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Recall petitions filed vs. 3 on Oro Valley council

Three incumbents on the Oro Valley Town Council might be facing an election sooner than they'd planned, as recall petitions were filed Monday against Lou Waters, Joe Hornat and Mary Snider.... Read more»

Rothschild files reelection petitions; still no GOP candidate

On the first day he was allowed to, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild filed petitions to secure a spot on the ballot. He submitted the maximum number of signatures allowed, as well as raising as much as possible under the city's public election financing program. No Republican has yet filed to run, but party chairman Bill Beard said Monday that "I am still planning on fielding a mayoral candidate."... Read more»2

SciCheck

Factcheck: Is marijuana really a 'gateway drug'?

Chris Christie said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” while arguing for enforcement of its federal status as an illegal substance. Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. The science on this topic is far from settled.... Read more»2

Experts press case for forest management to head off catastrophic wildfires

The science is in and the time to act on forest management is now if the government wants to avoid more catastrophic wildfires, a panel of wildfire experts told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»

Factchecking Clinton on domestic violence laws

Hillary Clinton repeatedly has said “more than half the nations in the world” have no laws on domestic violence. That’s wrong. The United Nations reports that 125 countries — two-thirds of all nations — had such laws on the books as of April 2011.... Read more»

Environmental impact statement clears way for forest thinning

The Forest Service signed off on the final environmental impact statement for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative last week, clearing the way for thinning 600,000 acres of Arizona forest.... Read more»

Another startling verdict for forensic science

A recent study on the reliability of hair analysis is only latest to shake public confidence. The Washington Post reported the first results from a sweeping study of the FBI forensic hair comparison unit, finding that 26 of 28 examiners in the unit gave flawed testimony in more than 200 cases during the 1980s and 1990s... Read more»

Johnson: Border more secure, but not 'mission accomplished time yet

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that the number of people apprehended at the border is “down considerably” from 2014, a sign that investments in border security are paying off. But Johnson said he is “not declaring mission accomplished” yet and pointed to the fiscal 2016 budget request for Customs and Border Protection, which includes funding for personnel and surveillance technology.... Read more»

Audit: ICE could save millions by filling seats on detainee flights

Immigration and Customs Enforcement could have saved up to $41.1 million on flights carrying immigrants across the U.S. and back to their home countries simply by filling up more seats on those planes, a recent audit said.... Read more»1

Hospital IDs man who had seizure in park

UMC is thanking the community for providing leads that helped identify a man who had a seizure Monday. The man, a Tucsonan who remains in serious condition,was taken to the hospital after a bystander called 911. His mother "is very grateful" for the help in IDing her son, a hospital spokeswoman said.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Crackin' the books: Audit fever grips, distracts TUSD

Arizona ranks 49th in per-pupil spending and no audit can solve what the Legislature won't fix. But by all means let's talk audits at Tucson Unified School District.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva & Foster: TUSD audit cmte should live in district

Individuals who volunteer to serve on committees and contribute to the decisions affecting the students and families of TUSD should live within the district boundaries. As volunteer members of the Governing Board ourselves, we are required to live in the district we represent. This gives us a direct connection to the children and families that are affected by our decisions. ... Read more»

Lawmakers balk at Obama program reuniting Central American families

The program aims to stop a repeat of last summer, when unaccompanied minors showed up at the Southwest border after dangerous treks from Central American homes to rejoin parents in the U.S. But senators worried it could further weaken immigration standards. ... Read more»

Grant Rd. pothole project hits $500k speedbump

The ongoing effort to resurface a three-mile stretch of Grant Road in Midtown will cost about $500,000 more than the initial $1.7 million budget, officials said. The cost bump is due to the composition of the existing roadway forcing a change in repaving methods. But cheaper bids on other projects mean the city is $40 million ahead on its Road Recovery effort.... Read more»

McSally exaggerates campaign fundraising haul

Despite raking in the most campaign cash among Arizona's congressional delegation thus far this year, Rep. Martha McSally recently overstated her fundraising by about $36,000. She touted having pulled in $640,000, but a chunk of that take was actually a refund paid back to the campaign by a D.C. ad agency.... Read more»2

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