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Az would get $21M to fight opioid abuse under White House plan

The state would get $21 million over two years to combat opioid abuse as part of a $1.1 billion proposal pushed Wednesday at the White House to tackle the spread of the epidemic. ... Read more»

Artificial heart maker SynCardia files BK after debt bought by private equity firm

Tucson company SynCardia, the world's leading manufacturer of artificial hearts, has filed Chapter 11 after a large chunk of its debts was purchased by Versa Capital Management, a private-equity firm that specializes in buying out distressed companies.... Read more»

Sheriff, Az cops sign on to White House plan to cut jail populations

Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos is convinced that his department might have prevented the 2011 shooting of then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords if it had the mental health resources it does now. That’s why Nanos is excited about the Data-Driven Justice Initiative, which includes a focus on mental health in an effort to reduce local jail populations.... Read more»

Judge unseals photos, docs of immigration detention centers

A federal judge in Tucson unsealed hundreds of pages of documents and photos this week as part of a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of detainees held by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector.... Read more»

IKEA agrees to massive recall of chests linked to tipover deaths of children

IKEA, the home furnishings giant, announced Tuesday that it is recalling about 180 models of chests and dressers that it admitted do not meet voluntary industry safety standards, including the popular MALM-style dresser, which has killed three children by tipping over and falling on them. ... Read more»

Az advocates react as court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

Arizona pro-choice advocates hailed Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that said Texas’ restrictions on abortion clinics are unconstitutional, calling the decision a “significant victory for women in Arizona.”... Read more»

FactCheck: The debate over gay blood donations

Days after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, House members and the White House made seemingly contradictory claims concerning the Federal Drug Administration’s blood donation policy for gay and bisexual men. Both have scientific evidence to back up their claims. ... Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

Ruling that Texas' 2013 abortion restrictions place an undue burden on a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed Texas abortion providers a major victory by overturning the regulations.... Read more»

Arizona says it has run out of execution drugs

Arizona has run out of execution drugs, including a sedative implicated in botched lethal injections, according to a filing on Friday in a court case challenging the U.S. state's execution methods. ... Read more»1

More children dying of heat after being left in cars

With the hottest months yet to come, 13 young children already have died in unattended cars this year in the U.S., prompting safety groups to warn parents against leaving children in vehicles for even a few minutes. Cars heat up quickly, reaching deadly temperatures in a mere 10 minutes even when the outside level is in the low 80s and a window is slightly open.... Read more»

Missing 15-year-old hiker near Bisbee found safe

A 15-year-old boy, who went missing during a hike in the Mule Mountains near Bisbee Wednesday morning, was found by officials later that afternoon near Highway 80. ... Read more»

Missing hiker found dead in Ventana Canyon

Four people have died from heat-related causes following a record-breaking heat wave in the Tucson-area. On Tuesday morning, search and rescue teams found the body of Marcus Turowkski, 33, who disappeared during a hike along the Ventana Canyon trail on Sunday morning. ... Read more»

Forest Service tips for staying safe while hiking in the summer heat

With summer temperatures rising to all-time highs, and humidity staying low, Coronado National Forest is asking visitors to plan their outings accordingly and to use situational awareness.... Read more»

Record heat kills 3, rescuers continue search for missing hiker

Three people died, and one man remains missing, in separate incidents as record-breaking heat in the valley made outdoor activities dangerous in the Tucson area. Sheriff Chris Nanos said, "We're asking people not only to avoid outdoor activity to the morning, but just to avoid it entirely." ... Read more»

Police find missing endangered man at Downtown bus station

A vulnerable man who went missing Monday morning from his Southeast Side group home was found around 6:30 p.m. by a police officer at the Ronstadt Transit Center. Paul Gabbard, 50, was "returned safety" after being checkout out by firefighters, authorities said.... Read more»

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