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Az exec launches effort to provide cheap birth control, support women's health

After his teenage daughters visited Africa and Asia, the head of a Scottsdale-based venture capital firm decided to start offering affordable birth control in the U.S. and putting the proceeds toward reproductive health in the Third World.... Read more»

Rising access to substance abuse treatment faces 'critical' counselor shortage

Changes to health care law in the past year gave millions of Americans access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, but did nothing to address a 'critical' shortage of professionals who can provide that care.... Read more»

Endangered species condoms mark Earth Day with an earthy message

The Center for Biological Diversity worries that Earth Day has lost its focus on overpopulation, so it will deliver an unusual reminder – 50,000 free endangered species condoms. The condom giveaway is just one of many ways people are marking Earth Day. ... Read more»

As Arizona wine industry matures, experts foresee potential gains

Arizona's wine industry has grown exponentially since 2001. More than 90 locations have farm winery licenses, most of them clustered in three areas in the state. But as wine industry growth slows across the nation, will Arizona's growth continue to mature? ... Read more»

Experts: Funding, staffing cuts undermining state water agency

Some Arizona water experts are alarmed at deep cuts to funding and staffing at the agency in charge of securing Arizona's water supply. A Cronkite News Special Report examines those claims. ... Read more»

Regents hear little opposition to university tuition hike

All three public universities are proposing students charging more to help offset $99 million in state funding cuts for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Some students told the Board of Regents they want to preserve the quality of their education. ... Read more»2

Arivaca residents ask judge to allow closer observation of border checkpoint

As part of a lawsuit against the Border Patrol over claims that agents intentionally blocked an effort to monitor a Southern Arizona checkpoint, Arivaca residents have asked a federal judge to intervene. Hearing arguments Tuesday, the judge said he'll decide whether to issue an injunction soon.... Read more»

Community gardens take root in Arizona

The number of community gardens in Tucson has doubled since 2010.... Read more»

App addresses challenges women face trying to quit smoking

When it comes to quitting smoking, women may need some extra motivation: "Women are more likely to gain weight than men when they quit smoking, and women have more difficulty losing weight when they gain it." That’s why UA researchers helped develop an app to remind women smokers that their health is more important than being thin.... Read more»

Education Sup't Douglas announces 'We Are Listening' state tour

The 14-stop 'We Are Listening' tour, which kicks off Thursday in Kingman, is something Diane Douglas has wanted to do since becoming superintendent of public instruction in January, a spokesman said. ... Read more»

300-plus fugitives arrested in statewide sweep

An effort from law enforcement agencies in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties called Operation Justice targeted fugitives wanted for crimes including aggravated assault, drug offenses and homicide. ... Read more»

Crews ripping into Grant Road repaving

The resufacing of the Midtown stretch of Grant Road is continuing, with crews set to put down new asphalt between Santa Rita and Campbell this week, with night-time intersection work next week.... Read more»

Grijalva staff holding Nogales office hours

Staffers for U.S Rep. Raul Grijalva will meet with CD 3 constituents Wednesday in Nogales, offering help with a variety of federal issues.... Read more»

Rights of victims, defendant pitted in Simcox molestation case

Chris Simcox—Tombstone’s former front man for border vigilantism—is representing himself against charges he sexually molested two kindergarten-age girls. His latest exploits have triggered an Appeals Court showdown between his beliefs that he can question the girls in court and those who believe molestation victims must be protected from harm by the courts.... Read more»1

Activists file initiative to legalize recreational pot in Az

Supporters have until June 2016 to gather the 150,000-plus signatures needed to get the proposed Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act on the ballot. It would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. ... Read more»1

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