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Top 1,000 city salaries dwarf area's average pay

Top 1,000 city salaries dwarf area's average pay

If you feel a tad underpaid in your current job, you may want to consider dropping off an application at the city of Tucson or Pima County.

August 05, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…
Problem-riddled nonprofit charity Giving Tree folds

Problem-riddled nonprofit charity Giving Tree folds

The Giving Tree, a problem-plagued Tucson charity for the homeless, is shutting down.

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Bill aims to curb personal-belief waivers

New legislation in Arizona would require a doctor's signature for parents to get a personal-belief waiver not to vaccinate their children.

June 24, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Small losses added up to big defeat for Kelly

Small losses added up to big defeat for Kelly

Republican Jesse Kelly went from a squeaker loss in 2010 to near-blowout defeat in 2012 - not because of a big shift in voter response to his campaign, but because of lots and lots of little ones.

June 17, 2012 12:03 am Related Loading…
Rio Nuevo member alleges conspiracy

Rio Nuevo member alleges conspiracy

Rio Nuevo board member Alberto Moore charged Tuesday that there was a conspiracy by the Senate president to throw several recent Rio Nuevo board members off the panel, so past financial misdeeds could be covered up and Rio Nuevo could again begin spending freely.

June 13, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Factors that make for 'herd immunity'

If enough people are vaccinated, an isolated case of infectious disease will not morph into a full-blown outbreak.

May 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Kids skipping shots increases threat of dangerous outbreak

Kids skipping shots increases threat of dangerous outbreak

One in three Arizona schools last year had kindergarten classes with vaccination rates so low children were left vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks such as measles, mumps or pertussis, an Arizona Daily Star investigation has found.

May 20, 2012 12:02 am Photos

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Cunningham owes $11K+ for violations in campaign

Cunningham owes $11K+ for violations in campaign

Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham will have to personally pay back taxpayers more than $11,000 because he improperly awarded contracts for campaign staff and can't produce some receipts from last year's campaign.

May 05, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…
LaWall defends murder conviction stats

LaWall defends murder conviction stats

Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall's violent crime unit took 61 people to trial on murder charges in the last five years, and just over half were convicted of what they were charged with.

April 22, 2012 12:02 am Photos

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City OKs business district offering property-tax breaks

A new central business district, allowing some businesses to have their property taxes abated as soon as next year, was approved unanimously by the City Council on Tuesday.

April 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

City mulls 2 choices for water-rate hikes

Tucson Water users have steadily lowered their water use in the past several decades, dropping the average water use in the city by more than one-third.

April 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Rio Nuevo, city near deal to fix up TCC

Rio Nuevo, city near deal to fix up TCC

The city and Rio Nuevo are close to a deal that would have both entities put $1 million each into the dilapidated Tucson Convention Center.

April 11, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…
How UA honors fees were used

How UA honors fees were used

When students in the UA’s Honors College each were asked to pay $500 a year starting in fall 2010, administrators said the need was urgent. The fee was a reaction to state budget cuts, they said, and was needed to prevent the Honors College from being downsized. Honors students handed over $…

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Council puts on hold redevelopment plan to benefit downtown

Downtown businesses will have to wait another two weeks for a new tool to help redevelop downtown -a central business district that will allow for their taxes to be abated.

April 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bus fares may go unchanged

In order not to raise bus fares next year, the City Council wants its staff to increase the number of fare-paying riders projected for Sun Tran next year, and reduce the projected losses from claims and lawsuits.

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Tucson council delays OK of tax-abatement district

Downtown businesses will have to wait another two weeks for a new tool to help redevelop downtown —a central business district that will allow for their taxes to be abated.

April 03, 2012 10:39 pmLoading…
Best of Sunday: Questions abound on Hotel Arizona proposal

Best of Sunday: Questions abound on Hotel Arizona proposal

Tucson taxpayers soon could surrender the sales, hotel and bed taxes generated at Humberto Lopez's deteriorating downtown hotel.

April 01, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…
City considers bond issue to fix its decaying streets

City considers bond issue to fix its decaying streets

Faced with a public increasingly frustrated by potholes and deteriorating roads, Tucson is for the first time looking at a bond issue to repair roads.

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Bus-fare-hike plan draws opposition on City Council

Three City Council members announced their opposition to raising bus fares at an abbreviated session on the topic Tuesday.

March 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bus fares to rise sharply under plan

Regular Sun Tran fares could rise 17 percent - and low-income fares could soar 70 percent - under a proposal to help offset $3 million in added costs for the city transit system.

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$4.6M spent at Rio Nuevo site questioned

The Rio Nuevo board released an audit Tuesday questioning $4.6 million worth of spending on the Depot Plaza Garage, which was built underneath the new Martin Luther King Jr. housing project near East Congress Street.

March 14, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…
Streetcar tracks heighten accident concerns here

Streetcar tracks heighten accident concerns here

In addition to figuring out how to engineer, build and operate a $200 million new modern streetcar through the heart of town, Tucson faces an additional challenge: how to prevent accidents with cars and bicycles.

February 19, 2012 12:02 am Photos

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Burglaries hit midtown hardest

Burglaries hit midtown hardest

Midtown was the hardest-hit area for residential and business burglaries in 2011 in Tucson, an Arizona Daily Star analysis of Police Department crime data shows.

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Serious youth offenders faring poorly when put in adult system

Serious youth offenders faring poorly when put in adult system

Teenagers sentenced to probation for adult crimes in Pima County are more than twice as likely than older offenders to get into trouble again and wind up in prison.

