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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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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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Senator proposes online voting for 2014 (access required)

Sen. Bob Worsley (File photo)

A bill to establish an online voting pilot program in time for the 2014 primary election is drawing bipartisan support in the Arizona State Senate.

Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said the technology is readily available to ensure the safety and accuracy of online voting – an effort that could save the state millions of dollars in expenses racked up by mailing ballots to voters, he added.

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Medical marijuana is a responsible program — reform, don’t repeal

Arizona students say they got pot from card holders

Arizona’s Medical Marijuana law is two years old. Patients have had the ability to get medical marijuana cards, giving them the legal protection they need. But the regulated dispensary portion of the program that was specifically called for in the law has been delayed due to numerous obstructions and legal challenges from state and local officials, primarily Republicans.

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Rep. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Green Valley

Rep. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Green Valley

Name: Andrea Dalessandro Chamber: House of Representatives Party: Democrat Profession: Retired math teacher and CPA Hometown: Sahuarita Legislative District: 2, including parts of Tucson, South Tucson, Green Valley, Sahuarita and all of Santa Cruz County. Committee Assignments: Government; Reform and ...

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