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Report: Obamacare repeal could cut millions from Az public health funding

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Arizona more than $46 million in federal public health funds over five years, according to a report released Tuesday by a national health policy organization.... Read more»

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Undocumented family goes into sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian

Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto, her husband Gerardo and their two sons entered the Tucson church Thursday to the applause of around 100 supporters and more than a dozen religious leaders from around the city. ... Read more»

Rip-crew recruiter indicted for role in Brian Terry killing

The recruiter for the rip crew that allegedly killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry during a 2010 firefight north of Nogales has been indicted in the case, and charged with first degree murder, authorities said.... Read more»

Bus drivers approve contract, service to continue Friday

Update: Tucson's bus drivers voted to approve a one-year contract on Thursday, averting a strike as a contract extension was to expire at midnight. Buses will continue to run on a normal schedule Friday as management and Teamsters reached a $1 million deal.... Read more»2

Apprehensions of migrant families up 471 percent

While this summer's influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors has become the central focus of the immigration debate, the number of families apprehended along the southwestern border has more than quadrupled from last year. Nearly 63,000 people counted as part of a family unit — a parent or guardian traveling with one or more children — were apprehended.... Read more»

Free back-to-school immunization clinic set for Saturday

If you are a parent preparing your children to head back to school over the next couple of weeks, don't forget that you can't enroll them without proof of immunization. To make that easier, Pima County will be adding Saturday hours at one of its Health Department offices. Back-to-school shots are free.... Read more»

Who's running for Tucson-area school boards

Here's a list of the people running for the governing boards of the Tucson area's larger school districts.... Read more»1

PCC's Even getting out, won't run again

A long-time member of the Governing Board of Pima Community College won't seek another term. Brenda Even, in office since 2001, will step down when her term expires after the November election. Two others have filed to seek the District 1 seat on the board, the only one in question this year.... Read more»2

Congressional inaction leaves border communities hoping for funds

Congress left towns and counties on the Texas-Mexico border hanging last week when it adjourned without sending a supplemental budget measure to the president. The local governments have used their own resources since last spring to care for thousands of immigrants flooding into their communities, and they had hoped Congress would reimburse local taxpayers. ... Read more»

Activists continue to demand names of officers involved in May arrests

Three border activists were offered the chance to pay a court fee and have their charges dropped after an incident in May when they were arrested at the Nogales Port of Entry. During a press conference Wednesday, the federal officer who cited one of the activists demanded the activists disperse.... Read more»

City vague on details of streetcar ridership

In the first week of paid ridership, Tucsonans took 28,000 trips aboard the new streetcar system. While disclosing that the streetcar had an average of 3,900 riding daily, city officials were reluctant to discuss how many of those riders were paying members of the general public. The figures released are based on counting every time someone steps on or off a streetcar, including drivers, Sun Link staff and police.... Read more»4

Tucson, Phoenix metros among top 25 for pedestrian death rate

Tucson and Phoenix ranked among the top 25 metro areas in the nation for pedestrian death rates from 2008 to 2012, according to a study released Wednesday.... Read more»

Bus drivers to vote on strike-averting contract

On the final day of a contract extension, Tucson's bus drivers and Sun Tran management reached a tentative deal. Buses will continue to run Thursday under a new extension to provide union members time to vote on the proposed new contract.... Read more»

Arizona posted nation's lowest rate of improper unemployment payments

Arizona had the lowest rate of improper unemployment insurance payments in the nation last year, which is a big improvement from two years ago when Arizona had one of the highest improper payment rates in the nation.... Read more»4

Guest opinion

Election integrity: Who decides?

Checks and balances. A term most every elementary school student understands. But it seems to be a principle that escapes too many in government. Chuck Huckleberry will soon propose the purchase of new election equipment for the county. The problem is the proposal will do away with a precinct scanner at each polling location. This removes a needed check in the system.... Read more»1

City shuffles org chart during manager search

As the city searches for a replacement for Richard Miranda, Tucson's retired city manager, the organizational chart at City Hall has been shaken up a bit under interim City Manager Martha Durkin.... Read more»1

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