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Metro Tucson gained 1,900 jobs last year (so far)

Metro Tucson ended 2017 with a job growth of a scant .5 percent – about 1,900 jobs. But those numbers are likely to shift upward after the state revises them to correlate with more concrete federal employment numbers. Results will be released in March.... Read more»

Jackalope award, poem laud Ally Miller's budget blasts

Supervisor Ally Miller was named a Local Hero by the Koch brothers-connected Americans for Prosperity this week, receiving a taxidermied specimen of the mythical creature of the Southwest deserts, the jackalope. ... Read more»

Arizona education gets low marks on annual report card

Arizona education scrapes the bottom ranks in the nation, receiving a D+ for school funding and the poverty achievement gap in an annual report card released Wednesday.... Read more»

Flake, McCain: Trump attacks on media hurt democracy, aid dictators

Arizona’s two senators took President Donald Trump to task in separate forums Wednesday, saying his attacks on the press and “fake news” claims embolden dictators to crack down on media abroad and endanger democracy at home.... Read more»

Tucson's El Guero Canelo wins James Beard award for Sonoran hot dogs

Tucson restaurant El Guero Canelo's unpretentious cross-border fusion — a hot dog wrapped in bacon and laden with beans and condiments — has been given a national honor: one of five 2018 America's Classics from the James Beard Foundation.... Read more»

Biggs drops 21 points as Pima men's basketball smothers Mesa

The Pima Community College men’s basketball team (16-2, 8-2 in ACCAC) earned a 36-point victory on the road on Wednesday against Division I Mesa Community College (8-9, 6-4).... Read more»

Pima women's basketball can't stop 3-ball in loss at Mesa

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team (14-4, 8-2 in ACCAC) dropped its first game to an NJCAA Division II team on Wednesday in its loss to Mesa Community College (13-5, 8-2).... Read more»

Weekend music

Concept rock with Tucson's Lowlife

Lowlife's "Concept Rock," a Saturday filled with rock and roll adventure, and metal...for the kids! Plus more in your weekend music update from Tucsonsentinel.com.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain to Trump: 'Stop attacking the press'

Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets. This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit. The phrase "fake news" — granted legitimacy by an American president — is being used by autocrats to silence reporters.... Read more»

Rogue Theatre's 'Grapes of Wrath' an ensemble epic

The Rogue is the only theatre company in Tucson — and, I would guess, one of the few in the country — with the aesthetic sensibility, technical proficiency, resident ensemble and dramatic chops to undertake an earnest production the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel.... Read more»

White Mountain Apache water measure sidetracked by labor regulations

A bill to provide desperately needed water-project funding for the White Mountain Apache tribe was expected to pass easily last week, but instead became the focus of a partisan fight over labor regulations.... Read more»1

Court reverses death sentence in brutal Mohave County triple murder

A federal appeals court Friday overturned the death sentence in a brutal 1996 triple murder near Kingman, saying Arizona courts did not give enough weight to the killer’s troubled childhood and mental health issues.... Read more»

Flake: GOP must stand up to Trump's attacks on journalism

'The enemy of the people,' was what the president of the United States called the free press. When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him “fake news,” it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.... Read more»3

Feds say Arizona can move forward on work requirement for Medicaid

Federal officials issued guidelines last week that will let Arizona and nine other states move ahead on proposals to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients are either working or involved in “community engagement activities” to be eligible for coverage.... Read more»

Justice Dept. will appeal DACA ruling, asks to go directly to Supreme Court

DOJ officials said they are appealing last week's decision by a federal judge that blocked the Trump administration from ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and want to take the "rare step" of asking the Supreme Court to intervene, leap-frogging over the 9th Circuit.... Read more»

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