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Cullen during a Dec. 4, 2020, meeting.

Pima County will use a $6.5 million CDC grant to target and solve disparities in access to COVID-19 testing, and use data to increase health-care equity over the next two years. Read more»

Cullen during a Dec. 4, 2020, meeting.

El Departamento de Salud de Condado Pima recibe una subvención para crear la equidad de salud en el condado y la directora del departamenta, Theresa Cullen, dice que van usar lo para augmentar su personal y enfoque basado en datos. Read more»

Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey during a press conference at the University of Arizona on March 24, 2021.

Unwilling to let counties and cities maintain mandates for face coverings, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law that allows businesses to ignore local regulations. Immediately after signing the bill, he said the single-sentence bill "may have unintended consequences" and said state legislators were committed to fixing a "technical oversight." Read more»

Pima County's prohibition on its employees contributing money to candidates for county office violates both the U.S. and Arizona constitutions, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Read more»

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Friday to require wearing face masks in public everywhere in Pima County — an order that supersedes town and city regulations — to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more»

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry during a meeting in 2017.

Pima County employees are concerned by a move to end coronavirus telecommuting, but County Administrator Huckelberry retreated a bit from his firm stance under pressure from the Board of Supervisors and workers. Read more»

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier speaks to members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors just before a vote on Operation Stonegarden.

After hours of public comment and debate, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 for Operation Stonegarden, accepting — with conditions — $1.8 million in federal grants for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department. Read more»

Two boys, identified only as 18-year-old males from Guatemala, unpack their bags after they turned themselves to a Border Patrol agent near Lukeville, Ariz., on Tuesday.

Two weeks before the Board of Supervisors considers a controversial border enforcement grant, a top official said Pima County intends to apply for additional funding under the Homeland Security-led grant to cover care and transport for asylum-seekers who have been released here by U.S. immigration officials. Read more»

In 2013, 90 percent of the U.S. corn crop came from genetically modified strains, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dodging a potential thorn in the side of a federal Foreign Trade Zone application for a planned Marana greenhouse, controversial agi-biz giant Monsanto has withdrawn a proposal to pay Pima County less in property taxes while backing the FTZ bid. Read more»

In 2013, 90 percent of the U.S. corn crop came from genetically modified strains, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Pima County is having five meetings this month to allow more citizen feedback and let Monsanto respond to complaints about its controversial plans for a greenhouse near Marana. Read more» 3

Tucson and Pima County residents could see up to four proposals for sales-tax increases next year — to pay for for road repairs, police and fire equipment, preschool subsidies and property-tax cuts. Read more» 1

Workers milling away old pavement on East Grant Road near Mountain Avenue last week, part of the city's spring 2015 repaving of Grant in Midtown.

While riders in one part of Tucson can ride a modern street car and animals crossing north Oracle Road have their own overpass, 80 percent of Tucson's residential streets are rated poor to very poor. About 60 percent of Pima County's roads are said to be fair to poor. Momentum is growing, though, for a solution centered on the Regional Transportation Authority. Read more» 4