New eyeglass store opens at El Con Mall

A new store opened Friday at El Con mall: America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses.

The chain also has Tucson locations at North Oracle Road at Wetmore Road, and in Tucson Spectrum on West Irvington near Interstate 19. It employs 25 people in Tucson.

The El Con location is the 734th store to be opened by the chain, based in Lawrenceville, Ga.


Officials want Prescott to be drone test site

PRESCOTT - Prescott officials want the Yavapai County city to be considered as a site for federal testing on how to integrate unmanned aircraft into the nation's airspace.

That's despite some residents' concerns about privacy from unwanted surveillance.

The City Council approved an agreement with the Arizona Commerce Authority to participate in a pitch for selection as one of the six planned test sites nationally.

Mayor Marlin Kuykendall said the testing would be a great industry for the area.

Navajo Nation to study NM coal-mine purchase

WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation lawmakers voted Friday to spend $2.3 million to decide whether the tribe should buy a coal mine in northwestern New Mexico. The tribe announced in December that it wants to buy the Navajo Mine, the sole provider of coal to the Four Corners Power Plant.

The legislation approved Friday will allow the tribe to conduct an independent legal and financial analysis.

Staff and wire reports