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Surviving drought the hard way

Can Arizona survive the drought caused by man-made climate change? Probably. The question is whether it will be the easy way or the hard way.... Read more»

After Waco shootout, Texas lawmakers continue open carry push

After a deadly confrontation between rival biker gangs in Waco, top Texas lawmakers defended a proposal to loosen the state's handgun laws.... Read more»

Lukeville CBP officers help deliver baby boy

Customs and Border Protection officers helped deliver the baby of a U.S. citizen on Sunday at the Lukeville Port of Entry, officials said.... Read more»

ADOT postpones Tuesday work on I-10 near Red Rock

The Department of Transportation is pushing back work that would have closed two lanes of Interstate 10 near Red Rock, about 30 miles northwest of Tucson, on Tuesday morning, officials said.... Read more»

Some states yell 'cut' on film tax credits

Louisiana residents may go gaga over Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson when they arrive in the state later this year to film a movie about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. But Louisiana and some other states are starting to question whether they are giving up too much to attract such star power.... Read more»

Takeover of 3 Tucson grocery stores by Haggen just days away

The Pacific Northwest grocery chain Haggen is growing by leaps and bounds, having acquired 146 stores in five states as a result of Albertsons' recent swallowing up of Safeway. Three of those stores are in Tucson — two East Side Safeways and the West Side Albertsons.... Read more»

Rick Perry says he would not have ordered U.S. invasion of Iraq

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday weighed in on the latest issue to animate the GOP's 2016 presidential field, volunteering that he would not have invaded Iraq knowing what he does now. Perry raised the issue while discussing the news that the Islamic State group had seized control of the key Iraqi city of Ramadi.... Read more»

FactCheck: Does a fetus feel pain at 20 weeks?

A number of Republican House members say scientific research proves a 20-week-old fetus can feel pain. But the ability to feel pain at that specific point in gestation is unproven.... Read more»

Photos: A-10s practice close air support

The Air Force released a set of photographs Sunday of A-10 planes and Pave Hawk helicopters practicing close air support tactics on the Barry M. Goldwater bombing range west of Tucson.... Read more»

Tornado weather not OK for AWACS planes flown to D-M

A group of eight AWACS planes from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma are waiting out severe weather as they are sheltered in Tucson. The E-3 Sentry aircraft from the 552d Air Control Wing were flown to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Saturday, as tornados were forecast in the Midwest.... Read more»

FactCheck

Did Hillary Clinton say we should send migrant kids 'back to certain death?'

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, one of a few Democrats preparing to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, claimed that Clinton wanted to “return refugee children from Central America summarily back to death gangs and the drug gangs.”... Read more»

Medical Examiner rules Ann Pardo's death a suicide

The death of Ann Pardo was a suicide, according to an autopsy report released Friday by the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.... Read more»

$683k in hard drugs seized at Az border crossings

CBP officers seized $683,000 in heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine at Arizona border crossings from multiple smuggling attempts in the past week, according to the agency. ... Read more»

Deputies: Missing NW man found unharmed in wash

A 62-year-old man with memory problems was found in a wash near his Northwest Side home, after going missing Thursday, authorities said Friday morning. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Don't like the City Council or Legislature? Give them a raise

The folks responsible for Arizona being better for private prisons than for public schools deserve better health care. They deserve retirement. They deserve a raise. Hey, you keep electing them.... Read more»

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