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Number of Tucson homeless drops slightly

Tucson’s homeless population shrunk slightly over the past year, a recent survey showed.

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New grocery store in downtown Tucson plans a full-service experience

New grocery store in downtown Tucson plans a full-service experience

Here are more details of what to expect when Johnny Gibson’s Market opens in December in downtown at 11 S. Sixth Ave.:

April 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Long-sought downtown Tucson grocery on the way

Long-sought downtown Tucson grocery on the way

Downtown Tucson could see the opening of its first full-service grocery store in 42 years by December.

April 17, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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City hopes to market failed downtown-area redevelopment site

Tucson could soon get out from under a 55-year lease for a downtown dirt lot for which it pays about $195,000 a year in rent to a trust benefiting former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ family.

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City's newest streetcar arrives

City's newest streetcar arrives

Tucson's sixth streetcar rolled into town today.

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County doesn't allow sick day buy back program, Huckelberry says

County doesn't allow sick day buy back program, Huckelberry says

County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry issued a memo this week to stress the county doesn’t allow its law enforcement officers to sellback unused sick days.

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Huckelberry memo

Huckelberry memo

April 10, 2014 4:00 pm

Medical marijuana cultivation rule changes get preliminary OK

A city regulation limiting the size of medical marijuana cultivation sites to no more than 3,000 square feet could soon be lifted.

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City considers borrowing money to pay off old loans, fund streetcar

The city could borrow $45 million next year to cover streetcar costs, adjust this year’s debt payment and refinance older debt to save on interest rates.

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Former TPD officer cites sexual harassment in claim

Former TPD officer cites sexual harassment in claim

A former Tucson police officer has filed a $2 million claim against the city saying she was a victim of sexual harassment while on the force.

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Some Tucson businesses still paying expired tax

More than 1,000 Tucson businesses could still be paying an expired tax on their buildings, not realizing the levy was abolished last year.

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Selling sick leave nets millions for top Tucson police, fire officers

Selling sick leave nets millions for top Tucson police, fire officers

Tucson spent nearly $5 million buying back unused sick days from police officers and firefighters the past two years — and shelled out another $2 million in what the city attorney now says were illegal pension contributions for those unworked days.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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City, TEP to start replacing trees entangled in power lines

The city is taking a new approach to how it handles trees that grow into overhead power lines.

April 01, 2014 3:45 pmLoading…

City's HR director resigns

Tucson is in search of a new human resource boss.

March 31, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…

Pima County can't adopt pet store law

Pima County won’t follow Tucson in passing a pet store ordinance.

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Bill could end live greyhound racing in Tucson without closing track

Bill could end live greyhound racing in Tucson without closing track

Live dog racing could come to an end in Southern Arizona without Tucson Greyhound Park shuttering its doors.

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Avoiding debt payment can cost city

Kicking the can down the road on Tucson’s debt can prove costly.

March 28, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Tucson budget cuts won't hurt core services, Miranda says

Tucson budget cuts won't hurt core services, Miranda says

After hearing Tuesday about proposed city job cuts and other budget reductions, Tucson City Council members were mostly concerned some of the changes could diminish police, fire and park services.

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City manager proposes job cuts to help balance budget

City Manager Richard Miranda has proposed eliminating 92 positions and trimming $25 million from the budget as a starting point to rein in Tucson’s finances.

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Downtown Ukraine protest

Downtown Ukraine protest

About two dozen protests waved Ukrainian flags and chanted slogans in opposition to Russian interference in Crimea.

March 21, 2014 2:13 pm
Downtown Ukraine Protest

Downtown Ukraine Protest

Protesters gathered on the sidewalk of Veinte de Agosto Park Friday afternoon to throw their support behind Ukraine's struggle with Russia.

March 21, 2014 2:07 pm
Russia protest held in downtown Tucson

Russia protest held in downtown Tucson

Protestors gathered in downtown Tucson this afternoon to denounce Russia’s actions in Crimea.

March 21, 2014 2:01 pm Photos

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Survey confuses Pima County with Arizona town

A recent Tucson Metro Chamber survey critical of the region’s business climate mistook Pima County for a bucolic Arizona town with a similar name.

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Tucson moves forward with annexation of future retail project area

Tucson moves forward with annexation of future retail project area

Tucson moved closer to annexing a 163-acre dirt parcel that city officials hope could one day become the home of a 1.3 million-square-foot retail development and bring about $37 million into city coffers within the next decade.

