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17 years after being dropped from endangered list, tiny pygmy owl gains new protections
Once at the center of fights over land use around Pima County, the rare, diminutive and publicly prominent cactus ferruginous pygmy owl will again be protected under federal law.

good news everyone! ai is going to be dead in six months now!

After 6 terms, Beth Ford won't seek reelection as Pima County treasurer
Pima County will have a new treasurer in 2025 for the first time in nearly a quarter-century. Beth Ford, a Republican first elected in 2000, will not seek reelection next year. Chief deputy Chris Ackerley plans to run, and Ford may seek to have him appointed first.

Ward-only election push for Tucson rejected over incomplete petitions
Updated: An initiative effort to ask voters to enact ward-only Council elections in Tucson has been rejected by the City Clerk’s Office, after too many petition sheets were found to be improperly filled out.

A clandestine unit of Russia’s Federal Security Service covertly tracked high-profile Americans in the country, broke into their rooms to plant recording devices, recruited informants from the U.S. Embassy’s clerical staff and set up honey traps.

Pima Dems’ meeting flubs may delay replacement of Cano in Az Legislature
Updated: Pima County Democrats picked three candidates to potentially replace state Rep. Andres Cano in the Legislature, but their skipping over public notice requirements may mean delays before the Board of Supervisors can make the final determination of who will fill the vacant seat.

New U.S. citizens sworn in during Independence Day ceremony at Saguaro National Park
A group of new U.S. citizens from multiple different countries took the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony at Saguaro National Park West on July 4. Jeff Conn, acting superintendent of the park, said there was nothing more American than that.

Celebrate our free press on July 4: Give to Tucson Sentinel's nonprofit independent reporting
As you celebrate Independence Day, please support the free press that is the bedrock of our democracy, and help underwrite your local nonprofit news organization: the independent Tucson Sentinel.

Veteran local journalist Jim Nintzel joins Tucson Sentinel staff
Longtime Southern Arizona journalist Jim Nintzel, who worked as a reporter and editor at the Tucson Weekly for more than three decades before stepping down last year, is joining the Tucson Sentinel staff to serve as the Government & Political Impact reporter.

Arizona Republic reporters to strike for 2 days to protest low pay, unfair working conditions
For two days, unionized reporters at the Arizona Republic and 24 other newsrooms and across the country will walk off the job in order to send a message to parent company Gannett about unfair working conditions.

Border Patrol agents kill tribal member on Tohono O'odham Nation
A member of the Tohono O'odham Nation was shot and killed in front of his home by U.S. Border Patrol agents Thursday night. Raymond Mattia was fired at 38 times, family members said.

Judge finds against Kari Lake, reaffirms Hobbs was elected Arizona governor
A judge rejected on Monday claims by failed GOP candidate Kari Lake of misconduct in the 2022 election, again affirming that Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs was elected Arizona governor last November.

Short circuit: Tucson voters rebel against TEP deal, now it's time to get to work
Prop. 412 — an election that would have allowed Tucson Electric the continued right to access public rights of way for repairs — died a sputtering, sparkly death Tuesday. All sides have until 2026 to come up with a new deal.

Probably not the greatest for #Giuliani if these allegations have merit. Complaint alleges that Rudy Giuliani was "selling" pardons for $2,000,000. Don't need to refer to any #ethics rules to know that's bad, if true. The below image is taken from the verified complaint, viewable here: eddsa.blob.core.usgovcloudapi.

#law #lawfedi #legal

The ugly truth behind 'We Buy Ugly Houses'
HomeVestors of America has developed a system for snapping up problem properties, but while part of the company mission is a promise not to take advantage of anyone who doesn’t understand the true value of their home, franchisees use deception to pursue rock-bottom prices.

Elon Musk, who claimed to be a "free speech absolutist," is censoring tweets in Turkey ahead of critical elections at the request of the autocrats currently in power

Wednesday deadline to mail back ballots in Tucson's Prop. 412 special election
Wednesday is the suggested deadline for voters to return ballots by mail in Tucson's special election to approve or refuse a new franchise agreement with Tucson Electric Power.

Sister Senators: In SC, the only female senators (3 R's, 1 Ind, 1 Dem) as a block are refusing to allow the Republican supermajority legislature to pass a near-total abortion ban. An abortion ban is about controlling women and they will not be controlled.

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