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Report: Obamacare repeal could hit state public health funding

WASHINGTON - Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Arizona more than $46 million in federal public health funds over five years, according to a report released Tuesday by a national health policy organization.


Backpage.com executives plead Fifth in hearing on sex trafficking

WASHINGTON - Executives of the online classifieds site Backpage.com refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate committee investigating claims that the site facilitated child sex trafficking through its adult ads section.


8 things Arizonans love or loathe about Hillary Clinton

PHOENIX — Hillary Clinton is alternately revered and reviled, similar to Donald Trump, her Republican opponent for president. Here is what some Arizona residents – Democrats, Independents and others with no political party affiliation – had to say about the woman seeking to become the next U.S. president.

Hillary Clinton gives a speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Kelsey DeGideo/Cronkite News)

Arizona religious leaders offer community and support following Dallas shooting

PHOENIX — The sniper killings of Dallas police officers and the officer-involved shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile ushered in moments of grief and reflection for many across the nation, including Arizona religious leaders.

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Community gardens cultivate life outside jail cells

PHOENIX – TigerMountain Foundation is trying to lower the recidivism rate in south Phoenix by cultivating community gardens.


D-backs’ Hall on stadium battle with county: ‘We need to see what’s out there before it’s too late’

The Diamondbacks are unhappy with the condition of Chase Field and have asked Maricopa County for the freedom to explore other options. The county, citing the 1996 facility use agreement between the two parties, denied their request and the two sides have taken their feud public.


‘Long overdue’ firing of Phoenix VA officials is not end of the process

WASHINGTON - The three Phoenix officials who got "long overdue" termination notices Tuesday from the Department of Veterans Affairs still have the right to a lengthy appeals process that could extend their cases by months or more.


VA says it will remove three top officials of troubled Phoenix hospital

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday that it has issued "notices of proposed removal" to three top executives at the Phoenix health care system - two years after problems there were first reported.


Pastor strives to keep MLK legacy at historic Tanner A.M.E. Church

Historic Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church, one of the oldest African American churches in the state, is the only Arizona church where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is known to have given a sermon.


Ride-sharing companies one step closer to picking up passengers at Sky Harbor

The proposal that would allow ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at the airport cleared another hurdle Thursday afternoon. The controversial measure, which would drastically alter the airport’s fee structure for ground transportation, was barely approved in a 5-4 vote by the Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board. Uber and Lyft are already permitted to drop off passengers on Sky Harbor Boulevard, but if the measure passes the Phoenix City Council later this spring, those services could pick up passengers too. Board members claimed the revamp was a much-needed overhaul of an outdated and unfair policy for some companies. “We surveyed the top-20 U.S. airports in the nation and Sky Harbor is the only airport that has yet to modernize our ground transportation policy,” Chad Makovsky, assistant aviation director, said. “Some commercial operators are paying fees that specifically subsidize the operation of other competing businesses.” Uber and Lyft would be new operators under the policy, meaning their per-trip fee would immediately jump up to $4 — existing operators would be phased into the seat-based fee plan. But off-site airport parking services argued their $6 per-trip fee would put them out of business, thereby eliminating around 200 jobs between the different companies. “(The $6 fee) doesn't sound like a lot but if you consider the number of trips we do every year, it would total for us about $400,000 per year which is absolutely catastrophic to my business,” David Warren, owner of Blue Sky Airport parking, said.

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‘Still I Rise’ mural honors African American activism

GLENDALE – Arizona State University Kyra Trent is using her artistic talent to spark healthy conversations about African American resilience, social justice and activism.

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Earl Watson draws upon wisdom of past mentors to lead a young Suns team

When he was an 18-year-old freshman at UCLA, Earl Watson was invited into John Wooden’s den by the legendary Bruins coach to talk about life, Wooden’s love affair with his wife and basketball.