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Minority enrollment at the state’s law and medical schools dipped slightly, but campus officials are not sure yet if Proposition 107 is the cause. At University of Arizona, the medical school no longer considers race in admissions but looks at other factors to ensure a diverse student body.

It's been more than a year since Arizona voters banned preferential treatment in state services based on race, ethnicity and gender – but little has changed on the state's university campuses. Read more»

Customs and Border Protection Deputy Chief Ronald Vitiello increased coordination and information sharing between agencies is boosting security on the Southwest border.

Pentagon and Homeland Security officials assured a House subcommittee Tuesday that they can continue border security despite a reduction in the National Guard. Read more»

Arizona did a better job of getting Latino students through college than other states, but still lagged when it came to the number of Latino adults with college degrees compared to all adults, a new report said Read more»

The federal government Friday gave Arizona the go-ahead for two more changes to its Medicaid program requested by Gov. Jan Brewer. The changes are expected to help extend coverage to needy children.

The federal government Friday approved a handful of changes to Arizona’s Medicaid program that state officials said could help extend health coverage to more than 20,000 low-income children. Read more»

National Fair Housing Alliance investigators visited this bank-owned property in the predominantly Hispanic Maryvale neighborhood in November. Their report said the home was covered in graffiti and had broken and boarded-up windows.

Banks are neglecting foreclosed homes in minority neighborhoods compared to those in white communities, according to a housing advocacy group. Read more» 1

The counties in dark blue exhibit the least healthy behaviors, such as smoking, obesity, access to doctors and other factors, according to a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

Arizona continued to fall well short of national averages on a range of health indicators, from diets to teen birth rates, according to a national health report. Read more»

From 2005 to 2010, the Census Bureau says, Maricopa County led the nation in the number of counties that new residents were coming from as well as the number of counties across the country that residents were moving to.

Maricopa County led the nation in the number of counties its new residents came from and the number of counties its former residents moved to. For several years, Maricopa led the nation in growth and experts said a sour economy could have sent people back to their previous hometowns. Read more»

Supporters of the health care reform law protest outside the Supreme Court as it began three days of hearings on the law. Arizona is one of 26 states opposing the law and has taken the extra steps of passing a law and constitutional amendment against it.

Arizona is the only state to adopt both a constitutional amendment and state law saying its residents cannot be forced to participate in a health care system. Read more»

Arizona is the second-worst state in the nation (Nevada is first) when it comes to the availability of affordable housing for 'extremely low-income' families. For every 100 such households there were only 20 rental units that were affordable and available in Arizona in 2010. The national average was 30 rental units for every 100 extremely low-income households.

There is a growing shortage of affordable housing in the U.S. The situation is even more severe in Arizona, which is the second-worst state in the country when it comes to affordable and available rental housing for “extremely low income” households. Read more»

Arizona is one of the better states in the nation when it comes to preventing tobacco use among 12- to 25-year-olds, according to a report released Thursday by the Surgeon General. Read more»

A federal appeals panel Monday overturned the embezzlement convictions of an associate of former Rep. Rick Renzi, the Arizona congressman indicted in 2008 on 48 counts of fraud, conspiracy and other charges. Read more»

Arizona State Superintendent John Huppenthal has asked to replace federal performance standards with state level ones, an effort supported by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Arizona officials have asked to replace federal standards under the No Child Left Behind act with state-level student performance standards and a school accountability system they say will be more efficient. Read more»

Democrats pounced on Gov. Jan Brewer’s endorsement of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as proof of Romney’s 'extreme' positions on immigration. Brewer made the endorsement Sunday, citing Romney’s success in the private sector.

Democrats led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wasted no time Monday using Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s endorsement of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as proof of Romney’s “extreme” immigration positions. Read more»

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, called his bill to prohibit abortion based on the race or sex of the child as an answer to what he said is the civil rights issue of this generation. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Thursday.

A House committee Thursday approved a bill to ban abortions based on the gender or race of the child, a practice that Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, called one of the greatest threats to civil rights in the country. Read more»

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., urged doctors at an American Medical Association conference to take their fight against Medicare reimbursement cuts directly to their elected officials.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., urged doctors at an American Medical Association conference Tuesday to take their fight against looming cuts in physicians’ Medicare reimbursements to their elected officials in Congress. Read more»

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