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Driving while single can cost more in Phoenix, insurance study shows

Single, widowed and divorced drivers in Phoenix are likely to pay higher insurance rates than married drivers with identical driving records, according to a recent report from the Consumer Federation of America.... Read more»

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Federal report finds scant scientific evidence Head Start is effective

Politicians and policy makers have been arguing about whether Head Start works ever since the program began in the 1960s. 50 years later, after more than 30 million children have been through the program, a report from the U.S. Department of Education concludes that we still don't have much rigorous research evidence to show that Head Start is effective in preparing children for elementary school.... Read more»

Unspinning the Planned Parenthood video

Several Republican presidential candidates have claimed that Planned Parenthood is “profiting” from abortions. But the full, unedited video they cite as evidence shows a Planned Parenthood executive repeatedly saying its clinics want to cover their costs, not make money, when donating fetal tissue from abortions for scientific research.... Read more»2

McSally staffers to hold constituent service hours throughout CD 2

Staffers for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally will hold office hours throughout CD 2 during August and September, with stops planned for Bisbee, Douglas, Tombstone, Benson, Sahuarita, and Green Valley. Staffers will be available to assist with issues ranging from veterans and immigration to Social Security and Medicare.... Read more»6

Guest opinion

Grijalva: Congress must rebuild trust with Native American tribes

Ask any Native American tribe for a story about working with Congress and you'll probably hear a story of frustration. There are too many examples to count of Washington not taking tribal sovereignty seriously, ignoring trust and treaty responsibilities, and failing to protect Native American historical treasures.... Read more»

To boost health, rehab sometimes starts before cancer treatment

Cancer patients who do rehabilitation before they begin treatment may recover more quickly from surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, some cancer specialists say. But insurance coverage for cancer “prehabilitation,” as it’s called, can be spotty, especially if the aim is to prevent problems rather than treat existing ones.... Read more»

Analysis

ADA 25 years later: We're still not equal — especially in jobs

This July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and while there is reason to celebrate progress over the years there remains a call to action to affirm equality – especially in terms of employment. Just one in three Arizonans with disabilities ages 16 to 64 were employed from 2008 to 2012.... Read more»

FactCheck: Bernie Sanders correct on veteran PTSD

A look at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ talking point that 500,000 veterans came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. ... Read more»

Arizona posts lowest college completion rate, highest default rate

Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in six years or less. The state also posted the highest student loan default rate, at 18 percent, compared to a national average of 11 percent. Both figures were skewed by the poor data from for-profit colleges.... Read more»

Despite Obamacare promise, transgender people have trouble getting some care

Transgender people are still fighting for access to crucial health services despite the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance companies not deny coverage based on gender or health history. The issue stems from the fact that enrollees must check a single gender box when they sign up for a plan sold on the individual or small group markets.... Read more»1

Gila River leader says lack of broadband is harming tribal, rural areas

The governor of the Gila River Indian Community told a House panel that Indian Country is the nation’s “least served” area for broadband access, despite the “astounding” opportunity that it presents.... Read more»

Officials: Az’s slip in state-funded pension ranks no cause for concern

Funding for Arizona’s state-run pension funds fell by more than 20 percent from 2003 to 2013, but the almost 600,000 state workers covered have no reason to worry about their retirement, officials said.... Read more»

Analysis

Ducey plan no quick fix for Az education funding

Gov. Ducey's proposal to generate an additional $2 billion for Arizona’s cash-strapped education system by tapping the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund is not the quick fix that was hoped for. In fact, it’s not even much of a fix.... Read more»1

Arizona continues to fare poorly in national child well-being scorecard

Despite making progress in most areas, Arizona remained mired at 46th among states for overall child well-being in the 2015 KidsCount report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.... Read more»

Study: Illegal immigration from Mexico still declining

Changing migration patterns and shifts in border enforcement mean the population of unauthorized Mexican immigrants continues to decline in the United States. While net migration of Mexican immigrants reached zero in 2010, since then more Mexicans have left the U.S. than have arrived.... Read more»

Deputy rescues soggy doggy during rainstorm Wednesday

A lost dog was rescued from the middle of a South Side street during Wednesday morning's rainstorm by a Pima County Sheriff's deputy, authorities said. ... Read more»

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