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Burney Starks, educator and Juneteenth organizer, dies

Burney Starks, a longtime educator at Pueblo High School, died Sunday. Starks was known for his many community activities, especially for being the driving force behind Tucson's Juneteenth celebrations. Update: Viewing and services set for Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. ... Read more»1

Is blockbuster asthma drug Advair really safe?

Millions already take Advair to breathe easy, despite the drug’s “risk of asthma-related death.” Why has it taken the feds more than two decades to fully study those risks?... Read more»

Armed Arizona

Federal program fuels police militarization

Millions of dollars in military-grade armaments are flowing into Arizona communities with minimal standards for training or oversight on how the equipment is being used.... Read more»

Report: Arizona leads nation in college cuts, tuition hikes

Arizona leads the nation when it comes to the deepest cuts to higher-education spending and the steepest tuition increases since the Great Recession began in 2007, according to new national report.... Read more»

Az judge: Dreamers entitled to in-state tuition

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that "Dreamers" are eligible for in-state college tuition. ... Read more»3

Renovations improve Nogales crossing, critics say officials must do more

About 300,000 commercial vehicles pass through the Mariposa Port of Entry every year on their way into the United States, and it’s one of the busiest ports on the border. The government spent nearly $200 million to add booths and inspection spaces to help reduce wait times. So far, it appears to be working, but there is some debate about how effective the renovation has been. ... Read more»

STDs on the rise for Arizona’s aging population

More Arizona seniors are staying sexually active — and catching sexually transmitted diseases.... Read more»

Tucson group cultivating civility at state capitols

More than 200 state legislators have participated in workshops aimed at improving civil discourse and building bipartisan trust.... Read more»1

Arizona Repertory Theatre

UA’s 'A Little Night Music' lightens up the evening

The UA’s “A Little Night Music” should satisfy stalwart Steven Sondheim fans, who can be highly opinionated about his works. It is also a serviceable introduction for anyone not already familiar with America’s greatest living musical theatre composer.... Read more»

App addresses challenges women face trying to quit smoking

When it comes to quitting smoking, women may need some extra motivation: "Women are more likely to gain weight than men when they quit smoking, and women have more difficulty losing weight when they gain it." That’s why UA researchers helped develop an app to remind women smokers that their health is more important than being thin.... Read more»

Students can learn about military careers at Academy Day

Local high school students interested in attending a U.S. service academy are invited to Academy Day on Saturday at Empire High School, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, from 10 a.m. to noon.... Read more»

Soccer notes

Wildcats close out spring matches with 'well-played' contests

Our round-up of local soccer features the last of the spring season matches for the University of Arizona and several former FC Tucson players in pro matches this weekend.... Read more»

UA asks for tuition increases to cover half of cuts in state funding

The UA is asking for a 4-10.9 percent tuition increase for all incoming undergrads, and a 2.75-5.8 percent increase for current students who did not sign up for a guaranteed tuition plan last fall.... Read more»1

Universities scrambling to balance budgets after deep state cuts

Facing a $99 million cut in state funding for the upcoming fiscal year, leaders of Arizona's public universities say they are looking for ways to make ends meet without robbing students of a quality education or subjecting them to steep tuition increases. ... Read more»

Arizona soccer

Down the Hill! Wildcats shut out Lumberjacks, 2 - 0

The Arizona women’s soccer defeated NAU by a score of 2-0 on Saturday. The match took place at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium and was Arizona’s final home match of the spring season. Both goals came from freshman Charlotte Brascia.... Read more»

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