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Street hustle: The truth behind 'new' police tool for confronting fentanyl menace

A drug test manufacturer has repackaged an old, error-prone chemical formula as a "hot ... new!" cutting-edge product — but there is nothing new about the fentanyl testing kit except its name. The new kits are little more than a repurposed chemical test that has been used to detect all manner of substances for more than a century.... Read more»

Arizona to halt use of controversial drug in executions

Arizona has reached an agreement with lawyers for death row inmates that would prohibit a sedative that has been used in executions by lethal injection that took longer than usual or were botched in several states. ... Read more»

Crystal's cage: Abuse & murder of a 3-year-old girl in Arizona

The harrowing, real-life story of Crystal Reyes, from her brief existence — forced to live in a dog crate — to the cold case investigation into her murder, as told through nearly two decades of police reports and court testimony. Crystal’s case continues today.... Read more»

OSHA's wall of shame: with limited staff, safety agency targets 'severe violators'

Six years into the Severe Violator Enforcement Program – the broadest workplace safety initiative launched under President Obama – more than 500 businesses are on its list of bad actors. They include giants such as DuPont and International Paper as well as more than 300 construction firms. But the effort faces an uncertain future under the Trump administration.... Read more»

Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

The overdose death rate among Native Americans is three times the rate in the general population. As the opioid epidemic surges, many tribes are investing in treatment and specialized housing on the reservation. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas wages a war on drugs at the border. That might be the wrong place.

An estimated 1.6 million adult Texans have substance use disorders, many addicted to drugs that arrive illegally from Mexico. ... Read more»

Big companies in legal scrapes turn to science-for-hire giant Exponent

Exponent, Inc., is a publicly traded giant in litigation defense and regulatory science. It’s a go-to destination for major industries with liability problems – even as it is derided by critics as a hired gun whose findings are for sale. Among other facilities, the company has a 147-acre vehicle test track in Phoenix.... Read more»

Experts: It’s not too late to vaccinate for possibly strong flu strain

Arizona is still about a month away from peak flu season, but medical experts are advising residents to get vaccinated “sooner rather than later” to head off an expected variant of the H1N1 virus.... Read more»

Advocates: Border Patrol chases contribute to desert deaths

Two human rights groups say that by chasing border crossers into remote areas, BP agents contribute to the number of people who die or disappear in the desert each year. In nearly 41 percent of missing-persons cases documented by No More Deaths and Derechos Humanos, someone was injured or killed during a BP chase.... Read more»

DHS review defends using private prisons for detained immigrants

Despite a decision by the Justice Department to reduce the use of privately run detention facilities, a Homeland Security advisory subcommittee said immigration officials should continue to use them, citing costs and the need for flexibility.... Read more»

'Health index' scores Az counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues

Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less.... Read more»

Guatemalan woman dies after seizure at ICE detention center

A Guatemalan woman died Monday at a hospital in Casa Grande after suffering a series of seizures at the Eloy Detention Center, authorities said. ... Read more»

Advocates: Ending Arizona’s veteran homelessness is in reach

Arizona advocates say eliminating veteran homelessness is within reach, and Phoenix has already reached “functional zero” veteran homelessness. Tucson just missed that mark in 2015.... Read more»

Judge orders halt to controversial BP detention practices

A federal judge has issued an injunction against the Border Patrol, saying that advocates "presented persuasive evidence that the basic human needs of detainees are not being met" in Tucson Sector holding cells. Judge Bury ordered BP to provide bedding and showers, regular meals, and allow detained migrants to sleep.... Read more»

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could be more complicated than it looks

Promising to make the law go away, as President-elect Donald Trump did repeatedly, and actually figuring out how to do it, are two very different things. ... Read more»

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