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A design for American Battery Factory's planned headquarters and 'gigafactory' in Tucson.

The city of Tucson will reimburse $4 million in tax revenue to American Battery Factory and $300,000 to Sion Power if both companies create dozens of manufacturing jobs with the new factories they'll building during the next five years. Read more»

Paul Durham, a former member of the City Council and known for his integrity and environmental advocacy, died Wednesday in Tucson at 67. Read more»

TEP building in Downtown Tucson

Tucsonans will be able to vote on a new 25-year franchise agreement with Tucson Electric Power that could raise monthly utility rates by .75%. The Tucson City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to hold a special election in May for residents to decide on the agreement. Read more»

A look at the roadwork projects in the draft RTA plan would suggest Tucson is doing OK in the fight for projects.

Tucson looks like it's coming out OK in a draft RTA Next plan, with 24 of 37 projects slated for the region's urban core. Plus, Pima County dives into initial appearances and Buffalo Soldiers, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Zach Yentzer announced last Wednesday he's running for mayor, challenging Democrat Regina Romero in November.

32-year-old Zack Yentzer said last week he will challenge Regina Romero for Tucson's mayor, focusing on business development, housing costs, and homelessness during the 2023 election. Read more»

A Tucson effort to fight homelessness has been nixed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. But for how long?

Outgoing Attorney General Mark Brnovich left me a holiday present — something to go with the snickerdoodles and cheap New Year's champagne. Read more»

A view of the Tucson City Hall in 2022.

The IDEA beat in 2022 reported on Southern Arizona, Pima County and Tucson during a time of shocking violence in the community, the end to COVID-19 measures and funding and an important midterm election. Read more»

The Tucson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of beginning plans to fund childcare services for their public safety employees, including cops, firefighters and dispatchers, as a way to recruit and retain long-term workers . Read more»

The Tucson City Council unanimously voted in favor extending fare-free Sun Tran rides for another six months, but is also looking for investments from the UA, TUSD and other local partners to help cover the long-term costs. Read more»

As 2022 winds down, the Tucson City Council picks up the pace to address issues on deadline.

The city manager is asking Tucson to fully subsidize public transit for another six months while searching for a permanent funding source. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

"While homelessness itself is not a crime, those living on the streets are causing much of the vandalism, theft, drug dealing and use, public indecency, physical attacks, and other illicit and illegal behaviors." — Supervisor Steve Christy Read more»

Rendering of an American Battery Factory pop-up operation. The Utah start-up business wants to build a plant in Tucson and is set to receive local incentives.

A combination of city and county incentives would help land an American Battery Factory plant in Tucson — with a forecast of 1,000 jobs at a $1.1 billion plant. But the deal might remind some of the World View situation. Read more»

Mayor Romero delivering her 'State of the City' speech on Thursday evening.

"Working together, we will achieve the just, equitable future we envision, where every single Tucsonan can live their best lives in our beautiful, thriving, resilient city." — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero Read more»

Our Disability Pride Day is scheduled to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of People With a Disability on Dec. 3, which was first proclaimed in 1992. It was started to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities. — Councilman Paul Cunningham Read more»

A plan by Supervisor Matt Heinz to put RTA ED Farhad Moghimi through an "audit" of his performance failed to gain support from any other members of the Board of Supervisors. Heinz has made other attempts to rally opposition against the transportation agency director. Read more»

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