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Az Sen. Wendy Rogers facing Senate ethics probe after blaming Buffalo mass shooting on 'feds'

The Arizona Senate is launching an ethics investigation into Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers for her comments blaming the mass shooting in Buffalo on federal law enforcement instead of the white supremacist who is accused of carrying out the attack. ... Read more»

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$23M awarded to TIA for runway safety work

A $23 million federal grant will help Tucson International Airport with major renovations, with the runway safety project receiving the largest amount from the first round of a $3.2 billion national program.... Read more»

Light Up Navajo initiative helps tribe with 'life-changing' access to electrical grid

Light Up Navajo III, a mutual aid project that extends service to Navajo homes without electricity - and where local Navajo utility crews work alongside other utility companies - is working to provide utilities a lot of people take for granted.... Read more»

2 Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage

The possibility the Department of Energy will establish a strategic uranium reserve to increase the domestic stockpile of uranium comes at a cost: increased contamination borne by Native American tribes and local residents throughout the Southwest.... Read more»

Arizona recreational cannabis sales hit record $72 million in March

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continued to slide in March, dropping for the fifth consecutive month as recreational cannabis sales soared to new heights after a small lull in January 2022, going up at least $2 million per month in February and March.... Read more»

The most and least popular specialty license plates in Arizona in 2022

More than half a million drivers across Arizona have decked out their cars with specialty license plates, but they're more than just a decoration: They’re an active cash flow to nonprofit organizations that have raised over $8 million in the current fiscal year.... Read more»

A gift horse indeed: Equestrian vaulting opens doors for Arizona children with disabilities

Salt River Vaulters, an Arizona non-profit that makes it possible for children or adults with disabilities to participate in equine therapy and therapeutic vaulting, allows participants to grow physically and mentally and helps increase communication skills.... Read more»

Arizona remittances to Mexico continued to surge through pandemic

The economic upheaval of the pandemic did little to slow the amount of money sent home to Mexico by workers in Arizona, with those payments growing faster in 2020 than at any point the past nine years. ... Read more»

Census undercount threatens federal food and health programs on reservations

The 2020 census missed nearly 1 of every 17 Native Americans who live on reservations, an undercount that could lead to insufficient federal funding for essential health, nutrition, and social programs in remote communities with high poverty rates.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Christy fairly needles fellow Pima Supes, Tucson-area governments set to start approving budgets

No, Republicans, "crazy" isn't a prerequisite for making life hard on Democrats, as Supervisor Steve Christy proves with some smart bird-dogging. ... Read more»

Feds halt Mexican gray wolf kills in Arizona, New Mexico in bid for genetic diversity

To foster the Mexican gray wolves’ long term success in the Southwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced it will lift a 325-animal cap on the population according to a draft of the proposed rule published Friday. ... Read more»

Grijalva says Benson developer, former U.S. Interior secretary involved in criminal bribery plot

Rep. Raúl Grijalva asked the Justice Department to investigate a former Trump administration Cabinet member, saying he engaged in a quid-pro-quo relationship with a real estate developer, seeking campaign funds in exchange for a water permit needed for a massive housing project outside of Benson, Ariz. ... Read more»

State Constable Ethics Board investigating Pima County's Martinez over election violation claims

Arizona's Constable Ethics, Standards and Training Board decided Friday to launch an investigation into accusations against Deborah Martinez that include forging signatures for her nominating petitions and lying about living in her precinct. ... Read more»

Contaminación del aire alcanza niveles dañinos en Tucson, advierte Condado Pima

Las nieveles de contaminación del aire en Tucson alcanzaron niveles dañinos, provocando una adviso del Departamento del Condado Pima de Calidad Ambiental de que los residentes deben evitar la actividad física intensa al aire libre.... Read more»

Ozone in Tucson climbs back to dangerous levels for 2nd time in 2 weeks

Air pollution in the Tucson metro area is at harmful levels for the second time in as many weeks, and residents should limit outdoor activities, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality officials said.... Read more»

The beat goes on: Drumlines reinvent themselves as important pieces in the sports world

Since the Notre Dame marching band’s first on-field performance in 1887, music and sports have long been intertwined - and more than 134 years later, drumlines have surfaced as one of the most popular ways for the arts to infiltrate the athletic world.... Read more»

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