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Winchester: Miller finally supports taxpayers with vote for Huckelberry's budget

With a 4-1 vote last Tuesday morning, the Board of Supervisors passed a $1.24 billion budget that included a 10-cent property tax reduction. That the proposal passed is not that astounding, but that Supervisor Ally Miller supported it is truly astonishing, considering that all of her efforts to that point had been to justify the unfair decision by the state Legislature, which had precipitated previous tax hikes.... 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»

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»

More children dying of heat after being left in cars

With the hottest months yet to come, 13 young children already have died in unattended cars this year in the U.S., prompting safety groups to warn parents against leaving children in vehicles for even a few minutes. Cars heat up quickly, reaching deadly temperatures in a mere 10 minutes even when the outside level is in the low 80s and a window is slightly open.... Read more»

Public meetings to take input on proposed Interstate 11

The Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting Wednesday evening in Tucson to discuss proposed plans for Interstate 11. The meeting will be the second of three held in Southern Arizona to gather input on a recommended corridor that runs between Nogales and Wickenburg, north of Phoenix.... Read more»1

Police ID bicyclist killed in Friday crash

Tucson police have identified a bike rider killed when a truck made a right turn and collided with him. Miguel Angel Quintero, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene at the intersection of Prince and 1st Avenue on Friday afternoon.... Read more»

The absolute best, most terrific reporting on Trump University

Trump University promised to help students get rich. Enrollees would study the wisdom of The Donald and get mentoring from other terrific businesspeople. But a class-action suit by former students and a suit brought by the New York attorney general allege that the unaccredited “school” mainly helped students part with the money in their wallets. ... Read more»

Streetcar service cuts back on track

Late-night hours for Tucson's Sunlink streetcar will be cut starting Thursday, after having been pushed back a week. Thursday nights, the streetcar will now make its last run at 10 p.m., instead of 2 a.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the streetcar system will run through midnight instead of two hours later.... Read more»

Man on crutches dies after being hit by ice-cream truck on South Side

A 39-year-old man died of his injuries after being struck by a van on Tucson's South Side. Basil Eleando was hit Tuesday night as he walked across South 6th Avenue in the middle of the block near the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. ... Read more»

TSA redeploys 27 officers from Sky Harbor to other airports

TSA has pulled 27 officers from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and reassigned them to airports around the country to help handle peak travel as their summer travel seasons are heating up.... Read more»1

Cut in streetcar hours delayed for Council review

Late-night hours for Tucson's Sunlink streetcar were to have been cut starting Thursday, but officials have put off the service cuts to allow the City Council to again take a look at the reductions — which were part of a series of cuts to help close a $25 million budget gap.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

'Friendly fire' education tax victory explained

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge made quick work of one of the dumbest law passed out of the Legislature this decade — and that's saying about eleventy-five mouthfuls. A Pima County lawsuit with a convoluted history is actually a win for low-tax school districts — and may allow for a cut in property taxes. ... Read more»

TIA chief: Airports need more input on TSA staffing

Representatives of airports and airlines at Thursday’s Congressional hearing agreed the increased staffing is an important element. But Tucson airport chief Bonnie Allin said better coordination, and greater flexibility, is also key.... Read more»

TSA chief promises wait times will improve after June hiring boom

The head of the Transportation Security Administration promised lawmakers Wednesday that the planned hiring of 768 workers by June 15 will ease long wait times at airports nationwide.... Read more»

Motorcycle crashes driving highway death toll; Az near top for fatal wrecks

Last year was a bad one for motorcyclists, with a new estimate showing that 5,010 bikers were killed in crashes nationwide — the worst death toll in seven years. Cycle-related deaths remained flat in Arizona, but the state was in the top 10 for the percentage of motorcyclist fatalities, and Tucson is seeing more deadly crashes.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Hockey deal could reverse Tucson's dismal minor-league fortunes

The deal to bring minor-league hockey to the Old Pueblo is in fact the smartest thing the Council and Rio Nuevo have managed to achieve since we said "no" to a Sky Bridge. What's there to complain about? They're putting hockey in an ice rink and a sports team in a sports arena.... Read more»

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