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At 73 years old, David Meyer was more active than many people half his age.

A lifelong skydiver, Meyer rode his bicycle to Pima Animal Care Center three days a week \u2014 regardless of the weather \u2014 to walk dogs, always volunteering to take on the most spirited or behaviorally-challenged ones.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Jan. 21, Meyer was riding to PACC when he was struck by a vehicle. The driver fled the scene but returned a short time later.

Meyer was taken to the hospital with a fractured vertebrae, two collapsed lungs and a serious head injury. He succumbed to his injuries and died Feb. 17.

The driver, Ramon Caro, had a \"strong odor of intoxicants emanating from him,\" watery red eyes and shards of glass from the car's broken windshield on his clothing when Pima County sheriff's deputies encountered him at the scene. His blood-alcohol content was 0.216, about three times the legal limit, and a mouthwash bottle containing alcohol was found in his car, according to sheriff's reports.

Caro, 63, was indicted in Pima County Superior Court on Jan. 30 on felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing serious injury, as well as charges of DUI and extreme DUI, court documents show.

On Thursday, Caro was indicted on a separate charge of felony manslaughter.

While the upgraded charge has brought some relief, friends say the loss of Meyer is immeasurable.

\"I think Dave's quiet influence came from being a genuinely big-hearted person who was not quick to judge,\" said friend and fellow PACC volunteer, Sandra Holland. \"If the guy who hit him, did community service for the rest of his life, he would still have a hard time filling the space left by Dave.\"

Holland met Meyer years ago when he was working as an employee at the Marana Skydiving Center.

\"He literally taught me to pack my parachute,\" she said. \"At the dropzone he was an unassuming guy, but always willing to help and give advice when asked, with a thirst for learning and a smile for everyone.\"

Meyer was a Navy veteran and ham radio operator and began volunteering at PACC about five years ago.

Three days a week, rain or shine, he used to take the bus with his bike and ride the rest of the way to PACC, before moving closer to the shelter on North Silverbell Road, said volunteer Christy Hollinger, who said Meyer was one of the first people she met when she started as a volunteer.

\"He was quiet, patient and watchful from a distance, never criticizing me for my inexperience and mistakes, but letting me figure it out and gently stepping in to offer help and advice only when he could see I was really about to take a dive,\" she wrote in a tribute to Meyer on Facebook.

Hollinger described him as \"the kindest man you have ever met in your life.\"

Meyer could always be relied on to show up for his dog walking shifts at PACC and although he was quiet, he was very friendly, Holland said.

\"The gap that has been left will be hard to make up- not just in terms of man hours, but in terms of caring,\" she said. \"He made a difference, to pets and people because he was always willing to take the time.\"

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Twenty years ago, internet access was a luxury that only a small number of schools in the country could afford. That\u2019s no longer true today.

As more instructional technology advances and more material lives online instead of in book shelves or cabinets, nearly all schools in the country have adopted some sort of access to the internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

However, data from a nonprofit advocating for better internet access in schools shows Arizona is still lagging. That\u2019s not to say progress isn\u2019t being made; a statewide initiative coupled with federal funding could boost internet connectivity in Arizona\u2019s public and charter schools substantially in coming years.

Education Superhighway ranked Arizona 44th worst out of 50 states for connectivity in 2016. Fifty-five districts and charter schools in the state, including five in Pima County, don\u2019t meet the minimum connectivity goal or need more sufficient wireless access.

Internet enables instruction experiences beyond traditional methods, educators say.

Students in rural areas can gain access to accelerated or specialized courses through the internet. Classes can take virtual field trips to national parks or even world-renowned museums. Teachers can track student progress in real time and use the data to give individualized attention to struggling kids.

\u201cThere is almost a universal agreement that technology is a critical enabler of teaching and learning in our schools,\u201d said Evan Marwell, the CEO of Education Superhighway, the nonprofit using government data to understand internet access issues in schools and helps them with procurement.

But those opportunities may not be there yet for some 250,000 students in the state, many of whom are in rural areas, whose schools do not meet the FCC\u2019s minimum connectivity goal. It\u2019s not a mandate, but 100 Kbps, or kilobits per second, per student is what the FCC, State Educational Technology Directors Association and Education Superhighway agree as being the minimum bandwidth, or capacity of internet access, to facilitate instructional technology.

Tucson Unified School District, which is largest district in the county, has double the amount of the minimum goal.

Some district make do with less, he said. But given the minimum goal was adopted by the FCC in 2014 and technology advances rapidly, the goal would be harder to achieve in coming years, not easier.

To put things into perspective, Marwell says his household of five has a 100 Mbps, or megabits per second, connection. That\u2019s a thousand times more than 100 Kbps.

But that 100 Mbps is the maximum capacity, not what\u2019s being delivered regularly by the service provider, he said. On average, internet customers can expect to get about half the advertised speed.That boils down to about 10 Mbps per person in Marwell\u2019s family, he said. To stream a high-definition video, it takes about 5 Mbps.

\u201cYou can imagine, if you\u2019re in a school in rural Arizona that has 100 kids and you only have 10 Mbps of bandwidth, only one, maybe two classrooms can stream a video possibly,\u201d he said.

A TALE OF TWO DISTRICTS

About 135 miles west of Tucson in Ajo, Superintendent Bob Dooley has a lot of pride in his district, which serves 435 students, and the instructional technology it provides.

\u201cFor a small district, we\u2019re in pretty decent shape,\u201d he said. The district received a hefty grant four years ago to update its technology. It now has smart whiteboards in every classroom, computer labs and accelerated or specialized courses students can take online.

\u201cWe still have textbooks and calculators, but technology is definitely an asset,\u201d he said. \u201cWe would not be serving our students if we didn\u2019t expose them to technology.\u201d

It worries him that his kids aren\u2019t getting the same access as those in Phoenix or Tucson though. Larger schools generally tend to have more resources, he said.

Ajo Unified has the same bandwidth of 100 Mbps, which is the same amount that Marwell of Education Superhighway has for his family. The network is shared by staff members too, who use it for important functions like payroll and financial accounts.

Dooley said he\u2019s very satisfied with the service he\u2019s getting from the local internet service provider, Table Top Telephone Co., though he hasn\u2019t got another choice. It is the only provider in the town of about 3,300 people.

When it\u2019s time for assessments, \u201cit\u2019s kind of like a perfect storm analogy,\u201d Dooley said. Two or three classes taking an assessment online at the same time as some kids taking online courses can create delay issues.

To avoid that, the Ajo district plans to triple its bandwidth through a federal funding program called E-Rate, which makes $3.9 billion available to public schools and libraries seeking to improve internet access. It also wants to expand technology use.

\u201cWe always want to look down the road 25 years,\u201d Dooley said.

Across the county, Scott Little, chief financial officer of Amphitheater schools in the Tucson area who also oversees technology, monitors the district\u2019s internet usage from his desk. He pulls up a dashboard, which can tell him what sites are using more of the bandwidth and when the peak times are.

As of 2016, the district didn\u2019t meet the 100 Kbps per student goal. But Little said he thinks the goal is arbitrary. \u201cIt\u2019s more of a wish list and less of a mandate,\u201d he said. At 28 Kbps per student, Amphi makes do by restricting access to things like streaming radio or social media. He can even customize what\u2019s restricted to whom.

\u201cIn my opinion, bandwidth is a bit like jails and roads,\u201d he said. \u201cYou build them, and people will find a way to use them to capacity.\u201d

Because capital funding source from the state has dried up, the district is planning on having students bringing in their own devices like tablets and laptops, which would add about 14,000 new connections to the internet, Little said.

To support that and future growth, Amphi is getting a new internet connection and an infrastructure upgrade that would increase the district\u2019s bandwidth to 2 Gbps, which is five times more than the existing bandwidth.

Amphi is one of the first school districts in the country to use the E-Rate program to fund something called \u201cdark fiber.\u201d Fiber optic cables are threads that transmit data. Dark fiber, by extension, is unused fiber optics that can be \u201cturned on\u201d for more capacity.

So what Amphi is doing is building a system with extra capacity than it immediately plans to use to account for growth, Little said. That means if the need for internet capacity grows in coming years, whether it\u2019s because of enrollment increase or technology advancement, the district can tap into the extra capacity already built into the system.

