May 1, 2012 The real estate market has turned around in some parts of the U.S., but many buyers aren't seeing true bargains anymore. Investors are driving up prices, and inventory is low, especially for homes priced under $250,000. That's not great news for anyone hoping to buy an affordable house to live in.
April 24, 2012 Ken "The Bug Guy" MacNeil, host of the Science Channel's Bugging Out, has opened a pet shop devoted to insects in Tucson, Ariz. His inventory of about 10,000 includes tarantulas, scorpions and hissing cockroaches from Madagascar, all for sale as pets.
April 19, 2012 Arizona's immigration law is about to have its day in the Supreme Court. But in the nearly two years since it passed, things in Arizona have been changing — crime has gone down and labor violation complaints have gone up, though the law's contribution to those changes is up for debate.
March 26, 2012 As the national Susan G Komen for the Cure charity deals with the fallout from the uproar over Planned Parenthood funding, the organization's local chapters are feeling an impact. The charity has seen participation drop in several of its signature fundraising Race for the Cure events since the controversy began.
March 16, 2012 With defense spending taking a hit, contractors are looking for new markets. The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most promising — especially border security. At a recent expo, businesses showed off their goods that might help strengthen America's borders.
March 3, 2012 For Major League Soccer, spring training has meant playing exhibition games all over the continent. Until now. The league now wants to emulate baseball — and that's delighting fans in Tucson, Ariz., a city that Major League Baseball left behind.
February 23, 2012 Members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club outside Tucson gathered at NPR's request to watch the candidates, as they did for an earlier debate. Half the group had already voted by mail for next week's GOP primary, and they're split on who's the best candidate. But they all said they'll back whomever the party nominates.