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Please join with your fellow readers and support TucsonSentinel.com. Now more than ever, we need solid journalism — and your gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, with the special #NewsMatch program, through the end of the year.... Read more»

New westbound I-10 lanes to open at Ina Road in Marana

New westbound Interstate 10 lanes at Ina Road in Marana will open to traffic this weekend, another step forward for a two-year project aimed at improving traffic flow and safety at the busy interchange. ... Read more»

HSL adds Williams Center Hampton Inn to local hotel holdings

HSL Properties has added another hotel to its Tucson-area real estate holdings, buying the Hampton Inn at the Williams Center for $8.2 million.... Read more»

Aranda takes over from Marquez Peterson at Hispanic Chamber

The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has named Lydia Aranda as its new permanent head. She was named as interim president of the business group in September, but Lea Marquez Peterson has now stepped down as CEO as well following her CD 2 election loss.... Read more»

Will Arizona’s saguaros survive drought, climate change?

The Sonoran Desert's famed cacti are struggling to cope with climate change and prolonged drought by reproducing less frequently. This worrisome downtick could signal the state’s saguaros are in decline.... Read more»

Syphilis on rise across Arizona, particularly among women and infants

State health officials have declared a statewide outbreak of syphilis after a spike in reported cases, mainly affecting women and infants. They’re trying to get out the word on this sexually transmitted bacterial disease, whose symptoms can easily be overlooked.... Read more»

Luke Air Force Base feels effects of national pilot shortage

Luke Air Force Base is feeling the effects of a national pilot shortage that is leaving the Air Force without enough pilots, maintenance crew and support staff to fully power U.S. military needs.... Read more»

Aerospace Parkway to close at UP crossing this weekend

The closure will allow the Union Pacific to upgrade the existing tracks and panels at the crossing and install new at-grade crossing panels to accommodate the widening of Aerospace Parkway. ... Read more»

Westbound I-10 near Eloy moving to new lanes this week

Almost a year to the day after crews began clearing land to create a wider stretch of Interstate 10 near Eloy, westbound traffic will be switched to the new lanes Wednesday, Dec. 5, in an important step forward for a groundbreaking project in Pinal County. ... Read more»

Ducey to ask for $30 million for drought contingency plan

Negotiations on a drought plan for Arizona took a step forward Thursday when the head of the state water department said Gov. Doug Ducey will ask for $30 million in his upcoming budget proposal to help make the Drought Contingency Plan a reality.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kozachik: Hands off cellphones while driving

"Please, when you are out on the road, leave the phone and other electronic devices alone. Think of the safety, not only of those around you, but your own as well." — City Councilman Steve Kozachik... Read more»

Tougher seat belt laws could save more Arizona lives

Safety experts say Arizona's secondary seat belt laws put drivers at risk but the governor's office says statistics dispute such a claim.... Read more»

Pinal Air Park Road over I-10 set to close Monday

The Pinal Air Park Road bridge over Interstate 10 northwest of Marana is scheduled to close to all traffic starting at 5 p.m. the night of Monday, Dec. 3, for a bridge rehabilitation project.... Read more»

Lemons out of lemonade: Citrus growers can't cash in on strong lemon market

The lemon market is hot but Arizona farmers are unable to expand into it because of urbanization and drought. ... Read more»

Vaquitas Last Stand: Fisherman struggle to maintain livelihood and porpoise population

Fishing has been the lifeblood of this 5,000-family village for a century but gillnets were banned here four years ago to protect the vaquita marina. With fewer of 30 of the little porpoises left. ... Read more»

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