000 people who’ve been ordered to leave the country, and the priority is apprehending criminals and felons.

Congress probes approval of Trump backer’s housing project

A congressional committee is investigating whether the U.S. Interior Department helped an Arizona developer and supporter of President Donald Trump get a crucial permit

Tucson/Pascua Yaqui agreement opens door for potential gaming at Grant, I-10

Site would be accepted 'in trust' for tribe by federal government.

  Homeland Security official defends conditions at Border Patrol stations

The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog provided new details about the overcrowding in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, saying that children were being held for more than two weeks and had no access to showers.

Group jabs at Ducey, claims he wore black Nike shoes at Independence Day event

Governor has not responded to image showing him sporting the swoosh.

  WATCH: Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief gives tour of processing center

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Roy Villareal tweeted out a video tour of a processing center in southern Arizona.

Supervisors settle South Tucson lawsuit

The county will provide the city the funds to pay the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit and the city will pay the county back over 20 years at an interest rate of 3.5 percent.

  Pima County narrowly passes resolution condemning ICE raids

The resolution condemns the planned ICE raids to round up "millions", according to President Trump, undocumented family members for deportation.

Gov. Ducey steps into Nike controversy, withdraws incentive money

Tweets, 'I am embarrassed for Nike."

CBP investigating alleged employee involvement in ‘disturbing’ social media activity

Private 'I'm 10-15' Facebook group hosts discussions about work with Border Patrol.

  House passes emergency funding bill for migrant care crisis

Democrats have whisked a $4.5 billion bill through the House aimed at improving conditions for thousands of families and other migrants whose sheer numbers have overwhelmed federal immigration authorities.

Former Tucson resident to take over as White House press secretary

Stephanie Grisham, who lived in Tucson from 2001-04, will replace Sarah Sanders as the White House press secretary.

Senate sends LEGION Act to House

Bipartisan bill would extend American Legion membership to more veterans.

  Tariff concerns already impacting produce distributors

“We are impacted first, we are impacted the most,” said Jaime Chamberlain, President of Chamberlain Distributing in Nogales. “Right away.”

Arizona leaders respond to Trump’s tariff tweet

According to an Associated Press report, the tariff's percentage will gradually increase 'until the illegal immigration problem is remedied' and when that occurs the tariff will be removed.

Trump denies instructing Navy to move USS McCain during his Japan trip

"USS John McCain needs to be out of sight," according to the email from a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command official, which was obtained by the Journal and whose existence was confirmed to The Associated Press.

Mayoral candidates announced for August primary

Three Democrats will vie for spot on November ballot

Trade impasse: Trump pledges $16B to farmers; markets slump

The aid package is another sign that the trade war with China won't end anytime soon.

  Trump launches new immigration overhaul push

The latest immigration effort by the president focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country.

Some TSA employees are being sent to the US-Mexico border

Several hundred TSA employees are being sent to the US-Mexico border as part of Homeland Security plan

Border wall to go up in national monument, wildlife refuge

The federal government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates

Ducey signs bill to make lemonade Arizona’s state drink

Arizona is known for citrus.

Department of Defense approves program to replace border fencing in Tucson area

The Department of Defense will spend $1.5 billion to replace 78.2 miles of fencing in and around the Tucson area as well as El Centro, Texas.

  Dora’s Story: Woman recounts deadly journey to find new life in America

Four decades ago, Dora Rodriquez left El Salvador to try to start a new life in America. That trip almost cost her life.

  Pima County zoning will allow taller buildings in some areas

The new rule could change the landscape forever.

  APP PREVIEW: Dora’s near-death journey to find a better life

Dora Rodriguez almost died in the Sonoran Desert four decades ago. Now, she's sharing her story to let people know why she put her life on the line to come to the U.S.

A growing number of states call porn a public health crisis

More than a dozen states have moved to declare pornography a public health crisis, encouraging supporters but raising concerns among some experts who say the label goes too far and carries its own risks

New law requires teachers to get suicide prevention training

Teachers, counselors and principals in public school districts and charter schools must receive suicide awareness and prevention training at least every three years under legislation signed by Gov. Doug Ducey

  Border Patrol apprehends more than 700 immigrants near Yuma

Border Patrol agents from the Yuma sector said they apprehend more than 1,500 immigrants Saturday-Monday, May 4-6.

Board of Supervisors approves Operation Stonegarden grant

The controversial grant is expected to be worth $1.5 million in 2019.

  Bipartisan bill aims to combat humanitarian crisis at border

A Republican and a Democrat from Texas teamed up for the measure, which will keep families together, call for more Homeland Security personnel and create more processing centers where needed.

  Napier testifies on Capitol Hill

Pima County sheriff says humanitarian crisis, public safety crisis worse than ever.

  Medical marijuana farms ask for protections from hemp industry

Industrial hemp farming is coming to Arizona and the possibility of cross-contamination is causing real concerns for medical marijuana farmers.

Rod Rosenstein submits letter of resignation to Trump

His departure ends a nearly two-year run defined by his appointment of a special counsel to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

  WATCH: Sen. McSally visits Tucson to talk about sexual assaults in military

Sen. Martha McSally met with commanders and base leadership at Fort Huachuca and Davis-Monthan to discuss sexual assaults in the military.

Governor signs Hands-Free AZ, advocates prepare for next phase

Surrounded by lawmakers, law enforcement and loved ones of those killed by suspected distracted drivers, Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2318 into law on Monday, April 22.

UPDATE: Wife of Douglas Mayor files complaint of recall

If successful, the recall effort that started in January would unseat Uribe prematurely to his planned June 2020 term.

WATCH: Vice President Mike Pence tours border wall, meets with CBP agents in Nogales

Vice President Mike Pence flew to southern Arizona Thursday to meet with Customs and Border Protection agents and tour the border wall in Nogales.

Douglas mayor not stepping down, recall election possible

Douglas community members had earlier called on Uribe to resign amid concerns about money, transparency, and social interaction after he decided not to renew the city manager’s contract.

White House signals ‘never’ on tax returns

Mulvaney accused Democrats of engaging in a "political stunt" and wanting "attention" after the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, asked the IRS to provide six years of Trump's personal tax returns and the returns for some of his businesses.

  ‘Our country is full’: Trump says migrants straining system

President Donald Trump is threatening to slap tariffs on cars coming to the U.S. from Mexico unless the Mexicans do more to stop the flow of migrants trying to enter the U.S.

Douglas mayoral recall effort proceeds with delivery of certified petitions

The city council has until April 27 to call an election.

Freedom of speech and a free press focus of 17th annual Law Day celebration

The annual event, now in its 17th year, will feature noted attorney Dan Barr, who represents several media organizations.

  Threat of border closure looms, as Trump considers appointing immigration czar

The president has focused in recent days on the increase in migrants arriving at the border.

Former AZ lawmaker David Stringer reportedly solicited sex from teen boys

Disturbing details from a police report reveals that former Arizona lawmaker David Stringer was accused of soliciting sex from two teenage boys in 1983.

State Representative David Stringer resigns amid ethics investigation

His resignation was effective at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, as he faced a deadline for the House Ethics Committee to hand over documents pertaining to the investigation.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.