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After one local teen died of a gunshot wound from an accidental shooting, police found a rocket propelled grenade launcher, an AK-47, several homemade pipe bombs and other weapons in the residence on the 8000 block of North Country Home Lane. 

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When 19 people were shot during then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress on Your Corner” meeting on January 8, 2011, police from multiple local first responder agencies frantically tried to control the area. And while nearly every local police department was involved, so were citizen voluntee…

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Cats and dogs ran for higher ground when the HOPE Animal Shelter flooded during the torrential downpours of last year’s monsoon. The flooding, which came both from the doors and the roof, displaced dozens of animals and trapped staff for multiple hours. 

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The Town of Oro Valley’s budget for the next fiscal year has been set in stone, but not without some sacrifices made. After the town council decided last month to fund the addition of four new police officers, staff was tasked with finding other areas to pull money from, which they did.

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The Association of University Research Parks recently settled into its new headquarters: University of Arizona’s Tech Park. The AURP is a network of technical and research parks linked to universities around the world. Its mission is to foster innovation and economic growth by connecting uni…

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In the newspaper business, it’s important to have thick skin. I’m pretty sure that’s a universally accepted truth. It’s a generally thankless career, and knowing how to stay motivated is integral to staying on top of the nonstop stream of Twitter updates, press releases and public meetings.

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A capacity crowd turned out to the company headquarters of PPEP Microbusiness & Housing Corporation on Thursday, June 6, to celebrate a major award: The company was named the U.S. Small Business Association’s Microlender of the Year. 

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School is out, the temperature is rising and summer is upon us! At the Town of Marana, we look forward to the summer months because there is so much to do in our community. 

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With a major research university right in our backyard, a strong military presence and innovative companies throughout the metro region, there’s often a plethora of interesting science and technology news to be found in Southern Arizona. Here’s a breakdown of the most interesting recent deve…

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The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border surged to 144,278 in May, bringing the total for the first eight months of fiscal 2019 to 676,315, already more than any full year in the last decade.

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The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona surpassed its goal of 500,000 donated diapers thanks to the generosity of Tucson and surrounding communities.  Raytheon, the Vail School District, Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Wells Fargo Wealth Management were among the 45 local organizations that ran …

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A motorcyclist passed away Friday morning at the intersection of West Ina Road and North La Cholla Boulevard after being involved in a collision with a pickup truck.

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Every day, Dr. Sheldon Marks, founder of the International Center for Vasectomy Reversal, receives pictures of babies from his patients. The small mementos serve as confirmation of a successful career and business dedicated to a single task. 

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LeAnn Richards put herself through college and had a dream of becoming a teacher. But when her in-laws (who owned two McDonald’s restaurants in Southern Arizona) decided to retire, she quit her new teaching job and decided to take the reins.

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It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start making plans for the Fourth of July. It’s not an easy decision to make; the parties are plentiful, and you want to make sure you pick the right one. Who’s got the best food? Is it family friendly? And don’t forget about the music. The tunes hav…

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Whether you are a long-time artist or find yourself sitting in front of an easel for the first time, pursuing a creative endeavor is good for all aspects of your health—particularly in the later years. Older adults who actively participate in creative pursuits have shown improved physical an…

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Tanish Doshi, a sixth grade student at Wilson K-8, landed in the third round of the 92nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. on May 29. One of 565 students who gathered from around the country for the competition, Doshi’s spelling passion began several years ago.

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Tucson Local Media is excited to host the fifth annual Influential Health and Medical Leaders Awards to recognize the outstanding leaders in the medical field on Wednesday, June 12, at the Desert Diamond Casino and Entertainment.

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A new online resource for behavioral health support across Pima County recently went live. Developed as a result of Healthy Pima’s Referral and Treatment Action Group, the website is a central resource for people seeking services related to mental health and substance use. 

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While there’s no perfect answer to staying fiscally sound when the summer heat blankets Tucson, various businesses in the service industry have adapted to the triple-digit temperatures. 

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A real estate appraisal commissioned by the Cañada Hills Community Association finds that a partial or full closure of the town-owned golf courses would result in a “significant loss” in home values near the site and an overall negative effect on the community.

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After months of neighborhood meetings and several modifications from the Oro Valley Town Council, a local landowner has received the green light to build 77 residential homes near North Oracle Road and West Pusch View Lane.

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 The Pima Joint Technical Education District welcomed a $1 million donation from Ross Potoff Private Philanthropy at the Program Completion Ceremony on Friday, May 17. 

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In a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to say I’ve worked for Tucson Local Media for four years: covering news, photographing various events and getting to know the communities of Oro Valley and Marana. And while I’ve enjoyed every moment of the ride so far, I can scarcely think of a time that’s…

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With a major research university right in our backyard, a strong military presence and innovative companies throughout the metro region, there’s often a plethora of interesting science and technology news to be found in Southern Arizona. Here’s a breakdown of the most interesting recent deve…

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The summer in Tucson can be a slow time for local businesses as many in the community escape the heat. However, the slow-down of the season can be an ideal time to do something new to grow your business. Local First Arizona has partnered with BRINK creative group on an exciting new venture l…

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The Marana Chamber’s plans include the same principles that have carried us this far: our caring and friendly culture, our willingness to think out of the box, and our continued mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community.

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After witnessing the dramatic 35-day government shutdown that ended in January, now is as good a time as ever to learn more about how the federal government prioritizes its money.

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Students ended their high school journeys last week across north Tucson, and Tucson Local Media documented the celebrations at Canyon del Oro, Ironwood Ridge, Mountain View and Marana high schools. 

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During an unusually chilly May night, the 463 students of the Ironwood Ridge graduating class of 2019 tossed up their caps and graduated, while their families ran onto the football field to congratulate them. Among the students was Sai Tiruchinapalli, who worked all four years of high school…

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If 18-year-old Shania Alexandria Wachenschwanz could bestow upon Tucson’s graduating eighth graders one piece of advice for the next four years of their lives, it would be the following: Don’t let yourself become restricted by what your peers are doing, and instead focus on your own goals.

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On Tuesday, May 21, the Canyon del Oro senior class of 2019 tossed their caps into the air, celebrating their graduation. The evening included speeches from CDO 2019 valedictorian Joe Liang, salutatorian Rebecca Shanks, senior class elected speaker Emily Cohen and senior class president Jame…

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For her 16th birthday, Tucson City High School student Isabella Parisi did not ask for presents. Instead, she said any money that would be spent on her should instead be given to children in need. Parisi and her family worked with Pay It Forward Tucson, a local nonprofit, to host an event to…

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On Aug. 10, 2018, a semi-truck drove between Tucson and Phoenix without any human intervention. That truck will grow into a fleet of 50 vehicles by June. 

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If you or someone you know has a picture of Fido with a tuxedo, Princess in a dress or Bella in a ball gown, then Tucson Local Media has an upcoming competition worth keeping an eye on.

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial arrival of summer, so we here at Tucson Local Media have decided to help you make it the best summer ever for you and your family.

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May has been officially designated “Building Safety Month” in the Town of Marana, and town staff have been working hard to showcase the importance of safe and resilient construction, fire prevention, disaster mitigation and new technologies in the construction industry. 

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Students at Mountain View High School took home eight medals from the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference on  April 26. While winning first place in categories such as computer game programming, digital photography and e-business are major successes, the students h…