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The Arizona Department of Education released official AzMERIT test scores for the 2016-17 school year in September 2017. Search an individual school and/or select a school district to see the percentage of students who passed each section.
Sep. 7, 2017
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Maricopa County has a new way to recruit medical examiners and the county thinks its plan is the first of its kind in the country.
Sep. 7, 2017
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While most of the country is watching coverage of hurricanes, potentially the biggest story in Washington still churns in the background.
Sep. 7, 2017
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Recent studies suggest that HIV criminalization laws are not in sync with how the disease is treated in America and around the world.
Sep. 7, 2017
Dead pinyon trees
Crews fighting wildfires in 11 Western states are shifting tactics, trying to avoid lifeless, unstable trees killed over the past years by bark beetles, disease and other infestations.
Sep. 7, 2017
Veracruz Gulf
International oil corporations are rushing to the Mexican side of the Gulf of Mexico. For the first time in decades, the country is opening up its energy sector. And the interest in its deep-water reserves has come from global big guns like ExxonMobil and even the Chinese government to the tune of an expected $60 billion in investment.
Sep. 7, 2017
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Arizona public school students showed slight improvement on the state standardized test last year. That’s according to the latest data released from the Arizona Department of Education.
Sep. 7, 2017
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State officials are recommending that people eating fish caught in lakes in three Arizona counties limit their consumption because of elevated levels of mercury in fillets from several species.
Sep. 7, 2017
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The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is cracking down on Uber drivers by asking police to start citing them for trespassing.
Sep. 7, 2017
Arizona Task Force One
After responding to Houston, an Arizona task force is on its way to Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. On Wednesday, Phoenix council members approved a deal to keep Phoenix nationally deployable.
Sep. 7, 2017
After months of work, Arizona health officials have issued a broad set of recommendations to Gov. Doug Ducey on how to combat the opioid epidemic.
Sep. 7, 2017
Phoenix Police Chief
A contract to place dozens of Phoenix police officers into schools gained more attention in light of President Trump’s decision to end a program that provided legal protection to some undocumented young people.
Sep. 7, 2017
Arizona faith leaders respond to DACA
Valley faith leaders are rallying their congregations to support young undocumented immigrants who will lose their legal status in the country after Tuesday’s announced repeal of DACA.
Sep. 7, 2017
Ed Masley
Ed Masley, music critic for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, recently wrote about dads in particular who don’t emphasize the pleasurable parts of taking kids to concerts and, instead, get caught up in how much they dislike the bands they have to listen to.
Sep. 6, 2017
Potato chips
In 2014, the Navajo Nation implemented a 2 percent tax on junk food, and eliminated its 5 percent tax on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Sep. 6, 2017
Voters will have the last word on the Legislature’s expansion of the state’s school voucher program. That is, depending on what the courts or lawmakers themselves do going forward.
Sep. 6, 2017
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Members of the business community in Arizona have expressed displeasure with the Trump administration’s decision on DACA. In a statement, Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer says, in part, the announcement “was made without wisdom and without compassion."
Sep. 6, 2017
Jeff Flake
Congress now has six months to figure out what to do about DACA, and as members returned to Washington on Tuesday from their August recess, there was a lot of discussion about what a bill might look like. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake says lawmakers should not punish kids for actions their parents took.
Sep. 6, 2017
movie theater
Groups like the KKK and names like David Duke are in the headlines again. After the violence in Charlottesville shocked the nation — and as there are continued threats of white supremacist rallies to be held around the country — many are wondering how to respond to this new rise in far-right fanaticism. Well one professor says the answer is simple: Laughter.
Sep. 6, 2017
health
Earlier this summer, Gov. Doug Ducey said he wanted Congress to adopt caps on what juries can award to victims of medical malpractice. He’d like that provision to be a part of any potential replacements or tweaks to the Affordable Care Act.
Sep. 6, 2017

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