It\u2019s all about being cost-effective, Little said. The district would save about $575,000 in 10 years by having the unused fiber optics already in place.

CHANGING TIDE

Arizona is in the bottom tier now, but there are measures in place to change the tide, said Stefan Swiat, an Arizona Department of Education spokesman. The state launched an initiative to expand broadband access in schools, especially in rural areas.

\u201cUrban Arizona keeps progressing and keeps getting access to better technology,\u201d he said. \u201cRural Arizona keeps falling behind. What this does is level the playing field.\u201d

Through a grant program from the K-12 Broadband and Digital Learning Policy Academy, the state education department would receive $10 from the grant for every dollar the state invests. To enable state investment, the Arizona Corporation Commission recently approved a one-time expansion of the Arizona Universal Service Fund to distribute $8 million.

The initiative would help schools build appropriate infrastructure and help guide them through the procurement process, including helping them make the most of E-Rate. It could benefit 100,000 students in the next two years and level the playing field for rural schools that face challenges in getting high-speed internet.

\u201cIt\u2019s a game changer,\u201d Swiat said. \u201cThis is a once-in-a-generation type of opportunity for Arizona.\u201d

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A 42-year-old man was killed Friday night after he was struck by a car while crossing a street in midtown, police said.

Tucson Fire Department responded to the intersection of South Craycroft Road and East 29th Street shortly at about 7:30 p.m. for reports of a serious injury crash involving a pedestrian, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

The pedestrian, Guthrie Moreno, was transported to Banner-University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving, Dugan said.

TPD traffic detectives took over the investigation and determined that Moreno was crossing Craycroft from west to east, just north of in the intersection, when he was hit by a 1985 GMC Suburban who was traveling northbound on Craycroft through a solid green light, Dugan said.

The driver remained at the scene and told police that he didn't see the pedestrian until right before the crash occurred. Speed doesn't appear to be a factor in the crash and no citations were issued, Dugan said.

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The \"ouch/oops\" idea proved irresistibly precious.

In a 20-page document\u00a0called \"Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Classroom,\" the University of Arizona's \"vice provost for inclusive excellence,\" Jes\u00fas Trevi\u00f1o, suggested a way of dealing with offenses committed in the college classroom, a method that apparently exists at several campuses.

\"If a student feels hurt or offended by another student\u2019s comment, the hurt student can say 'ouch.' In acknowledgement, the student who made the hurtful comment says 'oops.' If necessary, there can be further dialogue about this exchange.\"

It's the kind of touchy-feely idea on college campuses these days that drives some people insane \u2014 I'm often among them, shaking my head at the absurdity. And so, on March 15, Tucson radio talker Garret Lewis lambasted the guidelines on his KNST 790-AM morning show. Then the usual set of right-leaning outlets picked up the story.

Washington Free Beacon: \"New 'Safe Space' Guidelines at University of Arizona Treat Students Like Preschoolers.\"

Breitbart News: \"University of Arizona Instructs Students to Say 'Ouch!' when Offended.\"

Fox News: \"Snowflake Watch: Safe words for safe spaces.\"

None of the publications bothered to contact the UA, spokesman Chris Sigurdson told me. That's bad journalism.

Nevertheless, they weren't wrong in their criticisms. The guidelines seem to fetishize the idea of \"marginalized\" groups and protecting their multiplying ranks from offense.

Introducing the guidelines, for example, Trevi\u00f1o wrote: \"In addition, many campus constituents have social identities that historically have been underrepresented (e.g. Black/African Americans, Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic,\u00a0Asian American/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, LGBTQIA+\u00a0folks, international students and employees, people with diverse religious affiliations, veterans, non-traditional students, women, first-generation college students, and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds).\"

For those who haven't kept up, \"latinx\" was invented to replace the masculine-gendered adjective \"latino\" and also \"latin@,\" which originally replaced latino but was considered exclusionary because it only reflects masculine and feminine gender. \"LGBTQIA+\" takes in intersex people, asexual people, and anybody who isn't actively heterosexual.\u00a0

Beyond the elaborate lingo, some of the ideas seemed obvious, juvenile or just plain strange.

\"Collages and other forms of art tap into students\u2019 creative and visual side,\" Trevino wrote. \"Here students might be asked to create a collage depicting intergroup relations or intergroup concepts and ideas.\"

Can you imagine spending your precious college years making a collage showing intergroup relations, concepts or ideas?! Better to save the tuition and go to truck-driving school.

***

But I may be a particularly prickly audience for this kind of thing. I first heard the phrase \"P.C.\" when I visited Oberlin College in Ohio as a high school senior. It was 1986, and I had to ask to find out it meant \"politically correct.\" Then I had to ask what that meant. By the time I graduated from college there, I practically had a degree in political correctness.\u00a0

By now, the phrase has become so pervasive and overused it's practically lost all meaning.

But I got my deepest lesson in this uniform campus mindset when I was a college senior at Oberlin in April 1990. Larry Kramer, who founded the anti-AIDS, activist group Act Up, spoke at the auditorium one Friday night. After his inflaming speech, students gathered spontaneously outside the student union. After some speechifying by the usual campus activists, one of them proposed a march \"against bigotry\" to the college president's house a couple of blocks away.

To this day I regret not having the courage to raise my hand in that crowd of perhaps 100 students and ask the question on my mind: \"Why?\" It was late at night. It seemed like an overly generic cause. And there was no particular reason to go to the college president's house.

But the march happened, and I hesitantly joined. A student rang the president's doorbell. Anticlimactically, nobody answered because they weren't home. So the decision was made to \"sit in\" on the president's lawn. The whole thing was farcical and would have ended quickly, except the town police unexpectedly showed up. What happened next would not be called a \"riot\" because there was little or no violence, but it certainly became a mass disturbance, with arrests, physical struggles, some baton swings, and police vehicles blocked in by gathering protesters.

Looking back, it was all pointless \u2014 the march, the police response, the disturbance, the arrests. And that, among other experiences, helped build my skepticism to initiatives like this new one at the UA.\u00a0

***

If you talk to Trevino and read the guidelines carefully, though, you see some valuable material in their heart. Most of all, it tries to show UA faculty members how to run classroom discussions so everyone is heard and everyone learns.

Trevi\u00f1o, hired as the university's diversity officer last year for a whopping $214,000 salary, told me he cobbled together the document from lessons he's learned, in rapid response to the 2016 general election. Some professors were having a hard time with polarizing classroom discussions and wanted suggestions, Trevi\u00f1o said. But the problems weren't and aren't pervasive.\u00a0

\"Most of the teaching that takes place in higher education is free of conflict,\" he told me. \"Across higher education, you do have these incidents, but it\u2019s not as if every day we can\u2019t talk to each other because people are offended.\"

Nobody outside the university took much notice of the document, sent to all faculty members. I'm guessing few people inside the university took much notice either \u2014 till Lewis talked about it on the radio.

Trevi\u00f1o labeled the contents as \"merely suggestions for faculty who want to engender the broadest possible perspectives, opinions, and experiences and to maximize free speech in the classroom.\"

While the document works to ensure the aforementioned \"marginalized\" groups are heard and not subject to offenses, many of the suggestions would also protect politically conservative students or other minority viewpoints on campus.

\"If you are going to express your political opinions in the classroom,\" Trevi\u00f1o wrote to the notoriously liberal faculty, \"understand that there is a risk of silencing students who do not agree with your views. As a faculty member, when you express your views to students you are doing so out of a position of power.\"

In another section, he writes, \"It is important to constantly mix the students so that they can get to know everyone in class, not just those they are comfortable with.\"

One that really struck me, since I'm a loudmouth, was, \"People who listen more than they speak often have more of value to share.\" Indeed.

So. yes, the phrase \"microagression,\" used often in these guidelines, makes me squirm. It could be used to enforce ideological uniformity if opposing viewpoints are labeled \"microagressions\" against marginalized groups, requiring an \"ouch\" and an \"oops\" of apology.

But if used honorably, many of the lessons could have the opposite effect: opening up discussions to broader, free-flowing speech rather than pinching it down.

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A federal judge has rejected claims by a Border Patrol agent that he can\u2019t be tried on murder charges in his court.

Judge Raner Collins said the evidence shows that Lonnie Swartz was standing within the 60-foot zone adjacent to the international border when he shot 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez who was in Mexico.

