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St. Patrick's parade to march through Downtown on Sunday

Tucson's 28th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is this Sunday. The event will feature live Irish music, dancers and entertainment, as well as games for the kids.... Read more»

Census: Fewer Arizona households received food stamps in 2013

Two experts say the drop to an estimated 13.5 percent of Arizona households likely points to the state's improving economy. However, another said it could also be a sign that many people had used up their eligibility. To be eligible, a household's gross monthly income must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty line. ... Read more»

What’s hot in Az hospitality this year? Experts share 2015 trends

With guests returning to hotels and resorts, industry leaders are adding new features – curbside check-in, organic products, family packages - to create vibrant guest experiences across the state. Experts share hospitality trends. ... Read more»1

Warning sounded on heavy metals in chocolates

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, news that may break a chocolate-lover’s heart: A consumer group is taking legal action against an array of major chocolate manufacturers and retailers, saying they’ve failed to warn consumers about the potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium in their products.... Read more»

Cafe Roka: One man’s dream of success

In a 1900s building on Main Street in Bisbee, Rod Kass unleashes his passion for food.... Read more»

Report predicts Az will lead nation in restaurant sales, job growth over next decade

The National Restaurant Association has projected Arizona as the No. 1 state in restaurant-sales growth in 2015 and for employment growth through 2025. What makes Arizona stand out in this industry?... Read more»

Portugal is shaking up the wine world

In a region known for port, winemakers along the Douro Valley are taking top prizes for reds and whites.... Read more»

Tasty and culturally rich: Tamale time

During the holidays, the demand for homemade tamales surpasses any other month of the year. These individually wrapped presents involve care, love, family, tradition and Mexican heritage.... Read more»

ASU study suggests almonds can help prevent heart damage in diabetics

An ASU study, published in Journal of Functional Foods, showed that eating 1.5 ounces of almonds can reduce levels of C reactive protein, which is part of a chain that can lead to heart disease, in people with progressed Type 2 diabetes.... Read more»

They say 'drink responsibly,' but what does it mean?

The “drink responsibly” or “enjoy in moderation” messages tucked into liquor and beer ads don’t impress Jennifer Romo. “Nobody actually takes that seriously,” said Romo, a UCLA student. She added: “‘Drink responsibly,’ what does that even mean?”... Read more»

Climate change could end life with chocolate

If global warning, drought and polar bear extinction weren't enough, it now looks like our inability to address climate change adequately might cost us one of the world's most pure, innocent, and wonderful pleasures: chocolate. ... Read more»

'Everyone's a Celt' at Tucson Highland games

Highland dancing, caber tossing, bagpipers and drummers, skilled dogs, kilts a-plenty and even a dram or two of whisky can be found at this weekend's Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games. The revelry takes place this Friday—Sunday at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.... Read more»

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Haunted roundup: Where to celebrate Halloween

Pumpkins, candy and costumes: Halloween is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in Tucson this year.... Read more»1

Bear down, or bottoms up?

Playboy ranks UA as one of nation's top party schools

The University of Arizona's making news for something other than President Ann Weaver Hart's imperious ways, with Playboy ranking the "wet and wild" college as the No. 4 party school in the United States. The magazine's staff may have also been partaking: the report refers to Tucson's "Fourth Street bar scene."... Read more»2

New Az law lets microdistilleries sell directly to public

A new craft distiller license gives microdistilleries the freedom to reach customers in ways they couldn’t before. In addition to selling directly to the public, microdistilleries can now have offsite tasting rooms. ... Read more»

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