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Those given lifetime probation must complete mental health treatment, as well as a survey of their sexual interests, polygraphs about their sexual history and complete a relapse prevention plan.

Some victims of sex crimes want their perpetrators to spend more time being closely monitored and receiving treatment before they can petition for release from lifetime probation. Read more»

Even though the private student loan market is much smaller than the federal one, it’s still very large — more than $127 billion is owed by private student loan borrowers, and delinquencies have been rising over the past two years.

A federal judge ruled that former students from more than 150 colleges who had filed a borrower defense to repayment claim were entitled to automatic loan cancellation - but when the final legal hurdle was cleared, tens of thousands of private-loan borrowers were left out. Read more»

Hospitals are trying to persuade federal officials to maintain multiple COVID-era policies beyond the emergency or work with Congress to change the law.

The Biden administration’s decision to end the COVID-19 public health emergency in May will institute sweeping changes across the health care system that go far beyond many people having to pay more for COVID tests. Read more»

Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.

Former Navajo Nation President and Council Delegate Ben Shelly died on March 22 from a long-term illness at 75. Read more»

The single-page document by Garland directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be on alert for 'a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence' aimed at local school officials and teachers.

U.S. House Republicans continued to press accusations that a “woke agenda” is deteriorating parents’ rights, targeting a memo by Attorney General Merrick Garland instructing federal law enforcement to open lines of communication on threats to local school board members. Read more»

Tucson has spent millions on PFAS removal efforts at the Tucson Airport Remediation Project, or TARP, a plan to treat contaminated groundwater at wellfields in an area that’s been marked as a federal Superfund site.

PFAS have been around since the 1940s, and more than 120 different compounds have been found in wildlife - with some 330 species were affected, spanning nearly every continent - now, scientists are working to determine how these chemicals affect wild animals’ health. Read more»

Though none spoke up at the Energy and Commerce hearing, some progressive Democrats and outside groups have expressed uneasiness with a government ban of a private service.

A U.S. House panel grilled TikTok’s CEO for more than five hours Thursday over the social media giant’s ties to China, and indicated there may be bipartisan consensus for a national ban on the platform. Read more»

The Aztecs women's basketball season come to an end on Thursday as the No. 7 seeded Aztecs fell to No. 6 Bryant & Stratton College 78-72 in the fifth place consolation bracket semifinal. The Aztecs finished with a 26-9 overall record; most wins in a single season since 2015-16.

The Pima Community College women’s basketball team’s run through the NJCAA Division II national tournament came to an end Thursday in the consolation round against Bryant & Stratton College, with a 78-72 loss. Read more»

The Sonoran Desert is blossoming. Get out and see some of it.

Spring is here. It is the time for flowers to bloom and pollen allergies to be triggered. The cold is lessening its grip on Tucson and it is time to get out and have fun. Read more»

Grijalva framed the legislation as a community effort rather than a congressional one, and said he hoped other lawmakers would follow such an example.

Democratic lawmakers headed by Arizona Representative Raúl Grijalva unveiled a sweeping new piece of legislation Wednesday, aimed at shielding vulnerable communities from the effects of pollution and climate change, as well as strengthening government outreach. Read more»

A drag artist performs on the stage at Phoenix Pride Festival 2011.

Arizona GOP lawmakers are continuing to promote legislation targeting drag shows, while insisting that their proposals aren’t actually about drag shows at all after the term "drag shows" was removed on March 2 when the Senate debated the bill. Read more»

Moderna declined to say if people in the United States would pay less for the vaccine than those in other countries, whose governments didn’t invest in its development.

The CEO of Moderna defended the company’s decision to drastically increase the price of its COVID-19 vaccine later this year after being met with bipartisan condemnation from U.S. senators, who noted the government invested nearly $2 billion in development of the vaccine. Read more»

Bennett Cooper, in bow tie, talks outside the Supreme Court, where he defended VIP Products, an Arizona dog-toy maker, against a trademark-infringement claim filed by Jack Daniel’s Properties.

An Arizona dog-toy manufacturer told the Supreme Court that its “Bad Spaniels” squeaky toy is a “playful parody” of Jack Daniel’s that does not infringe on the distiller’s trademarks - though an attorney for Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. disagreed. Read more»

Marisol Garcia discusses the 'Educators’ Budget' proposed by Arizona’s largest teacher’s union, the Arizona Education Association on March 22, 2023. Garcia is the union’s president.

Arizona is ranked one of the worst states for school spending, and teachers are urging lawmakers to rectify that through increased funding, unveiling a $2.2 billion “Educators’ Budget” on Wednesday. Read more»

Kari Lake at a 2022 campaign event in Tucson.

The Arizona Supreme Court rejected six of the seven claims that failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake made in her bid to have the court overturn her election loss and remanded the signature verification claim back to the trial court for reconsideration. Read more»

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