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Battle looms over Trump bid to ease safety rules for big trucks

This week, the Trump administration formally proposed easing the rules over rest breaks truck drivers must take, and giving them more flexibility over their on- and off-duty time.... Read more»

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Brownfields

Feds give $800k for enviro cleanup plans

Tucson and Pima County will each receive $400,000 grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to assess brownfields - environmentally-contaminated sites that could be redeveloped.... Read more»

Lobbyists, lawmakers bond during Springsteen concerts

As Bruce Springsteen belted out his working-class anthems on the floor of the Verizon Center last May, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, was raising money in the privacy of a luxury suite overlooking the stage. ... Read more»1

Education budget

Feds' student loan plan to boost Pell grants

New federal legislation that cuts “middle-man” private banks out of financial aid will save the federal government a projected $68 billion – much of which will be directed to shore up Pell grants for students. ... Read more»

Afghanistan war

Millions in expenses undocumented in Afghan police program

The private contractor that trains the Afghan police force, a U.S. military program long criticized for wasting money, has failed to document millions of dollars in expenses, according to a leading defense audit agency.... Read more»

Housing meltdown

Home stretch: A blueprint for global recovery?

A housing rebound in the U.S., a bubble in China.... Read more»

Proposition 100

Voter registration deadline at midnight

If you're inclined to vote in the May 18 special election on the proposed sales tax, make sure you're registered by midnight Monday.... Read more»2

Unemployment

Tucson job fair set for Saturday

Area job seekers will have a chance to meet with local firms and employment agencies at a job fair on Saturday.... Read more»

Transportation

Volcano ash cloud shuts down Europe

About 8,000 flights in Europe were canceled on Thursday and about 16,000 were expected to be grounded Friday — well over half the number normally criss-crossing the continent.... Read more»

Local efforts help stave off state park closures

Rock concerts and raffle tickets are saving endangered state parks across Arizona from closure.... Read more»

2,000 rally downtown for Tax Day Tea Party

The Tucson Tea Party held a Tax Day rally Thursday at Tucson's El Presidio Park, which drew 2,000 at its peak. The right-wing group invited Tucsonans to "protest a government out of control."... Read more»3

Comic: Taxation

Tea Party Patriots, Marrakesh Chapter

Ah, to live in a world without taxes ... and police, and fire services, and garbage collection, and street lights, and municipal water and sewage ... and so on.... Read more»

Teaching Twitter in Havana

As an educational institution, Cuba’s Blogger Academy suffers from a few notable deficiencies. It doesn’t grant an accredited degree, its single, cramped classroom isn’t hooked up to the internet. Then there’s the possibility that the next knock on the door might be the police.... Read more»

University of Arizona

Furloughs for UA employees next year

University of Arizona president Robert Shelton issued a memo Wednesday ordering furloughs for employees making more than $40,000.... Read more»

Border violence

U.S. drug demand fuels chaos in Mexico, says Juárez mayor

Though he is hopeful conditions in his city will improve, Juarez's mayor said the drug trafficking at the root of Mexico's problems will continue as long as the U.S. maintains its insatiable appetite for narcotics.... Read more»

Marana to hold town, school budget info meetings

Marana officials will hold two community meetings to present information on the budget crisis.... Read more»

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