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Two recent studies found work requirements did not improve employment or earnings, and at the same time cut people who could have qualified from accessing food benefits.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans from ages 50 to 55 could face higher barriers to food assistance under the U.S. House Republican plan to cut spending while temporarily lifting the debt limit. Read more»

Rep. Cesar Aguilar sought to contrast Arizona Republicans’ championing of tamale vendors with their history of anti-immigrant policies, but was immediately interrupted by an uproar from GOP lawmakers, who used a procedural move to stop him. Rep. Mariana Sandoval was also stopped from speaking.

An attempt by Arizona Republicans to rebuke Gov. Katie Hobbs for vetoing a bill aimed at expanding the sale of homemade foods failed after most legislative Democrats sided with her, slamming the move to override her veto as just another effort to undermine her. Read more»

Seemingly “born a silver thorn on a Midwest rose,” in finding her angels Melissa Etheridge found her soul. ne of rock's great female performers and an LGBTQ activist, she spoke with the Sentinel ahead of a Tucson concert. Read more»

A sunny spring day in Sabino Canyon.

While preserving the planet should be a daily aspiration, Earth Day brings renewed inspiration to be a superhero for nature. There will be several community events taking place in Tucson; here are some of them. Read more»

In Florida, a drag queen might have a difficult time enjoying a Bud Light, as Ron DeSantis has made it a mission to revoke liquor licenses from establishments that host drag shows where children are allowed. Read more»

Mariachi Azteca is the result of Don Fuentes' efforts to bring the course back to Pima Community College.

Pima Community College had not offered mariachi classes for more than a decade — until a former PCC student and music instructor Don Fuentes sent an email to Steven Higginbotham, who was the arts dean, in summer 2021. Read more»

Tim Butler

Four decades after the Psychedelic Furs' debut, co-founding member Tim Butler reflects on the road out of Middlesex, England. Most well-known in the U.S. for the the theme for "Pretty in Pink," the band is back after a long break, and has an upcoming stop in Tucson. Read more»

Tucson Zine Fest 2023 flyer

Local independent artists and writers will exhibit their work at the fourth annual Tucson Zine Fest on Saturday, April 15. ""The ethos of the fest is supporting overlooked artists." Read more»

A man holds up a sign questioning if religious uniforms fall under the same definition as the clothing drag performers wear in Phoenix during a protest of anti-drag bills on Jan. 22, 2023. The definitions included in the bills, which seek to target drag performers who often use clothing perceived as belonging to the opposite sex, have been criticized as being too broad.

Undeterred by the threat of vetoes, Arizona Republicans advanced a trio of anti-LGBTQ bills on Monday, defending them as a protection against immorality. Read more»

Volunteers carry a 150-pound cross up ‘A’ Mountain as part of a Good Friday procession hosted by Los Dorados Orphan League.

Since 1967, Los Dorados Orphan League has held La Procesion De Viernes Santo up Tucson's Sentinel Peak to carry a 150 to 20-lb. cross up the mountain, where it's set in a metal frame and raised over the city to mark Easter. Read more»

Indigenous artists are helping the U.S. Postal Service with a new series of stamps that recognizes the artwork that adorns skateboard decks.

Indigenous artists are helping the U.S. Postal Service with a new series of stamps that recognizes the artwork that adorns skateboard decks and marks the cultural impact skateboarding has had on the country. Read more»

Tucson Unified School District continues push to increase participation in advanced classes.

Tucson Unified School District will propose a strategy to get 40 percent of enrolled students to take at least some advanced learning by 2027. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

A "community listening session" hosted by Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes on Tuesday in Tucson will focus on the proposed $25 billion merger between grocery giants Albertsons and Kroger — owners of stores such as Safeway and Fry's. Read more»

The Sonoran Desert is blossoming. Get out and see some of it.

Spring is here. It is the time for flowers to bloom and pollen allergies to be triggered. The cold is lessening its grip on Tucson and it is time to get out and have fun. Read more»

A drag artist performs on the stage at Phoenix Pride Festival 2011.

Arizona GOP lawmakers are continuing to promote legislation targeting drag shows, while insisting that their proposals aren’t actually about drag shows at all after the term "drag shows" was removed on March 2 when the Senate debated the bill. Read more»

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