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Little progress toward goal of cutting U.S. food waste in half

While 1 in 8 Americans are considered to be “food insecure,” an estimated 40 percent of the nation’s supply of fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat goes to waste, discarded by farmers, retailers, restaurant owners and households.... Read more»

The way we were

Arthur Pack: Successful businessman was also conservation pioneer

For most Pima County residents these days, the name Arthur Pack is usually mentioned in the context of golf because of the noteworthy Lee Trevino designed course at a park named after him on the Marana-Oro Valley frontier. Arthur Pack was prominent a businessman and philanthropist whose impact on conservation policy is still felt locally. His influence extends well beyond Pima County as well.... Read more»

Bankruptcy closes Green Fields School after 86 years

Green Fields School in Northwest Tucson doesn't have enough money to remain open for the coming school year, and has closed. The school has been losing more than $500,000 each year, records show.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Legislature & Ducey's cartoonish scheme to hike TUSD taxes tossed over cliff by judge

Told ya so: Demonstrating the acme of futility, the Legislature discovered again that it has no Wonder Twin powers to make the Arizona Constitution disappear. Slamming bills into law without public comment doesn't help.... Read more»

Appeals court blocks Trump from building border wall with defense funds

A federal appeals court ruled against the Trump administration Wednesday, rejecting an attempt to use $8.1 billion siphoned from the Defense Department to construct several border wall projects, including one near Yuma that was scheduled to begin in March. ... Read more»

Most states legalizing pot growing have yet to grapple with power demand

States legalizing cannabis so far have done little to limit or even track the huge amounts of energy needed to grow it indoors. ... Read more»

FactChecking Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax plan

In her campaign speeches, Sen. Elizabeth Warren likes to say, “I’ve got a plan for that.” She has lots of plans, but there is one on which many of the others hinge: her plan for an “Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” an annual wealth tax on all assets over $50 million.... Read more»

Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Handicapping the Tucson mayor's race & the myth of 'woke'

The race to replace Mayor Jonathan Rothschild leads to discussions about race and gender when voter outreach and turnout — and the necessary cash and hard work — will be what's truly pivotal. ... Read more»

Arizona acupuncture board takes on opioid crisis

Arizona's Acupuncture Board of Examiners has entered the fight against opioid abuse, approving chemical dependency programs for a form of acupuncture that involves the outer ear. ... Read more»

How Teach for America evolved into an arm of the charter school movement

The Walton Foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach for America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school.... Read more»

Coconino official urges feds to live up to responsibility to fund parks

A Coconino County official urged lawmakers Tuesday to “make sure the federal government meets its responsibility” of maintaining national parks, which face almost $12 billion in needed upkeep – $313.8 million in the Grand Canyon alone.... Read more»

Rogue columnist

Preservation alert: Phoenix Union Station

The most precious treasure of old downtown Phoenix is in flux. This could provide the city a long-overdue opportunity. Or it could go sideways in a hurry. I'm writing, of course, about Union Station.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona tops migrant decline, but still leads nation in being Arizona

Illegal immigrants are vanishing from Arizona just like rock bands from the charts, but that trend barely affected any of the problems that have been blamed on undocumented migrants over the past decade. Our state still ranks first at being Arizona.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: I-11 is a boondoggle that doesn't benefit Tucson

The proposed Interstate 11 west of Tucson is a boondoggle that doesn't benefit our city and doesn't benefit our neighbors in Pima County (unless you happen to be a real estate speculator).... Read more»4

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