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Az earns praise for teacher training database, despite pay concerns

Arizona won praise in a recent report for its program linking preschool teachers with training and scholarships, even as the report said low wages for those teachers could make such systems an exercise in futility.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Holmes: Why World View doesn't have a spacey business model

Two weeks ago, without much fanfare or notice from the press, the Tucson Airport Authority board unanimously passed a resolution backing the development of Spaceport Tucson, the new and controversial home of World View. What this resolution means is that after months of actively working against the spaceport, the airport has gotten past the rhetoric and negativity, reviewed the facts, and decided to work with World View. Why the turnaround? ... Read more»1

Looks can kill: Deadly results of flawed designs

From automobiles to software, poorly designed products just might kill you.... Read more»

Banner Health data breach exposes info on 3.7 million

A hack of data held by Banner Health — the operator of the former University Medical Center in Tucson — has put information on about 3.7 million people at risk. The company is sending letters to patients, health plan members and beneficiaries, food and beverage customers and physicians and healthcare providers telling them of the data breach.... Read more»

Exclusive: Ex-staffers say 'paranoid' Miller lies about personal email use

Supervisor Ally Miller, subject of a probe into her cover-up of public records, warned staffers to whisper because of "listening devices in the walls," and has not told the truth about her use of private emails and Facebook to carry out her duties, former staffers Timothy DesJarlais and Jeannie Davis said.... Read more»3

Judge tosses defamation suit over report on Az terrorism info center

A federal district judge in Phoenix threw out a lawsuit over a report that allegedly defamed a government contractor who helped a Chinese national gain access to a counterterrorism center. The lawsuit stemmed from an August 2014 story that revealed an apparent security breach at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center.... Read more»

Texas bullet train opponents hope to derail project

The Texas Legislature could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm's plans to build a high-speed rail project connecting Houston and Dallas now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction.... Read more»

UA study: North American forests won't nip climate change in the bud

New research from the University of Arizona is challenging conventional wisdom about forests and climate change: forests in North America are predicted to be harmed by warming climates, despite earlier predictions that longer growing seasons would mean healthier trees.... Read more»

County Attorney hands Miller email case to AG for investigation

Declaring a conflict of interest, the Pima County Attorney's Office has referred the case of Supervisor Ally Miller's apparent attempts to evade public records laws to the Attorney General's Office, officials said Thursday.... Read more»

Health gadgets and apps outpace privacy protections

In 2009, Congress asked for recommendations on what to do about information that falls outside the privacy law known as HIPAA. Tuesday, health officials released their report, but offered no suggestions. ... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

Great moments in politics: Miller & Nixon

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller continues to deny having used personal email accounts to conduct government business, although copies of emails proving otherwise have been turned over to the Pima County Attorney's Office. ... Read more»9

Ally Miller may have broken law in ordering staff to use personal email 'to be more secretive'

Two months after public records were requested, Supervisor Ally Miller has doubled and tripled down on false claims that she does not use her personal email for public business. Documents just disclosed show that she instructed staffers to use private emails and encrypted drives to evade "prying eyes." Miller may face a criminal probe into her activities.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Johnson: Assessor needs to modernize systems to better serve taxpayers

Brian Johnson: "The Pima County Assessor's Office, in cooperation with other county departments, needs to upgrade its computer systems and software so they can produce more accurate market valuations and become transparent in the process."... Read more»

'No field test is failsafe': The chemist behind police drug kits

Decades after L.J. Scott developed a test for cocaine, his invention played a role in hundreds of wrongful convictions in Houston. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Rainwater harvesting incentives need to flow to low-income residents

Tucson Water offers a rebate program for customers who install rainwater harvesting systems, but these rebates have not been taken advantage of by many of our lower-income neighbors. 400 residents of the Foothills, who don't even live in the city, have taken advantage of the rebates. In Ward 5, which encompasses many of our city's more stressed neighborhoods, only 43 residents have used the rebates.... Read more»

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