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Sales of Tucson apartment complexes have soared this year, largely because of California investors who are attracted to the region’s improving economy, relatively low prices and opportunities for profits, says ABI Multifamily, a Phoenix brokerage company. Read more»

The 2.1 million Hispanics in Arizona prefer to shop at Walmart and love fresh food, smartphones, going out to dinner and owning their own businesses. Their favorite mall in Tucson is Tucson Mall. And their overall spending is expected to add up to an estimated $42.5 billion this year in Arizona and to grow at about $2.2 billion a year. Read more»

One of the strongest signs that metro Tucson’s economy is improving is the increased number of businesses and tenants filling up its offices, industrial space, stores and apartments. Occupancy rates for all four major commercial real estate sectors improved in the third quarter, reaching their highest levels in years. Read more»

A public memorial service on Sunday in Phoenix will celebrate the life of former Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford, who died last month at 94. Read more»

Metro Tucson’s job growth over the year remained above the national average in September but fell to third place in the state after hovering in second place for several months. Read more»

The town of Oro Valley has long lost its status as a retirement community and now aims to be a family-friendly town for people of all ages, Mayor Satish Hiremath said Thursday. Read more»

John Ford directs John Wayne in 'The Searchers,' filmed in Monument Valley, north of Kayenta, Ariz.

Fans of the movie-making industry are still irked that Arizona legislators stopped allowing incentives to entice filmmakers six years ago and continue to rebuff efforts to reinstate them.They contend that the lack of incentives is a major reason why Pima County hasn’t come close to its potential. Read more»

Bronson, left, and DeMarco

The Pima County Board of Supervisors could switch from a Democratic to a Republican majority, depending on the race between incumbent Sharon Bronson and GOP challenger Kim DeMarco in the Nov. 8 election. Read their answers to some important questions. Read more» 1

The first wave of general election ballots set to be mailed in Pima County beginning Wednesday — more than 353,000 — will set a record, exceeding the total number of early ballots sent out in the 2012 presidential election. Statewide, about 119,000 more voters joined the rolls before Monday's registration deadline. Read more»

The Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist Phoenix think tank, said the minimum-wage increase proposed in Prop. 206 could result in from zero to 26,000 lost jobs by 2020. Arizona is adding about 15,000 jobs each quarter, which would more than make up the difference, economic analysts said. Read more» 1

Record attendance at the Pima County Fair in April helped boost profits for its operators by seven percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to an audit of the Southwestern Fair Commission. The fair saw more than 318,000 visitors. Read more»

Pima County has been steadily buying land for the past 40 years and now owns and manages more than 230,000 acres of natural, cultural and historic areas. About 73,000 acres were purchased with $230 million from four bond issues dating back to 1974. Read more»

The former Hirsch's Shoes building, in the middle of the stretch of mid-century modern buildings known as Tucson's 'Sunshine Mile.'

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added Tucson's Sunshine Mile to its 2016 list of America's 11 most endangered historic places. They say its mid-20th century buildings are threatened by the planned widening of Broadway in Midtown. Read more»

Metro Tucson had the third highest job growth in the country — for one month. The latest calculation, based on August numbers, shows the area has fallen out of the national top 10, but Tucson gained 8,200 jobs over the year and tied with Phoenix for second place in the state. Read more»

Rose Mofford, who served as Arizona's first female governor, died Sept. 15 at a Phoenix hospice at the age of 94. Read more»

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