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We talk to Rich Smith, Director of UAMC Artificial Heart Program, and Michael Garippa, CEO and President of SynCardia Systems, Inc., about how artificial heart technology has changed and some of what patients can expect to see in the future.

Local Medical Tech Co Testing New Devices for Artificial Hearts

SynCardia will launch a smaller device for people who are too petit such as elderly women and children.

We sit down with Marvin Slepian, UA Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, to discuss how a new pacemaker technology will eliminate the need for a battery.

New Tech Uses Patient's Body to Power Pacemakers

A major challenge for the device's manufactures is its battery, which must be safe, reliable and long lasting as it controls abnormal heartbeat.

SB 1062 Overshadows Other AZ Legislature Moves

Those include initial approval to bill that would allow surprise inspections to abortion clinics; Brewer signs campaign finance law repeal.

Watch for Prescribed Burn in Tucson Tuesday

Smoke from sweetwater wetlands near Prince Road and I-10 will be visible throughout much of area; no need to call 911, Tucson Fire says.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, February 28, 2014

A look at Gov. Brewer's veto of SB 1062; Tucson Mayor Rothschild's State of the City address.

AZ Week: Opposing Sides Debate Good, Bad of Vetoed SB 1062

Supporter says bill could have 'helped gay community;' opponent says it would hurt state's reputation.

The border wall between Mexico and Arizona runs through rolling desert hills, separating a bustling Mexican city from the Arizona desert.

Homeland Security Awards $145M for Security Towers in Border

Fixed towers along Mexico-Arizona border will 'detect, track, identify, classify suspicious activity,' says Customs spokesperson.

Advances Made, LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination Remains

Transgender Pima County lawyer says situation even more difficult for trans people; most states including AZ don't have laws protecting LGBTQ people in workplace.

TEP Proposes No More Coal Burning at Tucson Plant

Idea comes at EPA public hearing as alternative way to meet emission restrictions plan aimed at cleaner park air.

House for sale in Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Home Sales Down As Prices Increase, Report Says

RealtyTrac findings show lack of foreclosure deals, meaning fewer homes being sold.

High school students take a tour of American Turbo Systems and other local machinists shops and we learn about Arizona's growing demand for machinists and other manufacturing jobs.

High School Students Explore Local Manufacturing Job Opportunities

Industry experts say there are jobs and not enough skilled workers; Pima County data shows more than 1,500 positions in demand by 2020.

Last week the Tucson City Council decided to ask for feedback on a proposal to raise bus fares and change some bus routes. We discuss the decision with Councilman Paul Cunningham.

Councilman Says Bus Service Cuts Should Not Happen

Tucson City Council seeking public input on bus fare increases, service changes, Cunningham opposes service cuts.

We sit down with Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry to learn more about Social Impact Bonds.

Pima County Proposal: Social Services Could be Funded Privately

County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry proposes change to save money, return savings to investors.

High school students take a tour of American Turbo Systems and other local machinists shops and we learn about Arizona's growing demand for machinists and other manufacturing jobs.

High School Students Explore Local Manufacturing Job Opportunities

Industry experts say there are jobs and not enough skilled workers; Pima County data shows more than 1,500 positions in demand by 2020.

We speak with Jackson Jenkins, Director of Pima Country Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department, about the department's plan to sell off some of the waste generated from treating water.

Pima Board OKs Program to Convert Wastewater into Biogas

County Wastewater Dept. director says this could not only benefit environment but also generate revenue for the county.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (D) says the city will feel the effects of mandatory federal budget cuts.

Tucson Mayor's Third State of City Address Wednesday

Past topics included fixing roads as economic driver, annexing outlying areas, reducing poverty, homelessness.

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