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Pima County revisits COVID policies as virus become endemic

Pima County is revisiting COVID-19 public health policies, including vaccine requirements and sick leave for government workers, as the number of weekly cases of new infections among area residents continues to decline.... Read more»

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The Tucson agenda

The want of money: Tanque Verde, Catalina Foothills school districts to discuss bonds, overrides

The Tanque Verde and Catalina school district governing boards will vote on a pair of November ballot questions aiming to raise more money.... Read more»

Pima County's free pre-K program to grow with new classrooms, $30M in spending

Pima County has started approving contracts with school districts that will fund their free preschool program for low-income families, called PEEPS, with federal COVID relief from the 2021 American Rescue Plan. The switch is expected to bring and keep more teachers and open more classrooms. ... Read more»

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Sahuarita eyes pecan farm wells to secure water future, Flowing Wells staff could see 5% raises

Sahuarita, which doesn't have its own municipal water utility, wants to control its hydrated future and is taking some interesting steps to reach that promised land.... Read more»

Ducey ends Arizona's COVID-19 state of emergency, 2 years after pandemic began

Gov. Doug Ducey ended Arizona's declaration of a public health emergency on Wednesday, dialing back the measure he instituted more than two years ago in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

Tucson City Council will return to in-person meetings as COVID recedes

The Tucson City Council will return to in-person meetings on April 5 as the number of new local COVID cases drops. Pima County, TUSD and the UA are also rolling back COVID policies such as mask mandates. ... Read more»

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Tucson mulls affordable housing & pot-license incentives, Sunnyside students go walkabout

The Tucson City Council will vote on whether to waive impact fees to coax more affordabie housing as home inventory plummets, after they mull social equity incentives for marijuana businesses.... Read more»

Tucson to end COVID mask mandate, return soon to in-person City Council meetings

Tucson city leaders are planning to end the COVID mask mandate for city buildings on March 14 and take steps to bring back in-person meetings. The discussion of easing COVID mitigation policies follows moves made by Pima County a few days earlier. ... Read more»

'Maus' books donated to TUSD to help teach about Holocaust

Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham donated 10 copies of the graphic novel "Maus," about surviving the Holocaust, to TUSD in response to a Tennessee school banning the book. Cunningham, who knew survivors, said he hopes local students find the book inspiring. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

City Council to vote on deal to bring jobs to Tucson; TUSD takes on sexual harassment

The Tucson City Council is slated to vote on incentives for a development of a 199,000 sq. ft. hangar at Tucson International Airport that will provide 50 jobs. Plus more in a quick look at what's planned for local government meetings this week.... Read more»

Pima's free pre-K program off to slow start due to pandemic, teacher shortages

The Pima Early Education Program Scholarships — or PEEPS — have struggled to reach low-income families midway through the program's first year as the COVID pandemic and teacher shortages keep the county from filling pre-K classrooms.... Read more»

TUSD faces $58M cut - one of largest in state - as Arizona school funding cap looms

As an effort to lift a spending cap for Arizona schools stalled in the state Legislature, local leaders warned that allowing the bar to take effect would result in a "catastrophic cut" to education. ... Read more»

Proposal adds 'teeth' to Arizona parents’ bill of rights, paving way for lawsuits against teachers

Teachers could face lawsuits from parents and potential criminal charges under proposed legislation that adds penalties to violations of Arizona’s parents’ bill of rights. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

City Council to tackle housing, economic development; TUSD throws subs a bone

Homelessness, economic development, infill and maybe censorship are on tap for this week's meetings of local elected officials.... Read more»

Pima County Supes adopt Native land acknowledgement for board meetings

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will open meetings with an acknowledgement of the "ancestral homelands" of the Tohono O'odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe, after a 4-1 vote Tuesday. ... Read more»

Pima County schools strained by lack of COVID-19 testing as FEMA sites open

Two COVID-19 testing sites funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency opened last week to mitigate the shortage of rapid testing in Pima County, a problem that’s especially acute for businesses and public schools. ... Read more»

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