Tucson’s ubiquitous shopping cart

By Laura Fuchs/Arizona Sonora News Shaun runs the “cart master” during the morning shift at the Walmart on Wetmore Road in Tucson. The four-wheeled, battery-operated shopping cart pusher is controlled with a hand-held remote. Once he has the first steel cart in place, Shaun can nest up to 20 carts with a long red nylon…

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College dilemma$ in the digital age

By Megan McDonald/Arizona Sonora News College students often find themselves in financial stress juggling tuition, loans, rent and daily expenses. In a digital age with digital options, some female students take advantage of the internet and social media to receive money and gifts in exchange for companionship with affluent men, who style themselves as sugar…

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The final (plastic) straw? Tucson company does brisk business making designer glass drinking straws

Story and photos by Kirshana Guy/Arizona Sonora News In 2011, a nine-year-old boy in Vermont named Milo Cress undertook widely credited research which estimated that Americans use approximately 500 million plastic straws every day. He did this by simple reporting: he called manufacturers of plastic straws and asked for production estimates. One result was a…

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A blooming treat in the desert

Story and photos by Emmalee Mauldin/Arizona Sonora News This year’s superbloom in southern Arizona was a bright and colorful sight that will soon be fading into the glare of summer. With rains late in the winter season and cooler temperatures continuing through the winter, wildflowers thrived throughout the region from March to April.   “We’ve had more flowers this year…

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Is Coachella a fashion show as much as a music festival?

By Gabrielle Mix/Arizona Sonora News Karina Francis, who first attended Coachella in 2011, says it has maintained its original rock ’n’ roll vibe. But now, the festival brings artists to Indio from every walk of the pop music industry, including hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie and more, a change Francis says she has welcomed.   However, the festival…

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You went to Coachella? It probably cost ya.

By Julia McAlonan/Arizona Sonora News April is that time of year again when many college students had scraped up their spare change and cut back on their daily Starbucks runs in order to afford the festival of the year: Coachella, which ended its second weekend Sunday. Since it began as an annual event in 1999, Coachella…

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As Colorado River plan advances, wrangling continues

By Jordan Williams/Arizona Sonora News PHOENIX — States with vital stakes in the dispersal of Colorado River continue to struggle with planning for a long-term solution to deal with the realities of drought and water allocations in the West, where seven states depend on the Colorado. On Wednesday, a day after President Trump signed a plan…

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A coffee shop where the range of Tucson culture mingles

  By Shayne Tarquinio/Arizona Sonora News   Life speeds by on North Campbell Avenue, oblivious to the stillness of Raging Sage, where the sounds are coffee machines and the hum of human conversation. Maybe the slight clicking of a keyboard, or the clanking of dishes, or the creaking of the wooden chairs as someone gets…

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A long-term change to Arizona’s gubernatorial succession procedures advances in Phoenix

By Jordan Williams/Arizona Sonora News Capitol Bureau PHOENIX- The Arizona House government committee passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1008, which would amend the state constitution to add a lieutenant governor in Arizona’s line of succession. The resolution, which the Senate passed by a vote of 23-7, requires a gubernatorial nominee to choose a running mate for lieutenant…

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