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Arizona political ad spending hit new highs

Spending on campaign ads in Arizona reached a record $129 million this year, part of a national trend that saw cable and broadcast election ad spending top $3 billion for the first time in a midterm election cycle.... Read more»

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Travel

Tucson ranked No. 3 in small airports

Tucson International Airport finished No. 3 among small North American airports in a new survey. Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix ranks No. 5 in the large category.... Read more»1

Downtown

Feds write $63 million check for Tucson streetcar

Tucson's modern streetcar project was awarded $63 million by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on Thursday. The federal grant is a slice of a $1.5 billion federal transportation program.... Read more»

Vulnerable bloggers

More libel suits coming from abroad

PHOENIX – Dr. Zuhdi Jasser isn’t reluctant to criticize those who support terrorism, but now he's being threatened with libel - from someone who lives in the Middle East.... Read more»

City council

Lopez ends recall of Walkup, Romero, Uhlich

The recall effort against the mayor and two council members has fallen flat. Businessman Humberto Lopez announced that he would end the recall in a statement Wednesday. ... Read more»

Health

Egyptian smokers shocked by sex warning

In a country of smokers that shuns talk of sex, anti-tobacco warnings highlighting impotence draw fire... Read more»

Arizona legislature

American Express pressures change in traveler's check law

After pressure from American Express, the Arizona House has reversed a law on how soon it can seize money from uncashed traveler's checks.... Read more»

Light rail

Downtown streetcar to get $63 million from feds

Tucson's modern streetcar project will be awarded $63 million in federal stimulus money, say Reps. Gabrielle Giffords and Raúl Grijalva... Read more»

Interfaith Community Services

$1 million donation buoys nonprofit on 25th anniversary

Interfaith Community Services is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a $1 million gift from one of its most loyal volunteers, Ed Jenkins.... Read more»

Northwest Explorer owner to buy bankrupt East Valley Tribune

The bankrupt Pulitzer Prize-winning East Valley Tribune would be sold to the Colorado-based owner of the Northwest Explorer, under a deal outlined in a court document filed today.... Read more»

Mercado Sonora

In hard times, Mexican 'witchcraft market' sells good fortune

As the country remains stuck in the economic downturn, more and more Mexicans are turning to unorthodox remedies for their money woes. Feeling abandoned and disillusioned, they look to magic powders, potions, soaps and lotions for a helping hand in life.... Read more»

Friendly skies

Southwest–Kevin Smith PR battle takes off

On Saturday, director and actor Kevin Smith, otherwise known as "Silent Bob," was pulled from a Southwest fight for "security reasons." But Smith says he is not a shoe-bomber; he's just a bigger-than-average guy.... Read more»

Kozachik meets with downtown business owners

Downtown merchants discussed ideas, complaints, and concerns with City Councilman Steve Kozachik on Friday night at a forum set up by Kozachik’s office.... Read more»

Comic: Recall

Toyota CEO expresses (some) regret

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda apologizes (a little bit) for his company's product quality problems... Read more»

Health care

Polls: People like their health insurance, still want reform

Two polls show a majority of Americans are happy with their health insurance, yet believe the system needs to be changed. ... Read more»

Az biz Rx: Solar, renewable energy for sustainable business environment

Gov. Jan Brewer joined business leaders Thursday in calling Arizona to create a climate more attractive to long-term employment, helping the state move away from growth as its primary economic driver.... Read more»2

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