A high-ranking former Arizona prison health care official has testified about what he calls cruel, dated, insensitive and inhumane conditions in state prisons. Dr. Urdaneta said he quit his job with Corizon in Arizona in May 2019. “I did not want to continue really working within a system that I think was failing in many ways,” he said. “I found the Arizona system very onerous, difficult to work with, misguided and jaded.”
The founder of Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics was sentenced Thursday for orchestrating a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis. The embattled opioid maker and its principals have faced several million in fines and were the first company to be convicted on criminal charges related to the drug epidemic.

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Three elementary schools in Mesa are participating in a plastic waste reduction initiative that aims to keep millions of plastic water bottles out of the waste stream. The “Rethink. Refill.” project was created by an international nonprofit called Plastic Oceans.
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Arizona Unemployment Rate Slips To 4.6% In December
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Arizona Supreme Court: Divorced Woman Cant Use Frozen Embryos
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday a woman will not be allowed to use her frozen embryos to have a baby after her ex-husband objected. The court’s ruling is based on the couple’s signed contract with a fertility clinic stating both parties must agree to implantation if they separate or divorce. Otherwise, the embryos must be donated.

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Trump Administration Threatens California Over Mandate That Insurers Cover Abortion
Health officials said the state has 30 days to repeal the requirement or some of its federal funds might be in jeopardy. The threat comes as Trump is set to address an anti-abortion rights march.
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Critics love to hate the World Economic Forum's annual meeting for elites. But people who work in global health and development say it has helped do some good.
At Least 2 People Killed In Massive Industrial Explosion In Houston
The blast was felt more than 30 miles away, knocking homes off their foundations and casting debris about half a mile. Police opened a criminal probe, though it's not clear what caused the explosion.
Wuhan Coronavirus 101: What We Do — And Don't — Know About A Newly Identified Disease
The virus was identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, and the number of confirmed cases is rapidly increasing. Here's what we do — and don't — know about coronavirus 2019-nCoV.
Drug To Prevent Premature Birth Divides Doctors, Insurers And FDA Experts
An expert panel convened by the FDA says the drug Makena should be withdrawn from the market because a review of its effectiveness shows it doesn't work. But OB-GYNS who prescribe the drug disagree.