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Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have produced energy via nuclear fusion, in a dramatic scientific breakthrough that came days after the Keystone pipeline leaked more than 14,000 barrels of oil in Kansas. The spill is expected to take weeks to clean up. Read more»

Ground crews check an F-35 at Luke Air Force Base in this photo from 2018, when total Defense Department spending in the state was $15.2 billion, 10th-most in the nation. Pentagon spending in Arizona fell to $14.6 billion in fiscal 2021, and the state fell out of the top 10, but economists and business officials say the long-term picture is still strong.

Pentagon spending in Arizona fell sharply in fiscal 2021, part of an overall decline in expenditures nationally that bumped the state from seventh place among states to 13th, according to Defense Department data released this fall. Read more»

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta.

Earlier this year, top leadership at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began the task of reforming the agency, but the current workplace structure could be a major barrier as the agency has embraced a workplace program that allows most of its scientists to stay remote. Read more»

With more federal money available for addiction treatment and billions to come from a nationwide opioid settlement, addiction treatment advocates say they’re hopeful that the use of buprenorphine in emergency departments will take off.

Last year, 109,000 people died from a drug overdose, more than double the number in 2015, and though medical professionals have long argued that buprenorphine should be available in every emergency room in the country, adoption of the practice has been sluggish. Read more»

Why some printers had problems and others didn’t is unclear.

As Maricopa County investigates what exactly caused machines to reject thousands of voters’ ballots on Election Day, an analysis of technical evidence found that local officials may have pushed the county’s ballot printers past their limits. Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve a lease with American Battery Factory, which plans to spend $1.2 billion to start making battery cells in Tucson and says the company plans to bring in 1,000 jobs with average salaries of $65,000. Read more»

Congress has not yet reached an agreement on total spending for the federal government for the current fiscal year, meaning U.S. lawmakers might need to pass another short-term government funding bill when the current law funding the Pentagon and the rest of the government expires on Dec. 16. 

Members of the U.S. military would no longer be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine under a proposal Congress could pass as soon as this week. Read more»

Jason Salfi, the co-founder and CEO of Dimensional Energy, speaks during a ceremony and tour as part of the company's announcement it will begin creating jet fuel from CO2 as part of a deal with United Airlines.

A few cargo containers and a modest tower bristling with equipment on the campus of the University of Arizona's Tech Park might be the key to solving a major problem in modern life: the overwhelming production of carbon dioxide for transportation, plastics, and thousands of consumer products. Read more»

Global yields of corn could drop by as much as 24% by 2030, according to NASA’s news service, due to rising temperatures, shifts in rainfall patterns and 'elevated surface carbon dioxide concentrations from human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.'

Much of the very same land that is the source of diversity for our food lies in countries that are the most vulnerable to the destructive impacts of climate change - and that vulnerability rebounds into how much Americans pay for food. Read more»

Rendering of an American Battery Factory pop-up operation. The Utah start-up business wants to build a plant in Tucson and is set to receive local incentives.

A combination of city and county incentives would help land an American Battery Factory plant in Tucson — with a forecast of 1,000 jobs at a $1.1 billion plant. But the deal might remind some of the World View situation. Read more»

Pima County has started offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits at all 26 of their public libraries as respiratory infections continue to spike here. Read more»

FTX failed after founder Sam Bankman-Fried improperly used another business he founded, the trading house Alameda Research, to hold a large number of FTX’s tokens. 

Nearly nine months after a bipartisan group of U.S. House members sent a letter questioning the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into cryptocurrencies, the lawmakers are maintaining their position that the agency’s approach to regulating crypto is deeply flawed. Read more»

In addition to the audits, political party representatives also participate in pre- and post-election logic and accuracy tests in which sample ballots are tabulated and the results are checked for accuracy.

Hand-count audits of the November election results in 12 Arizona counties found no problems with electronic ballot tabulators, but three counties didn’t conduct the post-election audits required by law. Read more»

Erosion can be seen along a privately funded border wall in Mission in June 2020.

A private border wall built along the Rio Grande in South Texas could collapse during extreme flooding, according to a federally commissioned inspection report that the government sought to keep secret for more than a year. Read more»

Earl Tulley tells stories by a family hogan on his ancestral home in Blue Gap, in the Navajo Nation.

Companies extracted an estimated 30 million tons of uranium ore on or near the Navajo Nation - largely for the U.S. government’s nuclear arsenal and in later years for commercial purposes - that left a trail of radioactive waste that — is largely unremediated and is still causing harm. Read more»

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