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Wildfire near Patagonia is 12% contained, has burned 11,600 acres

Fire crews working the San Rafael Fire southeast of Patagonia were able to hold their containment lines despite "red-flag" conditions Monday, and fire officials expect Tuesday will bring some relief from critical fire weather.... Read more»

Gun deaths rose 28% during COVID-19 pandemic

Gun deaths across the U.S. increased by 28 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a 15 percent increase in overall firearm-related incidents and a 34 percent increase in nonfatal gun injuries between March 2020 and February 2021.... Read more»

Tucson sounds: September Boy (for Mario)

In which your humble narrator puts aside the usual clever puns and esoteric bits of rock trivia and tells you about the person she got the chance to love: Mario Cordova.... Read more»

Experts fear Arizona is not prepared to handle surge in Alzheimer’s cases

Arizona is in the midst of a surge in Alzheimer’s patients that is rising at the fastest rate in the nation, but advocates say there are not enough resources to handle the cases the state has now, much less the extra number of patients that could be coming.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Let’s put more effort into investigating and prosecuting environmental crimes

To protect communities from environmental harms caused by corporate polluters, lax oversight, and poor enforcement of existing laws, an increased effort needs to be made at uncovering environmental crimes, and holding those responsible accountable.... Read more»

Immigrant communities push for more non-English ballots

With primary elections well underway across the country, voting rights and immigrant advocates are raising the alarm about a lack of language assistance for voters who aren’t fluent in English.... Read more»

Arizona agrees to mix new batch of drugs for Clarence Dixon execution

Arizona agreed to use a new batch of lethal injection drugs for the May 11 execution of death row inmate Clarence Dixon, after Dixon’s attorneys argued the drugs set to be used to kill him were expired, in violation of a 2017 settlement agreement.... Read more»

National addiction treatment locator has outdated data and other critical flaws

The website launched in 2019 to help hundreds of thousands of Americans affected by addiction has critical flaws - inaccurate information, lack of filtering options, and little guidance on how to identify high-quality treatment - that are overdue for attention.... Read more»

Care & comfort: From horses to micro-mini cows, animals can help with human ailments

Animal-assisted therapy is a growing form of therapy that can help people of all ages both mentally and physically by relying on the bond between animals and humans, and can help a variety of conditions, from Alzheimer’s to PTSD to learning disorders.... Read more»

Arizona forest health: Stressed by drought & pests, trees are losing resilience to changing climate

A 20-plus year drought – coupled with decades of fire-suppression policies and relentlessly rising temperatures – are behind much of the change in Arizona's forests, calling into question how forest health can be restored.... Read more»

PCC's Harrouch & Martinez tee off at NJCAA Division I National Championships

Pima Community College women’s golfers Maria Harrouch and Angelica Martinez (Tucson Magnet HS) completed the first day of play at the NJCAA Division I National Championships on Monday in Sanford, Fla.... Read more»

Pima softball's Faith Orton & Kelli Samorano named Third Team All-ACCAC

A pair of Pima Community College softball players received recognition as the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference named its All-ACCAC and All-Region teams on Monday.... Read more»

Pima County revisits COVID policies as virus become endemic

Pima County is revisiting COVID-19 public health policies, including vaccine requirements and sick leave for government workers, as the number of weekly cases of new infections among area residents continues to decline.... Read more»

Arizona Supreme Court rejects 'insurrectionist' ballot challenge to Biggs, Gosar and Finchem

The Arizona Supreme Court flatly rejected an attempt to disqualify Republican Congressmen Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar and State Rep. Mark Finchem from the 2022 ballot for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.... Read more»

Photos: Tucson Music Hall named for Linda Ronstadt

The Tucson Music Hall will now carry the name of famed singer and Tucson native Linda Rondstadt as she was honored by Mayor Regina Romero just before the Tucson International Mariachi Conference Saturday evening. ... Read more»

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