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Spotlight on Mormons as Flake, Cardon vie for Senate seat

It’s been known for months that Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, would seek the Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Jon Kyl. But when Mesa businessman Wil Cardon announced Friday that he will also run for Kyl’s seat, Mormons suddenly had the two frontrunners in the race.... Read more»2

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Az centenarians: 800 can say, ‘Been there, done that’

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 832 centenarians in the state in 2010, a 27 percent increase from 2000.... Read more»0

Arizona’s rising median age brings concerns, opportunity

Aging baby boomers drove Arizona’s median age up by 1.7 years over the last decade, to 35.9 years old in 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.... Read more»0

Giffords leaves Capitol as quickly and quietly as she arrived

When Tucson resident Ray Davies heard that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Tucson, was back in Washington Monday night, he made sure to leave his hotel room first thing Tuesday to deliver flowers to her Capitol Hill office. He was already too late.... Read more»0

Appeals court grants new hearing in 1988 double murder

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that lower courts must consider convicted murderer Richard Harley Greenway’s claim that he was poorly represented in his trial for the 1988 murders of two women in their Tucson home.... Read more»0

Vacant housing jumps 61 percent in Az

More than 460,000 Arizona units were vacant in 2010, a 61 percent increase over the previous decade, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.... Read more»0

Tribal efforts to boost Census participation add up

Arizona’s Pima Indian population tripled in the last decade, according to the latest Census figures, but it’s not necessarily because there were more tribe members — just more tribe members filling out their Census forms.... Read more»0

Court orders new oversight of TUSD deseg efforts

A federal appeals court Tuesday said a lower court should not have lifted a decades-long desegregation order against TUSD. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a federal judge was wrong to grant the school district "unitary" -- non-segregated -- status in 2009.... Read more»1

Thomas Paul West

Supreme Court refuses to block execution for '87 Tucson murder

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday morning to block the execution of an Illinois man who was scheduled to be put to death today after almost 23 years on Arizona’s death row. Thomas Paul West was executed at 11:01 a.m.... Read more»0

Disaster relief could come swiftly for fire-ravaged Arizona counties

The Small Business Administration could rule in a matter of days on a disaster-relief request for Apache and Cochise counties in the wake of wildfires that recently scorched Arizona.... Read more»0

State's universities among largest tuition hikes in nation

Arizona’s four-year public universities posted some of the nation’s largest percentage increases in tuition from 2007 to 2010, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Education.... Read more»0

Fire worries force Az towns to cancel fireworks

Just weeks after the largest fire in state history threatened eastern Arizona, some towns are proceeding with plans for Fourth of July fireworks — a decision they concede could raise some eyebrows.... Read more»0

Thousands among Az tribes to benefit from $3.4B settlement

As many as 30,000 Native Americans from seven Arizona tribes stand to benefit from the final settlement this week of a years-long, $3.4 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government.... Read more»0

Basis Charter named third-best school in country

A Tucson charter school was named the third-best high school in the nation this week in Newsweek magazine’s annual “Best High Schools in America” ranking.... Read more»0

Twitter after Weiner

Some Az lawmakers get thumbs-up, some all thumbs on social media

If New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter-induced scandal and resignation gave members of Arizona’s congressional delegation pause about their own social media activity, they’re not showing it.... Read more»0

Senate grills officials on wildfires

On the day the Wallow fire became the largest wildfire in Arizona history, federal land management officials told a Senate committee Tuesday that their agencies are “prepared adequately” for the summer’s firefighting season.... Read more»0

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