Collins said he reads the law to say that zone is part of what he is known as the \u201cRoosevelt Reservation,\u201d an area first claimed by the federal government in 1897. And that, the judge said, means that Swartz, who now is on administrative leave, was standing on federal property when he fired the shot across the border that killed Rodriguez.

The ruling, unless overturned, clears the way for the criminal case against Swartz to proceed.

But Collins, in a separate ruling, blocked federal prosecutors from using at trial some statements Swartz made to a supervisor immediately following the shooting.

The judge said Swartz clearly believed he was compelled to make those statements because of Border Patrol policy. And Collins said such \u201ccompelled, coerced and involuntary\u201d statements are inadmissible.

He is facing a separate civil lawsuit, also in federal court, filed by the mother of the victim. But that case remains on hold until an appellate court decides whether it has jurisdiction in that case.

There apparently is no dispute that Swartz fired the shots, 10 of which an autopsy showed entered from the back. Swartz contends the boy was throwing rocks across the border, a contention his family denies.

What is in dispute is whether Swartz can face criminal charges in federal court.

Swartz\u2019s attorney, Sean Chapman, said his client was \u201cstanding within the state of Arizona and Santa Cruz County when he discharged his firearm.\u201d That, Chapman argued, means Collins has no jurisdiction to hear the murder charges.

\u201cThere is no indication that the alleged crime was committed on federal land,\u201d Chapman argued.

Collins, however, did not see it that way.

He said the evidence shows the federal government claimed a 60-foot stretch of land all along the international border. And Collins rejected Chapman\u2019s claim that federal reservation disappeared after Arizona became a state in 1912.

\u201cEven if Arizona has not, in its enabling act, disclaimed all right and title to the lands at issue in this motion, this court would still be satisfied that the Roosevelt Reservation maintained its character after Arizona was admitted as a state of the union,\u201d the judge wrote.

And there\u2019s something else.

\u201cIn the United States, the Constitution permits the state and federal governments to exercise concurrent jurisdiction without undue influence,\u201d Collins wrote. Anyway, he said, \u201cthe state of Arizona has not protested this court\u2019s assertion of jurisdiction over this matter.\u201d

The statements at issue were made by Swartz to supervisor Leo Cruz Mendez.

They included, \u201cThey were throwing rocks,\u201d \u201cThey hit the dog,\u201d and \u201cI shot and there\u2019s someone dead in Mexico.\u201d

Collins said Swartz clearly believed he \u201cwould be exposed to discipline up to and including removal\u201d if he did not answer the questions.

\u201cThe threatened penalty was, therefore, both sufficiently coercive and more than merely hypothetical,\u201d the judge concluded. And Collins said that the government, in its questioning, acted as his employer and cannot now use the same statements in its role as prosecutor.

The rulings, released Friday, do not resolve the separate question of whether the youth\u2019s mother can sue Swartz civilly in federal court.

In October the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments about whether she had standing to sue in federal court because her son was not in the United States at the time of the 2012 shooting.

The appellate justices have not yet ruled, waiting to see what the U.S. Supreme Court decides in a similar case out of Texas.

During arguments, Chapman pointed out that the boy was shot and died in Mexico. And he argued that any ties the boy had to relatives in the United States were not enough to extend to him the protections of the U.S. Constitution.

But Lee Gelernt of the American Civil Liberties Union told the judges that\u2019s legally irrelevant.

\u201cWe don\u2019t think that you need to want to live in the U.S. to not be shot across the border,\u201d he said.

Potentially more significant, Gelernt warned the three-judge panel it would set a bad precedent to allow Swartz \u2014 and anyone else who fires shots across the border \u2014 to escape civil liability.

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PHOENIX \u2014 U.S. Sen. John McCain on Friday said he was concerned about the slow pace of wildfire prevention efforts in Arizona.

The Arizona Republican wrote in a letter to the U.S. Forest Service head that he was concerned about one contractor in particular that had only thinned a little over 8,000 acres of forest despite being about five years into a contract. McCain says the company was supposed to thin 300,000 acres by 2016.

McCain wants to know what other options there are to accelerate forest restoration work and how much longer it will take for more forest to be thinned out.

The Forest Service regularly thins out forests in an effort to prevent wildfires. Arizona has a dry and hot climate that can result in massive wildfires.

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Locals love Tucson's Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, but it turns out we're not the only ones!

The museum has made the short list of finalists for USA Today's Readers Choice 2017 best zoo in the country, and there's only a few days left to vote for a winner.

The finalists- all accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums- were hand-picked by a panel of zoo and family travel experts who think that these 20 spots exemplify the nation's best in animal care, welfare and enrichment, according to the contest site.

Visit the contest page here and vote for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum!

A person can vote once per day until Monday, March 27 at 9 a.m.

The winner will be announced March 31.

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Tucson is getting some love from a writer in the City of Angels, who has decided that this \"outpost down south\" is the best stop in the state.

Intrastate rivalries abound across the country, as L.A. Times writer Ken Van Vechten begins his article, pointing out the obvious California rivalry of Los Angeles versus San Francisco.

But one of Van Vechten's favorite rivalries in that of Phoenix versus Tucson, and he's declared our city the winner.

In the March 16 post, \"A weekend escape to Tucson, that Arizona outpost with a culinary heart and an artsy soul,\" Van Vechten talks about his stay at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, dining at Commoner & Co. and exploring Tucson's seemingly endless miles of bike trails contained in the Loop.

Read the whole article here.

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Now that temperatures have dropped into the low-80s, it's a perfect weekend to get outdoors.

Breezy conditions today and Monday, and Tuesday brings a chance of showers and a slight drop in temperatures.

High: 82

Low: 51

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Clear, 79.2
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Wind 7 MPH ESE, 14% humidity
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UV index 6, visibility 10.0 miles
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No precipitation today
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No lightning strikes today
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Today

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5 pm: Clear, 81
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Wind 13 MPH WNW, 0% chance precip.
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12% humidity, UV index 2
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6 pm: Clear, 81
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Wind 14 MPH WNW, 0% chance precip.
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12% humidity, UV index 1
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7 pm: Clear, 78
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Wind 14 MPH WNW, 0% chance precip.
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13% humidity, UV index 0
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8 pm: Clear, 74
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Wind 12 MPH WNW, 0% chance precip.
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15% humidity, UV index 0
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9 pm: Clear, 71
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Wind 11 MPH WNW, 0% chance precip.
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17% humidity, UV index 0
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10 pm: Clear, 69
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Wind 9 MPH WNW, 0% chance precip.
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20% humidity, UV index 0
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11 pm: Clear, 65
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Wind 8 MPH WNW, 0% chance precip.
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23% humidity, UV index 0
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12 am: Clear, 63
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Wind 6 MPH WNW, 0% chance precip.
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26% humidity, UV index 0
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Sunday

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1 am: Clear, 61
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Wind 3 MPH W, 0% chance precip.
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29% humidity, UV index 0
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2 am: Clear, 59
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Wind 4 MPH S, 0% chance precip.
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29% humidity, UV index 0
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3 am: Clear, 58
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Wind 4 MPH SSE, 0% chance precip.
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31% humidity, UV index 0
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4 am: Clear, 57
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Wind 4 MPH SSE, 0% chance precip.
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33% humidity, UV index 0
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5 am: Clear, 55
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Wind 5 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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35% humidity, UV index 0
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6 am: Clear, 55
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Wind 5 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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37% humidity, UV index 0
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7 am: Clear, 54
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Wind 5 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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40% humidity, UV index 0
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8 am: Clear, 53
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Wind 6 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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43% humidity, UV index 0
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9 am: Clear, 57
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Wind 6 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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36% humidity, UV index 1
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10 am: Clear, 62
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Wind 4 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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31% humidity, UV index 2
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11 am: Clear, 66
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Wind 1 MPH SSE, 0% chance precip.
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28% humidity, UV index 5
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12 pm: Clear, 68
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Wind 2 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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25% humidity, UV index 7
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1 pm: Clear, 71
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Wind 3 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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22% humidity, UV index 8
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2 pm: Clear, 73
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Wind 5 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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19% humidity, UV index 8
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3 pm: Clear, 74
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Wind 6 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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17% humidity, UV index 7
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4 pm: Clear, 76
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Wind 7 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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15% humidity, UV index 5
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5 pm: Clear, 76
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Wind 8 MPH NNW, 0% chance precip.
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14% humidity, UV index 2
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6 pm: Clear, 76
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Wind 9 MPH NNW, 0% chance precip.
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14% humidity, UV index 1
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7 pm: Clear, 74
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Wind 9 MPH NNW, 0% chance precip.
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16% humidity, UV index 0
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8 pm: Clear, 71
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Wind 7 MPH NNW, 0% chance precip.
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19% humidity, UV index 0
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9 pm: Clear, 69
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Wind 5 MPH NNW, 0% chance precip.
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21% humidity, UV index 0
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10 pm: Clear, 67
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Wind 3 MPH NNW, 0% chance precip.
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23% humidity, UV index 0
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11 pm: Clear, 65
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Wind 2 MPH SSW, 0% chance precip.
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27% humidity, UV index 0
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12 am: Clear, 62
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Wind 4 MPH S, 0% chance precip.
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29% humidity, UV index 0
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Monday

