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Diane Brown, director of the advocacy group Arizona PIRG, discusses a report giving Arizona an “F” when it comes to allowing citizens to review how state and local governments spend tax dollars. Arizona PIRG and the Goldwater Institute teamed up to urge state and local leaders to use online databases to make receipts and expenditures more transparent. Behind Smith are Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista.

Arizona gets an "F" when it comes to helping taxpayers see where and how their money is being spent, according to a report released Tuesday by an advocacy group. Read more»

Fifty-one empty chairs lined up outside the State Capitol on Tuesday represent the 51 Arizona children who died from abuse in 2008. Gov. Jan Brewer, law enforcement officials and child advocates marked Child Abuse Prevention Month by urging Arizonans to look for and report signs of child abuse.

Dozens of child-sized plastic chairs sat empty Tuesday outside the State Capitol, each representing an Arizona child who has died from abuse. In 2008, the last year for which statewide statistics are available, 51 Arizona kids died from abuse. Read more»

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, wants state law to clarify who makes final decisions about what's done with remains of service members who die on active duty, saying that confusion can lead to lawsuits. Read more»

Troy DeVos, director of real estate for Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corp., shows desert landscaping at a new store in Tucson. QuikTrip volunteered to have its 12 new gas stations comply with a Tucson ordinance taking effect in June that will require new commercial developments to get at least half of the water needed for landscaping from rain.

Starting in June, a city ordinance that's the first of its kind in the nation will require all new commercial developments to obtain at least half of the water for landscaping from Tucson's annual rainfall of 11 to 12 inches. Read more»

Signs along Interstate 19 in southern Arizona use kilometers instead of miles, a nod to the days when the U.S. stood on the verge of converting to the metric system. State officials say the current signs are losing reflectivity and should be replaced, but a plan to use stimulus dollars to do that is on hold because of community concerns.

A backlash has put the brakes on a plan to replace old metric signs with signage in miles. "The kilometers make it a little unique to this part of the country," says Don Herk. "It's something that's become part of my life." Read more»