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Border security laws may not secure very much (access required)

Like a fancy new car that just sits in the garage because the owner can’t afford to pay the insurance, cash-strapped Arizona may not have many opportunities to use two border security measures the Legislature passed.

Senate Bill 1495 authorizes the governor to establish the Arizona State Guard, which would be independent from the Arizona National Guard and under the exclusive control of the state, for any reason. And SB1406 gives a border security committee the green light to raise private funds to build a fence along the border.

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Building the Arizona Brand: Faced with a total fund sweep, the tourism industry says it’s worth the investment (access required)

Arizona’s moderate winters, diverse geography and year-round golfing have long been a draw for visitors from around the country and the world. From the awe-inspiring vistas of the Grand Canyon and Sedona’s red rocks to the rich history of Route 66 and Tombstone, the state offers something for just about everyone. The mere existence of these attractions isn’t enough, some say. Making sure would-be visitors actually step foot — and spend money — in Arizona requires investment at the state level. Those in the tourism industry say the state’s appeal needs to be fostered and its promotion consistently funded.

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Controversy over Capitol’s Sept. 11 memorial rekindles

Arizona's Sept. 11 commemorative memorial is again under fire at the State Capitol. Legislation proposed for consideration by a Senate committee Tuesday would require removal of panels bearing 11 inscriptions that a supporter of the measure said are "offensive" and that detract from the memorial's purpose in honoring those killed and injured in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Tucson restaurant a staple for politicians

If you want to watch politics in play, you could book a ticket to the next party conventions. You could join a campaign. Or you could head to South Tucson, sink into a green vinyl booth at Rigo's Mexican Restaurant on South Fourth and watch the political intrigue unfold.

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