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The 6 most surprising ways the U.S. gov't is spending your taxes

You paid $81.50 toward America's nuclear weapons last year. ... Read more»

Obamacare grace period ends Tuesday

April 15 is a deadline familiar to all — it's Tax Day. But it's also a different deadline, the last call to sign up for Affordable Care Act policies and avoid a penalty if you're not already insured. The Tuesday deadline comes after several extensions to the Obamacare signup period.... Read more»

Intuit linked to 'grassroots' campaign against free, simple tax filing

The maker of TurboTax and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing. Over the last year, a rabbi, a state NAACP official, a small town mayor and other community leaders wrote op-eds and letters to Congress with remarkably similar language on a remarkably obscure topic.... Read more»

Obamacare ad onslaught

It has been a campaign tradition: Election cycles filled with ads about the Affordable Care Act — and overwhelmingly ads attacking the law and those who support it. The 2014 midterm election could be even more intense.... Read more»

Police seek help IDing suspect in five sexual assualts

The Tucson Police Department is asking for help identifying a suspect in a series of sexual assaults that happened in the area of 22nd Street and Craycroft Road.... Read more»

Four reasons to reconsider Common Core

Standards have suffered through attacks from both liberals and conservatives who express various complaints about the Common Core. To better understand standards, we looked at evidence from other sectors and found that if properly implemented there are numerous reasons that people should reconsider their opposition to Common Core.... Read more»1

Obama's numbers, April update

Corporations and stockholders are still prospering under Barack Obama’s presidency, while the economy steadily adds more jobs and millions sign up for health insurance under Obamacare. Wages remain stagnant for those who have jobs, and there are still 3.7 million who have been jobless for six months or more. U.S. oil production is booming and dependence on oil imports is plunging, but the national debt has now almost exactly doubled under this president, and historically large deficits continue.... Read more»

In ticket scalping, laws of supply and demand play out near venues

Scalping, also known as ticket reselling, operates under a supply-and-demand model similar to almost every other market. It's legal in Arizona, with some constraints on where it can occur. An economics professor says ticket scalping represents an unfettered market.... Read more»1

Advocate honored for giving voice to victims of violence

Jamie Blason, a deputy county attorney in Maricopa County, was recognized Wednesday by the Justice Department for her work giving a voice to victims of violence.... Read more»

Federal report: Az should repay $2.2 million in child care funds

The Arizona Department of Economic Security said it will not repay the funds, part of a $27 million federal grant, over what it called an "unintentional misunderstanding" that violated process. Arizona was among five states audited, four of which have refused repayment.... Read more»

The 8 most surprising nations that still require birth control Rx

You can get the pill over the counter in Pakistan, but not in Canada or the US.... Read more»

Poll: 70% of teachers not engaged in their work

Almost 70 percent of teachers are not engaged, according to a Gallup report. Here’s why that matters so much to student performance.... Read more»

Medicaid programs drowning in backlog

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications. ... Read more»

At Austin civil rights summit, bi-partisan leaders call for immigration reform

At the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, both expressed optimism that Congress could pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.... Read more»

Protesters rally as Obama-era deportations top 2 million

A previous rallying cry of “not one more” deportation became a chant of “2 million is too many." Arizonans were among several dozen people who rallied at the White House, renewing a call on the president to halt deportations as long as immigration reform is stalled. ... Read more»

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