Payday loan changes; Garbage fee changes; Superintendent search; Managing 1070 fallout; Ogden retirement

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Big changes begin Thursday for Arizonans using payday lending services, and that gives some people reason to celebrate.

Community members gathered to mark the end of a 10-year-old law that permits payday lenders to charge interest rates higher than 400%.

A couple of years ago industry employees tried to save the loan practice, but voters rejected the measure. Some say the law's expiration is a huge victory for working families across the state.

"Protecting that asset I think is huge," says Kelly Griffith from the Center for Economic Integrity.

Opponents say lenders might try to offer auto title loans to stay in business.


Garbage fees are going up starting with next month's bills. Your price depends on the size of garbage container you choose.

The smallest 48 gallon container warrants a $15 dollar fee, and the largest, the 95 gallon, a fee of $16.75. The change is meant to encourage recycling, with less waste going into the trash.

And Tucson Water customers will also see a new Environmental Services fee for groundwater protection that fee is about 72 cents.

The 4th of July is Sunday. Tucson city workers get Monday off, and that means trash and recycling collections will run a day behind all next week.


If you plan to use the Sahuarita landfill, bring more money with you.

Tipping fees at the county facility go up 50% Thursday, to $15 a load.

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TUSD is looking for a new superintendent.

The deadline for applicants is July 30th. The names of finalists will be made public. Then they'll be interviewed by the governing board and meet the public in a community forum.

The new superintendent will be named in November and will start either next January or July. Former Superintendent Elizabeth Celania Fagan left TUSD for a job in Colorado.


New recommendations for how Arizona can cope with fallout over Senate Bill 1070. A task force is telling the state to use a public relations firm to help clarify facts and manage the existing dialog.

The ACLU has issued travel alerts.  Warning people of racial profiling if they come to Arizona. Meantime a federal judge set a hearing on July 15th for arguments whether she should block the immigration law from taking effect.


He's been with the Tucson Fire Department for over three decades, but Deputy Chief Randy Ogden has decided to retire.

A luncheon was held in his honor Wednesday. Ogden served the department for many years as Public Information Officer, the face of the department in news interviews and public appearances. 

But he's not getting out of firefighting. He's been named chief of the Mt. Lemmon Fire Department.