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Driven crazy: 'RTA Next' on life support as Tucson-area governments squabble

Everyone wants it. But there appears to be little desire among local governments to make concessions to keep the Regional Transportation Authority going. ... Read more»

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Immigration

Border Patrol takes wheels off deportation buses

The Border Patrol has stopped a controversial program that shipped busloads of illegal immigrants back to Mexico from Tucson through the tiny, remote Texas border town of Presidio — for now.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

Medusa is Greek for guardian

This is one of those few ideas that comes together all at once, completely formed, like a bolt of electricity. Maybe it's inspired by my recent trip to the Walgreen's pharmacy where, during a month of being in between insurance plans, I spent nearly $200 on two prescriptions. Go Med U.S.A.!... Read more»

Media

Publisher opposes changing legal notice law

Public notices are too important to Arizonans' right to know and the way they access essential information for lawmakers to act hastily in altering requirements that they run in newspapers, a publisher said Wednesday.... Read more»

Housing meltdown

Subprime players get tax money to fix mortgage mess

Firms that fed off the subprime lending frenzy that devastated the banking system are lining up to collect more than $21 billion in taxpayer funds meant to help bail out borrowers now in trouble on their loans.... Read more»

Health care reform

How health care overhaul would affect the uninsured

As Democrats have pushed for a comprehensive overhaul of the country's health system, much of their plans and rhetoric have focused on providing coverage for America's uninsured. Here's a look at who they are.... Read more»

On welfare? Antenori says no booze for you

State Rep. Frank Antenori thinks you shouldn't be able to buy alcohol or tobacco if you're on welfare.... Read more»1

Economy

Stimulus spending hits $272 billion—34% of total

The administration has spent $179 billion in stimulus funds, according to Recovery.gov. Combined with an estimated $93 billion in stimulus tax cuts, that means the government has now moved at least $272 billion into the economy, or 34 percent of the total amount approved by Congress.... Read more»

Alcohol abuse prevalent in miltary, studies show

Alcoholism is so rampant among soldiers that the Army needs to double its number of counselors, said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's No. 2 officer. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Spreading love, at home & abroad

Another Valentine's Day approaches and we're still at war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Not exactly spreading the love, are we?... Read more»

Braking with tradition

I-19 metric-to-miles switch doesn't measure up for some

A backlash has put the brakes on a plan to replace old metric signs with signage in miles. "The kilometers make it a little unique to this part of the country," says Don Herk. "It's something that's become part of my life."... Read more»

Government finances

Put local gov't spending records online, says lawmaker

Requiring local governments to post records of all financial transactions online would make officials better stewards of the public's money, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»

Sugar tax absent in childhood obesity campaign

As First Lady Michelle Obama officially launched her campaign against childhood obesity today, a proposal pushed by some health groups was conspicuous by its absence – a federal tax on sugared drinks.... Read more»

Fact-checking Palin's Tea Party speech

Sarah Palin made a splash over the weekend as the keynote speaker at the first National Tea Party convention, and she followed up with an interview on Fox News Sunday. But she didn’t always stick to the facts.... Read more»

Cuba's public 'privatization' debate

Something unusual has been stirring lately in the pages of Granma, this country’s largest newspaper and the official mouthpiece of the Cuban Communist Party. Granma typically carries fawning coverage of Cuba’s top officials and the latest iniquities of Yankee imperialism.... Read more»

Environment

Lawmaker: Az’s bald eagles need additional protection

Bald eagles need additional protection, especially preservation of their habitat, to survive in Arizona, a state lawmaker contends. "If we don't do something to protect their habitat, they will face extinction," said Rep. Ed Ableser.... Read more»

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