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Az's Rim Country seeing surge in teen heroin use

Even in Arizona’s Rim Country, in a city of just 16,000 people, heroin abuse is surging among teens and young adults just as it has across the state. “We had some issues with other drug problems in the past, but this is just encompassing our whole community,” Payson Town Councilwoman Su Connell said.... Read more»

Ducey vetoes bill to shield officers’ names after police shootings

Ducey's veto letter said Arizona law already gives police departments the ability to withhold names. It also said the legislation contained "ambiguities" that went beyond the stated goal of protecting officers and their families. ... Read more»

Arizona beekeepers can't keep up with demand

Locally produced honey is flying off the shelves – so much so that many honey producers cannot meet the production demands. “I’m not having problems selling my honey,” beekeeper Dennis Arp said. “I’m having problems with producing enough.”... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hart: The sinking middle class

Chances are if someone asked you where you’d place yourself on the socio-economic ladder, you’d say “middle class.” And why not? Being middle class is almost synonymous with being American. But today, the chances are increasing that you may no longer make the middle class cut.... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix face growing gap between income and rent

The gap between rental cost and household income is increasing to unsustainable levels in most major metro areas, including in Phoenix and Tucson, according to a new report by the National Association of Realtors. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hot topic: 'America's Hispanics'

The linked issues of immigration and America’s growing Hispanic population have generated what has become a permanent public argument. Everybody in the country, it seems – especially in Arizona -- has an opinion, and often a fierce one. So it might be worth hearing what the issue looks like from outside the U.S., especially from a viewpoint that prides itself on a rational, balanced approach to even the hottest of topics. ... Read more»

ASU camera helps NASA pick out site for next Mars lander

From the Viking landers in the 1970s to the most recent Curiosity rover, machines have acted as scientists’ eyes on Mars. And in 2016, NASA will send another lander, called InSight, that will study the red planet’s interior and seek answers about the formation of rocky planets.... Read more»

Second group files paperwork to seek 2016 vote on legalizing pot

Arizonans for Responsible Legalization wants to allow adults to purchase small amounts of marijuana for private use and tax marijuana sales to help fund education, the group said in a news release.... Read more»

Month-long paving project starting on 22nd Street

The city's bond-funded street maintenance project will hit 22nd Street this week, as crews begin resurfacing the pavement between Swan and Wilmot roads. Repaving will also take place on 6th and Toole avenues Downtown. ... Read more»

City offices closed to honor Cesar Chavez

Most city workers have the day off Monday, as Tucson marks its first municipal holiday honoring labor leader César Chávez. The holiday was unanimously approved by the City Council last year.... Read more»

Suspected smuggler crashes after fleeing from Border Patrol in Tucson

One person died and four others were injured in a crash Thursday night at the Craycroft exit on westbound I-10 after Border Patrol agents attempted to stop their vehicle. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson charter committee backs off bold action

Mayoral veto and ward-only elections were rejected after a citizens committee tasked with brainstorming charter changes collected public comments. The committee did its job and now should act proud by posting the results, but members are keeping mum about their advice to kick the can on election changes. ... Read more»

Even if Congress OKs ‘doc fix,’ rural hospitals face other challenges

House members repeatedly patted themselves on the back Thursday for passing a permanent fix to a broken Medicare funding formula, after years of “kicking the can down the road.” ... Read more»

Looking to save money, Peoria school district considering four-day week

What sounds like a student’s dream – three-day weekends every week – is a possible solution to a Phoenix-area school district’s budget woes. ... Read more»1

Snags showing in Ducey’s 'secret police' inspector general plan

Changes are coming to Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed state government watchdog following criticism about transparency and accountability. While the governor said the office would "shine a light" on corruption, critic called it a "secret police" plan. ... Read more»1

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