Fire at Pima County jail forces evacuation of 380 inmates tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
Nearly 400 inmates were evacuated from the Pima County jail Friday night after a fire broke out in the facility's annex, officials said.

Forest Service will burn tree piles on Mt. Lemmon as part of forest-clearing efforts tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
As early as Friday, staff with the Coronado National Forest will burn piles of trees on Mt. Lemmon, part of a years-long effort to clear the forest.

Conservationists: Cattle grazing damages Arizona’s riverbank habitats tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Fish and Wildlife Service, more than six months after it first notified the government of lasting environmental damage along western Arizona’s Big Sandy River due to excess cattle grazing.

Surprise: American voters actually largely agree on many issues tucsonsentinel.com/opinion/rep
As the presidential election campaign heats up, media coverage suggests Americans are hopelessly divided and headed for a difficult fall – perhaps also a tense January - but that isn’t the whole story.

Biden defends ability to beat Putin and Trump in NATO summit closing tucsonsentinel.com/nationworld
President Joe Biden capped the annual summit with fellow members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with a lengthy press conference on Thursday, a moment widely viewed as consequential for his candidacy while he staves off questions surrounding his candidacy.

Dem billboards target Trump for his ties to right-wing Project 2025 tucsonsentinel.com/nationworld
A media push in multiple battleground states - including Arizona - ahead of the Republican National Convention this month, highlights former President Donald Trump’s connections to the controversial Project 2025.

Climate change is hitting Arizona’s Indigenous peoples hard tucsonsentinel.com/nationworld
Climate change is having profound effects on the Indigenous peoples of North America, and in Arizona, heat-related Native American deaths are on the rise, with summer 2024 already rivaling last summer’s brutal heat dome that covered parts of the state.

Red states sue Biden administration over transgender health care protections tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
Seven GOP-dominated states filed a federal lawsuit in St. Louis against multiple Biden administration agencies, in opposition to recent changes to the Affordable Care Act meant to protect transgender people from medical discrimination.

Southern Az Democrat Engel raises record haul in CD6 congressional bid tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
Democratic congressional candidate Kirsten Engel raised more than $1.7 million between April 1 and June 30, setting a new state record, according to her campaign. She's looking toward a rematch with GOP incumbent Rep. Juan Ciscomani.

Democrats in hotly contested Southern Az statehouse race jointly raise $250k tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
Democratic candidates Kevin Volk and John McLean are vying to flip two seats in one of Southern Arizona’s most-watched legislative districts. Each reported collecting more than six figures in the latest fundraising quarter, as they challenge Reps. Cory McGarr and Rachel Jones and Sen. Justine Wadsack.

Democrats in hotly contested Southern Az statehouse race jointly raise more than $200K tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
Democratic candidates Kevin Volk and John McLean are vying to flip two seats in one of Southern Arizona’s most-watched legislative districts. Each reported collecting more than six figures in the latest fundraising quarter, as they challenge Reps. Cory McGarr and Rachel Jones and Sen. Justine Wadsack.

Pima County issues air pollution advisory for Thursday tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality issued a Dust Action Day for particulate matter air pollution today for the Tucson metropolitan area.

U.S. House passes bill requiring proof of citizenship to vote in federal races tucsonsentinel.com/nationworld
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would require individuals registering to vote to provide proof of citizenship, and would require most individuals registering to vote to have a passport, to participate in federal elections - an act that is already illegal.

Az Democratic delegates reject calls for Biden to quit race tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
Arizona Democrats who’ll serve as convention delegates are standing by President Joe Biden despite widespread concerns about his ability to serve four more years or fend off rival Donald Trump.

Abortion rights campaign sues over ‘partisan’ summary of ballot measure to amend Az Constitution tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
Arizona Republicans added “unborn human being” to a description of the state’s abortion rights ballot measure that’s set to be included in a voter information pamphlet — and now they’re facing a lawsuit for violating a state law requiring the use of impartial, nonpartisan language.

Az dispensaries recalling marijuana concentrate due to possible piperonyl butoxide contamination tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
Arizona dispensaries are voluntarily recalling DIME Mint OG, a marijuana concentrate/extract, due to possible contamination with possible contamination with the pesticide piperonyl butoxide.

Judge dismisses murder case vs.Southern Az rancher, ruling out retrial tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge has dismissed the criminal case against George Alan Kelly, a Kino Springs resident accused of the second-degree murder of Gabriel Cuen Buitimea, a 48-year-old Mexican citizen.

AG Mayes investigating Az school voucher program for illegal payments tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is investigating the state’s school voucher program for alleged illegal payments that were approved without documentation required by state law.

Arizona schools combat phone use in classrooms, see effect on youth mental health tucsonsentinel.com/local/repor
Across Arizona, school districts are limiting or outright banning phone use during the school day in an effort to curb distractions. An added perk could be reducing negative mental health outcomes tied to social media use on phones.

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