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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The University of Arizona has hired noted academic and liberal hero Noam Chomsky as a new faculty member in its linguistics department. He's is joining the faculty this month and will start teaching part time in 2018. The 88-year-old has written over 100 books and is known worldwide for his social commentary.

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities report that a second Confederate monument in Arizona has been defaced. Police say the monument on U.S. 60 near Gold Canyon was found covered in tar and feathers on Thursday. An investigation is ongoing

PHOENIX (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to rally supporters on Tuesday night at the Phoenix Convention Center and Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams say the city is working hard to ensure a safe event. In a statement Thursday, Williams says Phoenix is well-prepared to handle another presidential visit because high-profile events are common in the city. Williams says the Phoenix Police Department has officers assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court says a Tucson ordinance that requires the destruction of guns seized by its police department conflicts with a state law requiring the guns to be sold. Thursday's decision upholds the basic tenets of a 2016 law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature targeting cities and towns which adopt laws conflicting with those it passes.

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