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1 am: Clear, 60
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Wind 4 MPH S, 0% chance precip.
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31% humidity, UV index 0
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2 am: Clear, 58
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Wind 5 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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35% humidity, UV index 0
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3 am: Clear, 56
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Wind 5 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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37% humidity, UV index 0
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4 am: Clear, 56
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Wind 5 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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37% humidity, UV index 0
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Arizona\u2019s congressional delegation is pushing to help the city of Nogales avoid a $40 million repair bill for a cross-border sewage pipeline.

The Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act would shift the financial burden of repairing the pipeline, which carries millions of gallons of sewage from Mexico to Nogales every day, to the International Boundary and Water Commission, a federal agency tasked with cross-border water issues.

The bill also would ensure the city of Nogales does not pay a \"disproportionate percentage\" of the costs to maintain the pipeline, according to a news release from Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.\u00a0

Although most of the pipeline is in Arizona, more than 80 percent of the waste that flows through it comes from Mexico, said Nogales City Manager Carlos Rivera.

\u201cIt is not fair for a city with a population of 20,000 to pay for the waste of a city with a population of 300,000,\u201d Rivera said, referring to the populations of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, respectively.\u00a0

The pipeline is over 40 years old and eroding due to excessive use, according to the IBWC. The average lifespan for this type of pipeline is 50 years.\u00a0The roughly 3-foot-diameter pipe runs about nine miles from Nogales to a treatment plant in Rio Rico.\u00a0

The $40 million repair would be difficult, if not impossible, for the city to afford, Rivera said.\u00a0

McCain and fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Flake introduced the bill in the Senate earlier this month, while Reps. Martha McSally, a Republican, and Democrat Ra\u00fal Grijalva introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.

\u201cNogales residents should not have to pay for runoff and sewage not under their control,\"\u00a0McCain said in a statement. \"Our bill finally brings fairness to the people of Nogales.\u201d\u00a0

Members of Arizona's congressional delegation have proposed amendments to funding bills and other measures every year since at least 2004 to address the cost of repairing the pipeline. Congressional records indicate the new bill is the first time those efforts have taken the form of standalone bills.

All four of the sponsors of the new bills declined to respond to questions from the Star.

The IBWC released a statement saying the agency officials are \u201creviewing the proposal in detail and look forward to working with Sen. McCain and Rep. McSally.\u201d

The need to fix the International Outfall Interceptor, as the pipeline is known, is \"urgent,\" said Guillermo Valencia, chairman of the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority.\u00a0

\u201cThe significance of this legislation cannot be overstated,\u201d Valencia said.\u00a0

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A reward of up to $7,500 through 88-CRIME is being offered for information leading to an arrest in a sexual assault and kidnapping last month.

Detectives are asking the public for help in identifying the assailant who attacked a woman Feb. 27 at a midtown business in the 1600 block of North Swan Road, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

The neighborhood is south of East Pima Street.

After the attack at about 8:30 p.m., the man kidnapped the woman and her 3-year-old son in the woman's car, Dugan said.

The woman had finished working and was preparing to leave. She buckled her son into the car seat in the vehicle, and went back inside the building to retrieve something she left behind, Dugan said. He said a man holding brass knuckles followed her inside.

The man threatened to hurt the woman if she didn't follow his directions, said Dugan. He said the man forced her into an office and sexually assaulted her.

Dugan said the man then demanded her car keys and he forced her into the car before driving away. When they were stopped at a traffic light at East Grant Road and North Mountain Avenue, a Tucson Fire Department truck approached with its emergency lights on, Dugan said.

The woman jumped out of the car and flagged down firefighters for help.

Meanwhile, the assailant drove off heading west with the woman's son in the back seat.

Sexual assault detectives and sex offender registration and tracking unit detectives went to the scene, and an Amber Alert was issued, Dugan said.

The car was found at about 1 a.m. in the 4400 block of East Water Street, and the boy was asleep and unharmed in the back seat, said Dugan.

The assailant, who was captured on surveillance video, is believed to be a white man who is between 40 to 50 years old. He has acne scars on his face, and is about 6 feet tall. He has a strong build.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call 88-CRIME, the anonymous tipster hotline. \u00a0\u00a0

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A team led by University of Arizona astronomer Christopher Walker has been selected by NASA to launch a balloon-borne observatory to study the interstellar gas in the Milky Way and a smaller satellite galaxy.

The $40 million mission is scheduled to launch in December 2021 from NASA\u2019s balloon facility in Antarctica.

It will use NASA\u2019s latest Ultra-Long-Duration Balloon technology, allowing the observatory to stay aloft for 100 to 170 days.

That will be enough time to map a large swath of the Milky Way galaxy and all of the smaller satellite galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud, said Walker, an astronomer at the Steward Observatory.

The Milky Way, our home galaxy, is a more evolved \u201cpresent-day galaxy,\u201d while the Large Magellanic Cloud \u201chas characteristics of a galaxy in the early universe,\u201d he said.

Using those two \u201cbookends,\u201d Walker said astronomers can understand \u201cthe life cycle of the interstellar medium and how the gas and dust between the stars assembled into stars and planets and all the stuff that goes with it.\u201d

Walker said he tells his students at the UA that the study of such seemingly esoteric phenomena is really very personal \u2014 \u201c4.7 billion years ago, every atom in your body was floating in the interstellar medium.\u201d

Walker, who first proposed the mission as an orbital one 14 years ago, said switching to a balloon launch allows him to gather the same scientific data in less time for 5 percent of the cost of a rocket-launched satellite.

\u201cFrom a balloon, you can have a much more powerful instrument,\u201d Walker said. \u201cIt also uses state-of-the art technology.\u201d

The observatory will include a 1-meter mirror and an array of instruments to detect emission lines from carbon, oxygen and nitrogen.

That\u2019s difficult to impossible to do with ground-based telescopes, Walker said, but the balloon will take the telescope above 95 percent of the Earth\u2019s atmosphere. That\u2019s critical for terahertz astronomy, which explores the millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths of light between infrared and microwaves.

The mission is known as GUSTO, which stands for Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory.

\u201cGUSTO will provide the first complete study of all phases of the stellar life cycle, from the formation of molecular clouds, through star birth and evolution, to the formation of gas clouds and the re-initiation of the cycle,\u201d Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director in the Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C., said Friday in a NASA news release.

Walker and co-investigator Craig Kulesa, another Steward astronomer, lead an international team that has already launched two Stratospheric Terahertz Observatories \u2014 \u201cpathfinder\u201d missions that proved the scientific merit of GUSTO, said Walker.

Those missions featured a \u201cFrankenstein\u2019s monster\u201d observatory, cobbled together from parts originally slated for other missions, Walker said.

GUSTO will be built with new parts, with the telescope, mirror and instruments developed at the UA.

Mission operations and the gondola for the instruments will be supplied by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

NASA\u2019s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MIT, Arizona State University and the Netherlands Institute for Space Research will contribute detector technology.

The team includes Christopher Groppi, an associate professor at ASU\u2019s School of Earth and Space Exploration, who, like Kulesa, is one of Walker\u2019s former graduate students.

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James Michael Moeller has been named president of the new Tucson temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to Deseret News, the church\u2019s official publication.

Moeller, 74, is a retired lawyer and has served in various church leadership roles. His wife, Marina Evelyn Harrison Moeller, will serve as matron for the temple, at 7281 N. Skyline Drive. The temple is expected to open this summer.

