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4:59 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tucson Claims National Security for Cell-Phone Tracking Secrecy

A tower for the StingRay cell phone tracking system. The City of Tucson is fighting a request to hand over information about its use of the device.
Credit Getty Images

The city of Tucson says there’s a good reason why it doesn’t want to provide details of how it tracks cell phone users: national security. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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Fronteras
10:06 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Democrats Hold Seat in S. AZ Special Election

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords celebrates with congressional special election winner Ron Barber on Tuesday in Tucson.
Will Seberger ZUMA (pool)

Democrat Ron Barber won the special election Tuesday. He’ll serve out former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ remaining six month term after she was forced to retire following last year's assassination attempt. 

Last night, Barber took the stage amid cheers and shouts.

He promised to support veterans, military families and the middle class.

But with former Representative Gabby Giffords standing beside him, he also took the opportunity to criticize the vitriol funded by super PACs during the race.

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Fronteras
9:53 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Tucson Unified School District Ends Mexican American Studies Program

The Tucson Unified School District voted four-to-one to end its Mexican American Studies Program late Tuesday night. The school district risked losing $15 million if it continued teaching ethnic studies as they were being taught. From Tucson, Michel Marizco reports.

It’s the final blow against the program. Using a new state law, Arizona school officials outlawed Mexican American studies at TUSD. They said the courses were divisive and advocated overthrowing the government. Then the teachers appealed to a federal judge to stop Arizona from ending the courses.

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