January 29, 2012 12:02 am Related

Kelly likely to run for Giffords' seat

Republican Jesse Kelly, who lost to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by 4,000 votes in his 2010 bid for Congress, registered with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday to run for the seat Giffords is vacating.

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Giffords' presence in House 'electric,' emotional

Giffords' presence in House 'electric,' emotional

The largest cheer at last night's State of the Union address may well have been the roar that greeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she entered the House chamber, on the eve of her last day in Congress.

January 25, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…

Jesse Kelly files papers for 'likely' run for Giffords' seat

Jesse Kelly, who lost to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by only 4,000 votes in his 2010 bid for Congress, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission today to run for the seat Giffords is vacating.

January 24, 2012 6:09 pmLoading…
Race to replace Giffords complicated by new maps

Race to replace Giffords complicated by new maps

One year. Four elections. Two separate congressional districts. That's the daunting road facing candidates who jump into the fray to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who will resign this week.

January 24, 2012 12:02 am Related Loading…
Streetcar budget mostly spoken for

Streetcar budget mostly spoken for

Before any streets are ripped up or any tracks are laid, Tucson has committed $84 million to preconstruction costs for the modern streetcar that will connect the University of Arizona to downtown.

January 22, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…

Story and database: Rio Nuevo legal bills pile up as work lags

The new Rio Nuevo board has spent barely a dime on downtown building projects but is closing in on $1 million spent on lawyers in its first 18 months of existence.

January 15, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…
1 in 3 homes here sell for under $100K

1 in 3 homes here sell for under $100K

Tucson's housing market has fallen so hard so fast that more than one in three homes sold last year went for less than $100,000.

January 01, 2012 12:02 am Photos

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Partner says Gadsden defaulted on west-side senior housing project

The financially troubled west-side developer Gadsden Co. has failed to promptly pay a contractor $200,000 for work done in April and allegedly is in default of a contract with a Chicago-based company building a senior housing project west of Interstate 10 downtown.

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Developer threatens to sue, will get $50K in fixes

Developer threatens to sue, will get $50K in fixes

A local developer is demanding the city rip out a mint-condition, new streetlight downtown because it isn't exactly like those around it.

November 13, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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City street workers suspected in thefts

Tucson police are investigating whether city street maintenance workers have, for years, been improperly using city equipment and resources for personal gain.

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Our home-vacancy problem

Our home-vacancy problem

The number of vacant homes and rentals has exploded 52 percent in Pima County in the past 10 years, thwarting a housing market recovery and driving even some middle- and upper-income neighborhoods into decline.

October 30, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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City quits effort to fix TCC with Rio Nuevo

Tucson ended a joint effort with Rio Nuevo to create a plan to fix up the Tucson Convention Center Wednesday in the wake of a $47 million claim against the city.

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City, developer reach a deal to reduce size of minidorms

City, developer reach a deal to reduce size of minidorms

Groups of more than five unrelated people could be prevented from living together in lower-density city residential areas under a new determination made by the Tucson zoning administrator last week.

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Rio Nuevo demands $47M from city

Rio Nuevo's board filed a $47 million claim against the city Friday in an effort to recover money it spent to acquire and improve land downtown.

October 01, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Miranda demotes ass't manager, names 2 new ones in makeover

Miranda demotes ass't manager, names 2 new ones in makeover

Interim City Manager Richard Miranda shook up the Manager's Office Thursday, demoting Assistant City Manager Sean McBride, naming two new assistant city managers and making a number of other changes.

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Miranda shakes up Tucson manager’s office

Interim City Manager Richard Miranda shook up the manager’s office Thursday, demoting Assistant City Manager Sean McBride and adding two new assistant city managers.

September 29, 2011 6:05 pmLoading…
Streets closed for 'suspicious' truck

Streets closed for 'suspicious' truck

A suspicious-looking vehicle prompted authorities to shut down the middle of downtown Wednesday for about six hours and evacuate several buildings, including the federal bankruptcy court.

September 29, 2011 12:00 am Related
Downtown Tucson street reopened after evacuation

Downtown Tucson street reopened after evacuation

Tucson police have reopened Congress Street downtown after officers determined a suspicious vehicle in the area did not present an explosive hazard, police said.

September 28, 2011 5:30 pm Related

Rainwater-harvesting rebates possible for Tucsonans

Tucson could soon offer cash rebates to residents who install home rainwater-harvesting systems.

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Tucson settles lawsuit for $675K

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to settle a lawsuit for $675,000 by a University of Arizona law student who suffered a brain injury after being struck at an intersection just north of the campus.

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Council to rewrite rules on remarks from the audience

The City Council agreed Tuesday to rewrite the rules for the weekly public call to the audience despite contending there's nothing wrong with their current policies that attempt to restrict what people can say.

September 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

City, Rio Nuevo closer to working on TCC

Tucson and Rio Nuevo inched closer Tuesday toward working together to improve the aging Tucson Convention Center, but both entities disparaged each other along the way.

September 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Tucson City Council, Rio Nuevo at odds on TCC fixes

Tucson's bickering government siblings, the Tucson City Council and the Rio Nuevo Board, have a new issue to quarrel over: the Tucson Convention Center.

September 19, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Tucson mayor's rules might violate free speech

Mayor Bob Walkup announced last week he is imposing new restrictions on what speakers can say at Tucson City Council meetings - restrictions that allow him to shut down criticism of the council and city staff - in the name of civility.

September 18, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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