Church leadership in Salt Lake City announced the construction of the Tucson temple in October 2012 and broke ground in 2015. This, Arizona\u2019s sixth LDS temple, will eliminate a drive to Mesa or the Gila Valley for Mormons.

Moeller, of Tucson\u2019s Tanque Verde Ward, served as president of the Salt Lake City Mission, was a temple worker in Mesa and held other church positions in Tucson.

The construction of a temple in Tucson indicates the Mormon community in Southern Arizona is large enough to sustain the volunteer-run temple.

The Tucson temple will serve 10 stakes covering much of Southern Arizona, said Jana Cherrington, a Tucson church member and public affairs worker, in an earlier interview with the Star. Stakes are comparable to dioceses.

The public can attend an open house at the temple beginning June 3, and it will conclude June 24. It will not be open Sundays.

Following the open house, the public will no longer have access to the temple, officials said.

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No need to hide your children and board up the house in preparation for the apocalypse because of these insects known as Crane flies. Despite their scary looks and large numbers of them popping up around Tucson, Crane flies are harmless to humans and beneficial to the environment.

According to one website, \u00a0\"Crane Flies grow up to 2 1/2 inches long, with a wingspan of three inches. They are grayish-brown and slender. Their legs are super-thin and long. They are usually about twice as long as their bodies.\"

During a wet winter or spring, these insects emerge from the soil, mate and lay eggs in their short 15-day or so adult life. They don't eat, although one website\u00a0claims they might possibly partake of flower nectar. They are attracted to light and may try to sneak in on you.

These insects are actually considered beneficial, especially by gardeners. The larvae feed on decaying organic matter, thereby speeding decomposition, according to this website.

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The deceased are from Tucson unless otherwise noted.

Ahlgrim, Ann, 75, waitress, Benson, March 20, Adair Dodge.

Archiniaco, Virginia, 53, nurse, March 19, Desert Sunset.

Bartell, Willis, 73, engineer, March 13, Marana Mortuary.

Bjornson, Russell, 75, electrician, March 7, Marana Mortuary.

Broccoletti, Harold, 76, business owner, Marana, March 6, Marana Mortuary.

Cano, Francisco, 74, rancher, Marana, March 19, Marana Mortuary.

Cederlund, Ann, 82, editor, March 11, Marana Mortuary.

Conlin, Linda, 73, nurse, Oro Valley, March 12, Marana Mortuary.

DeStefano, John, 69, computer operator, Oro Valley, March 10, Marana Mortuary.

Dunfee, Mary Jane, 84, musician, March 16, Adair Dodge.

Fallows, Thomas, 78, physician\u2019s assistant, March 18, Marana Mortuary.

Gniewek, Theresa, 82, nurse, March 3, Marana Mortuary.

Goodman, Margaret, 84, secretary, Marana, March 1, Marana Mortuary.

Hall, Melanii, 53, homemaker, Feb. 27, Marana Mortuary.

Hinrichs, Jeanette, 62, clerk, Marana, March 3, Marana Mortuary.

Hurlburt, Daniel A., 93, pilot, March 14, Adair Dodge.

Hypl, Jaroslav, 79, March 13, Adair Dodge.

Jolliffe, Jean, 70, receptionist, March 17, Marana Mortuary.

Jordan-Hanson, Barbara Ann, 78, operations officer, March 18, Desert Rose Heather.

Kirk, Ray, 84, insurance agent, March 5, Marana Mortuary.

Kovalenko, Shirley, 89, homemaker, March 6, Marana Mortuary.

Lewis, Michael, 59, welder, March 19, Marana Mortuary.

Maines, Bonnie, 88, director, March 7, Marana Mortuary.

Mandana, Lydia, 79, lawyer, March 19, Adair Dodge.

Mattern, William, 66, financial analyst, March 8, Marana Mortuary.

Medina, Ruben F., 44, Rio Rico, March 10, Adair Dodge.

Newsome, Darlene, 74, mental health, March 4, Marana Mortuary.

O\u2019Sullivan, Kathryn, 69, teacher, Marana, March 2, Marana Mortuary.

Rice, Margaret, 85, manager, March 10, Marana Mortuary.

Risner, James, 74, Air Force, March 3, Marana Mortuary.

Rodriguez, Lisa, 48, chef, March 15, Marana Mortuary.

Stafford, Lawrence, 56, mechanic, March 3, Marana Mortuary.

Warner III, Erma E., 99, teacher, March 17, Adair Dodge.

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A controversial proposed expansion of the University of Arizona\u2019s Honors College, including a 1,000-bed dorm, is moving forward despite protests from nearby residents and concerns about the legality of the proposal.

UA officials met with area residents twice last week, offering an overview of the plan to build a six-story building that would span an entire city block between East Drachman and Mabel streets and North Fremont and Santa Rita avenues, north of East Speedway.

The land where the dorm is proposed is owned by American Campus Communities and is outside the official campus boundaries. ACC, based near Austin, Texas, is one of the nation\u2019s largest developers of student housing communities in the country.

A two-hour meeting Monday on campus had more than 80 people attend, mostly nearby residents who were visibly upset and often alluded to previous disputes with the university expanding into their neighborhoods.

University officials said a second meeting held the following night was less confrontational.

Peter Dourlein, the campus architect for the university, said those attending the second meeting offered suggestions on ways to change the project's physical dimensions that could help alleviate some of their concerns.

In addition to the 1,000-bed dorm building, plans include multi-story buildings for classrooms, office space, a recreation center as well as a four-story parking garage to be built on the adjacent block between North Park and Fremont avenues.

The university is also considering demolishing several buildings along Park between Drachman and Adams streets, and putting in surface lots to offer additional parking.

The neighborhood now consists of homes, apartments catering to students, university parking lots and vacant land.

Currently, many UA students who are part of the Honors College live in residence halls close to Euclid Avenue and Sixth Street. The UA said there are more than 4,000 students enrolled in the Honors College.

Many frustrated residents said they are weighing their options, legal and political, and were concerned there was little information coming from the university about the proposal.

Some hoped the university's new president, Dr. Robert Robbins, will weigh in on the proposal and work with the neighborhoods.

On Monday night, former City Councilwoman Molly McKasson said she hoped the Tucson City Council would find a way to stop the project, which does not have to abide by city zoning codes, including when it comes to building heights, density and parking requirements.

As of now, the university does not have a formal agreement with the ACC for the project, which is known as a memorandum of understanding.

Councilman Steve Kozachik, who is also a university employee, said the UA has worked hard in the past to establish good rapport with the surrounding neighborhoods and that he hopes the school works with residents about their concerns.

On Friday, Dourlein confirmed he and other university officials are continuing to meet with ACC to discuss plans for the project. He expects that the university will hold more public meetings in about two weeks.

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A Tucson woman has pleaded guilty to an \u201copen-ended\u201d offense for her involvement in a prostitution business that ensnared local police employees, records show.

Miranda Gomez was identified by the Tucson Police Department as the \u201cbooker\u201d for Daisy\u2019s Delights, an illicit massage parlor that operated for about two years until it was raided in January 2015, according to police documents.

Gomez, 32, took the appointments and communicated with clients of the business, which included public safety employees, the documents said.

On March 13, Gomez pleaded guilty to attempting to receive the earnings of a prostitute, which is considered an open-ended or undesignated offense, meaning it will be treated as a felony until the court \u201centers an order designating the offense as a misdemeanor,\u201d according to the plea agreement filed in Pima County Superior Court.

Her conviction carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison, three years of probation and up to $150,000 in fines, the agreement says. She will be sentenced by Pima County Superior Court Judge Paul Tang on April 17.

Gomez was initially charged with illegal control of an enterprise and receiving the earnings of a prostitute, both felonies.

Daisy\u2019s Delights was an offshoot of the long-running illegal massage parlor, By Spanish that police began investigating in November of 2011. Their investigation revealed that a former employee of By Spanish, Stephanie Garcia, started a competing business, police documents show.

During the investigation into the businesses, investigators discovered that 10 Tucson police employees had knowledge of or were customers of the businesses.

Garcia, who is facing eight felony charges, including illegal control of an enterprise, money laundering, maintaining a house of prostitution and receiving the earnings of a prostitute, has a case management hearing scheduled in Pima County Superior Court on April 10.

