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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

Is ASU the model for the new American university?

After more than a decade of remaking itself, the university has become a model of what higher education in America should be, according to a book by its outspoken president, Michael Crow: a place judged not by who it turns away, but by who it accepts, and how many of its students graduate. But critics wonder whether other campuses should copy ASU’s dramatic changes.... Read more»

FactCheck: Ted Cruz distorts NASA’s mission, budget

During his critique of NASA’s spending on earth and atmospheric sciences at a recent committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz made some misleading claims regarding the agency’s budgets and the science that it conducts.... Read more»

Amid push to clear rape kit backlog, extent of problem unknown in Az

As many as 400,000 “rape kits” nationwide have not been tested, thousands of them in Arizona, a backlog that advocates and government officials say is delaying the identification of potential rapists. In Arizona, the true extent of the backlog is uncertain because police departments here, as in many other states, are not required to track the backlog of rape kits.... Read more»

Hillary Clinton’s top five clashes over secrecy

The latest flap over her private emails as secretary of state is far from the first time she’s been accused of lacking transparency. ... Read more»

There’s an app for that. And that. But not that. Arizona lags in mobile apps

The number of state-run mobile apps connecting citizens to government services has increased steadily in recent years, but Arizona still trails many states in its efforts to develop government-on-the-go.... Read more»

ASU Foundation links utility funds to anti-solar push

The nonprofit fundraising arm of Arizona State University gave $100,000 to a shadowy political group that spent at least $2.4 million on TV ads attacking state candidates who sided with the solar industry during last year's election.... Read more»

Former Irish president to speak on climate change at UA

A former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, will give a speech on climate change and human rights at the University of Arizona on Thursday night. Robinson, a former United Nations envoy on the issue, will "discuss the importance of including the most vulnerable populations of the world in solutions to climate change."... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton’s email and the privacy 'privilege'

Hillary Clinton says neither the federal government nor an independent third party has the right to review emails she sent as secretary of state if she deems them personal. That’s inaccurate.... Read more»

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FactCheck: Obama on Clinton’s emails

President Obama said he first learned “through news reports” that Hillary Clinton used a private email system when she was his secretary of state. But it turns out he did know she used a private email address, at least for some official business.... Read more»

Dog bacteria might benefit human health

Fido’s licks and tummy rubs just might be good for your health. UA researchers are studying the biological connection between humans and dogs to find out how they influence each other.... Read more»

Daylight Saving Time

Don't touch that clock! Rest of nation springing ahead to DST

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning for most of the United States, but Arizona residents won't have to switch their clocks — we don't observe DST.... Read more»

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Will power plant rules cause blackouts?

FactCheck: The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency’s proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That’s debatable.... Read more»

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