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Lawn time ago: Tucson saves water with desert landscaping, synthetic grass

Tucson used to be a city of lawns. Patches of Bermuda grass lined residential neighborhoods, kept green — even in blazing summer months — with diligent watering. Over the decades, that has changed. Most Tucson residents eschew lush lawns in favor of landscaping more in tune with the city’s desert setting — although that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no green at all.... Read more»3

Despite 2016 law, Salt River wild horses remain unmanaged

Every year, thousands of people visit the Salt River to experience the riparian area in the Sonoran Desert. But they'll likely also see piles of horse manure, from wild horses that wildlife experts say is a harmful invasive species.... Read more»1

Immigration, border agencies defend handling of family separations

Immigration officials defended the integrity of their agencies’ handling of family separations at the border, with one witness telling a Senate panel that Border Patrol agents don’t leave their “humanity behind when we report for duty.”... Read more»

Court upholds orders ending Arpaio-era racial profiling

A federal appeals court has flatly rejected Maricopa County’s appeal of orders imposed by a lower court on the county sheriff’s office for its practice of racial profiling under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.... Read more»

'Rip crew' member charged in murder of BP Agt. Brian Terry

One of the members of the five-man "rip crew" allegedly responsible for the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was charged in federal court in Tucson on Wednesday.... Read more»

Guest opinion: Yahya Yuksel still forcing himself on CD2

Guest opinion: "Even when everyone in this district is loudly telling him "NO," Yahya's ego rises above the outcry. Yahya Yuksel forcing himself on voters is a mistake that is eerily similar to those of his youth."... Read more»

Member of 'rip crew' linked to Brian Terry slaying extradited to Arizona

One of the members of the five-man "rip crew" allegedly responsible for the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was extradited to the United States on Monday, federal officials announced Tuesday. ... Read more»

New Yuksel campaign filing raises as many questions as it answers

An updated campaign finance filing by crash-and-burn CD 2 candidate Yahya Yuksel corrects tens of thousands of dollars in errors in the original, but raises nearly as many questions as it answers.... Read more»

Trump tariffs could cost Caterpillar $200 million

Caterpillar, the equipment giant that's building a headquarters for its mining division in Tucson, said Monday that tariffs recently imposed by the Trump administration could cost the company $100-$200 million just in the second half of 2018.... Read more»

Court: Former Arizona broadcaster owes millions in taxes on sale

A federal appeals court said that the former owners of Arizona's Slone Broadcasting Co. owe $15 million in taxes on the 2001 sale of their business.... Read more»

Monday deadline to register to vote in Arizona primary

Monday at midnight is the deadline to register to vote in Arizona's primary election for Senate, congressional, state and local candidates. You can register online or check your current registration at ServiceArizona.com.... Read more»

'Gold mine' for predators in shelters for migrant kids - including Tucson's SW Key

We obtained police reports and call logs from more than two-thirds of the shelters housing immigrant children. Here’s what they show — widespread reports of inappropriate and illegal behavior, including a Tucson worker convicted of molestation.... Read more»

Gov't reunites 1,442 children with parents in ICE custody

Hours before a court imposed deadline, federal lawyers said that 1,442 children separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's crackdown on immigrant families had been reunited early Thursday morning, and that officials expected to return all the children "found eligible for reunification" to parents by Friday. ... Read more»

Unlikely allies Grijalva, Bishop back bill to fund $11.6 billion in national parks work

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together Wednesday to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year.... Read more»

El Chisme: CD2 race turns testy; Kovacs outstanding - in parking tickets

Actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson: Kirkpatrick drops a dick joke, Kovacs racks up tickets, Chew's puzzling stances & Arizona Dems have no idea what the southern part of our state looks like.... Read more»

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