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Tripped up by records questions, Ally Miller flees Supes meeting

Forced to acknowledge that she has not revealed records of public business she conducts using her personal accounts, Ally Miller quickly left a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, even as officials continued to discuss her month-long stonewalling of reporters' questions about ex-staffer Timothy DesJarlais' sham news website.... Read more»1

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Ex-Ally Miller staffer 'confesses' he was behind bizarre blog

Timothy DesJarlais, a staffer for Ally Miller who quit his post after becoming the focus of an ongoing investigation into a peculiar political website, the "Arizona Daily Herald," has now owned up to his lies — at least in part. After denials, diversions and a false crime report, he wrote a "confession" to Miller.... Read more»2

Ally Miller aide linked to imitation news website; alter ego posing as reporter

A communications aide for Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller has been linked to a pretend news site whose "editor" is using a false name. Timothy DesJarlais, who is also running for the Marana School Board, was apparently posting for the "Arizona Daily Herald" while being paid during public meetings.... Read more»4

Pima County OKs new paid parental leave plan

New parents who work for Pima County will be eligible for reduced pay for a six-week leave, under a plan approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. The benefits will cost about $500,000 annually, less than the $1.1 million estimated for a proposed plan that would've allowed for full salaries during parental leave.... Read more»

15-year-old Humane Borders water barrel headed to Smithsonian

A beat-up blue plastic water barrel, designed by Humane Borders to save migrants crossing the Arizona desert, will become part of an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt museum, part of the Smithsonian. It has been 15 years since the group built two barrels, placing them in the desert in an effort to lower the number of deaths of illegal border crossers.... Read more»

Pima County to foot bill for World View balloon spaceport

Pima County supervisors agreed Tuesday to front $14.5 million to build a factory and launch facility on the South Side. World View will pay rent for 20 years on the facility on Aerospace Parkway near Tucson International Airport. The company plans to offer space tourism and launch instruments via balloons ascending into the stratosphere.... Read more»

Incoming Pima sheriff: Look at Wash., Colo. legal pot experiments

Come August, there'll be a new sheriff in town: as expected, Pima County supervisors named Chris Nanos to replace the retiring Clarence Dupnik. The incoming sheriff said that while he'll leave the political decisions to the Legislature, Arizona should look at how Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana.... Read more»4

3 days of free screening lead up to National HIV Testing Day

Community organizations across Tucson are offering free and confidential HIV testing Thursday, Friday and Saturday, marking the 21st annual National HIV Testing Day. In Pima County, more than 1,000 people are believed to be infected and unaware of it, while about nearly 16,000 across the state were living with HIV/AIDS in 2013.... Read more»

Cabinet secretaries tour Tucson's efforts to help homeless vets

The U.S. secretaries of Labor, Veterans Affairs, and Housing and Urban Development toured a Pima County employment center to recognize the local effort to end homelessness among veterans. Tucson is one of 25 cities across the country with a high concentration of chronically homeless vets.... Read more»

Supes OK count as Barber alleges ballots improperly rejected

The Pima County Board of Supervisors rejected Tuesday a bid by Ron Barber to delay the canvass of the Nov. 4 election. The congressman's campaign — on the losing edge of a 161-vote margin with a recount in the offing — said that 132 Pima voters had their ballots tossed out because poll workers "failed in their duty."... Read more»10

Local Dems fire back at Koch bros. Obamacare ads

Local Democratic leaders, bristling at new attack ads aimed at convincing the Affordable Care Act was bad for their community, came out to defend the law and and two of Arizona’s congressional representatives, Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick, for their support of Obamacare. ... Read more»

Clinco appointed to Legislature

Demion Clinco was appointed to the state House of Representatives by the Pima County Board of Supervisors on a 3-2 vote Tuesday, filling a seat left vacant when former. Rep. Andrea Dalessandro resigned on being appointed to the Senate to fill another vacant seat.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Pima County speed cams not gone yet

An interview with Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias (D-District 5), plus the Tuesday Money Maker Report with financial planner Shelly Fishman, and an interview with Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham (D - Ward 2). Plus, attorney Don Loose, the Buckmaster legal contributor.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Pima supervisors divided over Medicaid expansion

An interview with Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias. Also, Tucson writer Catherine Harris talks about her new book, "Finding Frances ... Love Letters from a Flight Lieutenant." Plus, TUSD Governing Boardmember Mark Stegeman.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Elias says Pima County investing in soccer

An interview with Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, plus, a conversation with Pima County's new health director, Dr. Francisco Garcia, and Tucson writer Judith Knight talks about her new cookbook, "The Knights at the Round Table."... Read more»

FC Tucson announces new soccer stadium

FC Tucson and Pima County announced plans Wednesday for a 2,000-seat stadium to be built by 2014 on the site of Field #1 at Kino Sports Complex North. In addition to the new stadium, which will become the new home for the professional soccer team, the county also plans to add a sixth field at the site.... Read more»

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