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As opioid epidemic continues, steps to curb It multiply

In recent months there has been an increasing emphasis on health providers and the agencies that oversee them to stem access to widely abused prescription drugs.... Read more»

Killing the San Pedro: Arizona's last free-flowing river at risk

A colossal proposed housing development in Benson threatens to deplete the San Pedro River and the local water supply within five years of completion.... Read more»1

Prop. 123 fate unknown until vote count ends Friday

With just a bit less than 8,000 votes separating the "yes" and "no" piles of ballots across Arizona, whether Proposition 123 will pass with a narrow margin won't be clear until the last provisional ballots are counted on Friday. With most votes tallied, the controversial measure was passing narrowly: 50.41 percent to 49.59 percent.... Read more»

Push to provide lawyers for immigrant children loses steam

When thousands of Central American children began flooding across the Texas border in 2014, the state’s legal community said it was ready to pitch in and help minors seeking asylum in the United States navigate a system that doesn’t guarantee a right to counsel.... Read more»

Tucson biz leaders blast Goldwater suit over World View

The heads of local business groups are calling on a rightwing lobbying group, the Goldwater Institute, to drop a lawsuit against Pima County over support for World View, the high-altitude technology company. That includes the leaders of the Metro Chamber, Sun Corridor, SALC and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.... Read more»

Az official urges Senate to close gaps in tribal criminal law

A Pascua Yaqui official said Wednesday that changes to federal law allowing tribes to prosecute nonmembers for domestic violence represented “a new dawn” for Native Americans, but there are gaps in the law that need to be addressed. ... Read more»

CBP: 12,000 rounds of ammo seized at Nogales border crossing

A slipshod attempt to smuggle 12,000 rounds of rifle ammunition into Mexico resulted in the arrest of a Southern California man Tuesday by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers. ... Read more»

Factchecking Bill Clinton’s economic claims

Former President Bill Clinton — who will be called upon to help revitalize the U.S. economy if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency — made two inaccurate economic claims in a recent speech in Kentucky.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pass or fail, Prop. 123 is just step one

Parsing the results is a waste of time because the same question awaited victory or defeat: What's next? It's a long hard slog out of doing less financially for schools than all but two states with far lower poverty rates. It's going to require a series of political victories to change the paradigm created by the same forces now in charge. Might as well start today.... Read more»

Too close to call: Prop. 123 passing by a hair; Nearly 100k ballots left to count

Proposition 123, the controversial measure that would pull money from the State Land Trust to bolster school funding, was passing by a slender margin statewide, but there were tens of thousand of ballots left to count. Many Pima County voters joined those who were voting "no" on the question.... Read more»

Federal border officials in El Paso accused of coercion, abuse

Federal officials stationed on the Texas-Mexico border called legal border crossers “whores” and criminals and subjected them to unwarranted searches and coercion, according to a complaint a civil liberties group submitted to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general Tuesday.... Read more»

Judge: BP agent's shooting of fleeing teen justifiable

A federal judge rejected a civil lawsuit by the family of a teenager killed by a Border Patrol agent during an incident in Douglas along the U.S-Mexico fence. Carlos LaMadrid died after he was shot by Agent Lucas Tidwell, who said he hit the teen accidentally while shooting at men who were throwing rocks at the agent. ... Read more»

Az officials call for tightened limits on Lake Mead water use

Arizona officials said Tuesday it is time to end the “gentleman’s agreement” currently governing states’ use of water from Lake Mead and instead put tougher restrictions into law.... Read more»

Az faces typical wildfire season; West Coast could have harsh year

Arizona is expected to have a normal wildfire season this summer after several years in which the state saw relatively little fire activity, state and federal officials said. A normal wildfire season for Arizona still means thousands of fires across the state — an average of 2,846 per year.... Read more»

Report: Child care costs rival in-state college tuition in Arizona

Infant child care in Arizona costs an average of $9,437 a year, rivaling in-state college tuition and putting care out of reach for many families, according to a recent report. And Arizona’s costs were on the low end when compared to the rest of the nation, with infant care costs in Washington, D.C., reaching $22,631 annually.... Read more»

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