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IMMIGRATION-GANG OF EIGHT
WASHINGTON — The eight senators meet in private several times a week, alternating between Sen. John McCain's and Sen. Charles Schumer's offices. They sit in arm chairs arranged in a circle and sip water or soft drinks as they debate temporary workers and border security. In a capital riven by partisanship and gridlock, they are determined to be the exception and actually get something done. This is immigration reform's "Gang of Eight." With them lies the best hope in years for overhauling the nation's byzantine immigration laws — and they know it. By Erica Werner.
With AP photos.
PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department has decided to encrypt emergency police-radio traffic related to crimes in progress. They say it's a move that will reduce by about 18 percent the agency's scanner traffic audible to the public.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Arizona wildlife officials say an aerial survey of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve northeast of Scottsdale shows there are stable populations of deer and javelinas in the area. The findings of the recent survey and the outcome of future surveys could impact decisions on bow hunting in the preserve.
AP MEMBER EXCHANGE: REFUGEES LANGUAGE
TUCSON, Ariz. — It's no surprise to hear Spanish spoken in Tucson. But in one local high school classroom, you're more likely to hear Nepalese. And that's no aberration — Tucson and Arizona are among the nation's most common new homes for refugees fleeing violence or political unrest in their home countries. Over the past 15 years the state has ranked fifth per capita for refugee placements, U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and U.S. Census Bureau data show. By Patty Machelor, Arizona Daily Star.
With AP photos.
— POWERBALL WINNERS — A retired Tempe couple has won their second big lottery payout in 17 years. Kerry and Diane Carmichael came forward to claim the $1 million second-place Powerball prize from Wednesday's drawing.
— PINAL COUNTY-MURDER SUSPECT — An Arizona man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting last year in San Tan Valley has been arrested in Colorado.
— DOUGLAS ASSAULT ARREST — Southern Arizona authorities say three Douglas men are in custody in connection with an alleged kidnapping plot.
— TUCSON BRIDGE REMOVAL — Arizona transportation officials say Interstate 10 east of Tucson is open again. A 21-mile section of the highway was shut down overnight so crews could remove an old railroad bridge.
PHOENIX — The United States, knocked off by Mexico in its World Baseball Classic opener, sends Ryan Vogelsong to the mound against Italy, a team off to a surprising 2-0 start in the competition and looking to advance to the second round for the first time. By Bob Baum.
PHOENIX — After rebounding from a loss to Italy to knock off the United States, Mexico faces Canada in the Mexicans' final Pool D game of the World Baseball Classic. By Bob Baum.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Solomon Hill and the rest of No. 18 Arizona's seniors play their final game at the McKale Center against rival Arizona State in an important game for seeding in next week's Pac-12 tournament. By Basketball Writer John Marshall.
PHOENIX — The Houston Rockets and their star, former Arizona State player James Harden, face the Suns, who lost at Sacramento Friday night.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dallas Stars, winners of three of four, face a Phoenix Coyotes team coming off a 6-3 home loss to St. Louis.
PHOENIX — The Chicago White Sox come to Scottsdale for a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
MESA, Ariz. — Zach McAllister gets another chance to prove he belongs in the Indians' rotation when Cleveland visits the Chicago Cubs. McAllister has allowed five runs in seven innings this spring.