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Union blasts Haggen store closures

The union for grocery workers has slammed the plan for bankrupt chain Haggen to shutter 126 stores, including the remaining store in Tucson, saying that the company has not "taken any good-faith steps" to find buyers for the stores. The company dramatically expanded operations, taking on 146 stores this year, a burst from just 18 locations, before filing for protection from creditors.... Read more»

Grocer Haggen to close Tucson, other Southwest stores

Grocery chain Haggen will shutter its remaining store in Tucson and more than 120 others to "realign operations." The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, and parted ways with an executive who led the company's dramatic expansion that saw it take on 146 stores, a burst from just 18 locations a year ago.... Read more»1

Elderly Tucson woman dies from cucumber salmonella

The death of an elderly Tucson-area woman has been linked to an ongoing multi-state salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated cucumbers, officials said.... Read more»

Grocer Haggen files bankruptcy, fires Southwest CEO

Just a week after suing Albertsons for $1 billion, grocery chain Haggen has filed for bankruptcy protection and parted ways with an executive who led the company's dramatic expansion that saw it take on 146 stores, a burst from just 18 locations a year ago.... Read more»

Haggen sues Albertsons for $1 billion over grocery deal

The grocery chain Haggen, which has closed two of its three Tucson stores, has sued Albertsons for $1 billion, alleging anti-competitive practices and fraud in the wake of a deal that saw the chain take over 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores as those companies merged.... Read more»2

Two Tucson grocery stores among 27 being shuttered by Haggen

Only months after new signs were hung outside, the lettering on two Tucson grocery stores will soon be removed. Two former Safeways recently taken over by Haggen on Tucson's East Side are among more than two dozen the company will close over the next two months, the chain announced Friday. ... Read more»3

Report: Arizona craft beer has an economic kick, too

When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says “everything is improved by the presence of a brewery,” he’s talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind.... Read more»

Food fight: FDA plan to cut trans fats stirs some consumers

The Food and Drug Administration said last month that it plans to ban trans fats in most foods, giving companies until 2018 to reformulate their products or petition the FDA to allow the continued use of trans fats in their foods.... Read more»

School’s out, need isn’t: Trying to boost summer meals after sharp 2014 drop

Arizona had the nation’s biggest drop in kids getting free summer meals between 2013 and 2014, a time when most states saw increases in the number of children reached.... Read more»

Skipping in sister’s footsteps: Tucson girl’s recipe stirs White House invite

Some people are excited to attend a White House state dinner. Most would be thrilled to see their signature dish on the menu. Not everyone tops off the day by skipping through the White House kitchen garden. But Nia Thomas is not everyone. The 10-year-old Tucson girl was one of 55 grade-schoolers invited to the Kids State Dinner on Friday.... Read more»


FactCheck: No, the EPA will not regulate your barbecue

A Republican congressman says the EPA wants “to stop you and I from grilling,” and he has proposed legislation that would prohibit federal regulation of backyard barbecues. Rep. Richard Hudson cites an EPA “study,” but that is actually a student design project; the agency says it has no plans to regulate barbecues.... Read more»

Cut lighter fluid for tastier grilling, less pollution

Grilling without using lighter fluid means releasing into the air a lower amount of volatile organic compounds—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»

July 4 roundup: Where to celebrate Independence Day

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»3

Meat and Steele at Smokin' Showdown fundraiser

Barbecue brisket, beer and live music on the plaza of Hotel Congress on Saturday will be the attractions at a fundraiser for the Steele Children's Research Center. Seven local chefs will vie for the title of the Old Pueblo’s Pitmaster, and support the search for effective treatments for pediatric cancer and diabetes.... Read more»

There is a free lunch - for TUSD students this summer

TUSD students living in qualified areas can eat for free this summer; breakfasts and lunches paid for by the federal government will be served May 26-July 24.... Read more»

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