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Sun Tran buses to roll through Weds. as union votes on contract

The current contract with Tucson's municipal bus drivers has been extended through next Wednesday, as the system's private management company and union officials work to hammer out a contract.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County newest contestant in 'So You Want to Sue the Legislature'

It's too hot to be intriguing, but the summer slowdown gives us a chance to catch up on the helpings I've dished so far — and look forward to what comes next with the city, county and state.... Read more»

Unspinning the Planned Parenthood video

Several Republican presidential candidates have claimed that Planned Parenthood is “profiting” from abortions. But the full, unedited video they cite as evidence shows a Planned Parenthood executive repeatedly saying its clinics want to cover their costs, not make money, when donating fetal tissue from abortions for scientific research.... Read more»2

The FBI built a database to catch rapists — almost nobody uses it

For roughly 30 years the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals. ... Read more»

VA whistleblower cites progress, work still to be done

A doctor who blew the whistle on problems at the VA hospital in Phoenix testified Thursday that some things have improved since last year’s revelations, but whistleblower retaliation is alive and well.... Read more»

Another bighorn dies in the Catalinas

Another bighorn sheep has died in the Santa Catalina Mountains — this one as the result of a fall, state wildlife officials reported Thursday.... Read more»

Deputies seek bank robbery suspect

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a bank in a North Side grocery store on Wednesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

McSally staffers to hold constituent service hours throughout CD 2

Staffers for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally will hold office hours throughout CD 2 during August and September, with stops planned for Bisbee, Douglas, Tombstone, Benson, Sahuarita, and Green Valley. Staffers will be available to assist with issues ranging from veterans and immigration to Social Security and Medicare.... Read more»6

Guest opinion

Grijalva: Congress must rebuild trust with Native American tribes

Ask any Native American tribe for a story about working with Congress and you'll probably hear a story of frustration. There are too many examples to count of Washington not taking tribal sovereignty seriously, ignoring trust and treaty responsibilities, and failing to protect Native American historical treasures.... Read more»

Update: Heinz making bid to unseat McSally

And then there were two: Matt Heinz, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nod in 2012, has joined legislator Victoria Steele in seeking to campaign against freshman Republican Martha McSally. Heinz filed paperwork with the FEC on Tuesday, and made a formal announcement Thursday.... Read more»5

What Americans have been missing out on in Iran

Not too long ago, mentions of "Iran" conjured images of burning U.S. flags and chants of "death to America." That's still the case for a number of people, including some in Congress dead-set on rejecting a deal between Iran and six world powers. Contrary to popular belief, Iran is not a scary place for Americans. In fact, it's one of the most pro-American countries in the Middle East.... Read more»3

Report: About 40 percent of workers in Az, U.S. have no paid sick leave

Nearly half of Arizona’s private-sector workers, more than 934,000 people, do not have access to paid sick leave, according to a report by a group pushing for such laws. More than 43 million people, accounting for about 39 percent of private-sector workers in the country, don’t have the ability to earn paid sick leave.... Read more»1

Two FC Tucson players named to all-conference team

FC Tucson's Kalem Scott and Pedro Espindola have been named to the PDL's All-Western Conference team in a vote by the managers of their soccer competitors.... Read more»

Police seek witnesses to SE Side sexual assault

Tucson police are trying to locate witnesses who were in the area of a sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl on the Southeast Side midday Tuesday, authorities said.... Read more»

Rick Perry launches populist offensive against big banks

Sounding a deeply populist note, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday launched an offensive against banks that are too big to fail, making a pitch for Wall Street reform while tying the 2008 financial crisis to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.... Read more»1

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