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The $1.7 trillion spending package that Congress passed last week as part of the annual budget includes million-dollar investments for a wide range of projects by Pima County, Tucson, Pima Community College and others. Read more»

Rosanne Inzunza, front left, and her boyfriend, Shawn Lopez, sit in front of Frances Guzman, back left, as she wipe tears away in the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting room. Families of inmates who died in the jail were at a meeting Tuesday to talk about their frustrations with the lack of attention paid to deaths behind bars.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a 7.5% raise and as much as $10,000 in retention bonuses for corrections officers. Family members of inmates who have died in custody told the board there needs to be more oversight of the jail. Read more»

Pima County Constable Bill Lake makes his case for the need for deputy constables in front of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors had no qualified applicants to become constable of Justice Precinct 1 on Tuesday, but decided to put off hiring deputy constables to help with the office's workload. Read more»

Kolbe in 2017.

Jim Kolbe, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served Tucson and Southern Arizona from 1985 to 2007, died Saturday at the age of 80. Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors decided to buy Tasers, body-worn cameras and bulletproof vests for the Constables Office and appointed a new constable at their meeting Tuesday. 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»

Constable Bill Lake at the scene of the August shooting death of Constable Deborah Martinez.

A handful of Pima County constables are left after the Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of John Doer on Tuesday and Michael Stevenson last month. The lack of constables is creating workload and safety challenges, insiders say. Read more»

Phil Wocken, World View's marketing director, stands next to a model of the company's balloons on Oct. 5, at their headquarters on Aerospace Parkway just south of Tucson International Airport.

After a series of losses in Pima County courts, the Goldwater Institute convinced a Court of Appeals panel that the economic deal between local officials and World View, a space tourism company that uses high-altitude balloons, violated the Arizona's gift clause. Read more»

Pima County will build a temporary shelter with in-house social services as a way of offering "some relief" to Tucson business owners who have been complaining about homeless people using drugs, acting violently and discouraging customers from their stores. Read more»

Pima County needs more hammers and nails and less deliberation from the Board of Supervisors about commissions and task forces.

It's all task forces, boards and commissions as Pima County struggles off the line to grapple with affordable housing crunch, plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Dr. Francisco Garcia, the chief medical officer for Pima County, talks about the Health Department's leading role in deciding how a $48.5 million settlement from a national opioid lawsuit will be spent over the next 18 years.

$48.5 million from an opioid settlement to be paid out through the next 18 years will help Pima County efforts to prevent overdoses from fentanyl and other drugs, and raise awareness about free Narcan available to the public. Read more»

The Pima County Historic Courthouse

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to change COVID policies for county employees, such requiring proof of vaccination for anyone to be hired, promoted or transferred, as a new Arizona law sets in banning such requirements at the local level. Read more»

The first year of publicly funded free preschool in Pima County was “successful,” with almost 900 children from low-income families enrolled at more than 100 high-quality pre-K locations, officials said. The PEEPS program is keeping its goals modest this year, as schools are still having trouble recruiting teachers. Read more»

Rebecca DuPree turns in her ballot during a Pima County mock election in June.

An interim report on the August primary election found few problems, but Pima County supervisors clashed Tuesday over "woes" and indicated they want more answers about possible fixes before November. Republicans have continued to question election systems in the wake of Donald Trump's loss in 2020. Read more»

A guard of honor prepares to transport the body of slain Constable Deborah Martinez from the scene on Thursday evening.

Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez and three other people were killed as she was serving an eviction order at an apartment on Tucson's North Side on Thursday, officials and her husband confirmed. Read more»

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