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The Arizona hazmat disaster shut down Interstate 10, a major cross-country highway, and forced evacuations in surrounding neighborhoods - but the highway crash didn’t draw national attention the way the train derailment did.

Trucks carry the largest percentage of hazardous materials shipped in the U.S. – about twice as much as trains when measured in ton-miles - but truck crashes tend to be local and less dramatic than a pile of derailed train cars on fire, even if they’re deadlier. Read more»

A roadside memorial near the corner of Broadway Blvd and Old Spanish Trail.

A $1.5 million grant from a new roadway safety program will fund a Pima County plan to reduce traffic deaths by planning quick, data-driven responses with the city of Tucson and other jurisdictions in the metro region. Read more»

A spokesperson for Southwest Airline — the largest in 23 of the nation’s top 25 travel markets — said that it was slashing flights and halting ticket sales for the coming days while it recovers.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines faces a federal investigation into whether it violated its own legally required customer service plan amid a blizzard of flight cancellations that ruined plans and angered travelers over the Christmas holiday. 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»

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero listening during a City Council meeting in May 2022.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero has selected as a 2023 Rodel fellow, and will join other local and state-level elected officials of both parties from around the U.S. at a series of seminars to talk about ethics, leadership and democracy over the next two years. Read more»

Government social media accounts generally are run by agency employees in communications and community roles.

The El Paso region of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deactiving its Twitter account after it was used Saturday to promote political and homophobic content - though the agency did not identify which employee was using the Twitter account at the time of the retweets and likes. Read more»

Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg speaks in Tucson in front of the 22nd Street bridge, which will be rebuilt with $25 million federal grant. Mayor Romero and U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly also attended the announcement Thursday.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came to Tucson on Thursday to announce the 22nd Street bridge over Aviation Parkway and the Union Pacific Railroad will be replaced using $25 million from the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Read more»

Republican and Democratic governors disagreed about whether Congress should pass Democrats’ $1.5 trillion climate and social spending package, known as Build Back Better.

Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government - but the waters were muddied by governors’ clearly divided political views about two major issues. Read more»

The federal government is boosting funding for states to improve their highway safety programs.

The federal government has announced that it is giving nearly $260 million in grants to states to beef up their highway safety - funding which will comes from the recently enacted bipartisan infrastructure law and be used to support a broad range of traffic safety priorities. Read more»

The Port of Los Angeles, one of the United States’ busiest gateways for international trade and commerce.

To prevent shipping logjams that have recently stymied the country’s supply chain, the Biden administration and California officials said Thursday that billions in infrastructure improvements are being fast-tracked for the state’s largest ports. Read more»

The supply chain problems currently plaguing the California coast aren’t unique to the Golden State. Nationally, a shortage of long-haul truckers has led some companies to recruit abroad.

In a plan developed by the White House's supply chain disruptions task force, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will ramp up to 24/7 operations ahead of the holiday season, as dozens of cargo ships carrying as many as 1 million containers bob idly off the California coast. Read more»

Senators are working on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal does not include the 'human infrastructure,' like health and child care, the president wanted, but does fund more traditional projects like roads, ports and water projects. But Democratic insistence on human infrastructure spending had some Republicans hesitating.

Tucson Mayor Romero and Phoenix Mayor Gallego joined other mayors and governors at the White House on Wednesday to push for the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a measure she has said is needed to reverse decades of “massive underinvestment.” Read more»

Many of roads in tribal areas, like the Navajo Nation, are unpaved and become unpassable during bad weather, which is why roads are just one of the targets of the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan. Native Americans have been on 'the short end' of infrastructure investment over the years, an administration official said.

Indian Country infrastructure needs, for everything from water to housing to broadband, are a high priority of the Biden administration’s $2.2 trillion American Jobs Plan, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said this week. Read more»

Highway and bridge construction is just one of the elements in the wide-ranging, $2 trillion American Jobs Plan being pushed by the Biden administration. The proposal, to be paid for with an increase in corporate taxes, would fund everything from broadband access to affordable housing to veterans’ care.

Arizona has 132 bridges and more than 3,100 miles of highway that are in poor condition, the White House said in pitching President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. Read more»

Former Vice President Joe Biden was coasting to an apparent victory in Arizona’s Democratic presidential preference election Tuesday, extending his delegate lead and leaving Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders a very steep climb to their party’s nomination. Read more»

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