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Syphilis on rise across Arizona, particularly among women and infants

State health officials have declared a statewide outbreak of syphilis after a spike in reported cases, mainly affecting women and infants. They’re trying to get out the word on this sexually transmitted bacterial disease, whose symptoms can easily be overlooked.... Read more»

Luke Air Force Base feels effects of national pilot shortage

Luke Air Force Base is feeling the effects of a national pilot shortage that is leaving the Air Force without enough pilots, maintenance crew and support staff to fully power U.S. military needs.... Read more»

Aerospace Parkway to close at UP crossing this weekend

The closure will allow the Union Pacific to upgrade the existing tracks and panels at the crossing and install new at-grade crossing panels to accommodate the widening of Aerospace Parkway. ... Read more»

Westbound I-10 near Eloy moving to new lanes this week

Almost a year to the day after crews began clearing land to create a wider stretch of Interstate 10 near Eloy, westbound traffic will be switched to the new lanes Wednesday, Dec. 5, in an important step forward for a groundbreaking project in Pinal County. ... Read more»

Ducey to ask for $30 million for drought contingency plan

Negotiations on a drought plan for Arizona took a step forward Thursday when the head of the state water department said Gov. Doug Ducey will ask for $30 million in his upcoming budget proposal to help make the Drought Contingency Plan a reality.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kozachik: Hands off cellphones while driving

"Please, when you are out on the road, leave the phone and other electronic devices alone. Think of the safety, not only of those around you, but your own as well." — City Councilman Steve Kozachik... Read more»

Tougher seat belt laws could save more Arizona lives

Safety experts say Arizona's secondary seat belt laws put drivers at risk but the governor's office says statistics dispute such a claim.... Read more»

Analysis

George H.W. Bush: America’s last foreign policy president

George H.W. Bush was the last person elected president of the United States with any prior foreign policy experience.... Read more»

Pinal Air Park Road over I-10 set to close Monday

The Pinal Air Park Road bridge over Interstate 10 northwest of Marana is scheduled to close to all traffic starting at 5 p.m. the night of Monday, Dec. 3, for a bridge rehabilitation project.... Read more»

Vaquitas Last Stand: Fisherman struggle to maintain livelihood and porpoise population

Fishing has been the lifeblood of this 5,000-family village for a century but gillnets were banned here four years ago to protect the vaquita marina. With fewer of 30 of the little porpoises left. ... Read more»

Vaquitas Last Stand: Saving a porpoise by protecting a fish

Chinese demand for illegally hunted totoaba in the Sea of Cortez has snared vaquitas — an endangered species of porpoise — in gillnets, driving their numbers down to 30 in the wild, if not lower. ... Read more»

Experts say 'don't procrastinate' on Obamacare open enrollment

The Dec. 15 deadline is approaching for Obamacare plan shoppers in the individual market, as prices are stabilizing and subsidies are available for those who know where to look.... Read more»

Grijalva says Interior Sec. must resign; Zinke calls Tucson Dem a drunk

Citing "multiple scandals," U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva called on Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke to resign Friday. The Trump official responded by tweeting that "it's hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle."... Read more»

Flags ordered to half staff after killing of U.S. marshal in Tucson

In the wake of the shooting death of Deputy U.S. Marshal Chase White in Tucson on Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags across the state to be flown at half mast. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Huckelberry: Road repair funding must be equitable solution for taxpayers

"A vocal faction want two-thirds of county taxpayers to pay to fix the roads of one-third of county taxpayers, while providing fewer county services to everyone." — Chuck Huckelberry... Read more»

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