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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»

Illegal immigrant paralyzed in Arivaca shooting looks to uncertain future

An illegal immigrant who was shot outside a home near Arivaca on July 31 said he knew immediately that he was paralyzed, and that today he's trying to figure out how to provide for his family going forward.... Read more»

Tucson continues to struggle to add jobs, but real estate perks up

Arizona gained 32,000 jobs over the past year, while Tucson lost 3,900, according to a state office. A University of Arizona economist, though, believes that assessment is too pessimistic. Metro Tucson real estate, meanwhile, is seeing some bright spots.... Read more»

Both Reid Park zoo props pass in updated election results

After being split in the first count, both of the initiative measures that would create a 1/10-cent Tucson sales tax to fund zoo improvements passed as updated tallies were released Thursday afternoon. Plus, complete election numbers. ... Read more»

Democrats sweep Tucson Council races, Strong Start losing 2-1

The trio of Democrats seeking election to the Tucson City Council were handily ahead in early returns, and the Prop. 204 Strong Start Tucson measure was losing 2-1. Councilman Steve Kozachik and Richard Fimbres were reelected, and Paul Durham won a vacant seat. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Wooing Amazon not the answer to Tucson's economic troubles

Strong Start Tucson may not pass but it's the sort of self-starter approach that may show the way forward as we tackle our economic challenges. Being supplicants to megacorporations like Amazon isn't the fix.... Read more»

Ballot mailing deadline past; turn in votes in person

Voters in Tucson, Oro Valley and several area school districts should drop their ballots off by hand if they didn't mail them by Wednesday. Three early voting sites are open through Monday, with polls open in OV and a handful open in Tucson on Tuesday.... Read more»

The vote came first: Pima to allow more backyard chickens

Pima County residents in more residential areas will be allowed to keep chickens for eggs beginning next month, after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to loosen restrictions on backyard poultry.... Read more»2

Carroll appointed to Green Valley justice court

Former longtime county supervisor Ray Carroll was appointed Tuesday to a justice of the peace position at Green Valley Justice Court, filling a vacant spot on the bench. The Pima County Board of Supervisors, with a few predictable moments of drama, voted 4-1 to appoint him.... Read more»

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