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Buffalo native hired as Biden media aide

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Biden on Friday appointed Shailagh Murray, a longtime Washington Post reporter who was born in Buffalo, as his communications director.

Murray was born in Buffalo in 1965 and moved to northern Virginia with her family three years later, Biden's office said.

A Capitol Hill correspondent for the Post since 2005, Murray previously worked for the Wall Street Journal. She holds degrees from the University of Missouri and Northwestern University.

Murray will become the second Buffalo-area native in Biden's communications office. Elizabeth M. Allen, his assistant press secretary, is a Williamsville native.

Murray replaces Jay Carney, who moved up to become President Obama's press secretary.

Bill Burton, a deputy White House press secretary who left his post after Carney's appointment, is also a Buffalo native.

-- News Washington Bureau


Business opposition kills immigration bill

PHOENIX (AP) -- Strong business opposition is being cited as a major reason for the Arizona Senate's rejection of proposed new get-tough legislation on illegal immigration.

The Senate rejected the bills on Thursday when majority Republicans split and minority Democrats voted in lockstep against the bills, which included measures intended to force a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against automatic citizenship for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. Other bills dealt with health care, public services and everyday activities such as driving.

The outcome may have been sealed with the hand-delivery of a letter to lawmakers earlier in the week.

In the wake of controversy over last year's Arizona immigration law, dozens of CEOs warned in the letter that new state legislation on the contentious issue could hurt the state's struggling economy and cost jobs.

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