News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press - Tucson News Now

News Minute: Here is the latest Arizona news from The Associated Press

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PHOENIX (AP) - A new walk-in clinic in Phoenix is among new Veterans Affairs medical facilities that would be opened under a House-Senate compromise bill to shorten delays in treating veterans. The legislation authorizes $1.3 billion to lease 27 new outpatient clinics and other medical facilities in 18 states and Puerto Rico. Most of the new facilities will not begin operation for at least two years.

PHOENIX (AP) - County officials have agreed to drop an appeal of a ruling that bars authorities in Maricopa County from charging immigrants who paid to be sneaked into the country with conspiring to smuggle themselves into the country. Ten months ago, a judge prohibited county authorities from using the contentious tactic that expanded the reach of Arizona's smuggling law.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County authorities say hikers have found a decomposed body near a trail on Mount Lemmon. Sheriff's officials say there's no evidence of foul play and the death doesn't appear to be suspicious. The body was found about a quarter mile from the picnic area near Marshall Gulch.

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - Two men from Mexico are in custody for trying to smuggle methamphetamine into southern Arizona. Border officers at the Nogales Port of Entry on Monday searched a pickup truck and found 27½ pounds of meth worth an estimated $82,500. At the Mariposa crossing, officers found 39 pounds of meth with an estimated value of $118,000. The vehicles and drugs were seized and both men were turned over to federal authorities.

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