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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich's legal leap into the abortion debate means that medical care is no longer available in Arizona. Republicans would ordinarily prevail in these midterm elections, but the issue is likely to drag them down with voters — and not just women.

A Pima County judge cleared the way for a near-total abortion ban in Arizona. Republicans can no longer hide from the issue. They must stand and run on their extreme power grab from Arizonans' personal lives. The GOP's slim margin on power in the Legislature means the Democrats have an opportunity to seize. Read more»

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you call the current situation – COVID-19 still poses a significant, ongoing risk to the world.

President Joe Biden’s declaration that “the pandemic is over” raised eyebrows and the hackles of some experts who think such messaging could be premature and counterproductive - but to many Americans, the remark may ring true. Read more»

Book bans gain traction in cultures that imagine themselves as upholding a barrier between the purity of children and the corruption of the world.

The small groups of parents who traditionally spearhead efforts to ban books are now joined by politicians - but attempts to ban books are frequently motivated by misapprehensions about how children consume and process literature. Read more»

Research shows that the rate of PTSD among officers in the U.S. was more than 11 percent, nearly three times that of the estimated overall population.

Thanks in part to the advocacy of Erin Smith - whose husband, D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith, died by suicide days after being assaulted during the January 6 attack - Congress passed a bill recognizing suicides by officers for what they are: line-of-duty deaths. Read more»

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Apartments in downtown Tucson are among the few that accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers in Tucson.

Rents are going up fast in Tucson. But why does a homeowner care? What's bad for the tenants could hit the rest of Southern Arizona hard. The rental crisis requires all-guns-blazing solutions before it destroys discretionary budgets across our community. Read more»

Stop. A new state law will put an end to Pima County workers being required to get the coronavirus vaccine, as well as drop a requirement that unvaccinated government staffers pay higher insurance premiums.

The Pima County vaccine mandate for its work force is coming to an end, at the behest of the state Legislature. Oro Valley to consider impact fees, plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Hi Corbett Field at Reid Park

Reid Park's ballfields have been an "equalizer" between poor kids from the wrong side of the tracks and those from rich families for at least 65 years. They shouldn't be ripped out for a "Hammock Grove." — Tucson teacher Andy Morales Read more»

Family get-togethers can be contentious, and what were once civil conversations can rapidly escalate into heated debates unless you avoid “explosive topics” like current political, social, and religious issues - but a few tips can help turn ho-hum conversation into honest discussion. Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court indicated that it would take up a case in North Carolina challenging the authority of their state's Supreme Court to reject the congressional redistricting map - potentially giving state legislatures near-total control over the drawing of congressional districts. Read more»

Coinciding with International Day of Democracy, roughly 386 media partners will publish stories drawing attention to the crisis facing U.S. democracy and sounding the alarm that democracy is on the cusp of collapse. Read more»

From pipelines and dams to power plants and critical mineral mining, there are few industries or environments that NEPA doesn’t touch.

The tax reform and spending bill signed by President Joe Biden is also the country’s largest climate change investment, with what could be sweeping changes to the National Environmental Policy Act - the bedrock of environmental law - and the law’s critics cover the political spectrum. Read more»

Energy efficiency can save homeowners and renters hundreds of dollars a year, and the new Inflation Reduction Act includes a wealth of home improvement rebates and tax incentives to help Americans secure those saving. Read more»

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega stands to get a $75,000 per-year raise after seven years on the job.

The Tucson City Council is set to vote Tuesday on paying City Manager Mike Ortega $300,000 per year, but the they're being needlessly shifty about it. Plus a plethora of other local government meetings this week. Read more»

Marines stand at parade rest during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Healing Field in Tempe Town Lake, on Sept. 11, 2015, during Marine Week Phoenix.

The September 11 attacks in New York and Washington were visceral in their impact - killing more than 2,700 people - and often seen as the single event that turned traditional military postures on their heads - but the decades of world disorder began much earlier. Read more»

Veterinarian groups support pet insurance, partially because it tends to keep pet owners connected to a vet and eases concerns about treatment costs.

With the rise in the number of pets adopted during the pandemic came a rise in pet insurance - yet only two states have specific statutes governing the pet insurance industry, making it difficult for pet owners to discern what the costs will be as a pet ages. Read more»

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