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Advocates: Relatively small fund cuts have big impact on Arizona arts

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration's call to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in next year's budget would mean the loss of just over $1.5 million in federal funds for Arizona.


In Focus, episode 1: Service dog helps navigate life with autism

In the first episode of In Focus, producer Ben Flores talks with 25-year-old Lynsie Andreasky about living with autism. Lynsie was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when she was 16. Since then, she has faced many challenges, including depression and overwhelming anxiety. Lynsie shares her story of overcoming challenges thanks to a service dog named Kaycee. We learn how even the smallest dogs are trained to help reduce anxiety and facilitate social interaction.


Obamacare in Arizona: Was it the right prescription?

PHOENIX - More than half a million Arizonans rely on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, for their health insurance. But as the debate for replacing the law rages on in Washington, some of these Arizonans are left feeling uncertain about the future of their care.


DPS scrutinizes texting, other distracted driving leading to traffic accidents

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Public Safety is renewing enforcement of distracted drivers, focusing on violations such as speeding, following another vehicle too closely and failing to use a turn signal when changing lanes.


What do you think of the In Focus podcast?

This podcast season is focused on health issues affecting young people in Arizona. We invite you to listen to find our first episodes here, then share your feedback.


As March Madness begins, so does final countdown to Valley’s Final Four

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As arena scoreboards across the nation record the first slew of March Madness games on Thursday, the basketball tournament’s ultimate destination is ready to take delivery of its own.


Business leaders see interest rate hike as sign of improving economy

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate by a quarter-percent Wednesday, to 1.0 percent, a move that Arizona business leaders welcomed as one that is likely to benefit Arizona consumers in the long run.


Arizona Center breaks up the old, reloads the new in $25 million renovation

PHOENIX – The Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix is getting a multi-million dollar facelift.


Foster parents must adapt to tougher DCS safety inspections

WADDELL - Before welcoming a newborn into their home, Michelle and Scott Medved prepared as many parents would. They installed magnetic locks on their cabinets, put together a detailed first aid kit and carefully plotted out an evacuation plan, marking the exits in each room in their home.


Arizonans for, against keeping Obamacare bring stories to Washington

WASHINGTON - Two Arizonans were in Washington this week with stories of how the Affordable Care Act has affected them - stories that came down on opposite sides of the debate over whether the health care law should be replaced.


Downtown Phoenix rent: Can you afford it?

In Phoenix, the cost of housing and rent has increased and continues to rise. According to RentCafe, Phoenix rents increased 7.1 percent in 2016, which is higher compared to the national average of 4 percent.

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Wanted: ‘Forever’ homes for dogs, cats at overcrowded Maricopa County shelter

PHOENIX – A cacophony of barking greets visitors at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter in south Phoenix.