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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»

Packed pounds prompt adoption flights

With shelters in Arizona facing an overabundance of chihuahuas, groups sometimes turn to shipping them to states where there’s a better chance of finding homes. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control winds up euthanizing hundreds of chihuahuas each year.... Read more»

Maricopa got residents from across U.S., lost them to nearby counties

Maricopa County gained residents from nearly 1,000 counties across the U.S. – from Pinal County to as far away as Washington County, Maine – and lost residents to an even wider swath, the Census Bureau reported. But within Arizona, Maricopa saw a net loss of population to other counties, while Pinal and Pima had net gains of in-state residents between 2007 to 2011.... Read more»

EPA proposing OK for Maricopa County dust-reduction plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing approval for a plan by local and state officials to reduce airborne dust in Maricopa County. The approval would end years of wrangling over the county’s failure to meet EPA standards — a conflict that jeopardized federal highway funding.... 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»

Advocates, officials spar over handling early ballots in Arizona

In the run-up to last year’s general election, several political action groups worked to get residents of low-income and high-minority neighborhoods on Maricopa County’s permanent early voting list. As Nov. 6 approached, those groups had thousands of volunteers knocking on doors to encourage people to mail back those ballots and, if voters couldn’t for any reason, offering to deliver ballots to the county.... Read more»

County, analysis: Impact of early voting list plan distributed

Maricopa County officials say that about 20,000 registered voters would be removed from the permanent early voting list under proposed legislation aimed at reducing the number of provisional ballots.... Read more»

Poll: Don't scrub early voting lists

Advocates contend the survey shows public opinion is behind their opposition to a bill aimed at helping each county manage its permanent early voting list. The bill would allow counties to drop from their lists those who fail to vote by mail in two straight elections.... Read more»

Border roundup

Supreme Court looks at Az as injured men, explosives found in desert

Border roundup: Arizona proposition becomes a test case for voter registration laws, family green cards face restrictions, injured men and explosives are found in the desert and Mexican towns and newspapers respond to cartel violence.... Read more»

Bath salts, spice drugs targeted by lawmaker

It’s become a pattern as state lawmakers try to address synthetic drugs: Almost as soon as one recipe is outlawed, manufacturers simply change to a mix that isn’t banned. Now a lawmaker wants to outlaw the basic chemical formulas underlying the drugs.... Read more»

Arpaio: Armed volunteers should patrol schools

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has chimed in with an idea to prevent school shootings like the recent attack on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. He wants to organize groups of armed volunteers to patrol the perimeters of schools.... Read more»

Child immunization exemptions spike outbreak fears

While most states allow parents to opt out of vaccinations for medical or religious reasons, Arizona is among a minority allowing exemptions for philosophical or personal reasons. A Cronkite News Special Report looks at how exemptions are prompting fears of disease outbreaks.... Read more»

Courthouse dogs add dose of kindness when victims testify

Officials in Maricopa and Pima counties are among those using so-called courthouse dogs to help calm crime victims who are talking with authorities or testifying in court. Handlers say the dogs lead to testimony that’s more likely to result in prison sentences for offenders.... Read more»

County: Early ballot list, not demographics, biggest factor in provisional ballots

A Maricopa County analysis found that provisional ballots cast in the general election had more do with the number of people on a precinct’s permanent early voting list than any other factor, officials say.... Read more»

Early flu season virulent elsewhere, too soon to tell in Az

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report this week declaring an unusually early and intense start to flu season. Health officials say Arizona is seeing a fairly normal start and while it’s difficult to predict how things will unfold, they are prepared for things to get worse.... Read more»

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