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Ex-Az utility regulator, lobbyist, owner charged with bribery

Federal prosecutors charged former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, his wife, prominent lobbyist Jim Norton and utility owner George Johnson with conspiracy, bribery and fraud over what prosecutors lay out as a scheme to pay off Pierce in return for favorable regulation surrounding a special $18 million wastewater plant deal.... Read more»

Solar could replace Navajo Generating Station power, but not its jobs

Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away.... Read more»

Maricopa County boomed in 2016, Pima population up by thousands

Maricopa County added more people last year than any other county in the nation, but it was neighboring Pinal County that posted the fastest growth rate in the state, a beneficiary of overflow from its neighbor to the north. Pima County added about 8,000 residents as well.... Read more»

Election officials: If there was vote fraud, it wasn’t in Arizona

Arizona lawmakers defended themselves and the state this week against President Donald Trump’s charges that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in November, saying they had seen no evidence of illegal voters in Arizona.... Read more»

Profits of policing: Az asset seizures net $200M in past 5 years

Civil asset forfeiture laws let Arizona police seize tens of millions of dollars in cash and property each year, even if suspected criminals aren’t convicted, and with little oversight of how the proceeds are spent.... Read more»

Electric car plant, 2,000 workers steering toward Casa Grande

Lucid Motors plans to build a new electric vehicle factory in Casa Grande and to begin selling luxury cars in 2018. The plant will bring "more than $700 million in capital investment to the region" along with thousands of jobs, officials said.... Read more»

80 pets face euthanasia deadlines at Casa Grande shelter

More than 80 dogs and cats are scheduled for euthanasia this week at the Pinal County animal shelter in Casa Grande if they are not adopted before 5:30 a.m. deadlines Wednesday and Friday. Local animal rescue groups are working to find temporary foster homes for the animals.... Read more»

Obamacare marketplace shakeout rocks Arizona, Southeast

Some of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall, but what’s ahead for consumers very much depends on where they live.... Read more»

Border Patrol agents continue to target cartel scouts in Pinal County

Over the last two months, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents conducted multiple operations in Pinal County targeting men suspected of working as scouts for drug smugglers, including one where agents ambushed an observation post by roping down from a helicopter.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Rios: Why is Ducey removing roadside memorials?

From Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios: Gov. Doug Ducey's administration and the Department of Transportation have commenced removing memorial crosses and religious markers from the side of state highways. Most families of the deceased consider these memorial sites sacred and holy.... Read more»4

BP reveals elite team had desert shootout earlier this month

Discussing a Tuesday shooting case, Border Patrol officials told TucsonSentinel.com on Wednesday that the agency's elite BORTAC team took part earlier this month in another incident: a shootout with five suspected drug smugglers.... Read more»

In 2 weeks, Pinal deputies arrest 25 smugglers, seize 1,000 lbs. of pot

In under two weeks, deputies with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested 25 men connected with smuggling and seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a half-dozen separate incidents, authorities said.... Read more»

Richters will face charges in Pinal County in 2016

An Arizona couple found guilty of kidnapping and child abuse in Pima County Superior Court on Friday will face charges in Pinal County in 2016, officials announced Monday.... Read more»

Saddlebrooke woman missing since Monday afternoon

An 87-year-old Saddlebrooke who drove away from her home Monday afternoon is missing, authorities said. Jean Bethel may be driving a red 2014 Chrysler 300.... Read more»

300-plus fugitives arrested in statewide sweep

An effort from law enforcement agencies in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties called Operation Justice targeted fugitives wanted for crimes including aggravated assault, drug offenses and homicide. ... Read more»

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