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A federal grand jury has returned a 49-count indictment against Jared Lee Loughner in the deaths of 6 and wounding of 13 in the Jan. 8 mass shooting. The charges include 14 for which the death penalty may be imposed. Read more»

A motion by prosecutors to bar the release of autopsy reports on the victims of the Jan. 8 mass shooting has been denied by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns. The ruling does not mean the autopsies will necessarily be released, the judge wrote. Read more»


Psychological and medical records of Jared Lee Loughner have been improperly given to the FBI by prison officials, his attorneys said in a court filing Wednesday. Defense attorneys said release of the information violates Loughner's Miranda rights and doctor/patient privilege. Read more»


Federal prosecutors have asked that the autopsies of the victims of the Jan. 8 mass shooting not be released, and that the medical examiner not speak to the media. Read more»

Like many brands, Rok electronic cigarettes have batteries that can be recharged by plugging into a computer’s USB port.

A state senator wants to keep electronic cigarettes out of kids’ hands by making it a petty offense for merchants to sell them to minors and for minors to buy them. Read more»


Pamela Simon returned to her desk in the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this week after recovering from the Jan. 8 attack that left her shot twice. Read more»

Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson, co-author of legislation outlawing spice, says the substance is dangerous because its side effects vary by brand, batch and person.

Spice, a chemically treated blend of herbs marketed as incense but often smoked as an alternative to marijuana, is now illegal in Arizona. Read more»

The American Red Cross will partner with local groups to host a blood drive Saturday at the La Toscana Village shopping center on the Northwest Side. Read more»

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, speaks in support of his bill to make doctors sign affidavits stating that abortions aren’t based on the race or sex of fetuses.

Following an hour of heated debate, the state House gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would ban abortions sought because of the fetus’ race or sex. Read more»

One goal of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program is to have Pima County’s restaurants offer healthier options.

Armed with $15.75 million in stimulus funds, Pima County is targeting obesity by promoting workplace exercise programs and healthier school lunches and lobbying for policies that encourage farmers markets and community gardens. Read more»

State Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, is sponsoring a bill she says would give employers more flexibility to deal with employees who might be using medical marijuana.

Now that Arizona voters have approved the use of medical marijuana, employers need new ways to deal with employees who are impaired for any reason, a state lawmaker said Tuesday. Read more»

Arizona ranks among the lowest-performing states in the United States for children's health coverage. Read more»

Overall state rankings by quartile in The Commonwealth Fund’s report.

Arizona ranks among the lowest-performing states in the nation for children's health coverage, riding the bottom line for access, affordability and equity, according to a national report. The state ranked 49th overall. Read more»

After the hearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Lambda Legal attorney Tara Borelli (right) speaks with Deanna Pfleger (center), an Arizona Game and Fish Department peace officer, and Pfleger’s partner, Mia LaBarbara.

An Arizona law removing domestic partner benefits for state employees discriminates against same-sex couples because they can't get married to qualify, an attorney argued Monday before an appeals court panel. Read more»

Over 100 people gathered in the Arizona Health Sciences Plaza at UMC on Monday to create a human chain. The celebration was held to honor humanism and compassion in medicine.

Over 100 people gathered to form a human chain at University Medical Center at noon on Valentine's Day to recognize the humanism and compassion shown by Dr. Randall Friese, who cared for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the emergency ward. Read more»

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