Sentencing for Mesa gun smuggler; Speciall session; Bashas reorganization

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A Mesa man, who provided more than 100 assault rifles to a Mexican drug cartel, is going to prison for four years.

23-year-old Alejandro Medrano led a conspiracy involving 9 other people.

The U.S. Attorney says the case shows how illegal gun buys fuel the drug cartel war.  More.

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Convicted murderer Tracy province's run from the law is over. U.S. Marshals arrested him about 60 miles outside of Yellowstone national park.

The 42-year-old was trying to hitchhike and had a handgun.  More on this story.

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Friday is a furlough day for city employees, so offices will be closed. That includes council offices.

The Reid Park Zoo and Tucson City Golf will stay open.

City court is closed, along with city hall business license office and all cashier locations.  More.

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A special session kicked off Monday at the state capitol to fix an anti-union ballot measure which was ruled unconstitutional.

The legislation would ask voters if a secret ballot would be required for employees voting on whether to organize as a labor union.

It aims to undercut proposed federal legislation letting workers decide on using secret ballots or a public process when voting on forming a union.  UPDATE: Ballot measure approved.

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A federal bankruptcy judge in Tucson expects to rule on Chandler-based Bashas' proposal to pay back banks and bondholders and emerge from chapter eleven.

The supermarket chain owes roughly $200-million in debt.

Bashas' operates 130 markets statewide, including several AJ Fine Foods and Food City stores.