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Palo verde trees are bursting into early bloom around Tucson \u2014 creating splashes of yellow desert beauty but also ushering in a season of sniffles for some allergy sufferers.

\u201cThis year is earlier than usual\u201d for palo verde blooms,\u201d said Dr. George Makol, a physician and allergy specialist with Alvernon Allergy and Asthma in Tucson.

\u201cThere is so much pollen in each tree now, and on a windy day it can blow for several blocks,\u201d Makol said.

Other plants \u2014 from ragweed and rabbitbush to ash, mulberry and olive trees \u2014 are often considered greater problems for allergy sufferers than palo verde trees. But palo verdes are flourishing in current climatic conditions and appear to be causing more allergic reactions than in the past.

\u201cWe\u2019re seeing very lush palo verde trees these days,\u201d Makol said. \u201cThe reason we see palo verdes become so lush is that there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. That is what the plants breathe.

\u201cSo the palo verde is becoming a more important allergen.\u201d

BEAUTY WITH A BITE

The palo verde \u2014 with a name that means \u201cgreen stick\u201d in Spanish \u2014 is Arizona\u2019s official state tree.

It\u2019s revered for its beauty, especially during the spring blooming season \u2014 but that beauty comes with a bite for those who are allergic to its pollen.

\u201cEye itching and sneezing can be the first symptoms,\u201d Makol said. \u201cThere can also be nasal itching, nasal drip and congestion\u201d with continued exposure.

COPING STRATEGIES

Home treatments such as antihistamines and nasal sprays are available over the counter at stores, Makol said.

\u201cThey can reduce eye symptoms and nasal symptoms,\u201d he said.

For people who experience recurrent symptoms every spring, \u201cthen we look at allergy desensitization, with injections of the protein of the pollens they\u2019re allergic to,\u201d Makol said.

Staying indoors on windy days and taking care not to track plant debris into the house can also help reduce allergic reactions, experts say.

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Two senior administrators at TUSD \u2014 a district gridlocked over filling its vacant superintendent post \u2014 are finalists for the top job at a neighboring school district.\u00a0

Todd Jaeger, general counsel, and Abel Morado, an assistant superintendent, of Tucson Unified School District are the two top candidates being considered for superintendency at the Amphitheater School District.\u00a0

Current Amphitheater Superintendent Patrick Nelson will retire at the end of this school year after more than four decades in the district, five of those as the chief administrator. The district, which serves about 14,000 students, began its search in January.

Seven candidates were initially interviewed for the job, said Scott Leska, an Amphi governing board member. Both Jaeger, who previously worked at Amphi for 20 years, and Morado, a veteran TUSD administrator of 23 years, interviewed very well, Leska added.

Leska said he couldn't discuss what questions were asked of them because they happened in executive session. But in general, the board is searching for an \"out-of-the-box visionary.\"

\"We need to have someone who will take the district to the next level,\" he said. \"We consider ourselves one of the premier districts in the Tucson area.\"\u00a0

Morado, the TUSD assistant superintendent and one of the finalists for Amphi's top job, said Amphi's strong teacher base and diversity are what drew him to the job.

\"It's a great opportunity,\" he said. \"Amphi is a progressive school district.\"\u00a0

Before serving as school and district administrator at TUSD, Morado taught bilingual education at Sunnyside Unified School District and before that, American history in Tolleson.\u00a0

Jaeger, the other finalist, could not be reached for comment by deadline Friday.

Meanwhile, the TUSD board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to appoint an interim superintendent who would temporarily replace H.T. Sanchez, who resigned Feb. 28 after a weeks-long effort by some governing board members to remove him.

The governing board tabled the appointment of an interim superintendent twice, first at a March 7 meeting because too many names were suggested and a second time March 17 after Maggie Shafer, a former assistant superintendent of elementary schools for TUSD, withdrew.\u00a0

The board hopes to name an interim superintendent in the next week, said TUSD Board President Michael Hicks. Then, it would move onto hiring a permanent one.

\"It's my goal to have a superintendent who is local to Arizona,\" he said. \"I don't feel that we need to go out for a national search. I'm not really looking forward to going out and spending money on a search firm.\"\u00a0

The possibility of either Jaeger or Morado leaving the district for another is disappointing, Hicks said, but added that he's not begrudged. \"For me, I never like to hold people back,\" he said. \"I wish them luck.\"\u00a0

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A team led by University of Arizona astronomer Christopher Walker has been selected by NASA to launch a balloon-borne observatory to study the interstellar gas in the Milky Way galaxy and the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud.

\u201cGUSTO will provide the first complete study of all phases of the stellar life cycle, from the formation of molecular clouds, through star birth and evolution, to the formation of gas clouds and the re-initiation of the cycle,\u201d said Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director in the Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C., in a NASA news release.

GUSTO stands for the Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory mission.

According to NASA: \u201cThe mission is targeted for launch in 2021 from McMurdo, Antarctica, and is expected to stay in the air between 100 to 170 days, depending on weather conditions.

It will cost approximately $40 million, including the balloon launch funding and the cost of post-launch operations and data analysis.\u201d

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A 63-year-old Tucson man died Wednesday from injuries he sustained after his motorcycle crashed into a sign on the north side of town Sunday, authorities said.

Just before 3:30 a.m. on March 19, Tucson police and firefighters responded to reports of a serious motorcycle crash in the area of North First Avenue and East Fort Lowell Road, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a TPD spokesman.

The motorcyclist, identified as Andrew Cassells, was taken to Banner-University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Dugan said.

Traffic detectives learned that Cassells was driving southbound on First Avenue and began to drift to the west as he approached Delano Street. His motorcycle entered a parking lot and he struck a business sign in front of 613 East Delano Street, Dugan said.

Cassells was not wearing a helmet.

Detectives say alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

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Marguerita Bejarano was eight years old in March, 1961 when she accepted a ride from Cozzie Merrill Jones while walking to Roosevelt Elementary School, where she was a student. Jones was an\u00a0itinerant musician who showed up in her Tucson neighborhood near North Stone Avenue and and East Grant Road a year earlier.

Jones drove the little girl past the school and up Interstate 10, then the Casa Grande Highway.\u00a0

He pulled off at the Ca\u00f1ada del Oro Wash to let her get a drink from the stream.\u00a0Marguerita was upset, he would later say.

Marguerita called him a \"nasty man.\" She threatened to tell her teacher and the police.

Then she darted off into the water.

Jones pulled a .22 caliber revolver and shot her. He the little girl into the brush and shot\u00a0Marguerita again when she moved.

\"Murder

The body of murdered Marguerita Bejarano, 8, was found under this bridge which carries the Casa Grande Highway over Canada del Oro in March, 1961.

Jones had been doing time in Indiana for killing a 12-year-old girl when he escaped and settled in Tucson about a year before killing Marguerita.

He sat in his car and cried for an hour and a half after the murder, he'd claim later.

It wasn't until a few weeks after the killing that a man jumped off a train at the CDO Wash to get a drink of water and found Marguerita's body. The Pima County Medical Examiner said she had been molested.

\"I went to her (Marguerita's) funeral. I am the one who put flowers on her grave every other day,\" Jones recounted later.

\"Funeral

Mrs. Lazaro Bejarano had to be supported by her mother after being given a last gravesite glimpse of her slain 8-year-old daughter, Marguerita. Her father, Lazaro, is at far left.

In Dec., 1962 \u2014 nearly two years after Marguerita's murder \u2013 two men prevented Jones from kidnapping a young girl in Tempe. He got away from the men, but drove into a dead end street.

Jones busted into the home of Carl Quast, retired rancher. He kidnapped Quast at gunpoint and forced him to drive him away.

When Quast fought back Jones shot him to death and dumped his body near Casa Grande.

Police arrested Jones driving Quast's car in Gila Bend.

While in jailed in Pinal County, Jones confessed to killing Marguerita. He also admitted killing a hitchhiker in Missouri sometime after escaping from prison.

The ballistics tests confirmed the gun used to kill Quast was the same one used to kill Marguerita.

Investigators also found the car that Jones drove when he gave Marguerita a ride. It had dried blood inside.

Jones was convicted in Pinal County of killing Quast and on April 15, 1963 he was sentenced to death.

Jones took back his confession of killing Marguerita and the hitchhiker.

The Quast murder conviction was overturned by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ordered a new trial.

Jones was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

\"Arizona

Newspaper article on the murder of Marguerita Bejarano in Tucson in 1961.

