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The newly-approved expansion of Arizona's Medicaid system will be good for the health sector of the state's economy, according to economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Economic Security. “I don’t know how the whole exchange process will be structured and what that means in terms of employment, but I certainly would expect some amount of growth in employment in this sector,” Murth said.
June 24, 2013
Arizona has slipped a spot in the latest Kids Count Data Book rankings on the well-being of children, dropping from 46th to 47th in the nation. Children's Action Alliance president Dana Naimark says she is most concerned about the fact that 67-percent of state kids are not enrolled in pre-school, ranking Arizona second to last.
June 24, 2013
We are pleased to share the voices and conversations of our community from StoryCorps Phoenix. StoryCorps Phoenix is the project that records the stories of everyday people and archives them at the Library of Congress.
June 24, 2013
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is scheduled approve a $2.2 billion budget Monday for the next fiscal year starting July 1. The budget will include raises for the county’s nearly 13,000 employees, their first in more than five years.
June 24, 2013
Nik Wallenda is scheduled to make the big walk across a northern Arizona canyon Sunday at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. The Florida daredevil will attempt to cross a portion of the Little Colorado River on a wire tightrope.
June 23, 2013
Less than a week after Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Medicaid expansion plan into law, opponents are starting to collect signatures to put it on the ballot.They will start canvasing Saturday afternoon, and if they can collect 86,405 valid signatuers by September 11, the law will be put on hold, pending the November, 2014 election.
June 22, 2013
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is fighting back against a judge’s ruling that his agency engaged in racial profiling.  The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has long been accused of targeting Latino drivers.
June 21, 2013
The Prescott Bluegrass Festival is still scheduled to begin Saturday. The Doce fire has not cancelled the event. Even though the fire continues to burn, the Chamber of Commerce said there is no smoke downtown, and all roads are still open.
June 21, 2013
The Phoenix Coyotes will be keeping their coach, even as their ownership situation remains in flux. Dave Tippett has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the team. The Coyotes have made the playoffs three times in his four seasons as coach.
June 21, 2013
Fire managers plan to conduct burnout operations Friday afternoon and will work into the night. Residents in the area will not be evacuated. Burnout operations help to create a buffer between the fire and the community.
June 21, 2013
Arizona school districts are now able to increase their debt load for construction projects under a measure approved by state lawmakers. It gives districts authority to sell more bonds to build schools or remodel classrooms.
June 21, 2013
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is a new musical revamping a historic tale. KJZZ theater critic, Robrt Pela has a review. A rock musical American history lesson that commences with the line, “Here’s the thing about the Indians!” then segues into a song whose refrain is, “Populism, yeah, yeah!” cannot be all bad, and in its brand-new, Ron May-directed Phoenix Theatre production, it is sublime.
June 21, 2013
Arizona drivers are seeing some relief at the gas pump, ahead of the Independence Day weekend, as prices stabilized somewhat this week. The statewide average this morning is $3.50 a gallon, up a little more than a penny from a week ago, but still 10 cents below the national average of $3.
June 21, 2013
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have arrested two Mexican nationals on drug smuggling charges. Spokesman Brent Cagen says they found more than 930 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle, which had a phony U.
June 21, 2013
Crews battling the Doce Fire, west of Prescott, say they have the blaze about 10 percent contained, at nearly 6,400 acres. Incident commander Tony Sciacca said forecasters are predicting a decline in wind speeds near the fire, with an increase in humidity.
June 21, 2013
Congressman Raúl Grijalva and 29 congressional members sent a letter to the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday, asking her to reform the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program.
June 21, 2013
Fire crews have contained the Halfway Fire burning near Tusayan on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The Halfway Fire broke out Wednesday, and crews managed to contain the blaze by Thursday afternoon.
June 20, 2013
Tucson’s new ordinance granting civil unions to same-sex couples goes into effect in a few weeks. The Tucson City Council voted to change the city’s existing domestic partnership ordinance so that it includes civil unions.
June 20, 2013
Just days after being applauded for signing a Medicaid expansion that came with the support of a Republican-Democratic legislative coalition, Gov. Jan Brewer was skewered for signing a measure making sweeping changes to the state's election system.
June 20, 2013

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