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TEP: About 20k in Tucson without power

About 20,000 customers of Tucson Electric Power have lost power "amid heavy storms" Tuesday, the utility said. ... Read more»

Tucson getting $8.5M federal grant to hire 54 firefighters

The Tucson Fire Department will receive an $8.5 million federal grant to hire 54 firefighters, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said Tuesday.... Read more»3

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ADA 25 years later: We're still not equal — especially in jobs

This July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and while there is reason to celebrate progress over the years there remains a call to action to affirm equality – especially in terms of employment. Just one in three Arizonans with disabilities ages 16 to 64 were employed from 2008 to 2012.... Read more»

Arizona posts lowest college completion rate, highest default rate

Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in six years or less. The state also posted the highest student loan default rate, at 18 percent, compared to a national average of 11 percent. Both figures were skewed by the poor data from for-profit colleges.... Read more»

Oracle man tries to use rattlesnake as weapon

An Oracle man was arrested last week after firing a gun inside a home and threatening a resident with a rattlesnake, Pinal County authorities said.... Read more»

Man shot by police Sunday carried 2 large knives

A man who charged at police and was shot Sunday was carrying two large knives, authorities said. The unidentified man remained hospitalized Monday after being shot several times by Tucson officers.... Read more»1

In Big Bend, pipeline opponents claim small victory

A coalition of Texas ranchers, environmentalists and other disgruntled landowners is claiming a small victory in its long-shot battle to block a hefty pipeline planned to carry natural gas beneath 143 miles of largely untouched Big Bend-area land into Mexico.... Read more»

Three adults, unborn child killed when car crashes into palm tree

Three adults and an unborn child died after a car struck a palm tree in Midtown overnight, authorities said. The driver of the car was hospitalized with critical injuries.... Read more»

I-10 reopening none too soon for businesses that rely on road

Interstate 10 reopened Friday after a five-day closure, but not soon enough for businesses in western Arizona and eastern California that depend on the highway.... Read more»

Businesses hope I-10 closure is road-funding ‘wakeup call’ to Congress

Arizona Trucking Association President Tony Bradley says one good thing may have come out of the closure of a section of Interstate 10 last week – it could point up the need to fix the nation’s infrastructure.... Read more»

Monday is deadline to register for Tucson primary election

If you're not registered to vote, or have recently moved, Monday is the deadline to make sure you can cast a ballot in next month's primary election in Tucson. Of course, there aren't any contested primary races, with three Republicans set to challenge three Democratic incumbents on the City Council in November, and the mayor running unopposed.... Read more»

Pedestrian killed when hit by vehicle on 22nd

A man died at the hospital Wednesday after being hit by a vehicle in the Downtown area, authorities said. ... Read more»

No escaping medical copays, even in prison

Even going to prison doesn’t spare patients from having to pay medical copays. In response to the rapidly rising cost of providing health care, states — including Arizona — are increasingly authorizing the collection of fees from prisoners for medical services they receive while in state prisons or local jails.... Read more»1

Gila River leader says lack of broadband is harming tribal, rural areas

The governor of the Gila River Indian Community told a House panel that Indian Country is the nation’s “least served” area for broadband access, despite the “astounding” opportunity that it presents.... Read more»

Apache vow fight to block Oak Flat land swap

The protest to preserve Oak Flat turned heated Wednesday as San Carlos Apache tribal members, rallying at the Capitol, vowed to do whatever it takes to reverse a deal to turn Oak Flat over to a mining company.... Read more»

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