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PHOTO: Bats are helpful to Arizona farmers and people in general, despite being a mainstay among the Halloween creatures that may cause fear in some people. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PHOENIX - Halloween is just a couple of days away, and bats may be among the creepy creatures meant to cause fright - but the little animals actually help Arizona farmers and people. Lynda Lambert, public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said bats feast on insects. "Th...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report ranks Arizona in the top third of all states in overall energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PHOENIX - Arizona places 15th in the U.S. in a new report ranking states on energy efficiency. Jeff Schlegel, Arizona representative at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, says the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks states...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report on the federal budget and Arizona finds residents and businesses paid $31 billion in federal taxes in 2013. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Treasury.

PHOENIX - A new analysis shows how much residents and businesses in Arizona pay in federal taxes versus how much is received in the state from the federal budget. Becky Sweger, director of data and technology with the National Priorities Project, says their "State Smart" study shows Arizona resident...Read More

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PHOTO: Trying to prevent the deaths of teenage drivers in Arizona and across the nation is the focus of National Teen Driver Safety Week. Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

PHOENIX – Parents in Arizona and around the nation are urged to talk with their teenagers who are starting to drive as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week. The safety campaign is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It stresses that vehicle crashes are the leading c...Read More

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PHOTO: The next open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act starts Nov. 15, and organizations across Arizona are training staff members to guide people through the application process. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services.

PHOENIX – Organizations across the Grand Canyon State are staffing up as the next open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) quickly approaches. Pati Urias is with Enroll America Arizona, a group that helps people get health insurance coverage. She says several organizations are...Read More

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PHOTO: Organizations such as the Child Crisis Center are calling on Arizona's political candidates to increase funding for programs that support early-childhood education and other services that benefit young kids. Photo courtesy of of the Pima County Public Library.

MESA, Ariz. – Political candidates in Arizona are being asked to make early childhood education a top priority, and organizers hope that seeing programs that help children up close will help that process. Christine Scarpati, CEO of the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, says candidates for governo...Read More

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PHOTO: Arizona is among the leading states when it comes to cutting education funding, according to a new report. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.

PHOENIX – Education funding cuts in Arizona rank among the nation's highest. That's the finding of a study released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president of the Children's Action Alliance, says the research shows that Arizona's per pupil spending ...Read More

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PHOTO: A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by the ACLU against the Arizona Dept. of Corrections, alleging inadequate medical care and mental-health treatment for inmates and overuse of solitary confinement. Photo courtesy of the FBI.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) has chosen to settle rather than fight a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, and others, over the healthcare services provided to prison inmates. Attorney Dan Pochoda, senior counsel with the ACLU of Arizona, says unde...Read More

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