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Pima County partners with Mesa firm to recycle tires

Pima County residents recycle nearly 1 million tires each year, through a partnership with Pima County and Mesa company Crumb Rubber Manufacturers. Tires are collected at at 5301 W. Ina Road. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. ... Read more»

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Pima County doubles paid parental leave to 12 weeks for gov't staffers

Pima County employees will have up to 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave after the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to expand the benefit. The change will cost the county about $1.2 million annually. ... Read more»

Forest Service in 'paradigm shift' to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires

The Biden administration will announce Tuesday it is using $3 billion from last year’s infrastructure law to revamp the federal approach to wildfire management, introducing a 10-year plan to deal with the large swaths of the West scientists consider most at risk of destructive blazes. ... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Betty and Ruth

I think the real injustice is that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t survive long enough for her replacement to be someone who shares her values, and before Republicans and Donald Trump would be able to put a cult-dwelling lunatic in her seat.... Read more»

How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial

ExxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long history of downplaying and denying the climate crisis violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of free speech.... Read more»

A 'fair and speedy trial' is a pipe dream for many poor Americans

While most Americans believe arrested people go to court soon after their arrest, Constitutional guarantees of a “fair and speedy trial” are infrequently honored in our under-resourced criminal justice system.... Read more»

Combining remote and in-person learning led to chaos, study finds

A small study of teachers across nine states finds that the hybrid solution - allowing children to learn remotely along with their in-person classmates - is the worst way to teach because it’s exhausting for teachers to toggle between the two modes and all students appear to learn less.... Read more»

Cities and states find new ways to tax streaming services

More than half the states - including Arizona - and dozens of cities now levy taxes or fees on digital streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, aiming to recoup the revenue they lose when people cut the cable cord. ... Read more»

Texas abortion law challenge heads to state's supreme court, likely adding more delays to case

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday sent the legal challenge to Texas’ restrictive abortion law to the state’s Supreme Court, a move that is expected to significantly delay the case and that abortion opponents had hoped would occur.... Read more»

Una prueba rápida negativa no significa que se está libre de COVID

Si bien la prueba de antígenos en el hogar para la COVID-19, que toma alrededor de 15 minutos, sigue siendo una herramienta útil y subutilizada para frenar la pandemia, a menudo se usa incorrectamente y puede brindar una falsa confianza.... Read more»

Patients can't confidently learn much from one negative rapid COVID test

While COVID-19 home antigen testing, which takes about 15 minutes, remains a useful and underutilized tool to curb the pandemic, it is often misused and may provide false confidence - and a single negative result is no guarantee that a person is not ill or carrying the virus.... Read more»

Pima County works to reduce overrepresentation of Native Americans in its jails

Native Americans are 1.8 times as likely as white Americans to be booked into a Pima County jail, which is why the county in 2016 started to address the drivers of its jail population with such solutions as pretrial behavioral-health diversion programs and warrant resolution. ... Read more»

Pima County Supes consider adding Native land acknowledgement to meetings

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will consider on Tuesday adopting a land acknowledgement to be read before each meeting that would mention the history of Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui people in our area.... Read more»

Rio Nuevo loses long-serving board member Mark Irvin, adds Port of Tucson CEO Mike Levin

The Downtown Tucson business district Rio Nuevo announced the resignation of Mark Irvin after 12 years with the taxpayer-funded organization. Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers has appointed Port of Tucson CEO Mike Levin in his place. ... Read more»

Watch Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech

Video: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."... Read more»

MLK's final sermon: 'I've Been to the Mountaintop'

Monday, the nation remembers Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life, April 3, 1968: "I've Been to the Mountaintop."... Read more»

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