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FactCheck: Santorum and the EPA’s mercury rule

Rick Santorum misrepresented the EPA’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins.... Read more»

Tucson cranks up bike-share planning

The city released a map of possible stations for a proposed bike-sharing system Tuesday. Concentrated in Downtown and near the University of Arizona, the plan includes bike rental spots as far afield as Reid Park, Pima College's West Campus and South Tucson. ... Read more»

DEA gets sued for spying on Americans' int'l phone calls

Human Rights Watch wants to make sure the U.S. drug agency terminates and never restarts its bulk phone data collection.... Read more»

APS holding co. was largest donor to 2014 federal campaigns in Arizona

Pinnacle West Capital and its employees were the largest non-party contributors to federal candidates in Arizona in the last election cycle, giving $187,783 to House and Senate candidates in the 2014 midterm election cycle.... Read more»

Cloud seeding: A solution to Arizona’s water challenges?

Of all the potential solutions offered for Arizona’s water challenges, one has a decidedly science fiction feel: planes flying over the Rockies, seeding clouds with aerosolized silver iodide to stimulate rain and snow.... Read more»

JD Wallace dropping the mic at KOLD

A veteran local news reporter is handing in his license to question: JD Wallace is leaving Channel 13 to work in public relations for a group of Southern Arizona energy cooperatives. ... Read more»

Maricopa County one of two U.S. sites testing 2020 Census procedures

Maricopa County was selected to test new methods of collecting population data in advance of the 2020 Census. ... Read more»

Tucson inventor’s Spider-Man toy lands in Supreme Court

Stephen Kimble had no idea that the toy web-shooter he designed two decades ago during an afternoon reading comic books with his son would wind up in the Supreme Court. But the Tucson man and Marvel were there arguing over law that guides royalties on the toy. ... Read more»

Early assessment of Common Core shows small gains

In a very early assessment of how Common Core standards may be influencing how much students learn, a new Brookings report finds small math and reading test score gains for students who live in states that embraced the new standards early.... Read more»

ASU camera helps NASA pick out site for next Mars lander

From the Viking landers in the 1970s to the most recent Curiosity rover, machines have acted as scientists’ eyes on Mars. And in 2016, NASA will send another lander, called InSight, that will study the red planet’s interior and seek answers about the formation of rocky planets.... Read more»

Snake oil? Experts say snakebite kits don't work, delay care

For those heading into rattlesnake territory, a snakebite kit – often featuring an illustration of a viper ready to strike – may seem to offer a measure of safety. But experts say they can do more harm than good. “If you’re snakebit and you’re relying on this to save your life, you’re wasting your time completely." ... Read more»

Wetter months mean more prey, but not necessarily more rattlesnakes

After seeing more rain than usual during the cooler months, Arizona has plenty of vegetation to feed the rodents and birds that rattlesnakes love to eat. But that doesn’t mean more rattlesnakes now that temperatures are warming up, experts say. That may happen in a couple years, but not until rattlesnakes fat and happy from plentiful food live to make baby rattlesnakes.... Read more»

Businesses mixed on costs, benefits of plastic vs. reusable bags

Advocates for reusable bags say they’re cheaper in the long run. But those who favor plastic bags say the reusable bags are significantly more expensive. Like many controversial topics, the “real” cost may depend on how you look at the issue.... Read more»1

Is flying getting more dangerous?

Is it still safe to fly? That’s a question many frequent fliers are asking themselves after Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 passengers and crew on board.... Read more»

Arizona, other states jockey to pitch potential to foreign investors

Foreign businesses looking to invest in the United States have heard the success stories from California and New York. They need no convincing of the perks of settling in the Big Apple or Silicon Valley. But other places in the United States – such as Arizona – need to work harder to prove their worth to investors.... Read more»1

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