PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday formed a task force of tourism officials and business leaders to help the state's struggling tourism industry in the face of what she called "mistruths" about the state's controversial new law targeting illegal immigration.
Brewer met privately with tourism industry leaders and later told reporters that she was forming a group of industry representatives and state officials to prepare a marketing strategy to deal with public criticism of the law.
The law, which is set to take effect late July, requires police to ask a person about his or her immigration status if there's "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the country illegally. Being in the country illegally would be a state crime under the law.
Brewer said charges that the law will produce racial profiling are unfounded, and she noted that the law specifically prohibits racial profiling.
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Montana OKs plan to cut wolf population
HELENA, Mont. —Montana wildlife commissioners approved a plan Thursday that aims to reduce the gray wolf population for the first time since the once-endangered animal was reintroduced to the region 15 years ago.
The proposal approved by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission calls for at least doubling the number of wolves that hunters can kill and introducing an archery season to go with the rifle season.
The population of wolves in the northern Rockies has increased every year since they were reintroduced to the region in 1995 after being nearly wiped out in the last century due to conflicts with humans and loss of habitat.