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3D-printed heart helps family cope with toddler’s lifetime of heart surgeries

PHOENIX – Just days after she was born, Jemma Starks nearly died. Surgeons have operated on her three times over her 2½ years to keep her heart beating.

A doctor, young girl and her mother

A Department of Corrections investigation found employees lied and falsified records

Department of Corrections employees lied about conducting security rounds and falsified records involving the suicides of two Arizona inmates - one of whom died during a nearly three-hour time period when prison video shows no regular or required checks were done at all, according to a Cronkite News review of DOC documents.

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Suns players are all-in on Earl Watson

Just six days after the Suns ended their season with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers, the team decided they had seen enough of interim coach Earl Watson.


Arizona official tells House that ozone rules penalize rural areas

WASHINGTON - The director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality told lawmakers Thursday that new air-quality standards will burden rural communities, like many in Arizona, by holding "rural counties accountable for pollution they did not create."


More medical marijuana dispensaries may soon crop up in Arizona

Arizona could see an increase in medical marijuana dispensaries after the Arizona Department of Health Services opens up applications this summer. It’s the first time the department will allow new dispensaries since it issued the first licenses in 2012.


El Rio’s Birth and Women’s Health Center opens first human milk donation center in Arizona

TUCSON – On March 15th, El Rio’s Birth and Women’s Health Center became the first human milk donation site in Arizona. El Rio is partnering with Mothers’ Milk Bank.


Bill could keep cities from banning short-term rentals

JEROME – Glen Odegard spent more than a year repairing and renovating a historic home in Jerome after a mudslide left it vacant for more than a half century. For the past three years, tourists have rented out the house.

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Despite risks, skydiving continues to gain popularity

ELOY – Experts said Arizona’s mild weather and clear skies make the state an ideal area for skydivers. Tourists, military personnel and national skydiving teams from around the world travel here to train.


Hundreds of Arizona inmates have used razors, drugs in self harm or suicide attempts

There were nearly 500 incidents in Arizona’s prison system when convicts attempted to either hurt or kill themselves in 2015, despite efforts to push for better mental health treatment and a legal settlement ordering the Department of Corrections to improve psychiatric services.

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Opponents slam “dark money” bill

Opponents of a legislative move to reduce state oversight of “dark money” said changes approved last week by the Senate would put Arizona elections under a cloud.

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Majerle putting GCU basketball on Division I map

Grand Canyon University men’s basketball is used to being overlooked and underappreciated.

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