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CDC confirms first U.S. Ebola case in Dallas

The CDC has confirmed that a patient in a Dallas hospital has the Ebola virus — the first case reported in the nation. the patient entered the U.S. on Sept. 20 with no symptoms after traveling to the West African nation of Liberia. The patient developed symptoms on Sept. 24 and sought care two days later.... Read more»

Raytheon to produce parts for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense

Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $149 million contract to produce parts for the Tamir interceptor used in Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Raytheon plants in Tucson and Huntsville, Ala., will work on the contract, along with two other Arizona companies.... Read more»

Startup Tucson scaling up with $1.4M small biz training grant

A Tucson nonprofit group has been awarded a $1.44 million contract from the Small Business Administration to connect early-stage small businesses with entrepreneurial training. Startup Tucson’s “next big thing” is Thryve Next, which will receive funding under the SBA’s ScaleUp America program.... Read more»1

Six Az firms in Inc.com top 100 fastest-growing list

Base Commerce, which provides electronic payment solutions to software companies nationwide, recorded $12.5 million in revenue for 2013 and has achieved revenue growth surpassing 10,000 percent over three years, according to a recent ranking of fastest-growing companies by Inc.com magazine. Hughes’ company, founded in 2008, ranked 23rd nationally and was one of six Arizona firms in the top 100.... Read more»

UA’s Phoenix med school expands simulation center for hands-on learning

Launched a year and a half ago, the Center for for Simulation and Innovation tripled in size in early September to 30,000 square feet of simulation space, something leaders said is needed to accommodate an increase in students.... Read more»

Balance-testing app helps trainers assess possible concussions

Sway Balance, a Barrow Neurological Institute app used by dozens of high schools, is free and more accurate than usual ways of measuring players’ balance. It uses technology in smartphone and tablet operating systems that measures acceleration.... Read more»

Clean Air-Blue Skies plates becoming the domain of electric cars

When Jim Stack bought his Ford Focus electric plug-in, his passion to keep emissions out of the air was broadcast to the world. He can even drive across the country and not pay a penny in driving costs. Stack is part of an exclusive club for two reasons: having a plug-in electric vehicle and being able to sport a blue-and-white license plate entitling him to use the HOV lane even when it’s just him in the car.... Read more»

Woman stripped of citizenship for role in Az terror center breach

A Chinese immigrant and businesswoman, Xunmei Li, who played a role in a large-scale security lapse inside the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, lost her U.S. citizenship last week and likely faces exile from the country.... Read more»

Az-based Taser sees stock boost since Ferguson shooting

Scottsdale-based Taser was one of several makers of body cameras whose stock rose in the wake of a police shooting in the St. Louis suburb. But Taser officials said the stock started rising well before Ferguson, when studies last year showed the cameras’ effectiveness.... Read more»

Az leads nation in clean-energy job growth

Arizona businesses announced plans earlier this year to hire more than 3,000 workers in clean-energy industries, letting the state claim the nation’s biggest growth in renewable-energy jobs for the second quarter. The bulk of the jobs would be at a Solar Wind Tower in San Luis.... Read more»

Tucson scientist touts 2015 visit to ‘dwarf planet’ Pluto

Tucson scientist David Grinspoon joined a panel Monday talking about NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto – but the scientists were most animated when talking about the feud over the status of the recently classified “dwarf planet.”... Read more»

U.S. now faces threat of U.S.-made weapons in Iraq

Never mind that the vehicle is a boxy, lumbering, second-hand set of wheels with a top speed of just 60 mph. To some of the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. M1117, aka the Guardian Armored Security Vehicle, has become their favorite ride.... Read more»

The bullet train that could change everything

For years, the Japanese company behind the world’s first and busiest high-speed rail system has been itching to enter the U.S. high-speed rail market, hoping to sell one of the world’s ripest passenger rail markets on its breathtakingly fast Shinkansen bullet trains.... Read more»

The best reporting on federal push to militarize local police

Protests have continued for more than a week since the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Police officers initially met protesters with full riot gear, armored vehicles and assault rifles, escalating tensions and leading Gov. Jay Nixon to replace the St. Louis County Police Department with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, saying the St. Louis suburb looked like “a war zone.”... Read more»

What to look for in dueling autopsies of Michael Brown

In the next few weeks, separate teams of doctors will issue autopsy reports about Michael Brown, the unarmed African American shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. If history is any guide, they will differ, perhaps significantly, on how to interpret the gunshot wounds on his body.... Read more»

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