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Regional News: New Mexico Lt. Gov. predicts Virgin Galactic’s space tourism launch is close

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  Real Estate, Regional News, Transportation  /  No Comments

By  Chris McKee | KROE TV Could 2020 be the year commercial space flights finally launch from New Mexico’s nearly quarter-billion-dollar Spaceport? A top state official now says takeoff may be a lot closer than you think after Virgin Galactic moved its only fully-functional spaceship out to New Mexico last week. While there was no flashy […]

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Regional News: The Cannabis Industry’s Next Big Threat: Hacks And Fraud

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

Credit: Shutterstock By Alicia Wallace | CNN Business Cannabis is an emerging industry with stratospheric growth expectations. Like the California Gold Rush, the dot-com boom and every other new market with boundless potential, the cannabis industry also has the tendency to attract some sketchy characters with dubious motives. Security experts have long warned that the […]

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Regional News: West Valley City Council creates new zone to spur sustainable housing

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  Real Estate, Regional News  /  No Comments

A technician installs solar panels on top of a home in Salt Lake City in 2016. In nearby West Valley, the City Council has approved a new sustainable zoning tool that would require, among other things, the installation of Tesla solar roofs on all residential homes built within the zoning area./ Chris Detrick /Tribune file […]

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Regional News: Trump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  Regional News, Water  /  No Comments

Site of the potential intake for the delta tunnel project in the north Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, near Freeport. /Katie Cahill /CNS By Rebecca Beitsch | The Hill President Trump on Wednesday signed an order in California to re-engineer the state’s water plans, completing a campaign promise to funnel water from the north to a thirsty […]

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Speaker wants voters to sharply limit medical marijuana potency, citing controversial book

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

Getty Images By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror Arizona voters may be asked to severely limit the amount of THC that medical marijuana can contain, if the top Republican in the Arizona House of Representatives has his way. After reading a controversial book that links marijuana use to mental illness and violence, House Speaker Rusty […]

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Arizona would double its gas tax to pay for road repair under bill at Legislature

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Transportation  /  No Comments

The full 18-cent-per-gallon gas-tax increase would add about $2.88 to a 16-gallon fill-up in the third year. By Ryan Randazzo| The Republic  The price Arizonans pay for fuel would increase by 18 cents a gallon by 2023 under a proposal to raise the gas tax that won preliminary approval at the Legislature this week. The […]

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Local nurse sues hospital after ‘New Times’ story on medical pot ban

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  Cannabis and Hemp, Courts/Law  /  No Comments

Phoenix New Times wrote about how a hospital threatened to fire Timothy Costello for using medical marijuana. Now, he’s suing./Ali Swenson By Ali Swenson | Phoenix New Times Valley ER nurse Timothy Costello is suing one of the biggest hospital systems in Maricopa County for its ban on employee medical marijuana use, just over a […]

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Elizabeth Warren announces endorsements as AZ early voting begins

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  2020 Elections  /  No Comments

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden listens during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. /Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images By Jim Small |Arizona Mirror On the first day of early voting for Democrats in Arizona’s presidential preference election, three women state senators […]

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Arizona’s biggest marijuana company just got bigger

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic  Marijuana dispensary licenses are worth millions in Arizona today and are poised to leap in value this November if voters approve recreational use of the drug. Harvest Health and Recreation, Arizona’s biggest medical-marijuana operator, said on Wednesday it has acquired three shops run by competitor Arizona Natural Selections, giving […]

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Marijuanopoly: Inside the high risk, high reward game of Arizona’s pot industry

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  Cannabis and Hemp  /  No Comments

By Ali Swenson | Phoenix New Times  Arizona’s cannabis industry is a strategic game — with huge payouts. The applications were in, the photo backdrop had been unfurled, and the media was gathered in tightly at the state laboratory in Phoenix. All that was left to do for the three polo-clad Arizona Department of Health […]

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