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Report: Climate change a growing factor in lessening Colorado River flows

There are many factors behind declining Colorado River flows, but climate change plays a larger part than previously thought and the threat will continue to grow if global warming is not addressed, a recent report says.... Read more»

FactCheck: Examining Trump’s wiretap claim

With no evidence, President Trump called it a “fact” that “President Obama was tapping my phones in October.” He compared the alleged surveillance to the criminal acts of “Nixon/Watergate.” Yet, Trump provided no support for the startling claim, and when the White House press office finally got around to explaining the tweets, it undercut Trump’s baseless claim.... Read more»

Another new jaguar spotted in S. Arizona mountains

A previously unknown jaguar is prowling the mountains of Southern Arizona, officials confirmed — the second documented within months and the third photographed here since 2012. The big cat was photographed by a trail camera in November in the Dos Cabezas Mountains, about 60 miles north of the border.... Read more»

UA scientists play key role in NASA’s new Webb telescope

The next generation of space telescopes will launch next year, and two University of Arizona scientists helped create critical instruments attached to the telescope that they hope will detect the beginnings of the universe.... Read more»1

FactCheck: Has autism prevalence increased?

President Trump said there has been a “tremendous” increase in autism in U.S. children. There has been a large increase in the reported cases of autism, but scientists don’t know if this is due to a broadening of the disorder’s definition and greater efforts in diagnosis or an actual increase in the number of individuals who have autism.... Read more»

With coal-fired power costs high, TEP's Navajo Generating Station to close by 2019

The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page voted today to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on site reclamation. The coal-fired plant has been under financial pressure from historically low natural gas prices.... Read more»

Intel uses White House to announce resumption of $7B Chandler factory plan

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used the Oval Office as a backdrop Wednesday to formally announce the company’s $7 billion investment in a new chip plant in Chandler, a long-delayed project that is expected to create as many as 3,000 high-tech jobs in Arizona.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Out of the Death Star: County needs to snatch victory from defeat on World View

So there's a whole lot more of this Pima County-World View-Goldwater Institute legal mess to wade through. Or the county could simply declare victory and move on. While the supervisors were in a closed-door meeting getting geared up to keep the fight going, I was on the phone with Goldwater finding a way out of this imbroglio. ... Read more»2

Pima County to appeal World View lease ruling

By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors approved an appeal of last week's ruling that the county violated procurement laws in a 2016 build/lease deal with high-altitude tech firm World View. County officials called the lawsuit "job killing" and noted that the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute "ignored" similar economic development deals in Maricopa County.... Read more»1

Judge voids Pima County's lease with World View

A judge ruled Thursday that Pima County violated state laws in not having its lease with World View appraised before signing an agreement to construct a facility for the high-altitude tech company. Judge Catherine Woods rules in favor of a Goldwater Institute lawsuit to block the lease. The building was completed at the end of December.... Read more»5

Ex-UA pres Shelton to focus on building world's largest telescope

The $1 billion Giant Magellan Telescope project in Chile, at 24.5 meters across, will be the world's largest telescope when it's completed in a decade. Heading up the development will be former UA President Robert Shelton. It "will help answer questions about our fundamental humanity, and why we're here on Earth."... Read more»

Backpage.com executives plead Fifth in hearing on sex trafficking

Executives of the online classifieds site Backpage.com refused to answer questions from a Senate committee investigating claims that the site facilitated child sex trafficking through its adult ads section. The hearing last week came one day after the site – whose former owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin co-founded the Phoenix New Times – removed its “adult” ads pages because of what it called unconstitutional censorship.... Read more»2

40MW solar plant north of Tucson powers ASU, PayPal

Electricity from a new $90 million solar power plant in Red Rock will be underwritten by PayPal's operation in Phoenix, and Arizona State University. The facility, next to an existing natural-gas plant about 35 miles north of Tucson, was dedicated this week.... Read more»

'Brain boosters' a gold mine for supplements industry but benefits hotly disputed

Concerns about Alzheimer's and other brain-wasting diseases have fueled booming sales of dietary supplements. But experts question the benefits.... Read more»

Tequila makers, volunteers lift endangered bats off the mat

An unusual alliance of researchers and tequila makers have helped rescue a crucial American Southwest pollinator known as the lesser long-nosed bat from the brink of extinction, according to U.S. wildlife managers who want the bat removed from the endangered and threatened species list. ... Read more»

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