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Brewer, advocates: Larger welfare crisis looms if federal shutdown lingers

While the governor has restored welfare payments to families whose checks were hung up by the federal shutdown, she's warning that a larger crisis looms. Food stamp payments that 1.1 million Arizonans rely on wouldn't go out if the impasse continues into November, she says. ... Read more»

Monitor order for Sheriff Arpaio draws criticism

After a federal judge ordered that a monitor guard against racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, a handful of demonstrators showed up in Phoenix on Thursday to fill out a tongue-in-cheek application to “babysit” Sheriff Joe Arpaio.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: HHS Regional Director Herb Schultz interviewed

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, City Council candidate Ben Buehler-Garcia, developer Richard Studwell, Health and Human Services Regional Director Herb Schultz, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, Arizona Capitol Times writer Hank Stephenson.... Read more»

Immigration advocates push to keep focus on comprehensive reform

Advocates are planning 177 events in more than 150 cities Saturday, which they are calling the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Dawn Le, deputy campaign manager of Alliance for Citizenship, one of the organizing groups, said the day aims to pressure House leaders to move on immigration reform.... Read more»3

Az 6th-highest for drug deaths; overdoses topped car fatalities

More people in Arizona died from drug overdoses than from car accidents in 2010, according to a report Monday that said the state had the sixth-highest overdose rate in the nation that year.... Read more»

Shutdown can’t keep Az vets, Barber from visiting WWII Memorial

A government shutdown could not keep 77 Southern Arizona veterans from seeing “their” World War II Memorial on Monday. Just in case park rangers did not come through, U.S. Reps. Ron Ron Barber, Trent Franks, and Matt Salmon turned out to greet the veterans.... Read more»2

Surveilling a lover with the push of a button

On a dozen occasions over the past decade, National Security Agency employees misused their incredible eavesdropping powers for the most trivial of personal reasons: They snooped on girlfriends, husbands, wives or others of personal interest, actions that later provoked discipline or retirements but no criminal penalties.... Read more»

Fire prevention, education helped give Az nation’s lowest fire-death risk

Arizona had the nation’s lowest risk of fire death in 2010, a fact experts attributed to everything from a relatively low number of high-rises to building codes in some localities that require residential sprinklers.... Read more»

Spinning premium rates

Both sides in the great Obamacare debate are distorting the facts about premium rates on the health exchanges to make their case for or against the law.... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: Downtown a hub of good works

Downtown comes together for good causes.... Read more»

‘They ordered us to kill all the people’

Shaken by sobs, his head bowed, a former Guatemalan commando testified last week that he wept as he hurled a little boy to his death in a village well 31 years ago while a commanding officer, Lt. Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes, snarled: “This is a job for men!” ... Read more»

Group: Technology helps people dramatically cut down on driving

Smartphone apps saying when the next bus is coming and ride- and bike-sharing services are among innovations enabling Arizonans to drastically cut down on driving, a public interest advocacy group reported Tuesday.... Read more»

Experts: Social media use puts young people at risk for ID theft

A recent identity-theft seminar for students at Arizona State University’s West Campus left Jagar Carrillo concerned about social media use and other factors that can make younger people targets. He planned to check his credit score immediately.... Read more»

Government shutdown will not slow down Obamacare in Az

Whether the federal government is shut down or not, insurance “navigators” in Arizona say they are ready to help consumers shop for health insurance coverage in the new federally run marketplaces under Obamacare.... Read more»

For students, one person’s trash is another person’s research

Arizona State University student Melissa Merrick started her Wednesday pulling wires, plastic bottles and bags and anything else that could be recycled or reused from 6,000 pounds of garbage. All for research.... Read more»

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