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Gov. Jan Brewer addresses a news conference Monday at which she announced an eight-member panel to provide independent oversight of Child Protective Services’ review of 6,000 cases that went uninvestigated.

Gov. Jan Brewer has created an independent panel to oversee Child Protective Services staff reviewing 6,000 reports of child abuse and neglect that weren’t investigated. Read more»

Katherine Castillo says working as a a hotel housekeeper for Arizona’s minimum wage, which is higher than the federal minimum wage because of a voter-approved law, still doesn’t provide enough to pay the bills and attend college.

Under a law Arizona voters approved in 2006, those earning minimum wage will receive a 10-cent-per-hour increase to $7.90 starting Jan. 1. It will mark the fourth straight year that the state has had a higher minimum wage than the federal hourly rate of $7.25. Read more»

Three of the 11 Nile crocodiles born recently at the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

They may be small, slow and cute for now, but within a few weeks the baby Nile crocodiles that fit in Russ Johnson’s hands will be downright dangerous. Read more»

Gov. Jan Brewer addresses a news conference explaining her appeal of the Obama administration’s rejection of a federal disaster declaration for fire-ravaged Yarnell.

Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday asked the Obama administration to reverse a decision denying a federal disaster declaration for the fire-ravaged community of Yarnell. Read more»

Voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure to reduce taxes many businesses pay on property ranging from machinery to desks. Read more»