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The Pima County Board of Supervisors plans spend $180,000 from a multi-million dollar settlement with drug manufacturers to purchase and distribute Narcan, "blanketing" the area with the medication that can reverse otherwise fatal opioid overdoses. Read more»

Conover during a press conference on the Remington case in August 2022.

Saying "I know the work isn't done," Pima County Attorney Laura Conover told interviewers Friday that she's inclined to seek another term as the top local prosecutor in 2024. Read more»

Former TPD officer Ryan Remington

The Arizona board responsible for certifying police voted to pursue action against former Tucson Police Officer Ryan Remington after he shot and killed a man in a motorized wheelchair during a confrontation over shoplifting in November 2021. Read more»

Pima County Attorney Laura Conover spoke against the proposed bill, saying that there are already laws on the books that prosecutors can use for these types of deaths, and her office has successfully prosecuted several dealers for manslaughter.

A proposed Arizona law that would allow drug dealers to be charged with homicide if their product killed someone was shot down by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, with one lawmaker saying it would cause more problems that it would solve. Read more»

Criminal charges against former Tucson police officer Ryan Remington — who who shot and killed a man in a motorized wheelchair during a confrontation over shoplifting in Nov. 2021 — were dismissed Tuesday after a new grand jury did not indict him. Read more»

Reproductive rights protesters in Tucson in June 2022.

Abortions in Arizona are legal up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, after an appeals court ruled late Friday that the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban doesn’t overrule nearly 50 years of laws tightly regulating abortions. Read more»

"While homelessness itself is not a crime, those living on the streets are causing much of the vandalism, theft, drug dealing and use, public indecency, physical attacks, and other illicit and illegal behaviors." — Supervisor Steve Christy Read more»

Dr. Jill Gibson, the medical director for Planned Parenthood of Arizona, stands outside the organization’s Tempe clinic during a press conference to announce the resumption of abortion services across the state on Oct. 27, 2022. Gibson, who is an OBGYN, said abortion should be a decision made between patients and their doctors, not subject to the whims of polticians.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona is resuming abortion care services after a months-long pause amid uncertainty over whether doctors could face criminal charges for performing the procedure - but the resumption of services may be temporary, as the 1864 ban is still a looming threat. Read more»

Kari Lake can't figure out why her refusal to accept election results is something people can't shut up about.

Kari Lake's "promise" to abide election result is as bogus as her claims of voter fraud, as democracy teeters in the balance of voter anger over inflation and crime. We're so screwed. Read more»

Planned Parenthood in Arizona, like other abortion providers in the state, is once again offering abortions after a court ruling last week restored a state law that allows them up to 15 weeks. It’s the latest twist in an on-again, off-again availability of abortion after a series of legal challenges since this summer.

Clinics across Arizona have largely resumed offering abortions after a court last week blocked a ruling that briefly outlawed the procedure, but providers said they are taking abortion’s future in the state day by day. Read more»

Abortion supporters and opponents at the Supreme Court in June, before the court overturned Roe and said abortion is a question states should decide. That has jumbled the law in Arizona, where lawmakers this year approved abortion up to 15 weeks and a superior court judge just revived a 1901 abortion ban – leaving county prosecutors unsure which law to enforce.

Whatever their position on abortion rights, the Arizona county attorneys who would be responsible for enforcing the state’s abortion law all acknowledge that they will do their best to follow it - except that they’re not all sure what the law currently is. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed his opposition to Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s request that a judge’s ruling that recently reinstated a 1864 abortion ban be put on hold, roundly dismissing the organization’s argument that a tangled legal landscape will cause providers to put off care, ultimately harming women. Read more»

Dr. Francisco Garcia, the chief medical officer for Pima County, talks about the Health Department's leading role in deciding how a $48.5 million settlement from a national opioid lawsuit will be spent over the next 18 years.

$48.5 million from an opioid settlement to be paid out through the next 18 years will help Pima County efforts to prevent overdoses from fentanyl and other drugs, and raise awareness about free Narcan available to the public. Read more»

Abortion-rights advocates vowed to fight a Pima County Superior Court ruling that reinstated an Arizona law that criminalizes abortion in most cases. Activists in this file photo rally outside the Arizona Capitol in June, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade ruling.

Planned Parenthood Arizona said Monday it will appeal a Pima County judge’s ruling that restored a territorial-era law that criminalized abortion in the state and effectively shuttered abortion services in Arizona, while seeking an immediate stay of the Pima County Superior Court ruling. Read more»

Hon. Kellie Johnson presides over a hearing in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz. on August 19, 2022. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is seeking to lift 1972 injunction blocking enforcement of old abortion ban.

A Pima County judge has ruled that a Civil War-era ban on nearly all abortions in Arizona can be enforced in the wake of the Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade, lifting an injunction that kept the law from being enforced for nearly 50 years. Read more»

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