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Arizona religious groups said the Trump administration’s release this week of regulations aimed at protecting religious expression “rights a serious wrong,” but others expect the moves will have little practical impact.

By Christopher Scragg, Cronkite News January 19, 2020
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Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing a $12.3 billion spending plan that still won't restore state aid to education to where it was in 2008.

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A three-term Arizona lawmaker wants police posted at every polling place to deal with possible violence he fears could result because of the current divisive and angry political atmosphere.

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State lawmakers are looking to close a loophole in the law they say has allowed cities to deny workers' compensation benefits to firefighters with cancer.

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Every two minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, but thanks in large part to early detection, breast cancer death rates have dropped 40% since 1989.

By Ashleigh Stewart, Cronkite News January 16, 2020
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Colleagues of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick offered prayers and well wishes for the Tucson Democrat after she announced Wednesday that she is seeking treatment for alcohol dependence, which she said was to blame for a serious fall last week.

By Christopher Scragg, Cronkite News January 16, 2020
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A federal appeals court agreed that an Iraqi refugee can be deported after he was convicted in Arizona of aggravated assault, a first-time offense that netted him a sentence of just 48 hours behind bars.

By Christopher Scragg, Cronkite News January 16, 2020
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Arizona lawmakers voted on a straight party-line Wednesday to forward two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial, a 228-193 vote as predictable as the arguments for and against it.

By Jessica Myers and McKenzie Sadeghi, Cronkite News January 16, 2020
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Two lawmakers are proposing to let at least several Native American tribes keep some of the taxes generated from sales on reservations.

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A spat between ranchers and Native American tribes is threatening to torpedo a special panel which seeks to keep construction projects from damaging tribal remains and antiquities.

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The Farm Bureau figures that the cost of a typical basket of 12 representative items will set shoppers back $56.83. That same basket could be bought a year ago for just $46.22.

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Heat deaths continue to rise
Meanwhile, federal disaster relief continues to lag

The Federal Emergency Management Agency doles out billions annually for recovery from tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters, but the deadliest disaster goes largely unfunded – extreme heat.

By Kailey Broussard, Cronkite News January 15, 2020
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Senate President Karen Fann has blocked consideration -- possibly permanently -- on a bill to put new restrictions on sex education in public schools.

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Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Arizonans ages 15-34, according to a 2019 study that attributes the toll to such things as exposure to social media, harassment and the pressure to succeed.

By Daniel Gatalica, Cronkite News January 14, 2020
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Union leaders say the close to 1,800 striking Asarco workers in Arizona and Texas remain “strong” as the strike entered its fourth month Monday, with little hope of a settlement in sight.

By Kara Harris, Cronkite News January 14, 2020
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Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing to eliminate state income taxes -- but only for retired military.

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Unwilling to wait to see what, if anything, lawmakers will do, education groups on Monday launched an initiative drive to raise taxes on the wealthiest Arizonans to generate an additional $940 million for public education.

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Just a year after approval of the much-heralded Drought Contingency Plan, Arizona lawmakers once again face tough questions of how to deal with the increased demand for water in the face of drier weather -- and getting water to where it is needed.

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The way Gov. Doug Ducey tells it, if you like what he's been doing for the past five years you'll love what he will propose Monday in his sixth State of the State address.

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While the issues surrounding the budget and water suck up much of the political oxygen at the Capitol, dozens of other issues already are vying for legislative attention. And most tend to fall into a few areas.

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State lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday to deal with something they appear to have plenty: Money and who gets it.

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Pick up the phone and give Grandma a call.

By Megan U. Boyanton, Cronkite News January 12, 2020
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Some Arizona schools are working to preserve Native American culture by spending classroom time on disappearing languages and cultural traditions.

By Andrew Christiansen, Wills Rice January 12, 2020
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U.S., Arizona life expectancy fell over three-year span
Numbers driven by deaths of younger people

After decades of steady increases, life expectancy in the U.S. ticked down slightly over three recent years, a drop attributed to a rise in “cause-specific” deaths like suicides and drug overdoses among those aged 25 to 64.

By Lindsay Walker, Cronkite News January 12, 2020
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Fearing an eroding tax base, two Republican legislators are leading efforts to block private individuals from giving away property to the federal government.

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