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Cunningham: Rainwater harvesting incentives need to flow to low-income residents

Tucson Water offers a rebate program for customers who install rainwater harvesting systems, but these rebates have not been taken advantage of by many of our lower-income neighbors. 400 residents of the Foothills, who don't even live in the city, have taken advantage of the rebates. In Ward 5, which encompasses many of our city's more stressed neighborhoods, only 43 residents have used the rebates.... Read more»

Police use of robot to kill Dallas suspect unprecedented, experts say

The death of a suspect in the Dallas police shootings marks the first time U.S. police officers have used a robot to kill someone, according to Texas and national experts.... Read more»

Artificial heart maker SynCardia files BK after debt bought by private equity firm

Tucson company SynCardia, the world's leading manufacturer of artificial hearts, has filed Chapter 11 after a large chunk of its debts was purchased by Versa Capital Management, a private-equity firm that specializes in buying out distressed companies.... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton’s handling of classified information

An FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information resulted in no criminal charges, but it revealed that Clinton and her campaign made statements in the past about her email use that have turned out to be false or misleading.... Read more»

ASU team finds meteorites in remote Arizona desert

The remnants of a roughly 4.5 billion-year-old meteor that streaked across the Phoenix sky in early June have been located by scientists from ASU.... Read more»

Kids' online safety risks climb in summer

School books may be closed for the summer but laptops are open. As children spend more time on the internet, police and parents are working harder to protect them from online predators.... Read more»

Tucson's hotel and utility taxes going up July 1

Tax rates for Tucson's utilities and lodging operators are going up for the coming fiscal year. The "bed tax" on hotel and motel rooms will double, to $4 per night, and the public utility tax will increase by a half-percent.... Read more»

VW owners eligible for up to $10k from emissions settlement

Arizonans who own "clean diesel" Volkswagen or Audi cars may now be eligible to receive $5,100 to $10,000 in compensation from a settlement over the company's deliberate cheating on emissions standards. About 10,000 Arizona cars could be covered by the program.... Read more»

Less is more: Dems run fewer Corp Comm candidates for better odds

This fall, Arizona voters will choose three utility regulators to sit on the Arizona Corporation Commission, and while one might expect that each of the main parties would run a full slate of candidates, Democrats are only running two. That makes the state’s underdog party counterintuitively more competitive to win at least one seat.... Read more»

Arizona's economic growth slowed in 2015, as copper mining took a hit

Arizona’s economy grew in 2015, but at a much slower rate than it did in 2014 — the state’s gross domestic product grew 0.9 percent to reach $294.2 billion in 2015, but that was half the 1.8 percent rate of growth the state experienced in 2014. Arizona’s growth was also well below the national rate of 2.4 percent last year.... Read more»

Tripped up by records questions, Ally Miller flees Supes meeting

Forced to acknowledge that she has not revealed records of public business she conducts using her personal accounts, Ally Miller quickly left a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, even as officials continued to discuss her month-long stonewalling of reporters' questions about ex-staffer Timothy DesJarlais' sham news website.... Read more»1

Fire lines holding against wildfire near Show Low

The growth of a wildfire near Show Low slowed Thursday afternoon, but could still cross a threshold that would force authorities to order an evacuation for several communities in Navajo County, including Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, McNary, Fort Apache and Hon-Dah.... Read more»

Ex-Ally Miller staffer 'confesses' he was behind bizarre blog

Timothy DesJarlais, a staffer for Ally Miller who quit his post after becoming the focus of an ongoing investigation into a peculiar political website, the "Arizona Daily Herald," has now owned up to his lies — at least in part. After denials, diversions and a false crime report, he wrote a "confession" to Miller.... Read more»2

Falken press: Ally Miller's ex-aide reactivates 'Az Daily Herald' site

Although County Supervisor Ally Miller has been slow-walking her response to public records requests that could shed light on who was behind a bizarre website linked to her office, an aide who quit last week has made the site live again — using his real name this time instead of an alias.... Read more»

McSally demands info about FBI surveillance flights over Tucson

In a letter to the FBI's director, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally asked officials to brief her on the use of small planes to conduct government surveillance in and around Tucson. ... Read more»

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