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Judge rebukes Border Patrol for destroying video evidence

A federal judge lambasted the agency for its handling of evidence, including destroying digital video that a coalition of immigration rights groups said shows that the agency regularly breaks its own policies regarding the treatment of immigrants held in Southern Arizona BP stations. ... Read more»

Az lawmakers give blessing to Pope Francis’ speech to Congress

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation gave generally high marks to Pope Francis’ Thursday speech to Congress that touched on immigration, climate change and the death penalty. Rep. Martha McSally focused on the tone as much as the topics. Washington could use “a lot of compassion, and love, and peace and cooperation,” which is exactly what she said the pope brought to the city.... Read more»

Guadalupe residents push back against persistent poverty

Just 300 feet separate a meticulously manicured resort and golf course from the tiny town of Guadalupe, where 31 percent of its mostly Latino and Yaqui Indian population live in poverty and only about 54 percent of its children graduate from high school. The Phoenix suburb is one of the poorest communities in Arizona.... Read more»

McCain, whistleblowers demand end to VA retaliation

“During my time at the Phoenix VA, I lost six veterans to suicide,” a former addiction therapist told Congress. “Each one was like a punch in the gut.” Brandon Coleman got another punch after he complained and appeared in news stories: he was placed on leave and barred from the hospital without an escort.... Read more»

Police ID man who died after being hit by car on South Side

A man who died at a local hospital Thursday morning after being struck by a car the previous night has been identified as 58-year-old Terence Prentice, authorities said. There have been nearly twice as many traffic-related fatalities in Tucson so far this year than at this point in 2014.... Read more»

Az delegation splits on party lines as House votes to strip Planned Parenthood funding

A sharply divided House on Friday passed two strong anti-abortion bills that supporters said would help stop an American “genocide,” but critics derided as a political “farce” to appeal to pro-life voters. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines to approve one bill to strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year.... Read more»

Elderly Tucson woman dies from cucumber salmonella

The death of an elderly Tucson-area woman has been linked to an ongoing multi-state salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated cucumbers, officials said.... Read more»

Civil Rights Comm. hammers immigration authorities on family detention

In a scathing report released Thursday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said it found evidence that immigration officials were interfering with the constitutional rights of families in detention, and called on Homeland Security to immediately release them. It cited conditions that are "useless, punitive and not necessary."... Read more»

FactChecking the CNN Republican debate

The candidates flubbed claims on vaccines, immigration, Hillary Clinton and more.... Read more»

Officials: Planning for animal shelter hasn't gone astray

A new center for stray pets may be still more than two years from opening, but officials said Monday that planning for Pima County's replacement animal shelter is well under way. A site plan will be presented next month, with final details and construction plans hammered out over the next year. The new Pima County Animal Care Center is slated to open in late 2017.... Read more»

Arizona receives $3.6 million grant to combat drug overdoses

Arizona has received a $3.6 million grant from the CDC to combat prescription drug addictions, part of a federal effort to give states money to prevent overdose deaths.... Read more»

Phoenix man’s nightmare inspires Bloodhound app to locate missing people

William Scot Grey spent nearly 36 hours in panic nearly a year ago. His father, Ray, had not returned home from walking his dog. Minutes turned into hours, which turned into more than a day. Doctors had diagnosed Ray Grey with dementia, and his son predicted the wandering episode would likely occur again. The experience led him to develop a new app: Bloodhound.... Read more»

Franks, abortion opponents attack Planned Parenthood in House hearing

An emotional Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, accused Planned Parenthood on Wednesday of selling body parts of “innocent babies they’re guilty of killing” in abortion procedures. Critics noted that no officials from Planned Parenthood were invited to testify.... Read more»

To make better policy, states seek better death certificates

If death certificates contain faulty information, we may not know as much about mortality as we think we do. Unfortunately, many certificates are incomplete or inaccurate. When multiplied across thousands of cases, such gaps can translate into an incorrect understanding of mortality in the U.S., and affect how money is spent on research and prevention.... Read more»

State official questions CDC listing Az last for early childhood MMR

Arizona vaccination rates for MMR are lowest in the country, according to the recently released National Immunization Survey. While the state’s top health official noted that the survey has a large margin for error and questioned its methodology, a leading immunization advocate said that over time the state has seen a “downward trend.”... Read more»

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