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A new federal report says 38.9 percent of Native American adults smoked, the highest rate in the nation by far and one of the only racial or ethnic groups to see smoking rates rise.

Cigarette use by Native Americans, already the highest in the nation, grew to 38.9 percent at a time when most other ethnic groups saw their rates dropping, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday. Read more»

Workers in Arizona can get unpaid leave for the birth of a child – the minimum under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, a shortcoming that led to the state’s failing grade in a national report.

Arizona received a failing grade for its policies to help expecting and new parents, only meeting the minimum federal standards under the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to a national report card released Wednesday. Read more»

Body cameras have been adopted by departments across the county as an answer to police use-of-force incidents, but some worry that the cameras can be misused.

Police departments in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson fell short in a new report that rated departments for policies that ensure that body cameras are a “tool for accountability, not a tool for surveillance” by agencies. Read more»

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at a March rally in Fountain Hills. Despite his popularity in the state, Trump’s fundraising was relatively anemic until recently.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised three times as much money from Arizona contributors in June as his total fundraising in the state in the preceding year, according to the latest reports from the Federal Election Commission. Read more»

Sen. John McCain at an Iconic Voices event held at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix in 2016.

When Arizona delegates to the Republican National Convention were asked last week how many would not vote for Sen. John McCain in next month’s primary, more than half of their hands went up. Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio took center stage in the Quicken Loans Arena on the final day of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was awarded a prime speaking slot at the final day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, delivering a speech with familiar themes of stopping illegal immigration and protecting law enforcement. Read more»

Rep. Trent Franks was the only Arizona congressman to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The only Arizona congressional Republican to show up at the party’s national convention this year defended his absent colleagues Wednesday, calling it a busy time of year for officeholders facing re-election this fall. Read more»

Delegates from Colorado join the shouting as a rules fight broke out on the floor during the first day of the GOP convention, just hours after Arizona leaders had urged unity.

Arizona GOP leaders called for unity Monday as they kicked off the Republican National Convention, just hours before the party erupted into chaos over a procedural rules vote on the floor. Read more»

ACLU of Arizona attorney James Duff Lyall said U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not adopted modern policing practices for its officers, opening the door to abuses.

ACLU attorneys from Southwest border states said Tuesday that a lack of reporting on stops by Customs and Border Protection officers opens the door to police abuse and makes it difficult to hold officers accountable for their actions. Read more»

The state would get $21 million over two years to combat opioid abuse as part of a $1.1 billion proposal pushed Wednesday at the White House to tackle the spread of the epidemic. Read more»

Bernie Sanders campaigning in Tucson four days before Arizona's primary election.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ web-driven, grass-roots campaign had close to three times as many contributions from Arizonans and brought in about $123,000 more than Hillary Clinton, out of the $3 million Democratic presidential hopefuls raised in the state. Read more»

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a speech at a New York City campaign stop on June 22. New campaign numbers show Trump raised only a fraction of the GOP campaign donations from Arizonans so far this year.

Trump may have received close to half the primary votes in the state, but he got just 3 percent of the money Arizonans gave to 2016 Republican presidential campaigns, according to the latest campaign finance numbers. Read more»

The room was packed for an hours-long hearing on terminology used – or not – by the goverment in its fight against terrorist groups.

Refusing to use terms like 'radical Islam' in the fight against terror is giving in to what ISIS, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups want, a Valley resident told a Senate panel Tuesday. Read more»

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said the U.S. needs to realize that Mexico has the world’s 20th-largest economy and trade between the countries will help both.

America cannot grow economically if it closes the borders to commerce and builds “fortress America,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Wednesday at a conference on U.S.-Mexico trade. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, joined the call for greater civility in public discourse during this fractious campaign season.

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords was back in Washington Thursday with her husband, Mark Kelly, calling for a more civil public discourse during a campaign season filled with what Kelly called “kind of historic poor rhetoric.” Read more» 2

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