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Teachers speak out about working conditions, and they’re not happy

For the past decade, the vast majority of Arizona counties have faced a teacher shortage at the beginning of the school year, and as school districts head into the summer many teachers expect more of the same. And they’re not surprised.... Read more»1

Old Pueblo Lightning rugby falters in semifinals

Hooker Morgan Haggerty scored a try late in the second half, but it proved only to be a consolation as Old Pueblo Lightning Rugby fell 30-10 to San Francisco Golden Gate at Kino North Stadium on Sunday afternoon.... Read more»

Sudden closure of assisted-living homes sends residents packing

Thirteen residents of two Sahuarita assisted-living homes found themselves abruptly moved to new facilities Thursday and Friday, but exactly why remains unclear. The owner of the "Rancho Verde" facilities has been operating seven homes in Tucson and Sahuarita. The total number of residents affected is unknown.... Read more»1

Old Pueblo Lightning Rugby Club

'Puppy' scores two as Lightning overrun Sabres

Old Pueblo Lightning Rugby posted two tries early in the first half and never gave up the lead against the St. Louis Sabres at Kino Sports Complex on Saturday. At game's end, the local side was up 30 - 15 against the visitors, with the win also earning them a slot in the quarterfinals of USA Rugby's Division II tournament.... Read more»

Bills to ease Border Patrol hiring advance in Senate, stall in House

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to hire Border Patrol officers by waiving polygraph tests for applicants who are current or former military, police or other law enforcement officers.... Read more»

ACLU asks for data on 'Stingray' surveillance targeting immigrants

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a freedom of information request Friday for documents outlining how U.S. immigration authorities use cellphone surveillance equipment known as "Stingrays" to track down immigrants for deportation. ... Read more»

Jobs report: Arizona wages rising faster than nation's

A growing shortage of workers has been driving up average earnings since mid-2015, long before Arizonans voted to increase the minimum wage. In Pima County, the jobless rate not only fell in April to 4.2 percent from 4.4 percent in March but came in lower than the state and national rates. But job growth is still slow.... Read more»

Yuma Sector agents seize $400,000 in heroin at Greyhound station

Yuma Sector agents seized more than 20 pounds of heroin worth more than $400,000 at a Greyhound bus station in Blythe, Calif., on Wednesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Feds ID man wounded in Tombstone shootout with Border Patrol

The man shot and wounded by Border Patrol agents at checkpoint just north of Tombstone on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as 76-year-old Gary Smith. ... Read more»

FC Tucson

Tucsonenses end Open Cup run with 'brutal' loss in Colorado

FC Tucson ended their run in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup with a loss to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Wednesday night. The team finished its evening at Weidner Field down 2 - 0.... Read more»1

Man wounded after shooting at agents at BP checkpoint

Border Patrol agents shot and wounded a 76-year-old man after he fired on them at the checkpoint north of Tombstone on Highway 80 on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. ... Read more»

From the editor

Buy local: Don't short Tucson business over sales-tax increase

I find it more than a bit disappointing that the petulant reaction to Tucson voters approving a half-cent bump in the sales tax is for some who opposed it to declare that they'll now "do all their shopping online." It's important to do business with local small business. That's how money stays in our community — support your local mom and pop.... Read more»4

What the Devil won't tell you

Prop. 101 OKed: Council's road to redemption will now be paved

Look out, world. Prop. 101 passed with 60 percent, as voters rewarded smart, shrewd leadership from the City Council ... yes, the Tucson City Council. (Read that line again if need be. I'll go grab a Coke.) Here's why that's good news.... Read more»

Prop. 101

Tucson sales-tax bump passes easily; will fund police, fire & roads

In a special election Tuesday, Tucson voters approved a half-cent increase in the city's sales tax by a wide margin: 41,000 yes ballots to 25,000 no votes. Proposition 101 was OKed by a majority of those voting in every ward. It will take effect July 1, and fund police and fire equipment, and road repairs.... Read more»

Detained immigrants often hundreds of miles from legal help

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. ... Read more»

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