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Drone Revolution: Lawmakers react to fears of Big Brother (access required)

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For decades, police have been peering into backyards from helicopters to look for signs of crime without having to get search warrants. But the impending revolution of drones, or unmanned aircraft, brings fears of a Big Brother rising to watch over people’s lives. And now concern about unmanned aircraft has spawned legislation to force police officers to get court approval when they want to use the technology in criminal investigations.

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Plan to reward high-performing Arizona schools advances

A panel of lawmakers on Thursday advanced the governor’s proposal to create a new system of financially rewarding schools based on their performance. But as the Senate Education Committee hearing showed, getting the legislation out of committee was just one of its many hurdles.

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Bill inspired by Colorado City sets procedure to take over corrupt police departments (access required)

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A bill spawned by police corruption in a polygamist town received unanimous approval Tuesday in the House Government Committee.

And while the bill passed easily and has support of police unions, sparks flew when a Utah civil rights attorney who spoke against the measure suggested the U.S. Department of Justice and Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board could address corrupt police departments.

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Biker profiling bill hits a snag

Biker profiling bill hits a snag

A bill to prevent police from profiling motorcyclists as outlaw bikers hit a snag this week when a Democratic lawmaker introduced changes that included allowing police officers to stop bikers wearing “hate symbols.’’

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Tucson district to begin new cultural studies program (access required)

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All eyes will be on Tucson Unified School District in the next year as it establishes a court-ordered “culturally relevant” classes.

And while most are going to see how the process unfolds, Attorney General Tom Horne is certain the curriculum merely will be a resurrected version of the banned Mexican American Studies program because the new classes are under development by the same person who designed the defunct program.

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