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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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PHOTO: Dogs can be adopted for as little as $20 at the Arizona Humane Society throughout October during "Adopt A Shelter Dog Month." Photo credit: Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

PHOENIX - Arizonans are being encouraged to consider adding a new member to the family during "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," running throughout October. Bretta Nelson, public relations manager with the Arizona Humane Society, says her organization is holding special events throughout the month to pro...Read More

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PHOTO: Enjoy doing taxes and helping people? A program that provides thousands of Arizonans with free tax preparation services is seeking volunteers. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Commerce.

PHOENIX – Arizonans who enjoy working with numbers might enjoy volunteering for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. It provides free tax preparation services for thousands of people in the state. Fran Molleur, a volunteer who works with Tax-Aide, says the program needs volunteers to train ...Read More

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PHOTO: New vehicles in the U.S. are getting better gas mileage than ever before, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PHOENIX – Drivers are saving money at the pump, as U.S. fuel economy reaches an all-time high, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reports that model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon. That reflects a half-mile per gallon improvement over...Read More

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PHOTO: Young women who use long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC) experience much lower rates of birth, pregnancy, and abortion, according to a new "Contraceptive CHOICE Project" study. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

PHOENIX - Young women in Arizona and elsewhere who use long-acting, reversible contraception, also known as "LARC," have rates of pregnancy, birth, and abortion much lower than the national rates for sexually-active teens. That's the finding of the "Contraceptive CHOICE Project," a study funded by ...Read More

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PHOTO: Efforts to overturn Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage could be aided by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday not to hear legal cases from several states trying to preserve marriage equality bans. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Commerce.

PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday not to hear cases trying to preserve same-sex marriage bans in Utah and several other states could have an impact on legal efforts to overturn Arizona's ban on marriage equality. Jeremy Zegas, project manager at Why Marriage Matters Arizona, says the...Read More

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