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Firearms-related deaths increase among Arizona children

As the nation still grieves the loss of 17 high school children from the most recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cronkite News took a deeper look into just how many deaths among children are rooted from firearms in Arizona.

Feds’ plan could add food stamp work requirement in most counties

WASHINGTON - A USDA plan to more strictly enforce a work requirement for able-bodied food stamp recipients could mean the rule would apply in all but the two Arizona counties with the highest jobless rate - down from the current 12 counties and most Indian reservations.

Gun control bills stall in Arizona Legislature

Republicans in the Arizona House effectively ended all talk of gun control in the Legislature Tuesday, stopping an attempt to force a vote on a bill to ban bump stocks.

Crowded field for House special election raises more than $1.1 million

WASHINGTON - With a week to the special primary for the 8th Congressional District, FEC reports show a Democrat has raised and spent more than any of the 20 candidates in the heavily Republican district, but analysts say that funding is not likely to help in the general election.

Congress takes a week off as DACA deadline looms, Dreamers fret

WASHINGTON - Despite days of open debate, the Senate failed to agree on immigration reform this week. With a March 5 deadline on DACA looming - and Congress on recess next week - there is little time to find a way to protect about 800,000 young immigrants who could face deportation.

Arizona schools to join national protest of gun violence

Lawmakers have introduced several bills this legislative session that would place bans or preventative measures on the sale, distribution and accessibility of firearms.

Gubernatorial hopeful Garcia optimistic on Democratic chances in 2018

WASHINGTON - After years of incremental improvement, Democrats have a "great chance" of turning Arizona blue this year, gubernatorial candidate David Garcia said. But experts and state GOP officials said Democrats have made similar claims before, and nothing's changed this year.

Senate begins debate on immigration reform with deadlines looming

WASHINGTON - The Senate has plenty of options, and not much time, as it begins the debate with less than three weeks until the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expires. And Senate leaders said they expect to move on to other topics after Friday.