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Big companies in legal scrapes turn to science-for-hire giant Exponent

Exponent, Inc., is a publicly traded giant in litigation defense and regulatory science. It’s a go-to destination for major industries with liability problems – even as it is derided by critics as a hired gun whose findings are for sale. Among other facilities, the company has a 147-acre vehicle test track in Phoenix.... Read more»

Photo may show a new wild jaguar in S. Arizona

A photo taken last week by a trail camera in the Huachuca Mountains may be of a previously unknown jaguar roaming Southern Arizona. The big cat captured in the picture may be a different individual than "El Jefe," the jaguar photographed in the Santa Ritas south of Tucson and the only known wild jaguar in the country.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Monsanto deal no dirtier than recent Pima County triumphs

Tucson can't claim purity of progressive essence with a cash-for-jobs economic development model that heralds the coming Caterpillar's mining division and expansion of Raytheon's missile factory. But the county does have a way to provide clarity to corporate "bad boys."... Read more»2

Electric car plant, 2,000 workers steering toward Casa Grande

Lucid Motors plans to build a new electric vehicle factory in Casa Grande and to begin selling luxury cars in 2018. The plant will bring "more than $700 million in capital investment to the region" along with thousands of jobs, officials said.... Read more»

County supes OK incentives for Raytheon expansion

Pima County officials voted Tuesday to approve a $16 million tax abatement and incentive package for defense contractor Raytheon, which plans to add 2,000 jobs at its Tucson missile factory. The Board of Supervisors OKed the incentives with a 4-0 vote.... Read more»1

Raytheon confirms plans to add 2,000 Tucson jobs

Expansion plans at Raytheon will mean 2,000 additional jobs over five years and a doubling of the property tax base at the Southern Arizona missile factory. Pima County will lower taxes on the plant for a decade and restrict development next to the expanded facility.... Read more»

Daylight Saving Time

Don't touch that clock! Rest of nation falling back from DST

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning for most of the United States, but Arizona residents won't have to switch their clocks — we don't observe DST. So while they have to endure an additional hour before this election is over, we're that much closer to the end.... Read more»

U.S. bolsters cyber defense for election, few new steps on violence

Federal and state authorities are beefing up cyber defenses against potential electronic attacks on voting systems ahead of U.S. elections on Nov. 8, but few are taking new steps to guard against possible civil unrest or violence. ... Read more»

Utilities and solar advocates clash over Corporation Comission races

Three of the five seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission are up for grabs. While the regulatory body is not as well known as others, its decisions regulate energy production and expenses for utilities. The ACC has perhaps the biggest impact on your monthly bills of any state agency.... Read more»

State saw largest science test score gains, still lags nation overall

Arizona posted the nation’s biggest gains in fourth-grade standardized science test scores last year but still lagged behind the national average, with the fifth-lowest scores overall, according to national test results released Thursday.... Read more»

2k more Raytheon jobs could almost return company to 2009 level

A much-hyped expansion by missile manufacturer Raytheon could bump the company's local workforce nearly back to employment levels seen in 2009. The region's largest private employer could add nearly 2,000 jobs, bringing it to about 11,500 workers. In 2009, Raytheon reported more than 12,000 Tucson employees.... Read more»

Dem. activist threatens to sue Ally Miller over social media blocking

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller has "spitefully and defiantly" violated the free speech of a local Democrat by deleting his comments and blocking him from her office's government-sponsored Facebook page — a constitutional violation according to a notice of claim filed Wednesday on behalf of Brandon Patrick.... Read more»

UA study clears 'Patient Zero' as cause of U.S. HIV-AIDS epidemic

Researchers at the University of Arizona have traced the earliest the HIV-AIDS epidemic in the United States back to its earliest stages. The research shows the virus first took hold in New York City.... Read more»1

CDC cautions against nasal spray flu vaccination this season

Better get the Band-Aids out. This year, the CDC recommends against nasal spray flu vaccinations, saying it’s less effective than the shot. That means Arizona nurses and doctors will inject thousands of people the old-fashioned way, resulting in sore arms and lots of tears.... Read more»

Rocket manufacturer Vector zeroes in on $60M contract

A fledgling rocket company based in Tucson announced a major boost as it plans to build out a factory here — a $60 million contract to conduct a series of satellite launches beginning in 2019. Vector Space Systems said last week it plans to hire 200 employees as it constructs a facility near TIA.... Read more»

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