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Canadian health care system represents a better way

Under a single-payer system, Canadians are paying more for coverage these days because of medical inflation and an aging population — but not nearly as much more as we in the U.S. are paying.... Read more»

Digital book program aims to prevent summer reading slide

Summer vacation often means a break from schoolwork for students, but to Terri Clark it means the potential for the summer slide – and not the one at the local water park. That’s because it can be a time when kids lose reading and literacy skills they learned during the school year because they don’t read over the summer.... Read more»

Domestic violence drops along with general crime

The recent Arizona Republic story was all too familiar: “Mesa police said they believe a 25-year-old man was the gunman in an apparent murder-suicide that also left his girlfriend dead Sunday morning in a school parking lot.”... Read more»

Colombia's controversial coca spraying could be the next drug war casualty

Last October an American anti-drug pilot was fumigating Colombian coca fields when Marxist guerrillas opened fire at his crop duster. Two bullets hit his left leg but the pilot managed to land safely in a cow pasture. He was lucky. Three weeks earlier, rebel gunfire brought down another anti-drug crop-dusting plane, killing the American pilot on board.... Read more»

Park Service OKs landmark at site of Grand Canyon air collision

On the morning of June 30, 1956, a Trans World Airlines L-1049 Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided 21,000 feet over the Grand Canyon. All 128 people aboard the planes died. It was the deadliest civilian plane crash to date, and its fallout resulted in modern air traffic control and the establishment of the Federal Aviation Administration.... Read more»

Gun rights activists' latest strategy: Armed demonstrations

When advocates for tighter restrictions on guns rallied last week in Austin City Hall, a small group of opponents staged a counter-rally outside, carrying firearms and waving a flag emblazoned with an assault rifle and the caption “Come and Take It.”... Read more»2

Photos: Rain can't keep Fiesta Grande crowds away

A blustery afternoon didn't dampen the spirits of those enjoying the 12th annual Fiesta Grande on the West Side. The Barrio Hollywood street fair included food and craft vendors, classic car displays and live music that kept audience members dancing even as they packed under a tent to dodge the raindrops.... Read more»

Fears of minority flight from Az universities unfounded

Some worried when the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on race as a factor in college admissions it would hurt minority enrollment in other states. But Arizona's universities have seen a steady rise in those numbers, even after a voter-approved ban on race-based decisions. ... Read more»

Pot no treat for pets: Dogs ending up at vets

Dogs get into things, whether it be chewing up a shoe, digging through the trash or grabbing food off the table. Now some owners need to add marijuana edibles to the list of items to keep away from man’s best friend. With medical pot legal in Arizona, emergency rooms for pets are seeing more and more dogs that have eaten it in brownies, cookies, oils and other forms.... Read more»

Republicans say no to CDC gun violence research

After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider the need for gun control laws. More than a year later, as Kingston competes in a crowded Republican primary race for a U.S. Senate seat, the congressman is no longer talking about common ground.... Read more»

Brewer signs law combating human trafficking

The help that Gov. Jan Brewer promised victims of human trafficking in her State of the State address became law Tuesday, increasing penalties and establishing being a victim of sex trafficking as a defense in child prostitution cases.... Read more»3

Law will allow state to inspect abortion clinics without warrants

Supporters of a new law that will allow state officials to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics say it will hold abortion providers to standards that already apply to other health care facilities.... Read more»

Polygamist ranch seized by authorities in West Texas

Six years after Texas officials removed hundreds of children from their polygamist parents, state and local authorities seized the sprawling 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch last week outside Eldorado, bringing to a close a bizarre chapter involving fundamentalist Mormons whose leaders were eventually convicted for their participation in marriages to teen girls.... Read more»1

That commercial for Cadillac is everything France hates about the U.S.

It’s fair to assume that Cadillac didn’t have its French customers in mind when it released its latest TV spot.... Read more»1

Census: Coconino led nation in births to single moms

Almost three in four babies born in Coconino County in 2011 were born to unmarried women, the highest rate in the nation, if Census Bureau estimates are correct. Experts question that number, but most agree that births to single moms is an issue for the state.... Read more»

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