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Varney to retire as Metro Chamber chief

Michael Varney, who's been the head of the Tucson Metro Chamber for nearly six years, is set to retire. Varney called the move his "most difficult decision ever."... Read more»0

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TUSD's Morado, Jaeger are finalists for Amphi sup't post

Two administrators for Tucson's largest school district are vying to become the chief of the neighboring Amphitheater Unified School District. Abel Morado, TUSD assistant superintendent, and Todd Jaeger, a former Amphi administrator who's now TUSD's general counsel, have been named the finalists to replace retiring Amphi Superintendent Patrick Nelson.... Read more»0

Pedestrian killed in Grant Rd. hit and run

A 74-year-old man died after being struck by a vehicle while walking across Grant Road near Palo Verde on Saturday night, police said. Authorities said they're searching for a white 2011-Volkswagen Jetta with "significant front-end and windshield damage."... Read more»0

West Side house fire kills man Sunday night

A blaze in a home near South La Cholla and West 36th Street lead to a man's death Sunday night, authorities said.... Read more»0

JCPenney won't close El Con store

Department store JCPenney announced that it will shutter 138 stores across the country., but while the location at Tucson's El Con Mall is among the retail chain's worst performing shops, that store won't be closed. The only Arizona store on the shut-down list is in Bullhead City.... Read more»0

Shafer withdraws as candidate for TUSD interim sup't

The night before the TUSD Governing Board was set to approve a contract to hire former district administrator Maggie Shafer as the interim superintendent, she withdrew her name from consideration. TUSD was set to hire her, along with a deputy she hand-picked, to run the district through June after H.T. Sanchez was pushed out.... Read more»1

State of the City

Rothschild: Tucson a 'reliable partner' with business

The text of Mayor Rothschild's "State of the City" speech, delivered Thursday: "The City of Tucson is a good partner, a reliable partner, as we've proven time and time again during my tenure as mayor." Rothschild made his case for an increase in Tucson's sales tax, asking voters to OK it at an upcoming special election to help fund police, fire and road repairs.... Read more»0

TUSD set to hire interim leaders after apparent open meeting law violation

The TUSD Board has scheduled a Friday-afternoon meeting to approve contracts for an interim superintendent and deputy superintendent for the school district. But, although the Board discussed superintendent candidates at a closed meeting earlier this week, the matter of the deputy appointment never appeared on an agenda.... Read more»1

2 TUSD staffers arrested for failing to report student sexual incident

A pair of Tucson Unified School District employees were arrested Tuesday for failing to report alleged sexual contact between two students at a middle school, authorities said. Vice Principal Bernadette Rosthenhausler and counselor Linda Archuleta didn't tell law enforcement about the incident as required by Arizona law, police said.... Read more»0

Trump’s Defense secretary cites climate change as national security challenge

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves.... Read more»0

Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor slain Navajo Nation officer

Flags at state office buildings will be flow at half-staff to honor Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo, who died after a weekend shooting on the reservation in rural New Mexico, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered.... Read more»0

Daylight Saving Time

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

Pima College finally released from sanctions by accreditors

After four years of being under varying levels of probation and review by national accreditors, Pima Community College has been released from "on notice" status by the Higher Learning Commission, officials said.... Read more»0

JCPenney may close El Con store

Midtown's El Con development may continue its transformation from a shopping mall to a cluster of big box stores, as department store JCPenney is poised to shutter 130-140 stores across the country. The Tucson location is among the retail chain's worst performing shops.... Read more»1

Injury attorney Sakall appointed to Pima County Superior Court

Daniel Gregory (Greg) Sakall, a lawyer for accident attorneys Goldberg & Osborne, will sit on the bench of the Pima County Superior Court, Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday.... Read more»0

The British are coming — to train at D-M

A trio of Royal Air Force heavy-lift helicopters will be among the visiting aircraft training at Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Three USAF Talon jet trainers based in Texas will fly out of D-M at the end of the month.... Read more»0

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