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State of the City

Rothschild: Envision Tucson's future with clear eyes

Mayor Rothschild: "2020 is less than two years away. Let's look where we're at today, and where we want to be then, with clear-eyed, 20/20 vision. Let's strive to see things from each other's perspective, and not through the distorting lens of ideology."... Read more»

Emission impossible: Few signs of coal revival despite Trump support

Despite the Trump administration’s ardent support of coal over renewable energy, the percentage of U.S. electricity from renewable sources continued its gradual rise in 2017.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump's ‘No Collusion!’ claim

President Trump claims the indictment handed down against 13 Russians for illegally interfering in the 2016 election indicates there was “no collusion” between Russians and his campaign, and that “the results of the election were not impacted.” But the indictment did not go that far on either count.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Tucson tops list of distressed Arizona cities

In the latest Distressed Communities report, Tucson ranks a shocking 91 out of 100. Nearly 59 percent of the city's ZIP codes are distressed and less than 8 percent are prosperous. This is the kind of calamity more likely seen in famously troubled places — and indeed the other bottom 10 include Detroit, Buffalo, and Newark.... Read more»

'Super blue blood moon' eclipsed over Tucson

Tucsonans looking skyward Wednesday morning got a rare treat: a trio of lunar phenomena could be seen as a total lunar eclipse occurred during a blue moon and a supermoon. ... Read more»

New solar panel tariffs will be felt by Arizona companies, consumers

New tariffs imposed last week by the Trump administration on imported solar products will benefit domestic manufacturers, but could hit consumers and other parts of the solar energy industry hard, experts said.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Texting while driving will now get you pulled over

At this week's mayor and City Council meeting, my colleagues and I voted to make texting while driving a primary offense. Six months ago, a new ordinance came into effect making it a secondary offense, meaning that you could only be cited if there was an accident or another violation. ... Read more»

Arizona rancher on Mexico border uses science to breed sustainable cattle

The road turns from a dusty brown to a deep, red clay along the road to Buena Vista Ranch, where rancher Dean Fish raises commercial cattle. He looks like an iconic cowboy from a faded photograph, but Fish represents a cattle ranching system focused on the future.... Read more»

UA doctor’s drug could buy time between rattlesnake bite and anti-venom treatment

As soon as a rattlesnake sinks its fangs into a victim, the venom starts traveling through the bloodstream. Within seconds, people can experience pain, swelling, bleeding and trouble breathing. It’s a race against time to get to a hospital. The longer it takes to get treatment, the higher the odds of long-term injury or death.... Read more»

Balloon bursts at Tucson's World View plant

A balloon being tested on the launch pad at World View, the high-altitude balloon company, ruptured Tuesday afternoon, alarming many who heard what they thought was an explosion on Tucson's South Side.... Read more»

Arizona court: Private cell phones can contain public records

The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that a public employee's private cell phone records can be considered public records if the employee used the cell phone for a public purpose. ... Read more»

Appeals court OKs Pima County deal with World View

An appeals court ruled that Pima County had the ability under economic development laws to bypass rules for collective bidding. The county was sued over a lease provided to high-altitude balloon company World View.... Read more»1

Progress on new binational drought plan in Colorado basin slow going

States, federal and Mexican officials hailed a binational agreement this fall that they said could lead to a radical shift in how the region prepares for and responds to drought.... Read more»

Analysis

Net Neutrality repeal could damage local news sites like TucsonSentinel.com

Repealing Net Neutrality would allow giant chain media to work in concert with internet conglomerates to limit access to independent, alternative, and local news sites, posing a direct threat to independent local journalism.... Read more»

Debunking false 'vaccines cause autism' claim

Q: Has the FDA announced that vaccines cause autism? A: No. FDA statements are grounded in scientific evidence. There is no evidence that vaccination is linked to autism.... Read more»

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