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92-year-old killed after fall in front of truck

A 92-year-old Tucson man died when he was run over by a truck in a Southwest Side parking lot Wednesday morning. Jose Lopez fell in front of a truck, and was hit when the man behind the wheel of the vehicle began driving away without noticing Lopez was in front of him, authorities said.... Read more»

Missing man with dementia found after 2-day search

A 65-year-old man who went missing from his group home Monday was found safe Wednesday morning. Dennis Cahill, who climbed over the fence of the property, has dementia and gets lost easily, police said.... Read more»

Yearning for home, inmates paint California mural on Arizona prison walls

Consider the inmates at La Palma Correctional Facility in Eloy as the private prison’s Picassos, who painted the four walls of a multi-purpose room in rural Arizona into memories of their California home.... Read more»

How a great-grandmother's body ended up in an Army blast test

The story of how an Arizona grandmother's remains came to be used in a Pentagon experiment shines a spotlight on a growing but little-known industry: the trade in human cadavers and body parts. No federal law regulates body brokers, and no U.S. government agency monitors what happens to cadavers pledged for use in medical education and research. ... Read more»

Trump talk of eliminating gun-free schools a long shot, experts say

Charles Heller embraces Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate gun-free zones on school campuses, a move he sees as “really restoring a freedom, not eliminating anything.” But the Tucson resident acknowledges that legal and political realities will likely keep Arizona schools gun-free for the foreseeable future.... Read more»

Republicans, not Latinos, doomed Arpaio at the polls

“Sheriff Joe” inspired outrage among Maricopa County’s Hispanic community for years, but the final blow to his political fortunes came from Republicans as his support cratered in reliably GOP areas, denying his bid for a seventh term.... Read more»

Double fruit: CBP turns up 2nd pot haul: Hidden in watermelon load

A day after intercepting more than three tons of marijuana jammed into barrels of strawberry preserves, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers nabbed 2,400 pounds of marijuana co-mingled in a load of watermelons, authorities said. ... Read more»

Street hustle: The truth behind 'new' police tool for confronting fentanyl menace

A drug test manufacturer has repackaged an old, error-prone chemical formula as a "hot ... new!" cutting-edge product — but there is nothing new about the fentanyl testing kit except its name. The new kits are little more than a repurposed chemical test that has been used to detect all manner of substances for more than a century.... Read more»

Feds cancel 9/11-era registry of immigrants from Muslim countries

The U.S. government is canceling an inactive registry program for visitors from countries where extremist groups are operating, a plan similar to a Muslim registry considered by President-elect Donald Trump. ... Read more»

Tucson to ask voters for half-cent sales tax increase to fund fire, cops and roads

The Tucson City Council will ask voters at a May 16 special election to approve a half-cent sales tax that would raise $50 million per year, mostly for new fire and police vehicles and gear, and to maintain crumbling roads in the city... Read more»1

Sticky situation: Strawberry jam containers hold $3.25M in marijuana

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted another multi-million dollar haul of marijuana this month, this time seizing three tons of drugs worth around $3.25 million in a shipment of strawberry jam, authorities said. ... Read more»

Arizona to halt use of controversial drug in executions

Arizona has reached an agreement with lawyers for death row inmates that would prohibit a sedative that has been used in executions by lethal injection that took longer than usual or were botched in several states. ... Read more»

CBP: Weekend haul at Arizona crossings turns up $606K in drugs

Customs and Border Protection officers in Lukeville and Nogales intercepted 284 pounds of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana worth a combined $606,000 last weekend Four people were arrested in multiple smuggling attempts. ... Read more»

Crystal's cage: Abuse & murder of a 3-year-old girl in Arizona

The harrowing, real-life story of Crystal Reyes, from her brief existence — forced to live in a dog crate — to the cold case investigation into her murder, as told through nearly two decades of police reports and court testimony. Crystal’s case continues today.... Read more»

OSHA's wall of shame: with limited staff, safety agency targets 'severe violators'

Six years into the Severe Violator Enforcement Program – the broadest workplace safety initiative launched under President Obama – more than 500 businesses are on its list of bad actors. They include giants such as DuPont and International Paper as well as more than 300 construction firms. But the effort faces an uncertain future under the Trump administration.... Read more»

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