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No wall, but more high-tech gear & fencing sought by border agents

Federal agents who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico want 23 more miles of fences, better radios and more aerial drones to tighten the southern frontier, according to an unpublished government study. The modest scope of the requirements contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures.... Read more»

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Update: Blowing dust detours Interstate 10 in SE Az; crashes reported

Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona, between U.S. 191 and the New Mexico border, was closed Thursday afternoon due to blowing dust. At least three multi-vehicle crashes were reported, involving more than a dozen cars, including a semi-trailer, a DPS patrol vehicle, and a San Simon fire truck. Minor injuries were reported.... Read more»

Tucson & Southern Arizona

Live weather radar

Live weather radar for Tucson and the rest of Southern Arizona from the National Weather Service.... Read more»

City finance worker fired over accounting 'discrepancy'

An employee of the Finance Department of the city of Tucson is being dismissed over what officials are calling a "financial discrepancy." The case is being investigated by police, and the worker is being fired Thursday, City Manager Michael Ortega said.... Read more»

Arizona becoming popular training ground for Olympic hopefuls

A string of athletes from Arizona has pursued the Olympic dream and made it a reality. But they have done so outside of the state. That has started to change.... Read more»

Arizona's demographic hourglass is here and now

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” If you’re old enough to remember that voiceover for the TV soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” see if you can recognize yourself in a similar metaphor for Arizona’s future: our state’s demographics are an hourglass. ... Read more»

4 things to know about using vertical IDs to buy alcohol in Arizona

Vertical driver’s licenses are now accepted as valid identification in Arizona for out-of-state residents 21 years old and older who want to buy alcohol, ending a nearly 21-month ban and bringing relief to customers and business owners.... Read more»

300 lbs. of meth among $1.8M in seizures at Nogales ports

Nogales-area customs officers seized nearly $1.8 million in drugs over the past week, including 25 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of cocaine and more than 300 pounds of methamphetamine — with 152 pounds of liquid meth seized in a single case, authorities said. ... Read more»

Public safety radio

Police & fire scanners

Monitor local police and fire department radio traffic on our scanner page.... Read more»

Motorcyclist killed in South Side collision with garbage truck

A man riding a motorcycle at a high rate of speed struck a garbage truck that was pulling out of a parking lot on the south side of East Valencia Road, and died at the scene of the collision Tuesday morning, authorities said.... Read more»1

SeeClickFix

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»

Full 9th Circuit to take another look at Tucson elections

A full panel of appeals court judges will review Tucson's municipal elections system, officials said Wednesday. In June, an 11-member panel will hear oral argument over the city's appeal of an earlier decision by three judges that held Tucson's elections to be unconstitutional.... Read more»

Tribes, Grijalva ask Obama to protect 1.7M acres at Grand Canyon

Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva on Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process. ... Read more»

Az researchers turn to dogs to better understand Valley fever

The Valley Fever Paws study is collecting data on breeds of dogs diagnosed with Valley fever or who were exposed to the fungus but not infected. Researchers hope the data will provide information not only on dogs, but how the disease affects people as well.... Read more»

Defense budget bill includes funding for D-M, Ft. Huachuca

A defense budget bill introduced in the U.S. House includes full funding for the A-10 and EC-130H Compass Call aircraft at Davis-Monthan, and support for missions at Ft. Huachuca. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally said the provisions were a "big victory for Southern Arizonans and our national defense."... Read more»

Weds. night means free bike lights & kids' helmets at Santa Rita Park

Wednesday is the last Light the Night event where cyclists and pedestrians can get free lights. Volunteers from the Living Streets Alliance will be at the west end of Santa Rita Park starting at 6 p.m.... Read more»

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