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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»

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Interstate 10 partly reopens east of Tucson after wildfire closure

The Walnut Fire burning on both sides of the highway forced the closure of Interstate 10 between Tucson and Willcox on Tuesday afternoon, but one lane in each direction was reopened in the evening. Residents in the rural area were being ordered to evacuate.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Morgan: Gov't must be an ally for effective economic development

Joseph Morgan: "As a candidate for House of Representatives in Congressional District 2, I rejoiced to see the recent announcement of Tucson-based Diamond Ventures Phase I development of their Rocking K Master-Planned Community in the foothills of the Rincons."... Read more»

Sierra Vista man arrested for smuggling 6 Mexican men

A Sierra Vista-area man was arrested Wednesday by Border Patrol agents south of Benson for transporting in his vehicle six Mexican men who were illegally present in the United States, authorities said. ... Read more»

Rural high schools confront low college completion rates

Students in rural Arizona counties like Cochise have significantly lower college completion rates than those in counties that have bigger cities and state universities. While 30 percent of more urban county residents have bachelor's degrees, only 23 percent of Cochise residents have one.... Read more»

Weather Service warns of freezing temps overnight Monday

It's not just your imagination — the weather has finally cooled off. How much cooler? The National Weather Service is warning of freezing temperatures across a swath of Southern Arizona east of Tucson in the early-morning hours of Tuesday. Residents of Sierra Vista, Benson and Willcox should cover sensitive plants and make sure their pipes are wrapped or drained.... Read more»

Update: Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm, flash flood warnings

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Tucson area Saturday afternoon, warning of wind gusts and heavy rain, and hail.... Read more»

I-10 rollover kills Border Patrol agent, injures another

Two on-duty Border Patrol agents were in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 10. Agent Alexander Giannini died of his injuries en route to University of Arizona Medical Center, officials said. ... Read more»

Poor oversight cited in Texas plant blast mirrored in Az

One year after a fertilizer plant explosion devastated the town of West, Texas, questions remain about the safety and security of hazardous chemical storage facilities. This includes Arizona’s largest ammonium nitrate facility, Apache Nitrogen, southeast of Tucson in St. David. It houses more than 80 million pounds of the chemical but didn’t disclose, as is required, its list of hazardous materials to local firefighters.... Read more»

State Parks celebrates 10 years of Kartchner Caverns tours

For 10 years now, the Big Room at the Kartchner Caverns has been open to visitors from mid-October through mid-April, when its resident bats migrate elsewhere, complementing the Throne Room that opened to visitors in 1999. Arizona State Parks celebrated the Big Room’s anniversary earlier this month with special speakers and presentations.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson real estate picture brightens

An interview with Dr. Gary Auerbach, founding president of World Federation of Chiropractic. Also, Benson City Councilman Chris Moncada on this weekend's 8th Annual Bluegrass in the Park Festival, and Tucson Association of Realtors CEO Philip Tedesco. Plus, Tom Collier, Buckmaster contributor on consumer affairs.... Read more»

UA telemedicine program to expand rural services

A $1.3 million federal grant will allow a University of Arizona center to expand a regional program helping hospitals and health care providers get into or make better use of telemedicine.... Read more»

Rural hospitals get lift from UA center

Rural hospitals face challenges such as staff shortages, keeping up with technology and even attracting patients who choose to drive to a bigger city. The UA Center for Rural Health offers grants, training courses, networking opportunities and consultants to improve the quality of health care and hospitals’ finances.... Read more»

I-10 lane between Craycroft, Valencia to be closed Wed. night

The left lane of I-10 East between Craycroft and Valencia roads will be closed from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Wednesday for guardrail repair.... Read more»

West I-10 lane between Benson, Tucson to be closed Tues.

The right lane of Interstate 10 from Benson to Tucson will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday for guardrail repair.... Read more»

Benson I-10 work continues this week

Construction on a new Interstate 10 overpass near Benson will continue this week, closing an eastbound lane Tuesday.... Read more»

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