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Census: Almost 1 in 5 Arizonans lacked health insurance in 2011

About one Arizonan in five lacked health insurance in 2011, and the number rose to almost one in four in some counties, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimates. Statewide, 19.6 percent of people under age 65 were uninsured.... Read more»

Small town, big tax: Tuba City again pays nation’s highest sales tax

Tuba City residents continue to pay the highest combined sales taxes in the nation, even after the Arizona state sales tax dropped this year, according to a new report.... Read more»1

Report ranks Phoenix, Tucson top cities for safe drivers

Anyone who’s been tailgated, cut off or rear-ended while driving on the streets and freeways here may be surprised to learn that Phoenix drivers rank as the safest around. Tucson and Mesa also ranked as the top cities in their respective population sizes.... Read more»1

First Things First website connects parents, early education providers

Calling the choice of a child care provider or preschool an overwhelming but vital decision, First Things First has launched a website guiding Arizona parents toward the right option for them.... Read more»

Concussion-prevention effort targeting younger athletes

Organizers of an effort to reduce concussions in high school sports are appealing to a younger audience with a smartphone game geared toward athletes ages 8-12. “Barrow Brain Ball” expands upon Barrow Brainbook, the interactive online education that the Arizona Interscholastic Association requires for every high school athlete in Arizona.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Sahuarita pushing plans to expand east

Dan Shearer filled in for the vacationing Bill Buckmaster. The Friday Focus spotlighted Sahuarita Mayor Duane Blumberg and Economic Development Manager Victor Gonzalez with a conversation about expanding the town limits. Then, it’s the Reporters’ Roundtable featuring Mark B. Evans and Linda Valdez, plus Weekend Watch with Matt Russell. ... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: City center to simmer with Labor Day fun

If you’re staying in town this holiday weekend, Downtown has plenty to keep you entertained, with food, music and more on the books. You’d have to work hard to not find something to enjoy over Labor Day.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: A close look at the Regional Transportation Authority

Regional Transportation Services Director Jim DeGrood, Pima County Transportation Director Priscilla Cornelio, Tucson Transportation Director Daryl Cole, RTA MainStreet program Director Britton Dornquast... Read more»

Peru dethrones Colombia as cocaine king

Peru is on the brink of officially confirming its unwanted status as the world’s top producer of cocaine and other illegal coca plant derivatives.... Read more»

Factcheck: Inspection deception

I’ve heard through the Internet grapevine that a provision of the “Obamacare” bill will enable the government to make forced home inspections. Is this true?... Read more»

Obama, Clinton, Carter all criticize voter-ID laws at MLK event

The current and former presidents did not mention Arizona by name, but state Democrats and voting-rights advocates said they clearly had the state in mind then they talked about voter suppression as a challenge facing minorities, 50 years after the March on Washington.... Read more»

Arizonans join thousands for 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Anthem resident Pamela Gardner was just 4 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” Speech, but it still had an effect on her. “As a child I always cried when I read or heard that speech,” said Gardner, who joined thousands Wednesday on the National Mall to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: President Obama reflects on 'The Dream'

President Barack Obama’s speech on the anniversary of the March on Washington, along with financial advisor Shelly Fishman, Martha McSally, Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie and event coordinator Kris French, plus Middle East expert Stephen Zunes... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson literacy program still seeks volunteers

Featuring an in-depth conversation on poverty and illiteracy in Southern Arizona with Tamara McKinney, Literacy Connects Reading Seed program director, and Bobbie Jo Buel, editor of the Arizona Daily Star. Then, we talked with Penelope Jacks of the Children’s Action Alliance as well as Maureen O’Nell, CEO of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.... Read more»

Guest opinion

MLK and ignorance of history

In retrospect, inducting Martin Luther King Jr. into the Pantheon of American Heroes may have been a mistake and a disservice to what he fought for. Unfortunately, to make King an icon, we have had to make him non-controversial. We had to hollow him out, enabling anyone to fill that vessel with whatever supports their agenda. This is unfortunate, because his struggle continues.... Read more»

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