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Reports of STDs up 19% in Arizona

Sexually transmitted diseases reported in Arizona from January through April have increased 19 percent over the same period last year, possibly because of increased awareness and improved treatment, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.... Read more»

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ACLU: Migrant kids accused Border Patrol of 'shocking' physical, sexual & mental abuse

Thousands of documents show unaccompanied minors reported physical, mental and sexual abuse while they were detained by Customs and Border Protection, yet there's little evidence that officials meaningfully investigated such claims, civil rights advocates say. ... Read more»

Northwest Hospital to build 18-bed facility in Sahuarita

Sahuarita is getting its own hospital, possibly by the end of 2019. Northwest Healthcare announced Tuesday it will build an acute care facility in the town south of Tucson.... Read more»

Missing woman with Alzheimer's found dead on West Side

An elderly woman who walked away from her West Side home was found dead only a short distance away a day later, authorities said. There were no signs of foul play in the death of 83-year-old Mary Migatulski.... Read more»

Texas sues the maker of OxyContin over opioid epidemic

The Texas Attorney General's Office says Purdue Pharma fueled "the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers," including OxyContin... Read more»

Potentially rabid fox nearly bites Saguaro East hiker

A hiker in Saguaro National Park was nearly bitten on the leg by a suspected rabid fox on Wednesday afternoon, officials said — the second encounter between a possibly rabid animal and a hiker in the park this year.... Read more»

Tucson doctor indicted for unlawfully prescribing opioids

A Tucson doctor whose license was suspended last year has been indicted for allegedly prescribing painkillers despite being prohibited from doing so by the Arizona Medical Board. David Ruben of Healthcare Southwest has a lengthy disciplinary record for his handling of opioid prescriptions.... Read more»

The way we were

Pima County has provided health care since its founding

Providing for health care has been a priority for Pima County's government since its foundation. The law passed by the Second Territorial Legislature of 1865 that created County Boards of Supervisors enumerated 13 duties for the new officers, one of which was to "take care of and provide for the indigent sick of the county.... Read more»

Zinke, tribal leaders discuss solutions to Native American opioid epidemic

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met Monday with Arizona tribal leaders to discuss possible solutions for the national opioid crisis, which affects Native Americans more than any other minority.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hoover: Border Patrol's 'hot water' claims are all wet

Here we go again. The Border Patrol is retaliating against humanitarians working to save lives in the desert. Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council recently said, "If that water heats up in the desert, it's actually a lot more dangerous to drink extremely heated water than what it is if you don't have that water at all." ... Read more»

Az public schools still working to get lead out of drinking water

Since state officials identified dozens of Arizona public schools with elevated levels of lead contamination in water fixtures, nearly half the schools still are undergoing repairs or tests for levels that could affect students, faculty and staff members.... Read more»

Gun control bills stall in Arizona Legislature

The Legislature likely won’t debate a single piece of gun control legislation this session, after Democrats failed Tuesday to force a vote on a bill to ban bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. Reps. Randall Friese and Daniel Hernandez, both from Tucson, co-sponsored a measure that would have banned trigger cranks, including bump stocks.... Read more»

New charges filed against No More Deaths volunteer

NMD volunteer Scott Daniel Warren, 35, now faces up to 10 years in prison, or more, after a grand jury indicted him on two counts for harboring illegal aliens and one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens. ... Read more»

Court proceedings continue after arrests of No More Deaths volunteers

Members of No More Deaths have faced 36 misdemeanor cases in the past 15 years brought by federal authorities. They have not lost a single one. But a recent round of arrests has put nine volunteers in limbo at a time when the relationship between the humanitarian group and Border Patrol is perhaps more tense than ever. ... Read more»

Sheriff: Missing Southwest Side woman located

A 67-year-old woman has been located after going missing on Tucson's Southwest Side on Tuesday morning.... Read more»

Az medical-marijuana marketing moves more mainstream

The industry’s marketing efforts have matured since Arizona voters legalized marijuana for medical use in 2010, industry experts said. In addition to introducing “softer” terms to describe their products, dispensaries now offer such conveniences as online ordering and delivery.... Read more»

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