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Arizona governor: Border residents don’t feel safe

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to the assembled media on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Tucson International Airport after an aerial tour of the Arizona border. The governor spoke on the latest status of border security efforts in Arizona, including the Tucson Sector - which remains the most heavily-traveled section of the U.S. border for illegal crossings. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mike Christy)

The border with Mexico won't be secure until the people living near there feel safe from drug and human trafficking, said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Tuesday after touring the region just hours before President Barack Obama championed his immigration plan in the State of the Union address.

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Notable laws nationally add restrictions to life in 2013 (access required)

Notable laws nationally add restrictions to life in 2013

In California, a new law makes it a crime for a dog to pursue a bear or bobcat at any time.

In Illinois, it’s now illegal to sell, trade or distribute shark fins.

The National Conference of State Legislatures has compiled a list of laws around the country that went into effect Jan. 1. Here are others, as described by the NCSL.

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California’s loss may be Arizona’s gain (access required)

California’s loss may be Arizona’s gain

California’s notoriously high taxes just got higher, and Arizona policymakers are looking to take advantage of the newfound opportunity to lure the Golden State’s businesses here.

On Election Day, California voters approved Proposition 30, which implements a four-year sales tax increase and a seven-year income tax hike on people who earn more than $250,000.

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