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Az mosquito surveillance helps track, curb spread of Zika

Phoenix is one of the best regions in the nation when it comes to the surveillance of mosquitos that can carry the Zika virus, one of the hard science approaches that could help check the spread of the disease, an Arizona epidemiologist said Wednesday.... Read more»

TSA chief promises wait times will improve after June hiring boom

The head of the Transportation Security Administration promised lawmakers Wednesday that the planned hiring of 768 workers by June 15 will ease long wait times at airports nationwide.... Read more»

Motorcycle crashes driving highway death toll; Az near top for fatal wrecks

Last year was a bad one for motorcyclists, with a new estimate showing that 5,010 bikers were killed in crashes nationwide — the worst death toll in seven years. Cycle-related deaths remained flat in Arizona, but the state was in the top 10 for the percentage of motorcyclist fatalities, and Tucson is seeing more deadly crashes.... Read more»

Az joins lawsuit over allowing transgender students in school bathrooms

Arizona has filed a federal lawsuit along with ten other states arguing that the White House has overreached by telling schools that they cannot discriminate against transgendered students who want to use restrooms and other facilities that correspond to their gender identity. ... Read more»

3 detained immigrants escape transport bus near Casa Grande

Border Patrol agents and other authorities continue to search for two men who escaped custody on Tuesday night by crawling through the ceiling hatch of transport bus while it was stopped at a red light in Casa Grande, authorities said. ... Read more»1

Tribes call for return of sacred artifacts before Paris auction

Tribal and federal officials held and emergency meeting in Washington on Tuesday, calling for the return of Indian remains and sacred objects before a Paris auction next week.... Read more»

Photo: Sub named for Tucson returns to Hawaii home port

The USS Tucson, a 360-foot fast-attack submarine, steamed back into Pearl Harbor on Tuesday after a six-month deployment in the western Pacific Ocean. The 20-year-old sub called on ports in Guam, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Singapore during the deployment.... Read more»

Meth camouflaged as burritos intercepted by Nogales CBP

A 23-year-old woman was arrested Friday by CBP officers after she tried to cross through the Morley pedestrian crossing with nearly a pound of methamphetamine disguised as burritos. ... Read more»

Sanders skips over Grijalva with platform cmte appointments

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was given a third of the seats at the table as the party prepares to draft a platform. Announcing his picks Monday, the Vermont senator gave the nod to, among others, firebrand Cornel West and leftwing Rep. Keith Ellison, but not his Progressive Caucus co-chair, Rep. Raúl Grijalva.... Read more»

Five years later, Texas voter ID suit still moving forward

Texas’ five-year-old voter identification law — among the nation's strictest — will face a fresh round of probing Tuesday in a long-winding lawsuit that may ultimately end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

Killing the Colorado

Drought be dammed: Unplugging the Colorado River

The water crisis in the West has renewed debate about the effectiveness of major dams, with some pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned... Read more»

Sheriff suspends political rival from force over 'disruption' allegations

Sgt. Terry Staten, a Republican seeking to challenge Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos, a Democrat, has been suspended without pay — an action allowed under county policies — because the sheriff has deemed Staten's activities to be a "disruption."... Read more»1

Sheriff Babeu warns of cartel assassins in Pinal County

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has warned Memorial Day travelers of possible groups of Mexican drug cartel assassins in Arizona's western desert. Other Southern Arizona sheriffs said that they didn't see any reason to issue specific warnings in their counties. ... Read more»2

How upcoming Supreme Court abortion ruling could change Az’s legal landscape

The status of abortion access and legislation that affects patients and healthcare providers may change dramatically in June, when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide a Texas case that could echo across the country. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agent indicted in sweeping Texas drug probe

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was indicted this week on drug trafficking charges as part of a wide-ranging probe of dope dealers who allegedly corrupted U.S. lawmen to help them steal cocaine in Houston and deep South Texas, court records show.... Read more»

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