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Az poverty down, but still higher than national rate

Arizona’s overall poverty dropped down to 18.6 percent in 2013, but is still well above the national rate. The state mirrored the national trend of minorities accounting for the majority of those in poverty.... Read more»

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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»

Agriculture among Az agencies granted M-16s

Of the nearly 800 fully automatic M-16s Arizona law enforcement organizations have received under a Department of Defense program that gives away surplus military hardware, 13 have gone to a state agency better known for serving farmers and ranchers and protecting consumers.... Read more»

State officials urge Congress to continue aid to counties with large federal lands

Local leaders from Arizona and other states urged Congress to safeguard the payment in lieu of taxes, which reimburses counties for untaxable federal land and is vital to county budgets.... Read more»

City establishes sandbag drop-off

If your preparations for the “hurricane that wasn’t” have left you with a pile of sandbags you don’t know what to do with, the city of Tucson has an answer. A drop-off location has been set up at the Ward 5 Council office, 4300 S. Park Ave.... Read more»

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More dodges, weaves than jabs in Az gov debate

Updated with video: What’s likely to be the only live gubernatorial debate in Tucson had the three candidates sticking more to their talking points than trading punches Thursday. Fred DuVal, Doug Ducey and Barry Hess answered questions for about 90 minutes, but none were caught against the ropes as they repeated their campaign pitches.... Read more»2

Texas rep: Debate on immigration surge set to re-emerge

The congressional debate about how to address the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing illegally into Texas is likely to re-emerge later this year when lawmakers debate an omnibus budget bill, according to a Texas lawmaker.... Read more»

McSally campaign photo may fly in face of military regs

A photograph of Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally in military uniform, posted Thursday on Facebook and Twitter, appears to be a violation of a Defense Department directive.  Members of the military — including retired officers such as McSally — are prohibited from using photographs of themselves in uniform as the “primary graphic representation in any campaign media.”... Read more»2

House members grill VA officials over audit of Phoenix operations

Lawmakers accused Veterans Affairs officials of trying to “whitewash” reasons behind the deaths of veterans waiting for treatment at a VA facility in Phoenix. Under intense questioning, officials said long could might have “contributed” to 40 veterans’ deaths in Phoenix.... Read more»

PCC, ASU, other campuses stock up on military rifles under federal program

While campus police say the military rifles enhance public safety and protect officers, a representative of the ACLU of Arizona says the weapons speak to an alarming militarization of police.... Read more»

Update: Weather Service lifts flood watch for Tucson

The path of Tropical Storm Odile has shifted to the east, and the National Weather Service has lifted a flash flood watch for Tucson. Heavy rains have fallen on Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, which remain covered by a flood advisory.... Read more»

Free sandbags going fast as Odile approaches

Officials have given out more than 18,000 free sandbags, and are having 60,000 more delivered from Phoenix. In preparation for heavy rain from tropical storm Odile, authorities are giving out free sandbags to residents who want to protect their homes. Raytheon sent employees home early, and several school districts have called off after-school activities.... Read more»1

Number of Az uninsured dropping, still higher than nat'l average

While it fell, Arizona’s uninsured rate, at 17.1 percent, was higher than the nation’s 14.5 percent. Analysts cite several reasons why more people might have insurance, from more jobs to ‘Obamacare.’... Read more»

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