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The Arizona Department of Economic Security is launching a pilot program for 1000 people that sets up a one-stop shop for services to ensure consumers get all of the benefits they are eligible for. It is the first step in implementing a new vision in how the social safety net should work.
May 10, 2013
A new poll shows strong support among Latinos for sex education, including birth control. The poll, from Planned Parenthood and the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, shows a majority of Latinos say preventing teen pregnancy is a major issue.
May 10, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration is developing regulations to open the skies to drones by 2015.  Agriculture is expected to be one of the largest potential markets for drones. Cronkite News reports companies like Yamaha have been selling unmanned aerial vehicles for years in Japan.
May 10, 2013
There is a dispute brewing over a lease agreement for a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to millions of people in Arizona, California and Nevada. A co-owner of the plant is at odds with the Navajo tribe over water rights and other issues.
May 09, 2013
On a tour of Mexico aimed at speaking to non-Catholics, Vatican culture minister Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi denounced the folk saint Santa Muerte as blasphemous. The remarks Wednesday are not the first time she has been targeted.
May 09, 2013
Arizona landlords may soon have to tell tenants when their property enters foreclosure. The state Senate gave approval Thursday to a bill requiring the notifications. The bill amends the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act to mandate the owner provide written notification to tenants within five business days of receiving a notice of foreclosure.
May 09, 2013
Firefighters are battling a 40 acre wildfire at Rincon Canyon near Safford in southeast Arizona. The so-called Marijilda fire is about 70 percent contained. Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said 30 firefighters are working the blaze that has spread in oak trees and brush.
May 09, 2013
Arizona has been a national leader in the number of potentially impactful ballot propositions that voters have needed to approve or reject. The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University recently released a report that included possible changes to improve the ballot initiative process.
May 09, 2013
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia has been on the job for almost a year, but according to a survey from two police unions he is unpopular.  Only 4 percent of responding officers said they liked the way Garcia was doing his job.
May 09, 2013
The number of foreclosures being started in Arizona continues to drop, according to the monitoring firm RealtyTrac. Vice President Darren Blomquist says about 3,900 Arizona properties got foreclosure notices during April.
May 09, 2013
Every winter, hundreds of thousands of snowbirds with RVs descend on the tiny desert town of Quartzsite, Ariz. For a few months, this dusty little place on I-10 morphs into what National Geographic calls “The World’s Largest Parking Lot," but in the summer it almost becomes a ghost town.
May 09, 2013
The body of a hiker who was missing for three days was discovered in Santa Cruz County late Monday covered in bee stings. Attacks by swarms of bees are up this year. Africanized honey bees. (Photo courtesy of USDA.
May 08, 2013
Last weekend, the Phoenix Police Department held the first of three weekly gun buyback events, and the turnout was unexpected. Some of the 800 guns turned in to the Phoenix Police Department's gun buyback on Saturday.
May 08, 2013
The Arizona Senate has reversed itself and voted to approve a plan to revamp the retirement system for new elected officials and judges. On Tuesday, the Senate defeated the bill, but during the vote, Senate President Andy Biggs predicted it would pass before the end of the session.
May 08, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration said some airport traffic control towers it wanted to close late at night to save money will now be allowed to stay open. But, Wednesday’s announcement does not save some towers at Arizona airports the FAA plans to close this summer.
May 08, 2013
The jury has spoken in the Jodi Arias trial. Arias has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of former boyfriend Travis Alexander.The trial that began Jan. 2 ended at 1:50 p.m. after 15 hours of jury deliberation.
May 08, 2013
After a revamp of its iconic mascot prompted mass derision, Arizona State University has unveiled another new design for Sparky the Sun Devil. But this time, the university community had a say. The rejected Sparky mascot design (left) and the mascot chosen by fans in an online vote.
May 08, 2013
Starting next week, Ballet Arizona will stage of series of performances, Topia, outdoors at the Desert Botanical Gardens.Ballet Arizona's Artistic Director Ib Andersen explained his inspiration for Topia and how the setting affects the dancers and members of the audience.
May 08, 2013
In recent months, Governor Jan Brewer has taken part in job expansion announcements in Arizona. Go Daddy's operations in the Valley are growing, and General Motors is bringing a new information technology center to Arizona.
May 08, 2013
The Jodi Arias murder trial in Phoenix has dominated coverage on local television stations and national networks. Arizona Republic critic Bill Goodykoontz offered insights on why the case has attracted so much attention.
May 08, 2013

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