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Democrats announce $3.8 billion education-funding plan

Arizona House and Senate Democrats announced a plan they say would provide public schools an additional $3.8 billion over 10 years without raising taxes.


Expert: Monsoon’s seeming intensity has more to do with location

Broken tree limbs crushing cars. Giant walls of wind and dust moving across the Valley. Social media posts galore featuring wicked weather, including viral video of a microburst dropping on downtown Phoenix.

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Gila River Indian Community opposes freeway on sacred land

As the future South Mountain Freeway breaks through the barriers of limited accessibility and traffic congestion, it creates a new obstacle by cutting through land that the Gila River Indian Community finds sacred.

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Stanton fights childhood hunger at elementary school event

Thousands of Arizona schoolchildren get help from federal programs that provide free or reduced lunches. Nevitt Elementary School in south Phoenix knows the programs all too well: more than 85 percent of the students depend on the food assistance.


Report gives Arizona C-minus for kid dental sealant programs

At Native Health in central Phoenix, dentist Anh Thu Becker uses a 3-D model of molars to explain how she's going to apply a thin layer of plastic resin to 10-year-old Suzette's teeth.


Arizona receives $3.6 million grant to combat drug overdoses

Arizona has received a $3.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat prescription drug addictions, part of a federal effort to give states money to prevent overdose deaths.

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State official questions CDC report listing Arizona last for early childhood MMR

Arizona vaccination rates for MMR are lowest in the country, according to the recently released National Immunization Survey.

A photo of a woman holding her daughter as she receives seven vaccine shots.

Court: Cops can be ordered to provide DNA in probe of officer’s death

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court said Monday that Phoenix police were within their rights to take DNA samples from officers responding to the 2010 shooting death of a fellow officer, Sgt. Sean Drenth, near the State Capitol.


Glendale City Council to discuss city’s arena agreement with Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes finished their worst season since moving to the desert with a loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena in April.

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Advocates: Expanding prisoner program would reduce recidivism

Michelle Lacy, who served 7.5 years in a state prison for drug charges, has managed to do what she says many of her friends from her time in prison weren’t able to do: start over.


Arizona enjoying three-year run as country’s sports mecca

It’s impossible to watch a nationally televised sporting event played in Arizona without scenic shots of a sunset behind a saguaro or the Grand Canyon in the middle of the day. The shots, ready-made for television, almost become cliché, but every big game has them.

Super Bowl Central

Phone call rates squeeze inmate families, boost state prison revenues

GLENDALE – Shayna Palles says phone calls are one of the few ways she can keep her 2-year-old daughter connected to her father, David Colbert, who is serving a 7.5-year prison term in Tucson for second-degree burglary.

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