In 1966,\u00a0 the Pima County Sheriff's Department lost the .22 caliber gun used to kill Marguerita and Quast, according to reports.

An indignant Sheriff Waldon Burr was still confident he had enough evidence to convict Jones.

In March 1968, without facing trial, Jones pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing Marguerita Bejarano. He was sentenced to a third life term.

Jones died in 1973 while undergoing heart surgery at Maricopa Medical Center.

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A 68-year-old man was killed in an early morning mobile home fire Friday, the second fatal Tucson fire in five days, authorities said.

Shortly before 5 a.m., Tucson Fire Department received multiple 911 calls about a mobile home on fire in the 3400 block of North Romero Avenue, said Capt. Andrew Skaggs, a department spokesman.

One caller said he was woken up by a \"loud pop noise\" and looked outside his home to see his neighbor's air conditioning unit on fire, Skaggs said.

Fire crews saw heavy smoke as they approached the home and pulled hose lines through the front door to extinguish the flames and search for residents.

Heavy fire was reported in the back bedroom, and once it was knocked down, firefighters were able to enter the room and found the victim and his cat, Skaggs said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It took 10 units and 25 firefighters 11 minutes to bring the blaze under control, and one firefighter was transported to the hospital for evaluation, Skaggs said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but there was no working smoke alarm inside the home.

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Tucsonans who have questions about common legal issues will have an opportunity next week to get free information from professionals.

Hosted by the Pima County Attorney's Office and Pima County Bar Association, Court Night will be held on March 30 at the Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd.

Information sessions run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., and attendees may choose from three sets of topics:

Attendees are welcome to stay for both sessions and interpreter services will be available on request.

The community center offers free parking and is located along Sun Tran Route 61.

For more information call 724-4200 or visit sc.pima.gov

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A chilly start to the morning but today's sunny skies will warm things right up.

High temperatures this afternoon are expected to be near normal for this time of year- something that hasn't happened for several weeks- and this weekend is expected to bring more of the same.

High: 75

Low: 48

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Clear, 46.1
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Wind 2 MPH South, 47% humidity
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UV index 0, visibility 10.0 miles
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No precipitation today
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No lightning strikes today
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9 am: Clear, 49
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43% humidity, UV index 1
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10 am: Clear, 55
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37% humidity, UV index 2
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11 am: Clear, 59
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34% humidity, UV index 4
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12 pm: Clear, 64
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Wind 5 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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27% humidity, UV index 6
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1 pm: Clear, 67
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Wind 7 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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22% humidity, UV index 8
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2 pm: Clear, 69
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20% humidity, UV index 8
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3 pm: Clear, 72
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17% humidity, UV index 6
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4 pm: Clear, 73
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Wind 9 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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15% humidity, UV index 4
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5 pm: Clear, 73
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Wind 9 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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15% humidity, UV index 2
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6 pm: Clear, 73
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Wind 9 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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7 pm: Clear, 72
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Wind 8 MPH NNW, 0% chance precip.
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16% humidity, UV index 0
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8 pm: Clear, 68
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Wind 6 MPH NNW, 0% chance precip.
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19% humidity, UV index 0
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9 pm: Clear, 66
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Wind 4 MPH NW, 0% chance precip.
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21% humidity, UV index 0
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10 pm: Clear, 63
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25% humidity, UV index 0
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11 pm: Clear, 61
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Wind 3 MPH SSW, 0% chance precip.
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27% humidity, UV index 0
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12 am: Clear, 58
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Wind 4 MPH SSE, 0% chance precip.
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30% humidity, UV index 0
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Saturday

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1 am: Clear, 56
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Wind 5 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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33% humidity, UV index 0
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2 am: Clear, 54
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35% humidity, UV index 0
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3 am: Clear, 53
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37% humidity, UV index 0
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4 am: Clear, 52
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Wind 5 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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38% humidity, UV index 0
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5 am: Clear, 51
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Wind 6 MPH SE, 0% chance precip.
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39% humidity, UV index 0
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6 am: Clear, 51
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38% humidity, UV index 0
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9 am: Mostly Cloudy, 56
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31% humidity, UV index 1
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10 am: Partly Cloudy, 62
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12 pm: Partly Cloudy, 71
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16% humidity, UV index 6
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A report released this week says a proposed overhaul of health care in the U.S. would have a negative impact on Arizonans.

The U.S. House of Representatives postponed a vote on the health care bill Thursday. It\u2019s unclear when the vote will occur.

On Wednesday the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a D.C.-based think tank, released a report that said Arizonans, particularly older residents, would pay more under the House bill.

The nonpartisan center says it pursues policies designed to reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility. Its report says the House Republican Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill would increase total out-of-pocket health costs. Those costs \u2014 premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance \u2014 would go up by an average of $3,600 for HealthCare.gov marketplace consumers across the country, the report says.

But in Arizona, costs would increase by more, an average of $4,927, it says.

If passed, the bill as it stands would take full effect in 2020.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report also says that:

In total, that means the average Arizonan with marketplace coverage would pay $4,006 more to cover the cost of their premiums under the House bill.

The House bill also makes it more likely that insurers would offer only higher-deductible plans, while repealing cost-sharing subsidies that keep out-of-pocket costs lower for many low- and moderate-income Americans.

House Republicans have offered an amendment to their original bill that they\u2019ve described as making up to $85 billion available for higher tax credits for older Americans.

But even if that entire sum is used for that purpose, it would still leave Arizonans paying thousands of dollars more than under the ACA, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says.

Assuming that an amended bill includes $85 billion in additional tax credits, cost increases would still be 87 percent as large in Arizona as under the original bill.

With that reserve in place, a 60-year-old making $22,000 a year would still end up paying premiums of $12,774, more than 10 times what they would pay under current law, according to the report.

MEDICAID IMPACT

A memo from Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry dated March 22 says that if the American Health Care Act is enacted as drafted, it would end Medicaid for 380,000 Arizonans, including 57,000 people in Pima County.

In Arizona, Medicaid is called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). It is a government insurance program for low-income people.

Citing state analysis from March 15, Huckelberry\u2019s memo says the pending legislation would cut $2.5 billion per year in federal funds received in the Arizona economy.

\u201cUnfortunately, this appears to be a major step backward in providing reasonable healthcare and medical services,\u201d he wrote.

The analysis says if the state wanted to continue paying for childless adults in Arizona to be covered by Medicaid, that would increase state costs by $478 million.

The state analysis was completed before additional amendments, including a reserve fund, were added to the legislation earlier this week.

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Sahuarita officials said the town is considering breaking ties with the Pima Animal Care Center as early this summer.

The town is considering contracting with other groups \u2014 including the Humane Society of Southern Arizona \u2014 after county officials earlier this week rejected a customized contract \u2014 known as an intergovernmental agreement \u2014 from the town. Marana voted recently to drop its contract with PACC in favor of a new agreement for sheltering animals with the Humane Society and hiring its own animal control officers.

Teri Bankhead, an assistant to the Sahuarita town manager, said the town contracts with the county to provide animal control services and wrote the proposal to meet the town\u2019s animal control codes. The contract with PACC expires June 30.

\u201cWhen we made our recent proposal for the IGA we added a cost in there that we felt represented what our costs were to enforce our animal codes,\u201d Bankhhead said.

The cost of the proposal for the town is capped at $35,000 \u2014 about $14,000 less than what Sahuarita paid in the last fiscal year. The county\u2019s IGA puts the cost for PACC services at $88,000.

The town proposal included paying for community education courses, day-to-day enforcement calls, licensing, shelter and veterinary services.

But the town balked at paying for other services, including operations and management, administrative services and specialized services, including a program to spay and neuter feral cats.

For a small town like Sahuarita, Bankhead said, having a service contract that could increase in cost every year made it difficult to anticipate in terms of the annual budget.

\u201cThere is no containment \u2014 so each year we weren\u2019t sure what we were going to be looking at in terms of expense,\u201d Bankhead said. \u201cIt jumped from \u201813 to \u201814 by 140 percent.\u201d

County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry acknowledged that the town\u2019s intent is clear \u2014 it will only sign an agreement on the expressed terms and conditions outlined in the town\u2019s proposal. But he is unwilling to offer custom contracts for each city and town in Pima County that uses PACC services.

