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Bookkeeper embezzled $1M from Tucson museum

The Attorney General’s Office announced a 65-year-old Tucson woman faces up to 12-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from her theft of almost $1 million from a southern Arizona museum. According to Attorney General Terry Goddard, ...

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Pelander picked for AZ Supreme Court (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer on July 28 announced the appointment of Tucson appellate court Judge John Pelander to the Arizona Supreme Court. Pelander, a Republican, was one of three final candidates presented to Brewer by the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court ...

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Drug-sniffing dogs vs. privacy rights: Court rules 2006 search violated Constitution (access required)

Acting on a tip, policemen conducting surveillance on a home in the outskirts of Tucson waited until the right moment to make their move on a suspected drug house. The last of the home's occupants had just left, and a police canine unit soon confirmed it had identified the odor of narcotics seeping from the garage of a home belonging to Jose Salvador Guillen.

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Lawmakers could have avoided line-item vetoes (access required)

When Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a large portion of the budget approved by lawmakers earlier this month, she sent the Legislature back to square one. Now Republican leaders are working with Democrats instead of the governor to craft a spending plan, and the state still faces a $2.5 billion deficit a month after the fiscal deadline.

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