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Durham: Why I voted to OK new tower on Palm Shadows site

Councilman Paul Durham: "Its height generated some controversy — is Tucson really ready for a 20-story tower at that intersection? But if Tucson is going to stop blading our beautiful Sonoran Desert while continuing to grow, we have simply got to increase density at appropriate locations."... Read more»

Yuma lettuce growers work to rebuild consumer trust after E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak that sickened people in 35 states and led to a recall of romaine lettuce farmed in Yuma clipped a billion-dollar industry that reaches to Sweden, with farmers now working to rebuild consumers’ trust.... Read more»

CBP chief looks to X-ray all vehicles at Nogales border crossing

Officials are planning to expand the use of X-ray machines to scan all cars and trucks passing through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County moves to get itself sued to fight Ducey's sneaky TUSD tax hike

Pima County has voted to force the tax issue — on the state, TUSD or itself. Either way, someone is getting sued over a property tax hike that looks as illegal as a careening U-turn on I-10.... Read more»

Construction & manufacturing jobs continue to soar in Arizona

Construction and manufacturing comprise only about 12 percent of all jobs in Arizona, but they gave the state 31 percent of its new jobs over the past year. Residential construction is especially strong. Metro Tucson recorded 426 new housing permits in April. But federal tariffs and rising mortgage rates could hurt construction.... Read more»

Flake, on Senate floor, slams Trump on trade, lack of ‘grown-up leadership’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake took the Senate floor Thursday to “sound the alarm” on President Trump’s trade policies in a speech that quickly became a discourse on liberty, freedom and America “turning our back” on its responsibility as a world leader.... Read more»

UA economist forecasts metro Tucson will gain 11k jobs in next 2 years

University of Arizona economist George Hammond predicts metro Tucson will gain 5,550 jobs in 2018 and 6,000 in 2019, which will help attract more residents and especially help the construction, real estate and retail industries.... Read more»2

Trump's new steel, aluminum tariffs worry Arizona firms, raise trade war fears

The Trump administration said it will let new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports take effect, a move that critics warned could spark a “tit-for-tat trade war” with Mexico, Canada and the European Union.... Read more»1

Raytheon to build Naval Strike Missile in Tucson

Working with a Norwegian company, defense contractor Raytheon will assemble anti-ship missiles for the Navy's littoral combat vessels, such as the USS Gabrielle Giffords, in what could be an $850 million deal. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

UA Pres. Robbins gets $75,000 participation trophy

Robbins is still in Act One of his tenure and has not yet earned a 12-percent raise — he's already among the 10 highest-paid public university presidents. Even so, he just got one. And probably a free house, too.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Huckelberry: More to Pima County budget than just the total amount

The Pima County Board of Supervisors at the end of May took one of the interim steps required by state law to pass the annual county budget and set the expenditure limit for next fiscal year at $1.35 billion. That means that when they consider final budget adoption at the June 19 meeting, no matter what changes they may seek, the budget can't be any more than $1.35 billion. ... Read more»

Schweikert's office probed over possible improper payments

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Thursday that the Office of Congressional Ethics has referred an investigation of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, and his congressional chief of staff.... Read more»

The way we were

Dreaming of canals

A few months back, this column discussed George Roskruge and his 1893 map of Pima County which hangs on the wall of many local government offices. It was only after publication that someone pointed out to this writer an unusual feature on the map: the "Proposed Santa Cruz Valley Water Storage Company's Canal." ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County impasse over sales tax for roads a result of Dem gerrymandering

Five votes can not be found among Pima supervisors to raise taxes to fix roads because two of those seats only answer to Republican voters. Democrats saw to that. Strict party-line votes are the result of drawing boundaries to protect incumbents.... Read more»3

Northwest Hospital to build 18-bed facility in Sahuarita

Sahuarita is getting its own hospital, possibly by the end of 2019. Northwest Healthcare announced Tuesday it will build an acute care facility in the town south of Tucson.... Read more»

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