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The FBI built a database to catch rapists — almost nobody uses it

For roughly 30 years the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals. ... Read more»

To boost health, rehab sometimes starts before cancer treatment

Cancer patients who do rehabilitation before they begin treatment may recover more quickly from surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, some cancer specialists say. But insurance coverage for cancer “prehabilitation,” as it’s called, can be spotty, especially if the aim is to prevent problems rather than treat existing ones.... Read more»

TEP: About 20k in Tucson without power

About 20,000 customers of Tucson Electric Power have lost power "amid heavy storms" Tuesday, the utility said. ... Read more»

Gila River leader says lack of broadband is harming tribal, rural areas

The governor of the Gila River Indian Community told a House panel that Indian Country is the nation’s “least served” area for broadband access, despite the “astounding” opportunity that it presents.... Read more»

Feds approve 25-year extension for mining, burning coal at Navajo plant

Federal officials approved a multi-year deal last week to allow expanded mining of coal on Navajo lands and continued burning of it at the nearby Four Corners Power Plant, along with other measures.... Read more»6

Killing the Colorado

Trickle-down drought: Arizona dodges connection between ground & surface water

Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still counting and regulate groundwater and surface water as if they were entirely separate. Damage from the West’s increasing reliance on underground supplies is proliferating, with groundwater levels in some places being drawn down so quickly that the earth above them is collapsing.... Read more»1

NASA prioritizing global health research on the Int'l Space Station

Small start-ups and multinational corporations alike are getting the chance to do groundbreaking research in Low Earth Orbit. ... Read more»

Calif. & Oregon to allow birth control without doctor's Rx

California and Oregon will be the first states in the nation to allow women to get birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives directly from their pharmacists – without a doctor’s prescription.... Read more»

McCain: Iran deal 'built far too much on hope'

It took more than 20 months of negotiations to reach agreement on an Iranian nuclear deal, but it took mere hours for Arizona lawmakers to respond to the plan, with support falling along party lines.... Read more»

Timeline: Long, bumpy road to the Iran nuclear deal

The world’s major powers and Iran have reached a deal Tuesday in the decades-long standoff over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.... Read more»

Highway agency takes hit over report on electronic billboard safety

Why did the billboard cross the road? It sounds like the opening line of a corny joke, but it’s actually a question raised by a baffling glitch in a Federal Highway Administration study on the safety of electronic billboards.... Read more»

SciCheck

FactCheck: No, the EPA will not regulate your barbecue

A Republican congressman says the EPA wants “to stop you and I from grilling,” and he has proposed legislation that would prohibit federal regulation of backyard barbecues. Rep. Richard Hudson cites an EPA “study,” but that is actually a student design project; the agency says it has no plans to regulate barbecues.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Crunching rankings shows Az's low-cost economic model is outdated

You may have heard CNBC released a report on the top states for business — and Arizona tumbled 20 spots to No. 34, but did you get the memo that Gov. Doug Ducey doesn't want bad news? Never mind the term "business friendly." Look at the states with strong economies and Arizona has a starting point to talk about our own.... Read more»1

Cactus rustlers focus of Saguaro Nat'l Park tagging plan

In a new move to protect the state’s iconic plant, Saguaro National Park plans to monitor cactus nurseries to prevent the buying and selling of stolen saguaros from the park. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Call center cheers show Council sloth on economy

The bad news about Comcast's new call center is that it remains good news after a quarter-century of failed economic development. When are we going to stop making excuses and coming up with plans to make plans to study things? It's time to get angry.... Read more»1

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