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Tucson-based rocket maker Phantom Space wants a rezoning on city owned far on the south side. The zoning examiner is only willing to recommend part of it, setting up interesting questions for later.

I don't get to use the words "space rezoning" very much but thanks to the city of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives I get to tie two of my geekiest fascinations together: rocket ships and land use. God bless the U.S.A. Plus, more in local government meetings. Read more»

Conover during a press conference on the Remington case in August 2022.

Saying "I know the work isn't done," Pima County Attorney Laura Conover told interviewers Friday that she's inclined to seek another term as the top local prosecutor in 2024. Read more»

Former TPD officer Ryan Remington

The Arizona board responsible for certifying police voted to pursue action against former Tucson Police Officer Ryan Remington after he shot and killed a man in a motorized wheelchair during a confrontation over shoplifting in November 2021. 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»

Holding a red folder, UA President Robert C. Robbins presented the PAX Group report during a press conference Monday afternoon.

The University of Arizona had a series of systemic failures, including "missed opportunities and mistakes" that ultimately led to the October fatal shooting of Prof. Thomas Meixner, said UA President Robert C. Robbins. The Meixner family is preparing to sue for $9 million. Read more»

Tucson Unified School District continues push to increase participation in advanced classes.

Tucson Unified School District will propose a strategy to get 40 percent of enrolled students to take at least some advanced learning by 2027. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Jack Smith, left, explosive ordnance disposal staff sergeant, dresses explosive ordnance disposal tech Brendan Moore for an explosive drone operation at Pinal County Airpark. Moore wears a 125-pound suit while securing and defusing the bomb.

A live-fire and classroom training program organized by the ATF at Pinal County Airpark provided training for local law enforcement as 1,876 bomb threats and 860 explosions were recorded in the U.S., including 381 bombings, 12 of which were reported in Arizona. Read more»

A police officer retreats from a gunman who fired several shots from an Amtrak train in October 2021.

One of the men involved in a 2021 drug-smuggling attempt that turned into a bloody gunfight at the Amtrak station in Downtown Tucson pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Read more»

A Tucson man was arrested and charged with dealing firearms without a license and possessing illegal firearms after he allegedly illegally sold three pistols to undercover cops, as well as a part that could modify an AR-15 rifle to fire fully automatically. Read more»

A Tucson man was sentenced to probation for lying to federal officials about buying a part for an AR-15 later used to ambush and kill Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez and two others at a North Side apartment complex last August. Read more»

Criminal charges against former Tucson police officer Ryan Remington — who who shot and killed a man in a motorized wheelchair during a confrontation over shoplifting in Nov. 2021 — were dismissed Tuesday after a new grand jury did not indict him. Read more»

A view of the Tucson City Hall in 2022.

The IDEA beat in 2022 reported on Southern Arizona, Pima County and Tucson during a time of shocking violence in the community, the end to COVID-19 measures and funding and an important midterm election. Read more»

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»

Officer Melissa Ayun, who recruits for the Tucson Police department, says some of the best recruiting efforts occur during community outreach. “It’s two-fold: an opportunity to engage with the community and recruit,” she writes.

Police departments across the country are hemorrhaging officers faster than recruiters can find qualified applicants. Read more»

The Tucson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of beginning plans to fund childcare services for their public safety employees, including cops, firefighters and dispatchers, as a way to recruit and retain long-term workers . Read more»

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