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Renovations improve Nogales crossing, critics say officials must do more

About 300,000 commercial vehicles pass through the Mariposa Port of Entry every year on their way into the United States, and it’s one of the busiest ports on the border. The government spent nearly $200 million to add booths and inspection spaces to help reduce wait times. So far, it appears to be working, but there is some debate about how effective the renovation has been. ... Read more»

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Report road hazards, graffiti & other issues

Is your drive home less than smooth? Use our mapping tool from SeeClickFix to report everything from potholes and graffiti to broken streetlights and overgrown weeds and keep watch over your neighborhood... Read more»

Ending Cherrybell mail sorting could cost S. Az millions

Over the past three years, the Postal Service has begun shifting the processing of mail from Tucson to Phoenix. Residents are starting to realize the impact it's having on the city. The agency had planned to close down the processing center on Jan. 5, but officials delayed the move until July 11.... Read more»2

DPS data shows texting leads to tickets, but Farley wants state ban

When state Sen. Steve Farley offered his latest bill to ban texting while driving in Arizona, Senate President Andy Biggs argued that a law on the books already can be used against those who text while driving. Cronkite News examines that claim. ... Read more»

House, Senate panels forward bills to halt T-O casino in Glendale

Bills that would halt construction on a Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale passed committees in both the House and the Senate on Wednesday. The Keep the Promise Act of 2015 – introduced by U.S. Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Trent Franks – would “prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian land in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts” in 2027.... Read more»2

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Cunningham: Not lovin' McDonalds rezoning doesn't mean NIMBYs run amok

There has been a lot of criticism of the Tucson City Council not approving the McDonald's on 22nd and Alvernon last week. I'd like to explain a little bit about why this happened.... Read more»2

Rocky Point's new cruise port 'most important' project in city

Mexico plans to spend roughly $100 million building its first cruise ship home port in Puerto Peñasco. “It is the most important project the city has ever had,” said Miguel Guevara, director of promotion and international affairs for the city. ... Read more»4

Grant Road repaving update

While drivers dodging construction in Midtown may feel stuck in a rut on their commute, Tucson's Transportation Department is rolling along with the project to resurface a three-mile stretch of East Grant Road. Here's the latest on the work schedule: ... Read more»

Douglas border crossing being named for former Gov. Raul Castro

The port of entry in Douglas will be named after Arizona's late Gov. Raul Castro, if Congress carries through with passing a measure introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva. The House unanimously backed the renaming Tuesday, moving a bill co-sponsored by the state's entire congressional delegation. Castro, first and thus far only Mexican-American governor of Arizona, died earlier this month.... Read more»

Experts: 'Moderate' improvement for Arizona tourism

Arizona’s Office of Tourism escaped initial plans to cut $4.5 million from next year’s budget, a move industry lobbyist Barry Aarons called a “big victory for the industry.” The state's tourism industry hasn’t fully recovered from the steep declines in travel during the Great Recession.... Read more»

Recall petitions filed vs. 3 on Oro Valley council

Three incumbents on the Oro Valley Town Council might be facing an election sooner than they'd planned, as recall petitions were filed Monday against Lou Waters, Joe Hornat and Mary Snider.... Read more»

Grant Rd. pothole project hits $500k speedbump

The ongoing effort to resurface a three-mile stretch of Grant Road in Midtown will cost about $500,000 more than the initial $1.7 million budget, officials said. The cost bump is due to the composition of the existing roadway forcing a change in repaving methods. But cheaper bids on other projects mean the city is $40 million ahead on its Road Recovery effort.... Read more»

Crews ripping into Grant Road repaving

The resufacing of the Midtown stretch of Grant Road is continuing, with crews set to put down new asphalt between Santa Rita and Campbell this week, with night-time intersection work next week.... Read more»

Tucson cranks up bike-share planning

The city released a map of possible stations for a proposed bike-sharing system Tuesday. Concentrated in Downtown and near the University of Arizona, the plan includes bike rental spots as far afield as Reid Park, Pima College's West Campus and South Tucson. ... Read more»

Fort Huachuca plans ‘buffer’ against development; conservationists skeptical

A trio of federal agencies announced this week that Fort Huachuca will be part of a program aimed at preventing land development around bases, to aid military operations while protecting vulnerable environments. Conservationists are skeptical.... Read more»1

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