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Arizona's economic growth slowed in 2015, as copper mining took a hit

Arizona’s economy grew in 2015, but at a much slower rate than it did in 2014 — the state’s gross domestic product grew 0.9 percent to reach $294.2 billion in 2015, but that was half the 1.8 percent rate of growth the state experienced in 2014. Arizona’s growth was also well below the national rate of 2.4 percent last year.... Read more»

Tripped up by records questions, Ally Miller flees Supes meeting

Forced to acknowledge that she has not revealed records of public business she conducts using her personal accounts, Ally Miller quickly left a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, even as officials continued to discuss her month-long stonewalling of reporters' questions about ex-staffer Timothy DesJarlais' sham news website.... Read more»1

Fire lines holding against wildfire near Show Low

The growth of a wildfire near Show Low slowed Thursday afternoon, but could still cross a threshold that would force authorities to order an evacuation for several communities in Navajo County, including Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, McNary, Fort Apache and Hon-Dah.... Read more»

Ex-Ally Miller staffer 'confesses' he was behind bizarre blog

Timothy DesJarlais, a staffer for Ally Miller who quit his post after becoming the focus of an ongoing investigation into a peculiar political website, the "Arizona Daily Herald," has now owned up to his lies — at least in part. After denials, diversions and a false crime report, he wrote a "confession" to Miller.... Read more»2

Falken press: Ally Miller's ex-aide reactivates 'Az Daily Herald' site

Although County Supervisor Ally Miller has been slow-walking her response to public records requests that could shed light on who was behind a bizarre website linked to her office, an aide who quit last week has made the site live again — using his real name this time instead of an alias.... Read more»

McSally demands info about FBI surveillance flights over Tucson

In a letter to the FBI's director, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally asked officials to brief her on the use of small planes to conduct government surveillance in and around Tucson. ... Read more»

Az mosquito surveillance helps track, curb spread of Zika

Phoenix is one of the best regions in the nation when it comes to the surveillance of mosquitos that can carry the Zika virus, one of the hard science approaches that could help check the spread of the disease, an Arizona epidemiologist said Wednesday.... Read more»

Tucson biz leaders blast Goldwater suit over World View

The heads of local business groups are calling on a rightwing lobbying group, the Goldwater Institute, to drop a lawsuit against Pima County over support for World View, the high-altitude technology company. That includes the leaders of the Metro Chamber, Sun Corridor, SALC and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.... Read more»

Commentary

Back off parents: It’s not your job to teach Common Core math

What should parents do when they don’t understand their kids’ homework? Parents across the country are trying to make sense of Common Core standards, a set of academic expectations that call for less focus on memorization and more focus on explaining how solutions were found and, in English, a deep probe of text.... Read more»

Tucson microphone firm recognized with President's 'E' Award

Cloud Microphones, a Tucson-based manufacturer of precision audio gear, was among 123 companies and groups honored for "achievements in exporting," as the Commerce Department announced the recipients of the President's "E" Awards on Monday.... Read more»1

Global warming, pesticides killing off monarch butterflies

Global warming and pesticide use are disrupting the monarch’s migration patterns through Arizona and destroying milkweeds, the food source for its young. The number of migrating monarchs has dropped by as much as 90 percent in two decades. Should they be declared an endangered species?... Read more»

Arizona spent millions on failed biospecimen program it hopes to revive

How the state's Bioscience Roadmap lost its way: the government agency that poured millions into the Arizona Biospecimen Locator hasn’t discussed it at a formal meeting in months, despite its status as a core initiative. But new plans may breathe life into the program by the end of the year.... Read more»

What price a miracle? Limited access to hepatitis-C drug sparks debate

Jose Robles is the picture of health. And because of that, he has to remain sick, even though new drugs would likely cure him of the disease he’s had since birth. He’s not the only one: From doctors and patients to ethicists and actuaries, the debate over access to drugs for hepatitis C has spurred investigations and lawsuits and conversations about the restrictions that leave some patients without access to the newest treatments.... Read more»

Dollars for doctors

Another study finds links between pharma money and brand-name prescribing

A group of researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that medical industry payments to physicians in Massachusetts are associated with higher rates of prescribing brand-name drugs that treat high cholesterol.... Read more»

Az researchers look to dogs to advance cancer treatments

One out of every three dogs is affected by cancer and of those, more than half of them will die from the disease. And treating cancer isn’t cheap. Treatments can include chemotherapy, surgery and radiation – with costs ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.... Read more»

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