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Gov't shutdown cost Az national parks $27 million

The one-month drop in spending was the second-largest in the nation, trailing only California, the National Park Service said. Most of the decline came from the Grand Canyon, which saw spending fall $17 million in October compared to the same month in previous years. ... Read more»1

One-third of skilled nursing patients harmed in treatment

A study by Medicare’s inspector general of skilled nursing facilities says nearly 22,000 patients were injured and more than 1,500 died in a single month — a higher rate of medical errors than hospitals. ... Read more»

Analysis

Change in the voter mix ahead for Texas Republicans

Everybody knows about the Hispanic growth of Texas and how that might change the state's politics. Republicans have another demographic trend to think about: Elderly voters are a key part of their conservative constituency. Who will replace them? ... Read more»

Lawmaker: Allow trained school staff to store guns on campus

A state lawmaker says giving trained schoolteachers and staff access to firearms in storage lockers is a way to secure campuses when it isn't possible to provide resource officers. His bill to allow that has won committee approval and is awaiting action by the full House. ... Read more»1

Obama announces program to aid minority youth

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.... Read more»

Commentary

Dizzying options in Obamacare can lead to expensive mistakes

Health insurers offer a wide range of plans on exchanges, customers should pay attention to the details.... Read more»

After dry winter, Az’s wildflower blooms may be busts

The annual spring explosion of yellow, purple and blue wildflowers in the Arizona desert may be lackluster this year because of the dry winter. That's bad news not just for wildflower aficionados but for communities that rely on blooms to lure people and their wallets.... Read more»

Bar none: Two Az women fight to help lawyers in military families

Passing the bar is tough enough, but lawyers with military spouses have to face the exam - and its costs - every few years when the family is relocated. Two women are leading the push to change that. ... Read more»

Az expected to have nation’s second-fastest job growth in 2014

Arizona is expected to post the second-highest rate of job growth among states in 2014, trailing only booming North Dakota, according to a recent report by Moody's Analytics.... Read more»

Tucson legislator pushes to replace ‘handicapped,’ ‘disabled’ in state laws

As Ms. Wheelchair Arizona 2014, Juliet Martinez wants to correct misperceptions among those who are able-bodied about what people with disabilities can do. That includes changing the use of “handicapped” and “disabled,” terms that she and others consider limiting. That’s why she supports Rep. Stefanie Mach's push to replace those terms in state law... Read more»

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Raising money in style: Fashion show benefits SAAF

The 11th Annual Möda Provŏcateūr show, benefiting the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, will feature Tucson fashion designers, salons and dancers at the Tucson Convention Center on Sunday.... Read more»

Tempe joins Az cities barring discrimination against gays

Just a day after the veto of a controversial bill that would have reinforced the ability of Arizona businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, the Tempe City Council unanimously voted to join three other cities, including Tucson, that have broadened civil-rights protections for gay and transgender people.... Read more»1

Judge rules Texas gay marriage ban is unconstitutional

A federal judge in San Antonio ruled Wednesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.... Read more»1

Immigration reform groups urge Obama to act alone

As Republican lawmakers seek to rein in the president's executive authority, proponents of immigration reform are urging the president to keep using it to push through immigration changes. ... Read more»

Analysis

Ukraine: What the hell just happened?

The images have been burned into the world’s consciousness: a huge square filled with protesters; black smoke billowing over a beautiful and historical city. Bodies are rushed by on stretchers, angry voices are raised. A man with his feet on fire dances madly around before someone shoves him to the ground to smother the flames. Whatever else the recent events in Ukraine may ultimately bring in their wake, they certainly were telegenic.... Read more»

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