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Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

TailWaggers of the week: Missy & Luna

Meet a couple of the many great companions available at our local animal rescue groups: Missy and Luna.... Read more»

Pima basketball assistant coach Hidalgo accepts job at Grand Canyon University

Pima Community College men’s basketball assistant coach Dylan Hidalgo is moving on to the NCAA Division I level.... Read more»

Court OKs civil rights suit by mother of Mexican teen killed by BP agent

The mother of a 16-year-old boy shot to death through the border fence in 2012 can sue the U.S. government and the Border Patrol agent who fired at him, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday. The case is likely to head to the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

As goes Billy Kovacs, so go Pima Democrats

Billy Kovacs is going to lose. Billy Kovacs is the future of the Democratic Party in Southern Arizona. Reconciling those two truisms is the biggest challenge the party faces, here, statewide and nationally because they could use some new blood. ... Read more»6

Deputies searching for 89-year-old man missing since Saturday

An elderly man missing on a sweltering day is the focus of a search by Pima County deputies. Robert Crubaugh was last seen driving a black Chevy Trailblazer with a wheelchair rack near Bopp and San Joaquin roads Saturday morning.... Read more»

Deadly vehicle crashes continue to rise in Arizona

Three people died every day on average on Arizona roads in 2017 and 152 people were injured, according to ADOT’s annual report on motor-vehicle crashes. Nearly three-quarters of accidents occurred from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.... Read more»

ACLU drops suit against Gosar for blocking social media accounts

The Arizona chapter of American Civil Liberties Union on Friday withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, after he blocked two constituents from his social media accounts. Both sides claimed victory in the fight.... Read more»

Court: Widow waited too long to sue VA for delays in husband’s care

A Navy widow whose husband died from kidney disease cannot sue the Veterans Affairs medical center that delayed his treatment, only to send a letter two weeks after his death urging him to seek immediate care.... Read more»

El Chisme: How could you let this happen?

As early ballots go out, some candidates seem to be fumbling in a panic. Plus, accurate quotations aren't child's play; KVOA's new motto: More than 2 weeks late, less than half the story; Cunninghams poised to sting Bee; & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»

Weekend music

Fuzzy memories: Timothy Gassen and the Marshmallow Overcoat

Timothy Gassen recounts 30 years of the Overcoat and tells us about the new film. Plus, the first in our series of "Hardest working folks in Tucson music," Juju Fontaine and Watercolor drummer John Matzek and this week's local music listings.... Read more»

Arizona expected to keep adding jobs faster than rest of U.S.

Arizona is expected to add about 543,000 jobs between 2016 and 2026. And, no surprise, Maricopa County is expected to capture most. Medical and social assistance jobs will account for about a third of the new jobs due largely to aging Baby Boomers. The rising minimum wage seems to not be hurting restaurant and bar jobs. ... Read more»

Worker charged with sexually molesting 8 children at Mesa immigrant shelter

The allegations against a Phoenix Southwest Key youth care worker are the latest in a series of serious accusations of sexual abuse inside the government’s immigrant youth shelters.... Read more»

Tucson mom joins other parents pressing EPA for ban on toxic chemical

Tucson mom Linda Robles was in Washington Wednesday to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency ban TCE, the chemical she blames for the death of one daughter and the birth defects of three other children.... Read more»

Lawn time ago: Tucson saves water with desert landscaping, synthetic grass

Tucson used to be a city of lawns. Patches of Bermuda grass lined residential neighborhoods, kept green — even in blazing summer months — with diligent watering. Over the decades, that has changed. Most Tucson residents eschew lush lawns in favor of landscaping more in tune with the city’s desert setting — although that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no green at all.... Read more»3

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