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    One man dead after officer involved shooting at South Lawn Mortuary

    Saturday, May 27 2017 1:14 AM EDT2017-05-27 05:14:00 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The shooting happened at the South Lawn Mortuary cemetery on Friday night and has left one man dead.  The officers involved in the shooting were not hurt, according to Sgt. Bay. 

    The shooting happened at the South Lawn Mortuary cemetery on Friday night and has left one man dead.  The officers involved in the shooting were not hurt, according to Sgt. Bay. 

  • Tucson woman claims husband burned her house down; husband charged with arson

    Tucson woman claims husband burned her house down; husband charged with arson

    Saturday, May 27 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-05-27 04:13:39 GMT
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    Rhonda Grace Smith, 53, claims her husband Timothy Darnell burned down her mobile home on the south side after she received a series of voicemails from Darnell the night before.

    Rhonda Grace Smith, 53, claims her husband Timothy Darnell burned down her mobile home on the south side after she received a series of voicemails from Darnell the night before.

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The acting head of the Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency has lost the trust of veterans and the American people.

Sloan Gibson took questions on Wednesday from senators looking at an inspector general's report that several VA-hospitals doctored wait lists to cover-up delays in care.

Gibson says he already made changes, including a new system for measuring patient satisfaction, more use of private sector resources and steps to hold workers accountable for wrongdoing.

”We can turn these challenges into the greatest opportunity for improvement of this department,” he said. “I believe that in as little as two years the conversation can change, that V.A. can be the trusted provider of choice for health care and for benefits."

Gibson's also asking Congress for $17 billion to fix the system .

Gibson took over the VA from Eric Shinseki, who was forced to resign in May amid the care delay controversy.

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    Saturday, May 27 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-05-27 05:17:54 GMT
    (Source: Pima County)(Source: Pima County)

    Volunteers from Flood Control, Wild at Heart, the Tucson Audubon Society and Tucson Electric Power built 16 new burrows using plastic buckets, tubing, and PVC pipes to mimic natural burrows. These burrows were then covered in rock to provide additional protection to the habitat entrances.  

    Volunteers from Flood Control, Wild at Heart, the Tucson Audubon Society and Tucson Electric Power built 16 new burrows using plastic buckets, tubing, and PVC pipes to mimic natural burrows. These burrows were then covered in rock to provide additional protection to the habitat entrances.  

  • One man dead after officer involved shooting at South Lawn Mortuary

    One man dead after officer involved shooting at South Lawn Mortuary

    Saturday, May 27 2017 1:14 AM EDT2017-05-27 05:14:00 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The shooting happened at the South Lawn Mortuary cemetery on Friday night and has left one man dead.  The officers involved in the shooting were not hurt, according to Sgt. Bay. 

    The shooting happened at the South Lawn Mortuary cemetery on Friday night and has left one man dead.  The officers involved in the shooting were not hurt, according to Sgt. Bay. 

  • UA VETS Center working to return lost dog tags to U.S. military veterans

    UA VETS Center working to return lost dog tags to U.S. military veterans

    Saturday, May 27 2017 12:58 AM EDT2017-05-27 04:58:58 GMT

    The University of Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) is working to return about 2,300 lost dog tags to U.S. military veterans who fought in the Vietnam War. 

    The University of Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) is working to return about 2,300 lost dog tags to U.S. military veterans who fought in the Vietnam War. 

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    Wednesday, May 24 2017 3:34 PM EDT2017-05-24 19:34:33 GMT

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    Video shows Midlands restaurant employee pulled by her hair

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    An employee of a popular restaurant at the Village at Sandhill is facing charges after authorities say he grabbed a server by her hair and pulled her to the ground. 

    An employee of a popular restaurant at the Village at Sandhill is facing charges after authorities say he grabbed a server by her hair and pulled her to the ground. 

  • Florida woman evicted over massive toy collection

    Florida woman evicted over massive toy collection

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    The collection spreads through the living room, kitchen, bedroom and even the bathroom. Appliances and other household items are blocked because there are too many stuffed animals to access them.

    The collection spreads through the living room, kitchen, bedroom and even the bathroom. Appliances and other household items are blocked because there are too many stuffed animals to access them.

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