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State Dep't cautions travelers about tainted liquor in Mexico

In the wake of investigative reports about illnesses and a death possibly connected to adulterated alcohol at Mexican resorts, the U.S. State Department updated its travel alerts to caution tourists to drink in moderation and "stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill."... Read more»

Summer meals program rebounding after years of decline

Advocates and Arizona education officials say they are confident the summer meal program for low-income children will start to climb this summer, after five years of steady declines that saw meals served drop more than 50 percent.... Read more»

Texting service alerts families to nearest free meal

So far this summer more than 300,000 texts requesting information from No Kid Hungry have led children and families to places where they can eat.... Read more»

Cut lighter fluid for tastier, greener grilling

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing smaller amounts of volatile organic compounds into the air — key ingredients in smog. It can also mean better-tasting food for your July 4 barbecue. So how to get the blasted coals glowing without dousing them in lighter fluid? Use a charcoal chimney.... Read more»

Arizona food deserts: How can leaders and residents address the issue?

Many Arizona communities have long struggled to address "food deserts" — areas that lack immediate access to healthy, affordable food. Local experts say there are a variety of ways to alleviate these hardships. Some solutions include broadening government-assistance programs, growing community gardens and building supermarkets.... Read more»

From fresh produce to inmate job training, Nogales food bank fills a basket of needs

Food waste, the affordability of fresh produce, and prison inmate rehabilitation may seem like disparate issues, but the Borderlands Food Bank in Nogales is approaching them all head-on.... Read more»

Apache County had worst 'food insecurity' in U.S., state fared poorly

Food advocacy groups said Apache County children had the least reliable access to healthy food in the nation in 2014, when 41.5 percent of children in the county were deemed to be “food insecure.” ... Read more»

July 4 roundup: Where to celebrate Independence Day in Tucson

Independence Day is almost here and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in the Tucson area this year.... Read more»

Monsoons and mariachi at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta

The El Día de San Juan Fiesta will take place this Friday, June 24 at the Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. From 5 to 10 p.m. the market will be transformed with live music, tasty aguas frescas drinks and vibrant examples of Mexican culture.... Read more»

Tracing Baja California’s evolution, one bottle of wine at a time

Wineries in Baja California are attracting tourists with varieties that range from aromatic viogniers to deep cabernet sauvignons. There are more than 70 wineries in Valle de Guadalupe, all producing, bottling and distributing wines year-round.... Read more»

8 places to celebrate with mom this Sunday

A round-up of Mother's Day events happening this Sunday.... Read more»

Safeway closing store at Grant & Craycroft

A grocery store at the intersection of Grant and Craycroft will be closed by mid-June, Safeway representatives said. About 80 employees will have the opportunity to transfer to other stores. The company merged with Albertsons last year in a $9.2 billion deal. ... Read more»

4 things to know about using vertical IDs to buy alcohol in Arizona

Vertical driver’s licenses are now accepted as valid identification in Arizona for out-of-state residents 21 years old and older who want to buy alcohol, ending a nearly 21-month ban and bringing relief to customers and business owners.... Read more»

ASU study may help improve lifespan of honey bees

As honey bee colonies decline, ASU researchers are trying to understand the resilience of the bee colonies that survive through tough living conditions.... Read more»

FDA allowing folic acid in masa could cut Latino birth defects

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced that manufacturers can start adding folic acid to masa de maiz beginning Friday, a move long pursued by advocates who say it will curb birth defects in the Hispanic community.... Read more»

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