\u201cThis proposed IGA is a significant departure from our present animal care practices,\u201d Huckelberry wrote in a recent memo. \u201cThe county views your proposed IGA as a retreat from the present animal care policies of the county that favor adoption over euthanasia.\u201d

Part of the town\u2019s proposed changes is that it calls for the financial responsibilities for the town\u2019s sheltered animals to be transferred to the county after a five-day holding period. The current average length of stay at PACC is about 10 days. \u201cThis creates a financial incentive to euthanize Sahuarita animals after the five-day period,\u201d Huckelberry said in the memo. \u201cSuch is unacceptable.\u201d

However, Bankhead left the door open to working out an agreement with the county.

\u201cWe are doing our best to look at our options,\u201d Bankhead said.

She added the talks with the Humane Society were in the earliest of stages.

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The family of a Tucson man shot and killed during a struggle with a Pima County sheriff\u2019s deputy last summer has filed a $7.5 million wrongful-death claim against the county.

Claudia Gastelum and Wilberto Llanes Sr. are each asking for a $3.75 million settlement in the wrongful death of their son, Marcos Gastelum, who died last August, according to a preliminary claim filed in Pima County Superior Court last month.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m., Deputy Koby Knodle, who is named as a defendant in the claim, responded to reports of a man taking photographs of children and trying to lure them toward his vehicle, said Deputy Ryan Inglett, a sheriff\u2019s department spokesman.

Knodle identified the suspects vehicle and followed it into a driveway near South San Joaquin and West Bopp Road. Both men got out of their cars and Gastelum, 24, \u201cbecame physically aggressive\u201d and began fighting with Knodle, Inglett said.

The pair ended up on the ground and Knodle shot Gastelum, who was airlifted to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Inglett said.

The claim says that Knodle acted negligently and Gastelum died as a result.

Chief Deputy Attorney Amelia Cramer has previously told the Star that the Pima County Attorney\u2019s Office does not comment on pending civil cases.

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The deceased are from Tucson unless otherwise noted.

Ahlgrim, Ann, 75, Benson, March 20, Adair Dodge.

Cossiboon, Clifford R., 53, Pearce, March 12, Adair Dodge.

Deoring, Donna J., 86, real estate, March 17, Adair Dodge.

Hampe, Sharon, 61, caregiver, March 13, Adair Dodge.

McAnally, Beverly A., 66, professor, March 7, Desert Rose Heather.

Rankin, James R., 84, professor, Green Valley, March 19, Adair Dodge.

Vidal, Joy R., 84, social worker, March 13, Adair Dodge.

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Tucson police are searching for a woman linked to an assault on a taxi cab driver.

An arrest warrant was issued for Alexis Balbastro, 20, according to a Tucson Police Department tweet Thursday. \u00a0

Two weeks ago police arrested Richard Godoy, 26, in connection with the assault on the cab driver, and the carjacking of the cab.

Godoy was taken into custody in the 4600 block of East 19th Street after several hours of negotiations with officers, authorities said.

Investigators ask that anyone with information on Balbastro's whereabouts call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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A 12-year-old Tucson student was arrested on suspicion of felony sexual abuse Monday in connection with an incident that led to the recent arrest of two TUSD employees.

The Arizona Daily Star is not naming the boy, as it is the policy not to name juveniles unless they are charged as adults.

Two employees of Roberts-Naylor K-8 School, Vice Principal Bernadette Rosthenhausler, 45, and counselor Linda Archuleta, 60, were arrested March 14 for failing to report the incident, according to Tucson police.

On March 1, Rosthenhausler and Archuleta were told about a fight that took place in one of the classrooms after the boy grabbed a 12-year-old girl\u2019s breast, according to the interim complaint filed in Pima County Justice Court.

The girl\u2019s mother went to the school and said she wanted to prosecute for sexual abuse, but Rosthenhausler and Archuleta told the woman the school didn\u2019t have to call the police to report the incident, the complaint said.

The victim\u2019s mother called Tucson police and Rosthenhasler and Archuleta were arrested on suspicion of failure to report a reportable offense.

Both women told police they knew they were considered mandatory reporters.

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A man who was shot in the lower back and his girlfriend were dropped off on South Third Avenue in South Tucson Thursday afternoon.

The girlfriend called 911 on her cellphone shortly after 3 p.m. to report the shooting, said South Tucson Police Chief Michael Ford.

Police and paramedics found the man on Third, between 30th and 29th streets, where paramedics treated the man before he was taken to a hospital, Ford said.

He was undergoing surgery Thursday night, said Ford. The man's condition was not known, he said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the man and his girlfriend were in a car and there was a traffic altercation with another vehicle. At some point shots were fired, and the wounded man and his girlfriend were then dropped off on Third Avenue, Ford said.

He said it was not known where the traffic altercation took place.

Investigators ask that anyone with information call 911 or 88-CRIME.\u00a0

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The U.S. House of Representatives today postponed a vote on a health care overhaul\u00a0bill that would impact millions of Americans.

On Wednesday the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report that said Arizonans, particularly older residents, would pay more under the house bill. If passed, the bill as it stands would take full effect in 2020.

The center says the House Republican Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill will increase total out-of-pocket health costs \u2014 premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance \u2014 by an average of $3,600 for HealthCare.gov marketplace consumers across the country.

But in Arizona, costs will increase by more, an average of $4,927.

Some additional information about Arizona in the report:

\u2022\u00a0The House bill\u2019s tax credits \u2014 unlike the tax credits under the Affordable Care Act \u2014 do not adjust with the size of premiums. That means the actual amount that people pay will rise by much more, as tax credits will fall by an average of $3,660 per year.

In total, that means that the average Arizonan with marketplace coverage will pay $4,006 more to cover the cost of their premiums under the House bill.

\u2022 The bill would increase out-of-pocket costs for Arizonans by an average of $921 per year.\u00a0

The House bill also makes it more likely that insurers offer only higher-deductible plans, while repealing cost-sharing subsidies that keep out-of-pocket costs lower for many low- and moderate-income Americans.

\u2022 Older Arizonans will face even greater challenges.\u00a0 The House bill both lets insurers charge older people much higher (pre-tax credit) premiums than under current law and cuts their tax credits the most compared to the ACA.

A \"reserve fund\" would fail to solve these problems and still leave Arizonans paying thousands more.

House Republicans have offered an amendment to their original bill that they\u2019ve described as making up to $85 billion available for higher tax credits for older Americans.

But even if that entire sum is used for that purpose, it will still leave Arizonans paying thousands of dollars more than under the ACA.

Assuming generously that an amended bill includes $85 billion in additional tax credits, cost increases would still be 87 percent as large in Arizona as under the original bill.

With that reserve in place, a 60-year-old making $22,000 a year would still end up paying premiums of $12,774, which is more than 10 times what they would pay under current law.

MEDICAID IMPACT

A memo from Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry dated March 22 says that if the American Health Care Act is enacted as drafted, it would end Medicaid for 380,000 Arizonans, including 57,000 people in Pima County.

If the state wanted to continue paying for childless adults in Arizona to be covered by Medicaid, that would increase state costs by $478 million, according to a state analysis completed March 15.

In Arizona Medicaid is called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). It is a government insurance program for low income people.

Citing the state analysis, Huckelberry's memo says the pending legislation would cut $2.5 billion per year in federal funds received in the Arizona economy.

\"Unfortunately, this appears to be a major step backward in providing reasonable healthcare and medical services,\" he wrote.

The state analysis was completed before additional changes, including a reserve fund, were added to the legislation earlier this week.

INDIVIDUAL MANDATES

Tucson insurance broker Ray Magnuson, who owns Magnuson & Associates, says his biggest concern with efforts to overhaul health care is losing the individual mandate, which requires Americans to purchase health insurance.

Losing that mandate seems inevitable, since it is one of the items most often cited when critics talk about repealing the ACA.

If no one is mandated to have insurance, then younger, healthier people are less likely to buy it. That not only creates instability, it makes insurance companies less likely to offer affordable individual plans, he said.

\"If insurance is only covering some people, it can't work. That's not what insurance is about,\" Magnuson said. \"That is like saying it's good to enroll in auto insurance but you don't have to enroll in it until after you have an accident.\"

An analysis released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that\u00a0 in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law.

In 2026, an estimated 52 million people under age 65 would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law, the analysis says.

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