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Shelley Watson of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council at the lectern during the announcement of the launch of a campaign committee opposed to the 'Strong Start Tucson' initiative.

A coalition of business groups has launched an effort to derail Prop. 204, a sales-tax initiative that would direct $50 million yearly to early childhood education in Tucson. Proponents say it's a necessary investment, but opponents say the measure lacks oversight, with some calling it a "voucher" system. Read more» 4

Metro Tucson topped 1 million residents last year, while Maricopa County and metro Phoenix posted some of the nation’s largest population gains between 2013 and 2014, according to new Census Bureau estimates. Read more» 1

Tucson’s water rates are higher than those in Phoenix. Tucson’s water use per-capita is also markedly lower than that of Phoenix.

It’s a complex calculation, but at the most fundamental level this much is true: The amount of water needed to have a lush, green lawn in Phoenix would yield a substantially higher water bill for a homeowner in Tucson. As Arizona leaders ponder the long-term future of the state’s water supply, some say that raising water prices is an option for encouraging conservation. Read more»

Full video of the debate: Eleven candidates for the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board discussed their visions for the area's largest school district, Monday, Oct. 1. Read more»

Voters will have a chance to learn more about the dozen candidates running for three open seats on the TUSD Governing Board on Monday night. A debate between 11 of the 12 will be held; TucsonSentinel.com will host video of the event. Read more»

Although Tucson ranked among the second-weakest 20 metros in the nation in terms of economic recovery performance, the city still had four consecutive quarters of job growth in 2011.

A recent report by the Brookings Institution found that the Tucson metropolitan area trails the Phoenix metropolitan area in economic recovery. Read more» 4

Troy DeVos, director of real estate for Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corp., shows desert landscaping at a new store in Tucson. QuikTrip volunteered to have its 12 new gas stations comply with a Tucson ordinance taking effect in June that will require new commercial developments to get at least half of the water needed for landscaping from rain.

Starting in June, a city ordinance that's the first of its kind in the nation will require all new commercial developments to obtain at least half of the water for landscaping from Tucson's annual rainfall of 11 to 12 inches. Read more»