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'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»

State of the City

Rothschild: Envision Tucson's future with clear eyes

Mayor Rothschild: "2020 is less than two years away. Let's look where we're at today, and where we want to be then, with clear-eyed, 20/20 vision. Let's strive to see things from each other's perspective, and not through the distorting lens of ideology."... Read more»

Luxury aerospace supplier to shutter Tucson plant, lay off 400

High-end airplane seating manufacturer Rockwell Collins is ending operations in Tucson, with a full shutdown of the plant here in the works. More than 400 employees will be laid off.... Read more»

$25M TIGER grant will fund Nogales port improvements

A $25 million federal grant will pay for a "major reconfiguration" of the road leading to the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales, which Rep. Raul Grijalva said will "provide much-needed infrastructure repairs."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Huckelberry: The Loop is one of the largest & finest recreational amenities in the country

Chuck Huckelberry: On March 17, we are celebrating the completion of The Loop — our community has constructed one of the largest, finest and most popular public recreational amenities in the country. And we built it on top of flood control projects that are protecting hundreds of thousands of people and billions of dollars in property.... Read more»

The way we were

Removing Az politicians from office not unprecedented

Earlier this month, Arizonans were treated to the rare spectacle of the State House of Representatives voting to remove one of their own for misbehavior in office. The press was quick to point out that this was not an unprecedented act, but one would have to go back 70 years to see when it happened before. Clearly, this is an extreme measure. ... Read more»

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

The great tax trade: Can city & county cooperate?

A Tucson-Pima County swap could give both the options they seek at no big cost to taxpayers: Have the city increase property taxes and cut the sales tax, and the county do the opposite. It would diversify revenues for both.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Tucson tops list of distressed Arizona cities

In the latest Distressed Communities report, Tucson ranks a shocking 91 out of 100. Nearly 59 percent of the city's ZIP codes are distressed and less than 8 percent are prosperous. This is the kind of calamity more likely seen in famously troubled places — and indeed the other bottom 10 include Detroit, Buffalo, and Newark.... Read more»

No More Deaths volunteer arrested, charged with harboring immigrants

A member of No More Deaths faces a felony charge after he was arrested by Border Patrol agents, just hours after the Tucson humanitarian group released videos showing agents destroying water and food left for those crossing Arizona's deserts. ... Read more»1

Jackalope award, poem laud Ally Miller's budget blasts

Supervisor Ally Miller was named a Local Hero by the Koch brothers-connected Americans for Prosperity this week, receiving a taxidermied specimen of the mythical creature of the Southwest deserts, the jackalope. ... Read more»

Bronson stepping down as Pima County board chair, will remain as supervisor

Saying she's "tired of herding cats," Sharon Bronson, chair of the Board of Supervisors, is putting Pima County's top leadership post on the agenda for the next meeting. "It's time for someone else to take the reins," she said.... Read more»1

Metro Tucson's job growth may be better than state has been reporting

Arizona officials have been saying for most of the year that metro Tucson is either barely adding jobs or just losing a few. But more accurate federal numbers show Tucson may be adding jobs at a healthy rate.... Read more»

Air quality advisory: Pima County hit with 'regional dust plume'

Pima County officials are cautioning residents to limit their outdoor activities because of the high level of dust in the air Thursday. A "regional dust plume" has raised the level of airborne particles, and cold weather may lead to more smoking fireplaces overnight, officials said.... Read more»

Ports of entry in Arizona face infrastructure and staffing challenges

From a farm or a maquila in Sonora, Mexico, to a supermarket in Chicago, the journey of products coming from Mexico is a long, sometimes slow one. But according to border experts and officials, it’s during customs inspections at the border that the process gets delayed the most because crossings are understaffed and their need for investment is often overlooked.... Read more»

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