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Giffords urges support for background checks

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left, shouts "fight, fight, fight" as she and husband, Mark Kelly, pump their fists together as they returned to the site of a shooting that left Giffords critically wounded on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords urged senators to pass background checks for gun purchases. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the scene of the horrific shooting that wounded her and killed six people two years ago, urging senators Wednesday to pass background checks for gun purchases in her first public event at the site since the rampage.

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Senate panel debates ‘seductive evils’ of U.N. sustainability doctrine (access required)

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An Arizona Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit the state or any local government within Arizona from abiding by the principles of a United Nations declaration on sustainable development.

“The truth contained within this United Nations program is something sinister and dark,” Burges testified to a round of applause in committee. “The plan calls for government to take control of all land use and not leave any of the decisions in the hands of private property owners.”

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

Students work in a Latino Literature class which is part of the Mexican-American Studies program at Tucson High Magnet School. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

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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