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Few consequences for repeat violators of health privacy law

Regulators have logged dozens, even hundreds, of complaints against some health providers for violating federal patient privacy law. Warnings are doled out privately, but sanctions are imposed only rarely. Companies say they take privacy seriously. ... Read more»

Experts fret Airbnb may hurt Arizona’s hospitality industry

Arizona has built a reputation for its multi-billion dollar travel industry with sprawling resorts and luxury offerings for tourists. While Airbnb has received praise for offering an alternative form of travel, it also faces criticism from officials and affordable housing advocates who claim its business model damages communities by providing unsafe, unregulated hotels.... Read more»

Another VA headache: Privacy violations rising at vets’ medical facilities

Deceased vets’ data has been sent to the wrong widows. Employees have snooped on the records of patients who’ve committed suicide. And whistleblowers say their own medical privacy has been violated. In response, the VA says patient privacy is a priority.... Read more»

Palo Verde nuclear power plant continues to defy desert

The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station uses as much as 80 million gallons of water a day to generate power for about 4.1 million people across the drought-ridden Southwest. ... Read more»

Feds shooting down local drone bans

FAA officials told state and local authorities last week that only the federal government has the ability to regulate remote-controlled aircraft. This week, Pima County reiterated a ban on drones in public parks — a policy they said isn't a violation of the federal regulations.... Read more»1

Pima County: Parks still a no-fly zone for drones

Gates Pass at sunset isn't the place for that drone you might find under the Christmas tree, Pima County officials said. Radio-controlled aircraft, including quadcopters and other drones, have been prohibited in county parks and open space areas for years.... Read more»

From the editor

Scaling down the hype in local news

Sentinel Editor & Publisher Dylan Smith was asked by NiemanLab at Harvard University to contribute to a set of predictions about journalism: "We need more local news entrepreneurs who can bring together teams with business smarts, reporting chops, and deep community knowledge to kick ass, take names, and cash checks.”... Read more»

Public, private groups unite to fight hackers

State officials said hundreds of thousands of web attacks batter Arizona agencies every day, not to mention attacks on private businesses, adding up to millions of attempted hacks in a given month.... Read more»

Roll tape: Valley police deploying body cameras

Officers from ASU, Tempe and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recently deployed body cameras to their officers, following several other cities around the Valley, including Phoenix and Mesa.... Read more»

Arizonans report thousands of cyber crimes, $25.4M in losses in 2014

The “2014 Internet Crime Report” said Arizonans submitted 6,040 of Internet crime complaints last year, reporting losses of nearly $25.4 million.... Read more»

Arizona’s surge in dark sky places combats light pollution

Look up at the sky once the sun goes down. How many stars do you see? If you live in a city or suburb, probably very few. That’s because of light pollution, the brightening of the night sky due to excessive use of lighting – something that the Tucson-based International Dark Sky Association has fought for nearly 30 years.... Read more»

Sierrita mine shutdown confirmed, to put 1,000+ out of work

More than a thousand Southern Arizona miners will soon be on the unemployment line, with Freeport-McMoRan announcing Wednesday that the Sierrita open pit mine in Green Valley will be completely shut down. ... Read more»2

Mesa Boeing plant delivers world’s premier attack helicopter

The AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, in high demand worldwide, is only made at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Arizona.... Read more»

Could you answer these Common Core test questions?

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are now using the same math and English standards, but the tests they use to determine how well students have mastered them still vary significantly. So even though, in theory, students in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Arizona are all learning the same thing, they'll be measured differently.... Read more»

Looking to space technology to save firefighters here on earth

Spurred on by firefighter deaths in the 2013 Yarnell Hill blaze, a team at NASA is working to use spacecraft heat-shield technology for fire shelters. ... Read more»

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