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Az lawmaker wants to allow people to shoot rat and snake shot within city limits

It’s been illegal to fire a weapon within city limits in Arizona since 2000. One state rep. wants to tweak that statute – commonly referred to as “Shannon’s Law” – and add an exemption for people to shoot rat or snake shot. Tucson resident Charles Heller, a spokesman for a gun-rights group, supports the bill and said shooting snakes has been a long-time practice here.... Read more»

Snake oil? Experts say snakebite kits don't work, delay care

For those heading into rattlesnake territory, a snakebite kit – often featuring an illustration of a viper ready to strike – may seem to offer a measure of safety. But experts say they can do more harm than good. “If you’re snakebit and you’re relying on this to save your life, you’re wasting your time completely." ... Read more»

Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes are active, dangerous

Arizona rattlesnakes and their offspring are active and residents should be on the lookout for them over the next few weeks. Baby rattlesnakes, born in July and August, strike without warning and have enough venom to be a serious health hazard, authorities said.... Read more»

Rattlesnakes buzzing in backyards after mild winter

Arizonans can expect to see an earlier start to rattlesnakes season after a mild winter. Keeping safe is as easy as staying on trails and being careful while doing yard work. ... Read more»

Silent baby rattlers pose risks for the unsuspecting

Not only are baby rattlesnakes silent, they can be more likely than adults to bite — and because their bites may not cause swelling, some victims are unaware they've been bitten until they suffer severe bleeding problems. "Last Saturday in the Tucson area alone, we had eight bites in 36 hours. That’s a lot of bites."... Read more»

Poison center: Baby rattlesnakes have dangerous bites

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is warning Arizonans to be on the lookout of rattlesnakes and their new offspring. Baby rattlesnakes, on the rise in August, strike without warning and pack enough venom to be a serious health hazard.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: 'Stamp out Hunger' this Saturday

Interviews with Sen. Linda Lopez, Dr. Keith Boesen of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, Tucson Weekly's Jim Nintzel, TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, Bill Carnegie of the Community Food Bank of Arizona and Dan Turrentine of the Letter Carriers Association, plus Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

Rattlesnakes still biting as heat continues

With 39 people bitten by rattlesnakes last month, and eight bites reported in the just first five days of September, hikers, yard workers and those venturing outdoors in the evening should continue to be cautious.... Read more»

FDA approves new scorpion antivenom tested at UA

The Food and Drug Administration approved a scorpion antivenom medication that was tested at the University of Arizona and produced in Mexico to treat people stung by the insect commonly found in the desert, UA researchers announced Wednesday.... Read more»1