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Convicted ex-congressman Renzi's last-ditch appeal turned down

Former Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi will continue to serve out his sentence in federal prison for extortion and other charges stemming from a land-swap deal, after the Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal on Monday. Renzi, who represented Arizona's 1st District from 2003 to 2009, was convicted in 2013 on conspiracy, extortion and money laundering charges and is serving a 36-month sentence.... 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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Call center cheers show Council sloth on economy

The bad news about Comcast's new call center is that it remains good news after a quarter-century of failed economic development. When are we going to stop making excuses and coming up with plans to make plans to study things? It's time to get angry.... Read more»1

Three new members for RTA/PAG board

The board that oversees the Regional Transportation Authority and Pima Association of Governments has three new members: Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward Manuel, Mayor Miguel Rojas of South Tucson, and Michael Hammond, the Pima County representative on the Arizona State Transportation Board. ... Read more»

Water line work to shut taps for 400 near Oracle/Magee overnight

About 400 Tucson Water customers will be without service overnight Wednesday as a contractor completes work on a project near North Oracle and West Magee roads. Taps will be dry from about midnight to 6 a.m. Thursday.... Read more»

Phoenix mayor touts city’s successes, warns of need to fight for water rights

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told a Washington panel Tuesday that Arizona is in a fight to make sure other states, particularly California, don’t take water “that rightfully belongs to the people of Arizona.”... Read more»

Edmund Marquez appointed to Rio Nuevo board

The owner of a Tucson insurance agency, Edmund Marquez, was appointed Monday to one of the three empty seats on the Rio Nuevo board. Gov. Doug Ducey named Marquez to fill a seat left vacant when Alberto Moore resigned last November.... Read more»

Hot roads mean fog-seal repairs pushed back for months

Blacktop baking in the sun has meant streets so hot that the city of Tucson has called a halt to several fog-sealing road repair projects until October. ... Read more»

Killing the Colorado

The Az power plant fueling America's drought

Arizona's Navajo Generating Station, the West's largest power plant, is consuming 22,000 tons of coal and emitting 44,000 tons of carbon dioxide each day, in large part to deliver Arizona’s water. ... Read more»

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Pacific trade deal has lots of protections for businesses — but not for workers

The secretive, humongous treaty won’t stop labor abuses in poor countries, critics warn.... Read more»

I-10 construction to slow Phoenix-Tucson travelers

Road work on Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix will delay drivers this weekend and next week, officials said, with the highway being narrowed to a single lane at points.... Read more»

Feds want to run flimsy motorcycle helmets off the road

After years of inaction, federal regulators are trying to crack down on the use of cheap novelty helmets linked to thousands of motorcycle crash deaths and injuries in recent years.... Read more»

House OKs language to halt FAA changes to Sky Harbor flight paths

The U.S. House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Thursday to a proposal that would stop the Federal Aviation Administration from making further changes to flight patterns at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.... Read more»1

Despite gains, Phoenix falls in ranking of energy-efficient cities

Phoenix has made improvements in its energy efficiency policies but still fell three spots in a national ranking, as other cities made “impressive jumps” and surged ahead, according to a report released last week.... Read more»

Mexican taxis promise to 'hunt down' Uber drivers

A leader of Mexico State’s taxi drivers actually said as much: “We are not going to leave [Uber cars] alone. We are tracking these colleagues and hunting them down,” Esteban Meza, who represents about 13,000 cabbies, told the country's top-selling newspaper, El Universal.... Read more»1

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