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Advocates look for new ways to fill city 'food deserts'

No American city has bested the problem of low grocery access, but as communities across the country re-evaluate strategies for addressing food-access gaps, a collaborative approach that favors a network of community-led projects could be the new model.... Read more»

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Analysis

What does the Inflation Reduction Act mean for climate tech?

The $370 billion climate, energy and health care bill includes incentives to expand renewable energy and electric vehicles - but there’s a catch, and it could end up making it difficult for most EVs to qualify for the new incentive.... Read more»

Lawsuit could end free preventive health checkups

A federal lawsuit heard in Texas could upend or even eliminate the preventive care requirement in the Affordable Care Act, as a group is arguing that the requirement is unconstitutional and some preventive health measures violate religious protections.... Read more»

Analysis

Don’t be too quick to blame social media for America’s polarization – cable news has a bigger effect

Roughly 17% of Americans are politically polarized – 8.7% to the left and 8.4% to the right – based on their TV news consumption - three to four times higher than the average percentage of Americans polarized by online news.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Pima County Supes to vote on plan to tackle rental crisis

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a five-part plan to tackle the affordable housing crunch in the Tucson area. It's a step but tens of thousands of affordable units are needed. Plus more in local government meetings this week.... Read more»

People skipping out on probation can avoid arrest with new Pima County program

The Pima County Superior Court will forgive probationers who avoid court-mandated meetings with probation officers that can result in felony arrest warrants. The "Clear My Warrant" program will help low-level offenders get back on track with their probation. ... Read more»

Arizona stacking cargo containers to block border in Yuma, Ducey says

Arizona began setting up its own border barrier Friday, filling gaps in the wall near Yuma with shipping containers topped with "razor wire," Gov. Doug Ducey announced.... Read more»

AZ massage board failed to investigate prostitution complaints for more than 2 years

The Arizona board that regulates massage therapists put the public at risk by failing to investigate complaints, including waiting more than 800 days to take action against three therapists accused of prostitution, according to a new state audit.... Read more»

3D printing and foam: Arizona organizations make homes more sustainable

Amid global climate change and a chronic shortage of affordable housing, Arizona construction companies and nonprofits are taking innovative steps to make homes more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. ... Read more»

Abortion ballot measures seen as critical — but tricky — strategy

The victory for abortion rights in a Kansas primary this month was the first direct expression of voter sentiment since the Supreme Court overturned the right to abortion - but experts on both sides remain circumspect about what the vote may mean for the future.... Read more»

Trump says he will not oppose release of FBI search warrant for Mar-a-Lago

Former President Donald Trump said late Thursday night that he will not oppose the Department of Justice's motion to unseal the search warrant approved by a federal judge for the FBI's raid on his south Florida home, Mar-a-Lago.... Read more»

Arizona residents sue Phoenix over homeless public health crisis

Phoenix residents and business owners are suing the city over what they claim is a public health crisis in their neighborhood - seeking a declaration that homeless encampments on city property in a downtown area near shelters are a public nuisance.... Read more»

A change for the better? Arizona set to add shot clocks for high school basketball

After years of support, the Arizona Interscholastic Association will add a 35-second shot clock to high school basketball in the 6A through 3A conferences.... Read more»

FactCheck

Social media, politicians make unfounded claims of politicized Mar-a-Lago search

Social media posts claiming the FBI search of the home of former President Donald Trump was politically motivated have been swirling online, despite there being no evidence that President Biden “had his department of justice’s FBI raid” Trump’s home.... Read more»

Soccer notes

UA soccer drops a delayed preseason match; FC Tucson has break to regroup

Megan Chelf scored a 36th minute goal in a University of Arizona Wildcats preseason loss on Thursday morning. FC Tucson takes a much-needed break from play this week.... Read more»

No, the Senate-passed reconciliation bill won’t strip $300 billion from Medicare

As Senate Democrats raced to pass what could be their final piece of major legislation before the midterm elections, critics went to the airwaves to falsely blast the proposal as hurting older Americans who rely on Medicare.... Read more»

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