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Excessive heat has caused the city of Tucson to open more cooling stations in each ward.

In an effort to meet the need for respite from the record high temperatures, the city of Tucson has opened cooling stations in all six wards through Friday, June 18 and for any day after that has temperatures exceeding 110 degrees. Read more»

The NWS Climate Prediction Center projects high temperatures all summer long, but it likely won’t be another record year for heat.

Triple-digit temperatures are returning with a vengeance, prompting the National Weather Service to issue this year’s first excessive heat watch - in effect all next week for most of central and southern Arizona - with temperatures expected to top 110 each day. Read more»

Prison rights advocates contend that the Arizona Department of Corrections isn’t fully utilizing the Prisoner Transition Program. Out of the 19,213 inmates released from state prisons in fiscal year 2014, 943 completed the program.

Advocates say the Prisoner Transition Program is being underutilized by the Arizona Department of Corrections even though it has been shown to reduce recidivism. Eligible inmates are released 90 days early if they participate. Read more» 1

While back-to-school costs are expected to rise for families this year, overall spending is expected to be down slightly from last year, as there are fewer students going back to school. It is still projected to be a healthy $26.5 billion, however.

Families will spend an average of $669 on back-to-school shopping this year, with just more than $100 for school supplies alone, the National Retail Federation predicts, as strapped schools and teachers ask parents to pitch in. Family spending is expected to be up 5 percent from last year. Read more»

American Red Cross volunteer Marty Martindale provides some encouragement to Yarnell resident Gene Criner, one of scores who lost homes in the wildfire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters on June 30.

Residents of Yarnell said Monday that they were never really depending on help from the federal government, and vowed to continue rebuilding their community after a request for disaster aid was rejected Friday. Read more»