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Arizona Spotlight for November 27, 2015

A tale of love and dedication from StoryCorp's Tucson visit; what it takes to live for a full year without processed food; exploring the true reason for flowers.

Local Shops Often Avoid Black Friday Fervor

While many locally owned shops have sales, lines and pre-dawn openings primarily for big box retailers

This holiday shopping season, merchants expect to make about forty percent of their annual sales. Experts say visitors from Mexico will provide one third of those purchases.

Holiday Retail Sales Expected to Pick Up Slightly in Tucson

Continued slow, steady growth means small boost for businesses.

The greenhouse at Manzo Elementary serves as an invaluable tool to teach students about the importance of math, science, agriculture, and sustainability.

Federal Grant to Help TUSD Grow Its Garden Program

Farm to School grants meant to improve access to local food, including from school plots.

Staff at Elvira Elementary School expected to serve more than 800 meals.

Thanksgiving Feast Served Early at Sunnyside Schools

District started preparation a week early to feed students and their families.

TUSD Recognized for Helping Students Earn College Credit

Tucson Unified School District is one in Arizona on AP District Honor Roll

Interstate 10 traffic jam.

AAA: Driving Down, Flying Up This Thanksgiving Weekend

15% fewer Arizonans will hit the roads this holiday, 9% more will fly.

A Tucson fire truck arrives on the scene of a car accident.

Pinal Sheriff Joins Pima County Emergency Radio Network

Pinal County law enforcement will have radio access when events cross county line.

Sound + Noise

Five experimental sound artists use the Museum of Contemporary Art building to create soundscapes.

Court: Med Marijuana Card Can Defend Against DUI Charge

State Supreme Court says cardholders can use lack of impairment as viable defense.

After living in Europe and Asia, Patricia Deridder settled in the United States where she eventually opened Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson.

Tucson's Japanese Gardens is a "Dream Come True."

The transcontinental journey behind the gardens' founder and director.

Rebecca Brukman. 11/26/12.
Group of bikers travel along path in El Tour De Tucson race.

El Tour de Tucson to Draw 8,000 Bicyclists Downtown

Registration ends Friday for 33rd annual race; fun events, shorter courses included.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Near to Hiring Conductor

Following 19 years with conductor George Hanson on the podium, symphony searches for new director.

Arizona Spotlight for November 20, 2015

StoryCorps arrives in Tucson; visit a peaceful Asian oasis in midtown Tucson; a community finds common ground in a neighborhood park; five experimental music artists use MOCA as a soundscape.

Unemployment Rates Drop in Tucson and Statewide

State numbers have shown recent anomalies, but appear to have returned to normal

Gospel Rescue Mission currently getting ready for a big thanksgiving meal where they expect to feed a record number of families and individuals in need.

Tucson Organizations Serve Up Charitable Thanksgiving Meals

Volunteers and donations make many meals possible

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