On Dec. 28 in Wichita, Kansas, a 28-year old, father of two stepped outside his home to see what the police activity was about. Soon after, he was shot dead by police thinking he was armed. Andrew Finch became the first death due to “swatting.”
Arizona’s 2018 legislative session begins next week. The governor and lawmakers from both parties have their goals. Many want additional funding for certain priorities, while others are looking to cut taxes. Steven Zylstra is president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.
Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics was riding high for several years with a drug it had developed called Subsys. It was made as an under-the-tongue spray that the FDA approved to help dull the pain in cancer patients.
Buprenorphine was approved for treating opioid addiction in the early 2000s. But as Arizona grapples with an epidemic of opioid abuse, demand for this type of medication assisted treatment is now soaring. And there aren't enough doctors out there to meet the need.
“I can put this thing up in the air, get a 360 view all the way around, a bird’s eye view, in a safe position,” said Deputy Shift Cmdr. Brian Kotsur, one of three licensed pilots in the department. “I can show the commanding officer, and I can give them whatever viewpoint they want.”
“We took a business approach to it,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said. “We came in and we looked at the effectiveness of every position, and once we started to getting an idea and a feel for that, we started doing some restructuring.”
Several prominent lawmakers have expressed interest in running in a special election to replace Republican Rep. Trent Franks. However, the Secretary of State’s Office has only certified one candidate so far.