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Darla Gooden, who wrote a book titled 'The Restorer of the Breach' about her family’s experiences after a member of their church abused two of her children, speaks with an attendee at an event marking the National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

In 2006, Darla Gooden's world changed forever when her son revealed that he had been sexually abused by a youth leader from their church. "What happened to my family is not as rare as you choose to think," Gooden said. Read more»

Students in an ELL class at Catalina High School work on a class project about personal heroes.

School districts are likely to see increases in English-language learners and the costs associated with the program after the federal government demanded that Arizona change a survey it uses to screen students, school officials and observers say. Read more»

Reporters listen to U.S. Sen. John McCain, and U.S. Reps. Jeff Flake and Ben Quayle at a news conference in Tucson.

Despite improvements in security along the border, rising violence on the Mexican side calls for even stronger measures, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Thursday. "The violence level at the border is incredibly high, and we haven't kept up with that," he said. Read more»

People in Arizona can now check whether their Social Security numbers will turn up red flags when run through E-Verify, the federal electronic system used to confirm whether prospective workers are in the U.S. legally. Read more» 4

The original power station stands before Theodore Roosevelt Dam, which was dedicated on March 18, 1911.

On March 18, 1911, an entourage that included former President Theodore Roosevelt and territorial Gov. Richard E. Sloan rode up Apache Trail to dedicate the largest masonry dam in the world. Theodore Roosevelt Dam would tame the capricious Salt River, making the Valley blossom with farms and, later, subdivisions. Read more»

The state Senate on Monday narrowly rejected a bill that would give local governments the authority to ban sales of fireworks made legal under a state law that took effect last year. Read more»

A state lawmaker wants Arizona voters to decide whether to eliminate public funding for political campaigns, a change that would do away with the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission. Read more» 1

State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, explains her bill to boost forgery penalties against those who own or rent properties used for drop houses.

A state senator wants stiffer penalties for owners or renters of properties that are used for drop houses, saying it would make them more likely to turn against leaders of smuggling rings. Read more»

Julie Kasper teaches a diverse population of students in her 'Finding My Voice' class. More than 50 percent of her students are immigrants and refugees from foreign nations. Kasper says her students relate to one another through the experience of learning English in a new culture.

At a time when one-in-eight students in Arizona qualify for English language services, the state has made controversial and—according to the federal government—possibly unlawful changes to its language education program. Read more»

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission approved a rule change Thursday that would require candidates to turn over laptops and other fixed assets exceeding $200 or purchase them at half of the original price. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent watches the U.S.-Mexico line near Nogales in August.

The Border Patrol's Tucson Sector is the "last stand" for groups smuggling drugs and people into the U.S., but law enforcement agencies are finding ways to work more effectively and strategically to gain control of the area, the agency's chief said. Read more»

A cowboy lassoes a bale of hay on the Capitol lawn.

A cowboy lassoed a bale of hay, flamenco dancers clapped castanets and a Navajo sounded his drum on Monday, Arizona's 99th birthday, as Gov. Jan Brewer kicked off the countdown to the state's centennial. Read more»

Mandi Wimmer of the Arizona Centennial Commission

On Monday, the 99th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood, Gov. Jan Brewer will urge Arizonans to use the next 12 months to celebrate the centennial. But many communities will do so with fewer resources than leaders originally anticipated. (with video) Read more»

Kelly O’Brien, fiancee of the late Gabriel Zimmerman, community outreach director for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, speaks at a news conference at the Arizona State Capitol.

The fiancee of a congressional staffer killed along with five others in the shooting that severely injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged state lawmakers Tuesday to ban gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Read more» 1

A Republican legislator is pushing for a state law cutting off public housing benefits for undocumented immigrants even though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development already requires applicants to prove citizenship or legal residency. Read more»

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