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For businesses in Flagstaff, a city surrounded by national parks and monuments that draw tourists from all over the world, the possibility of a shuttered Grand Canyon National Park is hard to swallow. Read more»

The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would ban the use of public funding or tax credits to support any group that provides, promotes, pays for or gives referrals for abortions. HB 2384 would also ban public universities and community colleges from using state funding or tuition dollars to train students to perform abortions. Read more» 1

Brewer

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that makes Arizona the first state to ban abortions based on the race of a fetus and one of the few that have banned abortions based on gender. Read more»

Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, is the author of HB 2219, which will create a 16-member committee to explore the possibility of consolidating Arizona’s smaller school districts.

The state Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would renew discussion about school district consolidation after voters soundly rejected unification proposals in 2008. Read more»

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, shown in a file photo, argued that doctors in Arizona are performing abortions based on race and gender. Opponents disputed that claim.

A bill that would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion based on the fetus' race or sex is headed to Gov. Jan Brewer's desk. Read more» 1

Krystal Sanchez, 20, works on financial aid forms in the library at Phoenix College. She is studying to be a social worker but was only able to afford to take two classes and could face increased tuition in the coming years.

Community college districts around Arizona are grappling with state funding cuts, searching for ways to save money and bring in new revenue in addition to raising tuition. Pima Community College is planning layoffs and will close a branch campus. Read more»

County-by-county population change in Arizona.

Decennial census data released Thursday confirmed that Arizona's population has grown by nearly every measure, but experts said they expected to see even higher rates of growth. Read more»

Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, says the fact that similar unification attempts have been tried before indicates that there is some merit to the idea.

Two-and-a-half years after Arizona voters rejected nearly all proposals to combine 76 elementary and high school districts around Arizona into 27 unified districts, state legislators are starting the steps to put the issue back in front of voters. Read more»

Police Sgt. Robert Thompson, who has been with the Nogales Police Department 14 years, inspects items left in an abandoned home near the border. A common crime in Nogales is illegal immigrants squatting in houses like this one.

Police Sgt. Robert Thompson knows his way around the city he grew up in; he's patrolled it for more than a decade. Recalling a time when cops here engaged in car chases two to three times a week, he said now Nogales is safe and mostly quiet. Read more»

Like many brands, Rok electronic cigarettes have batteries that can be recharged by plugging into a computer’s USB port.

A state senator wants to keep electronic cigarettes out of kids’ hands by making it a petty offense for merchants to sell them to minors and for minors to buy them. Read more»

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, speaks in support of his bill to make doctors sign affidavits stating that abortions aren’t based on the race or sex of fetuses.

Following an hour of heated debate, the state House gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would ban abortions sought because of the fetus’ race or sex. Read more»

One goal of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program is to have Pima County’s restaurants offer healthier options.

Armed with $15.75 million in stimulus funds, Pima County is targeting obesity by promoting workplace exercise programs and healthier school lunches and lobbying for policies that encourage farmers markets and community gardens. Read more»

Overall state rankings by quartile in The Commonwealth Fund’s report.

Arizona ranks among the lowest-performing states in the nation for children's health coverage, riding the bottom line for access, affordability and equity, according to a national report. The state ranked 49th overall. Read more»

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, has introduced a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to sign an affidavit promising that they are not terminating the pregnancy because of the race or sex of the fetus.

Having an abortion because of the fetus' sex or race is a violation of human rights, a Republican lawmaker said Wednesday. (with video) Read more» 1

Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, is sponsoring a wide-ranging bill on abortion.

A Republican lawmaker wants to require women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and listen to the heartbeat of the fetus at least one hour before the procedure, saying it would give them the necessary information to make an informed decision. Read more»

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