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Mayor Romero delivering her 'State of the City' speech on Thursday evening.

"Working together, we will achieve the just, equitable future we envision, where every single Tucsonan can live their best lives in our beautiful, thriving, resilient city." — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero Read more»

Proposition 209 would ease the stress on patients with overdue medical bills - one of the leading causes of consumer complaints - so they could keep jobs and homes and eventually pay off their debts, backers say. But critics say the measure will affect all debt and up rewarding those who don't pay their bills while penalizing those who do.

Proposition 209 would increase protections for Arizona residents who face potential wage or asset seizures because of outstanding debt - but critics say the proposal will backfire, rewarding people who don’t pay their bills and punishing people who do. Read more»

Mike Levin, CEO of Port of Tucson, was appointed to the Rio Nuevo Board of Directors after Mark Irvin, who was with them for 12 years, resigned earlier in January.

The Downtown Tucson business district Rio Nuevo announced the resignation of Mark Irvin after 12 years with the taxpayer-funded organization. Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers has appointed Port of Tucson CEO Mike Levin in his place. Read more»

A committee set up to "ensure employees are safe and healthy as they return to the workplace" as COVID-19 restrictions are eased includes 32 employer representatives, but is being blasted for not having a single workers group included. Read more»

Arizona continued to be a net importer of people from 2010 to 2018, according to Census Bureau data. While 1.7 million moved out of the state during that period, 2.2 million moved in, with many of the newcomers moving from California.

Californians have been beating a path to Arizona over the last decade – but it’s not exactly been a one-way street. While close to 500,000 people moved from California to Arizona from 2010 to 2018, just over 308,000 people were moving in the other direction. Read more»

Crews remove the old 'landing mat' fence near Naco, Arizona and install a new 'bollard-style' wall as part of a construction project to replace parts of the fence in Arizona and New Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimates the cost to replace the fence at $6 million per mile.

The Tucson City Council and the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved separate resolutions Tuesday opposing the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson declared a policy of divesting from companies that work on the border barrier. Read more»

Although some students choose to stay in Tucson after graduation, a higher percentage choose to leave because there isn’t enough opportunity in their particular industries.

Tucson is known for its syrupy sweet Eegee’s slushies, superior Mexican food and for many years, it’s been haunted by stories of “brain drain” – that is, University of Arizona graduates leaving to work elsewhere after they get their degrees. Read more»

An A-10 flown by the Arkansas Air National Guard fires a Maverick missile during a training mission near Tucson in 2012.

The Pentagon’s attempt to retire the A-10 fighter jet was based on insufficient information that did not fully consider vulnerabilities that could come from the loss of the “Warthog,” the Government Accountability Office said. Read more»

A rendering of a World View balloon.

The heads of local business groups are calling on a rightwing lobbying group, the Goldwater Institute, to drop a lawsuit against Pima County over support for World View, the high-altitude technology company. That includes the leaders of the Metro Chamber, Sun Corridor, SALC and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Read more»

A proposed city regulation that would require all employers to provide paid time off to workers will be the topic of a meeting Thursday night — the last of three on the issue. Read more» 1

The opponents of the bonds had it easy. All they needed to do was scare voters into thinking their taxes would skyrocket and that Pima County officials would mishandle the funds. Neither is true. Perhaps those who took such great pride in defeating a really good bond package will now step up and explain their Plan B — assuming they have one. Read more» 11

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

An A-10 coming in for a landing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base April, 2014.

The House passed a defense funding bill Thursday that would keep the Air Force's A-10 fighter jets flying for another year. Read more» 1

An A-10 coming in for a landing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base April, 2014.

Backers of the A-10 aircraft based at Davis-Monthan won another victory Thursday as the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to keep the planes flying for another year as part of the 2015 Pentagon budget. The measure must still be passed by the full Senate. Read more»

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»

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