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TUSD to start school year short of teachers, but with more security on campuses

Tucson Unified School District will start the school year in need of 126 full-time teachers plus more than 100 bus drivers, teacher assistants and special education teachers. Security will be tighter on campuses, Sup't Trujillo said.... Read more»

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Schools are ideal polling places — but anxiety over security is high

Thousands of public schools around the country serve as polling places, but the public’s intensified anxieties over school security coexists uneasily with opening the buildings up for voting.... Read more»

Biden signs bipartisan gun measure after Uvalde shooting

President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law a bipartisan measure to address gun violence, less than 24 hours after the bill was approved by the U.S. House and a month and a day after the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.... Read more»

Texas agencies fight releasing records that could help clarify response to Uvalde school shooting

In the past week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has joined the growing list of Texas state and local officials fighting the release of records that could help bring clarity to how the emergency response unfolded during last month’s deadly shooting in Uvalde.... Read more»

TUSD to hire 6 more armed security officers after 3-2 board vote

The TUSD Governing Board voted 3-2 on Tuesday to hire six more armed officers in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Opposition votes came with skepticism that security would improve with more guns on campus. ... Read more»

Photos: Gun violence survivors, students hold vigil for gun safety reforms

Dozens in Tucson rallied for new gun safety reforms and held a candlelight vigil on Saturday to honor those lost to gun violence in the wake of a series of mass shootings over the last three weeks, including one at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. ... Read more»

4th-grade Uvalde survivor testifies she covered herself in another student's blood to survive

Miah Cerrillo, 11, was among the small group of Uvalde survivors and community members who testified at a House hearing Wednesday, offering details about the incident and the devastation to those left behind. ... Read more»

Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey visits White House to push for stricter gun laws, mental health reform

Actor Matthew McConaughey, a Uvalde native, called for bipartisan action on mental health reform, stricter gun legislation and consequences for people who violate gun laws in his appearance at the White House on Tuesday.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: McConaughey is 'alright' with his challenge to respond to Uvalde massacre

Actor and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey gave a passionate speech from the White House press room yesterday asking, “How can we make the loss of these lives matter?”.... Read more»

Photos: Tucsonans wear orange in protest against gun violence

As the sun dropped behind the adobe sanctuary of Southside Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening, dozens of Tucsonans wore orange as part of a nationwide push for an end to gun violence.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Are police covering up Uvalde school massacre?

Is there a coverup going on about the police response to the Uvalde school massacre?... Read more»

Uvalde school district’s police chief didn’t know about 911 calls coming from inside school, lawmaker says

A Texas lawmaker said Thursday that the school district police chief in charge of the scene at the Uvalde school shooting last week was not informed of the multiple 911 calls made inside the building while the shooter was still inside.... Read more»

Narratives, and blame, shift again as dysfunction engulfs Uvalde shooting probe

The official response to the mass shooting at an Uvalde elementary school — a response already marred by shifting narratives, finger-pointing and a general lack of timely and accurate information — took a further turn toward dysfunction on Tuesday.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Memorial Day 2022 — Dying for freedom

Since the Uvalde shooting, the gun whackos have blamed mental health, liberals, wokeness, trans people, critical race theory, socialism, video games, Democrats, doors, and everything else they can think of except guns. They have zero proof of any of that.... Read more»

Justice Dep't will review Uvalde response as furor mounts over law enforcement actions

The U.S. Department of Justice will review the law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde school massacre - at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin - as local police face intense scrutiny for not acting quickly enough to confront the shooter.... Read more»

Rise in COVID, flu cases 'of concern' for Pima County

Pima County is seeing an uptick in COVID cases though hospitalizations remain low, Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said Friday. She also discussed the county's plans in case of a monkeypox outbreak, and the distribution of free gun locks in the coming weeks. ... Read more»

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