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An immunization advocate says the current measles outbreak should be a wake-up call for Arizonans to get vaccinated. And for many it is. Read more»

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona schools to post health-related information on their websites including immunization rates among students – information he says is especially important given the measles outbreak originating at Disneyland. Read more»

Ken Roland, research associate professor at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, says scientists should learn how to communicate better to help allay parents concerns about vaccinating their children.

A group of scientists at ASU are working to improve their communication skills to find common ground among parents who feel their concerns about vaccinating their children aren't being heard by the health care providers. Read more»

Arizona residents may need to provide a form of ID other than their driver’s license to gain access to restricted areas of some federal facilities, as new restrictions begin to take effect for states that do not comply with the fedearl Real ID act.

Arizona lawmakers told the federal government in 2008 that the state would not cooperate in the Real ID Act, a post-9/11 law that aimed to make it harder for potential terrorists to get fake IDs. The first fallout from the decision could begin soon, with Arizonans not allowed into restricted federal facilities, and possibly not allowed to board airplanes beginning in 2016. Read more»

Rep. Tom Forese, R-Gilbert, wants Arizona to enact a Small Business Bill of Rights that he said would protect owners from harassment by regulators.

Calling it a response to state regulators bullying small businesses, a lawmaker wants to require agencies to list owners’ rights on their websites and present them prior to any investigation. Read more»

Gov. Jan Brewer answers reporters' questions after an appearance Tuesday.

While the governor has restored welfare payments to families whose checks were hung up by the federal shutdown, she's warning that a larger crisis looms. Food stamp payments that 1.1 million Arizonans rely on wouldn't go out if the impasse continues into November, she says. Read more»

In an annual commemoration of Workers Memorial Day at the State Capitol, a Democratic lawmaker called Monday for more rights and safer conditions for workers. Read more»

Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, answers a question Wednesday after addressing state lawmakers.

Arizona’s top health official said Wednesday he wants more acknowledgment of the risks from parents citing personal beliefs in opting out of vaccinations required for schoolchildren. Read more»

Kristin Fields holds her 18-month-old daughter Leah as Maricopa County Department of Public Health nurse Pearl Napa administers vaccines at a clinic in Glendale. Fields said vaccines are vital to protecting her daughter’s health.

While most states allow parents to opt out of vaccinations for medical or religious reasons, Arizona is among a minority allowing exemptions for philosophical or personal reasons. A Cronkite News Special Report looks at how exemptions are prompting fears of disease outbreaks. Read more»

Applicants at a 2010 job fair for civilian defense workers.

Thousands of unemployed Arizonans could be stripped of their benefits if three bills approaching passage in the Legislature become law. Critics say GOP legislators are attacking the unemployed with bills that would mandate drug tests, raise the income needed to quality and cover fewer workers. Read more»

Rep. Daniel Patterson lived with Georgette Escobar for about a year, in extramarital bliss. But then things went very, very wrong. Read more»

This flier from the Arizona Partnership for Immunization urges parents to have children vaccinated against various diseases.

Arizona, which requires all children entering middle school to be vaccinated against meningitis, is now urging parents to get kids a booster dose five years later. Read more»