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Punga the elephant dies at Reid Park Zoo

An 11-year-old elephant died Tuesday at Tucson's zoo, where officials say a "twisted gut" caused Punga to unexpectedly die.... Read more»1

Who polices the immigration police?

Claims of unjust arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and cops often disappear into an overwhelmed immigration court system.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Durham: Why I voted to OK 'Partners on 4th' development on Maloney's site

City Councilman Paul Durham: I want to be clear—we don't want development at any cost along the streetcar line and we only want quality development and increased density in the right places. I believe the Maloney's site is one of the few right places likely to be available. ... Read more»

Yuma water desalinization plant could cost millions to update

Getting the Yuma Desalting Plant to full capacity would cost more than $55 million, according to a CAP report.... Read more»1

CD 2 Democratic candidates to debate Thursday

Six Democratic congressional candidates will go head-to-head at a forum at Catalina High, moderated by TucsonSentinel.com Editor Dylan Smith, on Thursday, May 3.... Read more»

GOP Legislature sending $7.5M to UA, ASU 'freedom schools' despite millions yet unspent

In the face of teacher walkouts that have forced the closure of hundreds of public schools and displaced more than 800,000 students in a fight over funding for K-12 education, Arizona lawmakers are speeding toward passage of a budget that will provide $7.5 million to two state universities for so-called "freedom schools" designed to teach conservative values.... Read more»

9 dead in crash of military cargo plane headed to Tucson Boneyard

A WC-130 cargo aircraft that crashed near Savannah, Ga., on Wednesday was being flown to be decommissioned in Tucson, reports said. Nine Puerto Rico Air National Guard crew members were killed.... Read more»

Update: TUSD, Amphi & others call off Thurs. classes as Leg stalls school budget vote

Several Tucson-area school districts will remain closed Thursday, including TUSD and Amphi, as the Arizona Legislature delayed voting on an education funding plan.#RedForEd organizers had called for classes to resume if the budget was approved.... Read more»

FactCheck

Has the border wall begun?

A deeper look at what the omnibus bill does and does not fund for barriers along the border with Mexico and into what Trump promised.... Read more»

Maricopa Recorder says multistate database could ease, improve voting process

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said Friday that a new “master database of voters” should help Arizona and other states improve the accuracy of voter rolls and increase access to voter registration.... Read more»

Update: TUSD & Marana closed Weds., #RedForEd leaders say teachers back in classrooms Thurs.

Some Tucson-area school districts will remain closed Wednesday, including TUSD and Marana, while others will reopen later this week. Organizers of the #RedForEd push to increase Arizona education funding called for teachers to return to classrooms Thursday.... Read more»

Sentinel journalist Paul Ingram wins national photo award

Paul Ingram, senior reporter and photographer for TucsonSentinel.com, was among the journalists recognized Tuesday by the Institute for Nonprofit News.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Nice try governor, but #RedForED deseg switcheroo won't fly

Gov. Ducey's plan to increase teacher pay includes an illegal tax hike on Tucson homeowners.... Read more»1

Sinema raises $8M in Senate bid, outpaces likely GOP challengers

New campaign finance reports and recent polls on the U.S. Senate race in Arizona show good news for Democrats, as Republicans look ahead to a hard primary fight.... Read more»

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