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UA's Robbins, Carmona push vaccines to stem spiralling COVID pandemic

As the state continues to endure record levels of new infections driven by the Omicron variant, University of Arizona officials continued to press vaccinations and masking as a bulwark against continued spread. "The vaccine is just an incredible gift that we've been given," said UA President Robbins. ... Read more»

Overwhelmed by Omicron, Az hospitals are short-staffed & closing urgent cares, Banner doc says

Banner Health, which manages the largest network of hospitals in Arizona, reported that the Omicron variant of COVID continues to overwhelm their staff and facilities this winter as the state has counted the pandemic's highest number of confirmed daily cases this month. ... Read more»

Disabled residents, surviving spouses can get help lowering property tax bills

The Pima County Assessor's Office staff will be going out into the community to assist eligible widows, widowers, and disabled residents with their exemption applications for their primary residence. ... Read more»

Arizona bill requiring redactions on all body camera footage is back

Sen. John Kavanagh, who spent decades as a police officer, is reviving a measure that would heavily redact any body-worn camera footage released to the public, including requiring nearly all faces be blurred - though Arizona already has privacy exemptions to the public record law. ... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Tucker Carlson's passion for M&Ms

Right now you might be asking yourself, does Tucker Carlson wanna get it on with an M&M, or is he just bottom-feeding for fake outrage.... Read more»

Analysis

Another million adults ‘have stepped off the path to the middle class’

A sharp decline in the number of Americans going to college - down nearly a million since the start of the pandemic and by nearly 3 million over the last decade - could alter American society for the worse, even as economic rivals such as China vastly increase university enrollment.... Read more»

GOP uses redistricting to retain outsized statehouse power

This year’s redistricting of state legislatures is shaping up as extremely partisan across the country, and despite winning the presidency and the U.S. Senate in 2020, Democrats did not make much headway in reversing the GOP’s dominance of state legislatures.... Read more»

One way out: How the perilous quest for asylum becomes a migrant’s 'safest option'

People are forced to flee increasingly violent Central American countries like Honduras, where the United States’ endorsement of the 2009 coup of the democratically elected President led to extreme levels of insecurity and instability that continue to drive people out of the country.... Read more»

Recreational marijuana sales flying high a year after Arizona legalization

Arizona Department of Revenue reported more than $196 million was collected in taxes from 2021 marijuana sales – not including final December figures – with 22% of that total coming from recreational sales, a year after the use of recreational marijuana was legalized in the state.... Read more»

With end to Roe possible, thousands brave cold at upbeat March for Life

While religious and political leaders took the stage, school and church groups appeared to make up a large part of the crowd that packed the National Mall for several blocks Friday for the 49th annual March for Life. ... Read more»

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull update to Electoral Count Act

A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. ... Read more»

From the editor

News Literacy Week: Stop the flood of misinformation — Care before you share

The Tucson Sentinel is supporting the third annual National News Literacy Week to help more people learn to determine the credibility of content they encounter and use the standards of fact-based journalism to know what to trust, share and act on.... Read more»

Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema over filibuster support

Arizona Democrats formally censured Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Saturday for her vote to preserve the filibuster and refusal to join her Democratic colleagues in carving out an exception to the 60-vote threshold to allow a voting rights bill to pass.... Read more»

Pima women net 4th straight loss, get trounced at Central Arizona

The Pima Community College women’s basketball (12-7, 5-5 in ACCAC) dropped a fourth straight game on Saturday at Central Arizona College (14-3, 7-1).... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Mitch please

Did Mitch McConnell really state that Black voters aren’t Americans? Yes, yes he did. It’s no mystery why McConnell would say something like this. There’s a simple and obvious answer. His statement was not a gaffe. It was a Freudian slip.... Read more»

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