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Phone logs connect Corp. Commissioner to campaigns, ‘dark money’ and APS

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump repeatedly communicated with the executive director of a “dark money” group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to help elect the candidates he backed, while also keeping regular contact with those candidates, their campaign manager, and a senior executive of the state’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service.... Read more»4

Republicans have a candidate for Tucson mayor — sort of, maybe

A frequent speaker at Tucson City Council meetings wants to make a leap into the mayor's seat: art gallery owner Robert Reus has filed to run as a GOP candidate. A Democrat during a 2007 primary with Rodney Glassman, Reus didn't inform GOP headquarters before declaring his candidacy, party officials said.... Read more»

ACLU sues BP over 'roving patrols,' property damage

Citing problems with the use of "roving patrols" by the Border Patrol and repeated trespassing on private property, the ACLU has filed a formal complaint against the agency on behalf of a Southern Arizona woman. ... Read more»

Eco dev group TREO rebranding as Sun Corridor Inc.

Southern Arizona's economic development partnership, TREO, announced Tuesday that it is rebranding as "Sun Corridor Inc." and moving from its downtown Tucson offices. The organization's change "will expand its footprint across Southern Arizona," according to a press release.... Read more»3

Is blockbuster asthma drug Advair really safe?

Millions already take Advair to breathe easy, despite the drug’s “risk of asthma-related death.” Why has it taken the feds more than two decades to fully study those risks?... Read more»

Analysis

ATF should be merged with FBI

Liberal think tank joins conservative calls to roll the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into the FBI: After two years of research into ATF's history, work, and challenges, CAP recommends merging to create a federal law enforcement agency with the leadership, resources, and political support necessary to help reform the gun industry and reduce gun violence.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

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»

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»

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