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FactCheck: What the Mueller report says about Russian contacts

After the 2016 election, Vice President-elect Pence was asked if there was “any contact in any way between [Donald] Trump or his associates and the Kremlin or cutouts they had.” Pence answered, “Of course not. Why would there be any contacts between the campaign?” Of course, there were contacts.... Read more»

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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

Border crime

Western Union settles dispute with state on money laundering

Western Union will pay $94 million to fight crime along the border as part of a settlement agreement with the state of Arizona.... Read more»

Media

Publisher opposes changing legal notice law

Public notices are too important to Arizonans' right to know and the way they access essential information for lawmakers to act hastily in altering requirements that they run in newspapers, a publisher said Wednesday.... Read more»

Housing meltdown

Subprime players get tax money to fix mortgage mess

Firms that fed off the subprime lending frenzy that devastated the banking system are lining up to collect more than $21 billion in taxpayer funds meant to help bail out borrowers now in trouble on their loans.... Read more»

Economy

Stimulus spending hits $272 billion—34% of total

The administration has spent $179 billion in stimulus funds, according to Recovery.gov. Combined with an estimated $93 billion in stimulus tax cuts, that means the government has now moved at least $272 billion into the economy, or 34 percent of the total amount approved by Congress.... Read more»

Braking with tradition

I-19 metric-to-miles switch doesn't measure up for some

A backlash has put the brakes on a plan to replace old metric signs with signage in miles. "The kilometers make it a little unique to this part of the country," says Don Herk. "It's something that's become part of my life."... Read more»

Sugar tax absent in childhood obesity campaign

As First Lady Michelle Obama officially launched her campaign against childhood obesity today, a proposal pushed by some health groups was conspicuous by its absence – a federal tax on sugared drinks.... Read more»

Providence Service Corp. to relocate HQ downtown

One of Tucson's largest companies announced that it will move its corporate headquarters downtown.... Read more»

Airline service

American adds nonstop Tucson-to-Dallas flight

Tucson air travelers will soon have another nonstop flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth.... Read more»

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