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(From left) Karen Mlawsky, CEO of the hospital division of the University of Arizona Health Network, Betsey Bayless, president and CEO of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, Bob Meyer, president and CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Gov. Jan Brewer speak at a press conference in Phoenix announcing a plan under which those health organizations would put forward $113 million subject to a 2-for-1 federal match.

Three state health institutions will put up $113 million, subject to the federal government matching those funds $2 for $1, to improve medical care for children of the working poor, Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday. Read more»

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery speaks on HB 2018 at a news conference. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, would require parents and guardians to report within 24 hours a missing child younger than age 6. Montgomery said the bill should cover all minors.

Prompted by the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who didn’t report her daughter missing for a month, a state lawmaker wants Arizona parents to face a felony charge if they don’t report a child missing within 24 hours. Read more» 1

Pamela Stewart, a history lecturer at Arizona State University, wondered why a male student continued to stand up and walk around during her one-hour class. Then the student explained: He was a war veteran coping with a service-related trauma. Read more»

Bryan Jeffries, executive vice president for the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, stands in front of firefighters and paramedics at a Phoenix news conference Monday. Jeffries urged the U.S. Congress to pass a bill that would fund the hiring of government workers, such as firefighters, paramedics, police officers and teachers.

A plan before Congress to help communities add first responders would improve response times to 911 calls and make Arizonans safer, the leader of a firefighters union said Wednesday. Read more»

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks at a news conference Monday at the Senate chambers in the former State Capitol building in Phoenix.

Arizona’s SB 1070 and other tough state laws on illegal immigration address what the federal government should be doing on the issue, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Monday. Read more» 2

Mirroring a national trend, the economic downturn is prompting Arizonans to put off having children, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. Read more» 1

A multi-million dollar facility dedicated Wednesday at Arizona State Hospital will house and provide care for criminals deemed unfit for trial or ruled guilty but mentally ill.

A facility dedicated Wednesday at the Arizona State Hospital will allow mentally ill patients referred by the criminal court system to receive better care in a safer and more secure setting, officials said. Read more»

A nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Flagstaff says patients sometimes break down and cry when they hear the news: If they want abortions, they now have to travel to Phoenix for a 15-minute consultation with a doctor and then stay overnight to have the procedure. It’s an expense that some can’t afford, and no other facility in the area provides abortions. Read more» 1

From left, Dr. Samuel Aguayo, chief researcher at the Carl T. Hayden Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Susan Bowers, director of the federal veterans affairs’ network in the Southwest, and Dr. James Robbins, interim director of the medical center, cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the research facility Wednesday.

A research facility that opened Wednesday at Phoenix's Carl T. Hayden Veteran Affairs Medical Center offers a state-of-the-art setting for researchers and clinical trial patients to conduct studies of conditions that heavily affect veterans, such as mental health problems, lung cancer and diabetes Read more»

More than 300 high school students and faculty attend the High School Awards Luncheon at Chase Field in Phoenix Wednesday. High school students are the leading donators of blood in Arizona.

The 176 high schools across the state that held blood drives for United Blood Services recruited 22,045 blood donations last school year, tripling the 8,352 units of blood donated at high schools in 2002. The organization’s High School Challenge Awards Luncheon, held at Chase Field, honored students for their success. Read more»

The last surviving gun from the battleship USS Arizona lies rusting at a U.S. Navy storage yard in Virginia. Secretary of State Ken Bennett is trying to raise $500,000 to transport the gun, along with a gun from the battleship USS Missouri, to display outside the State Capitol.

Guns from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri now rusting on the East Coast would become part of the state’s monument to its namesake battleship if proponents can raise $500,000 to move them. Read more» 1

Synthetic stimulants, called bath salts, are sold at smoke shops and convenience stores. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has temporarily banned three ingredients commonly used in bath salts in order to review if the chemicals should be banned permanently.

Many states have passed laws against bath salts or enacted emergency bans, but a bill that would have had Arizona following suit died during this year’s legislative session. Now the Drug Enforcement Administration has temporarily banned three chemicals used to make the synthetic stimulant. Read more»

Arizona State University’s new veterans center opened Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, honoring Pat Tillman, former Army Ranger who died from friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. The center provides student assistance and support to veterans on campus.

Veterans seeking help with education benefits at ASU once had to walk to a nondescript corner of the Registrar’s Office. Today, with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, they are greeted by images of the veteran most commonly associated with with the school. Read more»