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Title 42 ended and the republic survived as border crossings fell, rather than skyrocketing as cable news pundits feverishly forecast.

I've been waiting for the foretold catastrophic flood of migrants crossing the border after the end of Title 42. But early indications are that crossings have fallen precipitously, even as Pima County and social service workers have been handling the problem. Read more»

A group protests rising rents in Pima County on Oct. 1, 2021.

Pima County's homeless population increased 60 percent over the last five years, leaving just over 2,200 people living outside, in shelters or transitional housing, according to point-in-time count conducted in January. Read more»

A hazy day in Tucson on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

Air pollution in the Tucson metro area hit harmful levels on Wednesday, with high concentrations of ground-level ozone, prompting an advisory from Pima County that residents should avoid intense physical outdoor activity. Read more»

Pima County Administrator Jan Lesher will unveil her proposed $1.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2023-24. It could get dicey with the board.

Pima County Administrator Jan Lesher seems to want to adjust the county's base budget upward a tad after the Great Recession forced supervisors to push it down. It's part of a plan to recruit talent and invest in roads, as the surplus reaches $159 million. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Indivisible Tohono Co-Founder April Ignacio talks about the importance of the City of Tucson and Pima County’s intent to form a task force during a press conference on National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on May 5, 2023.

The City of Tucson is the first city in the nation to launch its own Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls task force, which will work on ways to address the crisis within the city, greater Pima County and nearby tribal nations. Read more»

State Rep. Andrés Cano

As soon as a state budget is signed, state Rep. Andrés Cano will resign his seat to undertake graduate studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The leader of the Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives was first elected in 2018. Read more»

A Humane Borders water station in the desert southwest of Tucson.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday narrowly continued its long-standing support of Humane Borders, voting 3-2 to approve $30,000 for migrant water stations in the desert. Read more»

'Fathers and mothers,' 'children,' 'how many more?' Grave markers from 2021 when record heat lead to a deluge of death along the border as people crossing the border succumbed to the elements.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Vice Mayor Steve Kozachik want to start another process to force the redaction of racially offensive provisions in old covenants, codes and restrictions that govern homeowners associations. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Randi Burnett, a former family lawyer who has served as a court commissioner since 2021, has been appointed as a judge in Pima County Superior Court, Gov. Katie Hobbs announced Tuesday. Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors plans spend $180,000 from a multi-million dollar settlement with drug manufacturers to purchase and distribute Narcan, "blanketing" the area with the medication that can reverse otherwise fatal opioid overdoses. Read more»

Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott at a March 2022 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

"Every adult owes every child the right to feel protected and cherished. If we do anything less, we are harming these kids. We must show that we have learned from a painful past that 'otherizing' any child is dangerous, shameful and wrong." — Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott Read more»

The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality declared Tuesday a Dust Action Day for the Tucson metropolitan area, warning of harmful levels of air pollution due to high winds Monday night. Read more»

The challenge of keeping Sun Tran free for riders is front and center before the Tucson City Council.

The Tucson city staff has some ideas to recoup the $10 million necessary to keep Sun Tran buses free. One of them is a parking levy. Local Republicans are not happy about it. Plus, Marana tackles AirBnbS, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

"Sad and disturbing – what it is like to witness our greatest national right of free speech steadily under attack by the current leader of Pima County Board of Supervisors, Chair Adelita Grijalva." — Supervisor Steve Christy Read more»

UA President Robert Robbins during a press conference on March 27, 2023 explaining the release of an independent review of the October 2022 shooting on campus.

The University of Arizona Faculty Senate said they had "no confidence" in President Robert Robbins and his administration, approving a motion Monday criticizing the university's leadership for a lack of due diligence to ensure the safety of slain Professor Thomas Meixner. Read more»

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