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Nation’s first opioid trial promises long odds, high drama

An Oklahoma trial will provide Americans the first chance to hear the full scope of arguments on both sides in any of the lawsuits claiming that false and aggressive marketing by U.S. painkiller manufacturers caused an opioid overdose crisis.... Read more»

Drugmakers manipulate orphan drug rules to create prized monopolies

The "orphan drug" system intended to help desperate patients is being manipulated by drugmakers to maximize profits and to protect niche markets for medicines already being taken by millions, A Kaiser Health News investigation shows. ... Read more»

Public health vs. parent choice: The vaccination debate in Arizona

Health officials warn that vaccination rates are deteriorating across Arizona, risking public health as parents continue to opt out of immunizations.... Read more»

Final locally printed edition of Daily Star will roll off press Sunday

The hulking machinery at the Tucson Newspapers plant will rumble Sunday, as ink is rolled on paper for the last copies of a local daily newspaper to be printed here. The Arizona Daily Star is shifting production to Phoenix.... Read more»1

Dust, particle pollution disproportionately affect Latino and poor communities

More than 174,000 Arizona youth have asthma — many of them minorities and from low-income families, who bear a greater "pollution burden." " ... Read more»

Analysis

The promise of ‘restorative justice’ starts to falter under rigorous research

Talking things out may not be the best alternative to traditional "zero tolerance" school discipline, which research has shown has racial disparities.... Read more»2

Rare frog fossil sheds light on a gap in Arizona's geological record

A tiny fossil find in northern Arizona fills shows frogs hopped (or not hopped) straight through a mass extinction.... Read more»

‘A blind eye in medicine’: Bias can affect the health of patients of color

A 20-year-study by a Tucson physician and researcher found physicians can treat African-American and Latino patients with less rigorous care.... Read more»

Arizona farmers can legally grow industrial hemp, but will they take the risk?

Gazing over the cotton fields on his 300-acre farm outside Casa Grande, Paul Ollerton weighed the risks and opportunities of a new crop that, come this summer, will be legal to grow for the first time in decades.... Read more»

Thin on broadband: Tribal areas still struggle with lagging technology

Fewer than half the households on tribal lands in Arizona have access to broadband internet, and only one – the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – exceeds the state average, according to the Census.... Read more»

Robocalls hit 3 million a day in Arizona, but help may be on the way

On a typical day in Arizona this year, more than 3 million robocalls were made to phone numbers in the state, an increase of more than 1.4 million a day from just a year earlier.... Read more»

Arcosanti: Arizona's grand experiment in sustainable living approaches 50th year

At the end of a 2-mile dirt road in the Arizona desert lives a community of people longing to be a part of something bigger than themselves. For nearly 50 years, Arcosanti has drawn innovators who wish to leave city life behind and experiment with an alternative, more sustainable lifestyle.... Read more»

From the editor

Dated news: Sentinel adds more context to social shares, archives

We've all seen it: friends sharing dusty headlines about Trump or a celebrity obit from years ago. To help stop the spread of old news without any context, TucsonSentinel.com's adding year references to Facebook previews, and flagging archival stories on our site.... Read more»

A virtual wall may be the solution to protect wildlife at the border

Wildlife advocates say animals like the jaguar are at risk if President Donald Trump builds his planned border wall. But jaguars and their advocates may have an unlikely ally – the technology used in driverless cars.... Read more»

Guest opinion

'New NAFTA' does nothing to lower prescription drug costs for seniors

The high cost of prescription drugs is a huge issue for all Arizonans, and especially for retirees. But if Congress approves the newly negotiated NAFTA in its current form (the USMCA), the problem could be made even worse.... Read more»

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