Saturday, April 19 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:34:14 GMT
Firefighters are battling flames after a brief lightning storm near Elgin ignited several fires that combined into one on Saturday afternoon, according to Sonoita Fire Department PIO Katie Goodwin. SonoitaMore >
600 acres outside of Elgin have burned. Sonoita Fire Department is on the scene and more units are on their way.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:25:41 GMT
Starting today, it will be illegal to take a puff from an electronic cigarette in many public places in Los Angeles, including inside bars, restaurants, and clubs. LA is the latest in a growing listMore >
Starting today, it will be illegal to take a puff from an electronic cigarette in many public places in Los Angeles, including inside bars, restaurants, and clubs.
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:47:28 GMT
The Pima County Fair attracted thousands of people in its first two days and some of those fair goers provided input for a proposed passenger rail from Tucson to Phoenix. Mike Kies, with Arizona DepartmentMore >
The department's study of this rail project started in 2011 including two previous public comment sessions, according to Kies. He said the hope is to have a final path chosen by the end of the year. There is no money currently identified for future studies or construction of the rail, which is estimated to cost billions of dollars.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:48:57 GMT
Hotshot crews were shuttled off the Huachuca mountains on Friday, after they completed their work, digging a hand line around the perimeter of the Brown fire. The fire is now 25 percent contained andMore >
Officials said they had a good handle on things, but there was still concern with thunderstorms that have moved into the area.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:33:45 GMT
Two separate collisions closed I-10 eastbound at the Palo Verde exit Saturday afternoon. One of the accidents involved a driver who's motorcycle crashed. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospitalMore >
The road was closed at 2:27 p.m. and the time for reopening has not yet been given.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:30:31 GMT
Rainfall totals for the latest rainstorm and information of the rainfall so far this year.More >
Not a lot of rain for the calendar year so far, but with the gray skies and heavy rain in the state today, if sure looked like we were in for some wet weather in Tucson. Some areas of the metro pickedMore >
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
It has been said publicly and privately that the Thrifty Block/Talk of the Town/Bourn development deal is likely the worst deal the city made during the Rio Nuevo debacle.
Rio Nuevo has cleaned up its act and had begun to restore its reputation under the leadership of Fletcher McCusker.
Now, the city of Tucson is trying to purge one of its demons, a sweetheart deal gone sour.
In 2004, the city sold the Thrifty Block on East Congress to Bourn Properties for $100.
The company promised The Post. It put pretty pictures on display on what they said would be the centerpiece of the Rio Nuevo district. A mix of retail, commercial and residential, a tax base and a showcase for city leaders.
The city was so confident of success, it paid $600,000 to tear down the old, Talk of the Town restaurant and scraped the land into a smooth pad for the new owners.
Except, nothing happened.
In 2006, the city entered into a deal with the developer to insure the property was developed.
Now, in 2013, nothing has still happened.
So the city had entered into another agreement to make sure the property is developed.
But there's no guarantee something will happen.
Ward Vi city council member Steve Kozachik says "we're trying to pull ourselves out of the last piece of crap the city got itself into."
He agrees the whole fiasco is an embarrassment and "I just wish I could see that this deal constitutes a way forward."
Under the terms of the deal,Bourn Properties must build something on the property or it reverts back to the city.
Because of a recent agreement, it actually reverts to Rio Nuevo, if the terms of the deal are not met.
But it also gives the developer the option of two one year extent ions.
"So we're basically giving the guy four years to make good," Kozachik says. "I don't know if I can agree to that."
Friday, April 18 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:10:07 GMT
Two former employees at the Starlight Drive-In in DeKalb County have accused the general manager of the business of racism. "I have dealt with racism before. I have lived in New York and Detroit but nothingMore >
Two former employees at the Starlight Drive-In in DeKalb County have accused the general manager of racism. More >
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >