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Mikayla Perez takes 10 different prescription medications every day to keep her lupus in check. Her prescriptions were covered under KidsCare II, but the state ended the program in January for the more than 40,000 children on it at the time.

After freezing KidsCare enrollment in 2010, Arizona's children’s health insurance program barely has a pulse. Experts will likely look to Arizona, the only state without an active CHIP program, for clues as programs nationwide come up for renewal next year. Read more»

Experts have several theories about why Arizona has the highest percentage of children among those who have enrolled for health-care coverage through the federal marketplace, but can't say for sure why it happened. Read more»

Arizona led the nation for the share of children who enrolled for health-care coverage through the federal marketplace in the first six-month enrollment period, but trailed in every other age group, according to the latest numbers.

Arizona leads the nation in the share of children who got health care through the federal marketplace, new statistics show. But it trailed in every other age category after the first round of Obamacare - including the desirable 18- to 34-year-olds, where Arizona was ahead of only West Virginia. Read more»

Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter, shown here in a photo from July, said the state does not intend to repay $2.2 million to the federal government for an ”unintentional misunderstanding” of procedures.

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»

Arizona courts said that, because state law allows people to have marijuana for medicinal purposes, the drugs are not subject to seizure by police and must be returned to a legitimate medical-marijuana card holder.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider Yuma County's appeal of a state court ruling that the county sheriff had to return seized marijuana to a woman with a medical marijuana card. County officials hard argued that returning the drugs would violate federal law. Read more» 1

The online healthcare.gov marketplace is available in English and Spanish – just one of the challenges for advocates dealing with potential enrollees who speak Chinese, Allbanian, Navajo or any of a number of other languages spoken in the state.

Explaining the Affordable Care Act is hard enough. Try explaining it to someone who comes from a country where health insurance itself is a foreign concept. Read more»

Arizona is in the top 20 most expensive states for rental housing, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2014 Out of Reach report. Read more»

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, at podium, and Attorney General Eric Holder at the release in Washington of the latest Civil Rights Data Collection, a report on the nation’s schools. Arizona fared poorly in several categories compared to other states.

Arizona's public schools do not fare well when it comes to access to experienced and certified teachers, or to advanced math and science classes, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more»

Officials at Apollo Education Group, which operates University of Phoenix, said that if the federal government really wants to help students make informed decision it will apply new regulations to all colleges, not just for-profits.

For-profit universities in Arizona said a federal proposal that would force them to report average student debt levels, loan default rates and other "key outcomes" are unfair and may be based on flawed data. Schools that fall short could lose their access to federal student aid. Read more»

Scott Clabourne confessed to the 1980 murder of University of Arizona student Laura Webster, but an appeals court ruled that he should get a new hearing over whether that confession was obtained improperly by police.

A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered a new hearing for the confessed killer of 22-year-old Laura Webster, saying Scott Clabourne’s attorney failed to challenge the admissibility of his confession. Clabourne and two other men were convicted in the 1980 murder of the UA student, who they met at the Green Dolphin bar in Tucson. Read more»

Arizona is expected to see a 3.1 percent increase in jobs in 2014, the second-highest growth rate in the nation. Economists say the relatively high numbers are a return to the norm for Arizona, which typically had higher job-growth rates than other states before the recession hit.

Arizona is expected to post the second-highest rate of job growth among states in 2014, trailing only booming North Dakota, according to a recent report by Moody's Analytics. Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Efren Medina’s argument that his right to confront his accuser was violated when a medical examiner other than the one who prepared an autopsy testified in his murder trial. Medina was sentenced to death for the 1993 killing of a Phoenix man.

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal Monday of an Arizona death-penalty case in which an autopsy report was entered as evidence without the medical examiner who wrote it. Read more»

Maricopa County saw one of the biggest influxes of residents who moved in from other counties in the U.S., as Arizona continued to see net gains from county-to.county migration from 2007 to 2011, the Census Bureau reported.

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»

Arizona had the smallest gap of any state between men’s and women’s pay, trailing only the District of Columbia for pay parity, according to new numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Arizona had the smallest gap between men’s and women’s pay among states in 2012, with women in the state earning about 87 cents to the dollar, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more» 1

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., heads through the Capitol on the way to the 2014 State of the Union address. Flake later criticized President Barack Obama’s vow in the speech to take action on his own if Congress does not work wiith him.

President Obama’s State of the Union address renewed calls for comprehensive immigration reform and action on economic opportunity, including an increased minimum wage and extended unemployment insurance benefits. But Republicans in Arizona’s congressional delegation quickly attacked the speech not just for what the president wants to do but how he vowed to do it. Read more»

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