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What the Devil won't tell you

Pay tribute to Gowan's water entitlements

Let's talk water rights and water entitlement. Few cases better illustrate how the Legislature has looked out for the "little guy" over the last quarter-century. Water security is key to the future of Sierra Vista — not to mention Ft. Huachuca — but Tribute's developers see it as a just bump on their road to fortune.... Read more»1

Goldwater launches suit vs. Pima County balloon deal; officials mum

A rightwing lobbying group has sued Pima County over its backing of the high-altitude technology firm World View. Although officials had blasted back a week before when the Goldwater Institute floated the prospect of suing, the county maintained radio silence after the filing.... Read more»

FDA allowing folic acid in masa could cut Latino birth defects

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced that manufacturers can start adding folic acid to masa de maiz beginning Friday, a move long pursued by advocates who say it will curb birth defects in the Hispanic community.... Read more»

Az official tells Congress new ozone rules penalize rural areas

The director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality told lawmakers Thursday that new air-quality standards will burden rural communities, like many in Arizona, by holding “rural counties accountable for pollution they did not create.”... Read more»

Commentary

Hunting: Az ranks 40th in federal regulatory burden

Other than complaining about our taxes, there’s hardly anything more American than grumbling about oppressive regulations. A generation of politicians have made careers of campaigning against “job-killing federal regulations.” But how onerous are these rules, really?... Read more»

Nootropics pop up on campuses, but do ‘smart drugs’ actually work?

It’s no secret college students have used “smart drugs” to enhance their performance in school. They often turn to medication such as Adderall and Vyvanse, prescription stimulants used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder.... Read more»

McCain demands DHS deploy military drones to patrol border

U.S. Sen. John McCain wants military drones, flown during Air Force training missions in Arizona, to begin patrolling the border. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, McCain demanded that DHS ask the Pentagon for support to "combat drug trafficking and secure the U.S.-Mexico border."... Read more»

Officials tell Congress infrastructure upgrades needed to keep water safe, reliable

The president of a Phoenix-based water company joined other officials from around the country to tell a Senate panel Thursday that the nation’s aging infrastructure needs help if Americans want a reliable, safe source of water.... Read more»

H1N1 'swine flu' cases spike in Arizona this flu season

The number of confirmed cases in Arizona has increased 68 percent compared to the previous flu season. "Right now, we are seeing very high levels of flu in the state," said a state epidemiologist.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Balloon payment: County foray into space as dubious as it is inspired

The idea of Pima County Supervisors rocketing into the space biz provides guffaws that write themselves. However, manned spaceflight has been turned over to the private sector and I'll tell you the folks at the Kennedy Space Center weren't laughing at World View. They were eager to rip World View from Tucson and relocate it on the shores of Cape Canaveral. The county's move to keep the company here has been met with hostility, derision and legal threats. I concur and completely disagree. ... Read more»2

First Zika virus case diagnosed in Arizona

The first case of Zika virus in Arizona has been confirmed in a woman who traveled outside the country before returning to Arizona, health officials have confirmed.... Read more»

City Court closed for computer upgrades Fri-Mon

An upgrade to a case database will mean Tucson City Court will not be open until Tuesday, with limited operations until next Wednesday. A transition to a new case management system will mean many old court records will no longer be available online.... Read more»

UA researcher hopes new diabetes drug can curb amputations

Heberprot-P, a drug from Cuba that can speed healing of diabetic lesions, is in the process of being approved for clinical trials. Researcher David Armstrong hopes the University of Arizona will take part in the testing before the end of the year.... Read more»

MVD glitch: Here's how updating your license can cost your vote

We looked into how Pima County's problems in Tuesday's election can be traced back to an influx of infrequent primary voters, and a confusing driver's license form that led to many registrations being switched to "independent" despite voter intentions.... Read more»

Tucson, Phx set to increase joint water conservation effort

Tucson and Phoenix water officials used the of the first-ever White House Water Summit to announced plans Tuesday for a more than five-fold increase in the conservation effort between the two cities.... Read more»

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