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Mayor announces Final Four picks

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced his Final Four picks today.

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Tucson looks to take a cut from impounded-vehicle auctions

Tucson looks to take a cut from impounded-vehicle auctions

City Councilman Richard Fimbres seeks to shrink this year’s budget gap by adjusting city-towing contracts so the city gets a cut of money made from auctioning unclaimed impounded vehicles.

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Councilman wants city to grab more towing dollars

City councilman Richard Fimbres wants to shrink this year’s budget gap by adjusting city towing contracts so Tucson can capture dollars from auctioned cars.

March 17, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
Business climate infuriates Tucson-area employers, survey finds

Business climate infuriates Tucson-area employers, survey finds

Tucson businesses have spoken out about the business climate in Tucson and Pima County.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Former Tucson charter school closes last Arizona campus

A former Tucson charter school that owes the state millions of dollars for inflating enrollment numbers has closed its only remaining campus and left Arizona .

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Planning contract legal, TUSD finds

Planning contract legal, TUSD finds

TUSD did not violate state law or district policy when it awarded a $92,500 contract to a Texas firm with ties to Superintendent H.T. Sanchez, an in-house review determined.

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Rio Nuevo moves to assist downtown Tucson hotel plan

Rio Nuevo took steps this week to help move along a potential downtown hotel and exhibition center.

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TUSD review of contract award expected today

TUSD review of contract award expected today

TUSD is expected to release an in-house review today of the awarding of a $92,500 contract to a Texas firm with ties to Superintendent H.T. Sanchez.

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Rio Nuevo picks finalists for name change

Neo Tucson. Sentinel Square. Puebla de Vida.

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Rio Nuevo's fix-up of TCC begins Monday

Rio Nuevo’s renovation of the Tucson Convention Center starts Monday.

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City gets $5.5 million windfall from asbestos suit

A settlement with a company that made asbestos products used in constructing some city buildings will pump up Tucson’s coffers to the tune of $5.5 million.

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City Council OKs 11th paid holiday, honoring Cesar Chavez

Chants of “Si, se puede” erupted in Tucson City Council chambers as dozens cheered the creation of Tucson’s Cesar Chavez holiday on Tuesday night.

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Tucson City Council unanimously creates Cesar Chavez holiday

Chants of "Si, se puede" erupted in Tucson City Council chambers as dozens cheered the creation of Tucson's Cesar Chavez Holiday.

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Adding holiday honoring Chavez would cost city taxpayers $500,000

A proposed holiday to honor labor leader Cesar Chavez could cost taxpayers $500,000.

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City employees retiring pre-65 straining health-insurance plan

When most workers retire before they are Medicare-eligible at 65, they have to bear the costs of health insurance on their own.

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Government pension system ruling likely to hit taxpayer pocketbooks

A recent Arizona Supreme Court decision overturning a 2011 law designed to keep pension costs down could cost Tucson millions of dollars.

March 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Homeless pick up legal victory against City

Homeless pick up legal victory against City

Organizers of a downtown homeless camp got a victory in court last week.

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State of the City: Rothschild calls for stronger public-private partnerships

State of the City: Rothschild calls for stronger public-private partnerships

Tucson is at a crossroads, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said in his State of the City speech.

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Mayor urges SB 1062 veto

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has joined the chorus of opposition to SB 1062.

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City ignores Americans with Disabilities Act, its own building code with downtown parking lot

City ignores Americans with Disabilities Act, its own building code with downtown parking lot

The city of Tucson takes a firm position when it comes to violations of its building code or the Americans with Disabilities Act — unless, that is, the violator is the city of Tucson.

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Event organizers find Tucson's streetcar will take some getting used to

Tucson’s officials promised the streetcar would transform downtown. But first it will transform how the festivals along the route operate.

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Council votes 5-2 to raise Sun Tran fares

Tucson took the first steps in closing its $33 million budget gap for next year by tentatively approving what could amount to $4.8 million in transit savings and fare increases.

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City asking feds to let it run incomplete streetcar

City asking feds to let it run incomplete streetcar

The city is  determined to open the downtown streetcar line to riders this summer but will need some outside help to do it.

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City service analysis finds scant room for budget cuts

Even if the city eliminates every one of its “nonmandated” programs next year, it will still come up $8 million short of balancing its budget.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Rio Nuevo adopts ethics policy

Rio Nuevo adopts ethics policy

It may come as no surprise to some that Rio Nuevo lacked an official ethics policy.

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