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'Buzzed' threats against McSally earn Tucson man 15 mos. in prison

A series of threatening phone messages directed at Rep. Martha McSally led to a sentence of more than a year in federal prison for a Tucson man. Steve Martan was told by a federal judge Wednesday that he'll also spend three years on probation after completing his stay behind bars.... Read more»0

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Napier: Arizona deploying 330 guardsmen to border

The Arizona National Guard will send more than double the number of guardsmen to assist with border enforcement than Gov. Ducey announced last week, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said Monday.... Read more»0

TPD: Man shot by police during father/son struggle over handgun

A man who was shot by a Tucson police officer Wednesday night was arguing with his father and wrestling over a handgun at the time, authorities said.... Read more»0

Potentially rabid fox nearly bites Saguaro East hiker

A hiker in Saguaro National Park was nearly bitten on the leg by a suspected rabid fox on Wednesday afternoon, officials said — the second encounter between a possibly rabid animal and a hiker in the park this year.... Read more»0

Longtime TPD legal advisor tapped for Seattle police oversight post

Lisa Judge, the top lawyer for the Tucson Police Department, has been chosen as the first inspector general for public safety for the city of Seattle.... Read more»0

Tucson doctor indicted for unlawfully prescribing opioids

A Tucson doctor whose license was suspended last year has been indicted for allegedly prescribing painkillers despite being prohibited from doing so by the Arizona Medical Board. David Ruben of Healthcare Southwest has a lengthy disciplinary record for his handling of opioid prescriptions.... Read more»0

Glendale candidate claims support of dead voters in attempt to get public campaign funding

In early March, Phoenix-area Democratic legislative candidate Larry Herrera filed 255 signatures to qualify for public campaign funding. Among them was a form signed on Feb. 3, 2018, by Bernadine Barbara Misiak. Except Misiak died in November 2016.... Read more»0

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Listen to MLK's final sermon: 'I've Been to the Mountaintop'

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life: "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Here's a recording and the text of that sermon.... Read more»0

City offices closed Friday for Cesar Chavez Day

Tucson city offices will be closed Friday in honor of civil rights and labor leader César Chávez. The city established the paid holiday in 2014.... Read more»0

TPOA wins Tucson police union election

The Tucson Police Officers Association has fended off an organizing challenge from another police union, the Fraternal Order of Police. TPOA received 58 percent of the vote in balloting among officers, detectives and sergeants this week.... Read more»0

Air Force secretary says A-10s should fly through 2030

While some military brass have pushed to end the A-10 program in favor of the F-35, the attack jets — some of which are based in Tucson — should be flying through at least 2030, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday.... Read more»0

Tucson firearms dealer gets 6.5 years for trafficking guns to Mexican cartels

A Tucson man was sentenced last week to 78 months in federal prison for his role in a gun-running operation that included a former Tucson police officer. Timothy Veninga, holder of a Federal Firearms License, worked to send at least 31 guns to Mexican drug cartels, officials said.... Read more»0

'Project Wildcat' to bring massive Amazon distribution center to Tucson

A planned Amazon warehouse on Tucson's Southeast Side could be as large as a million square feet, with hundreds of employees laboring for the online giant. Officials were tight-lipped, but sources confirmed that the project is in the works.... Read more»0

Child porn could land Tucson sex offender in prison for 100 years

A Tucson man with a lengthy rap sheet may spend the rest of his life behind bars following his conviction for child pornography. Edgar Allen Fristoe, 65, faces sentencing of up to a century in prison next month.... Read more»1

Tucson call center to add 500 jobs

A call center in Tucson has announced plans to hire up to 500 more workers here over the next week.... Read more»0

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Don't touch that clock! Rest of nation springing ahead to DST

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning for most of the United States, but Arizona residents won't have to switch their clocks — we don't observe DST.... Read more»0

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