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The Legislature didn’t take Monday off for Presidents Day and worked through Arizona’s post-birthday week as drama continued over the “firing” of two top Board of Education officials. Read more»

The Ludwig family (from left: Troy, Cole and Yvonne) has had Bandit, Cole’s service dog, for almost a year. When Bandit barks, Cole’s parents know they need to get to their son quickly. Suffering from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Cole has silent seizures up to 10 times a week that can cause him to stop breathing.

Cole Ludwig’s closest friend is Bandit, a German shepherd who fetches tennis balls the 8-year-old pushes off his wheelchair and playfully takes off his owner’s socks when Cole’s mother isn’t looking – and even when she is. When Bandit barks, as he is trained to do, Cole’s parents know they need to get to their son quickly. Suffering from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Cole has silent seizures up to 10 times a week that can cause him to stop breathing. Read more»

An undergraduate at the University of Arizona is taking over Operation Wolfhound, an international service dog program for veterans. Read more»

Sheila Hawkins and her dog Sonny accept a service dog training certificate at the Handi-Dogs graduation ceremony in 2011.

People who rely on service dogs shouldn’t have to pay to register them as pets, a state lawmaker contends. “For the people who are disabled and on a fixed budget, they’re watching every penny and shouldn’t have to pay for the service dog they need,” said Rep. David Livingston, R-Peoria. Read more»