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Arizona Weights and Measures Department folding, duties moving

The state agency that investigates rogue moving companies, makes sure you get the gas you paid for at the pump and offers other consumer protections is set to shutter its doors next year. Gov. Doug Ducey is closing the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures with a stated goal of making state government more efficient.... 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»

Court: Cops can be ordered to provide DNA in probe of Phx officer’s death

A federal appeals court said Monday that Phoenix police were within their rights to take DNA samples from officers responding to the 2010 shooting death of a fellow officer, Sgt. Sean Drenth, near the State Capitol.... Read more»

Weed Rush

Gov't restrictions, lack of funding hinder MMJ research

Federal health agencies spend millions on pot science. But most money is spent on addiction research, not on the benefits. ... Read more»

Christie defends plan to monitor immigrants like FedEx tracks parcels

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie pushed back on Sunday against "ridiculous" criticism of his proposal to track foreign visitors the way FedEx Corp tracks packages, saying government needs private-sector expertise to tackle illegal immigration. ... Read more»


Carly Fiorina's fuzzy claims about vaccines

Carly Fiorina recently said some unnamed vaccine-preventable diseases are “not communicable” and “not contagious,” and some immunizations are not “necessary” for school-age children. The fact is that every immunization recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers a highly communicable disease.... Read more»

Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of Colorado spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Native American tribes and two county governments in Arizona petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.... Read more»

Phx mayor: Voter OK of transit tax shows 'belief in our future'

The first benefits of a transit tax increase that was winning approval from Phoenix voters will likely be increased service by Valley Metro’s Dial-a-Ride and more attention to potholes, supporters said.... Read more»

Drug-resistant head lice pop up in Arizona

Arizona is one of 25 states with lice populations that are highly resistant to over-the-counter treatments still widely recommended by doctors and schools, according to a new study. "The good news is head lice don’t carry disease," a researcher said. "They're more a nuisance than anything else."... Read more»

Lost migrants rescued by Predator drone crew

Pilots flying a Predator drone out of Sierra Vista for Customs and Border Protection are credited with rescuing three migrants lost in the desert earlier this month, authorities said. ... Read more»

Some like it hot ... A heat wave playlist

It's hot as a blast furnace outside, but here are some songs about high temperatures to help you make it through the tail end of a cruel summer.... Read more»

Az officials hopeful, watchful as toxic release moves toward Colorado River

Arizona officials said Tuesday they continue to monitor a massive spill of toxic mining sludge that is heading downstream toward the Colorado River, but are hopeful that it will have little impact by time it reaches the state. ... Read more»

Tucson pushes to keep cell surveillance gear details secret

As part of an appeal to a December decision by a Pima County judge, an attorney for the city of Tucson argued that the release of documents detailing the use of "Stingray" cellphone surveillance equipment by Tucson police would compromise its use in investigations. ... Read more»

UA digs into mining law with new center

A Global Mining Law Center is being set up at the University of Arizona's law school as "an interdisciplinary unit that will educate lawyers, miners and others involved with the huge and complex global mining industry."... Read more»

Arizona enviros cheer EPA Clean Power Plan, utilities wary

Arizona environmental groups cheered the final version of the Clean Power Plan unveiled Monday, a first-ever national standard that aims to cut power plant emissions by a third by 2030. But Arizona utilities and state officials both were more cautious, saying they need to study the plan that has been more than a year in the making.... Read more»1

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