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Medical marijuana to be allowed for post-traumatic stress disorder
PHOENIX -- Thousands of Arizona veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to obtain marijuana legally.

State Health Director Will Humble decided today there is at least one study showing the drug can be helpful in treating the symptoms of PTSD. He said that, combined with some anecdotal evidence, provides what he needs under Arizona law to allow doctor with a qualifying patient to recommend the drug.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Emergency border funding request also asks for firefighting funds
WASHINGTON - Tucked into the president's $3.7 billion request for funding to stem the tide of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border was a request for another $615 million to continue fighting wildfires this year.

Most agree the wildfire money is needed, but opinions split on the tactic of asking for it in the same letter as the border-funding request - what one derided as "pork-barrel politics," another called an "understandable maneuver."

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Phoenix VA doctor testifies at House hearing on whistleblowers
WASHINGTON - Dr. Katherine Mitchell knew she was "shooting my career in the foot" when she raised concerns about the quality of care that the Department of Veterans Affairs was providing patients at its Phoenix hospital.

She doesn't regret it, she said Tuesday, because she could not stand to see another veteran die.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

UPDATE: Allegations of Horne campaign violations merit a full-blown investigation
PHOENIX -- Assistant Secretary of State Jim Drake ruled this morning there is enough evidence and uncontested allegations against Attorney General Tom Horne to merit a full-blown investigation into whether he has been using state resources and employees to campaign for reelection.

In formal findings, Drake said that responses submitted by Horne back up claims by former staffer Sarah Beattie that workers at Horne's office "were not volunteering but instead were being compensated by the State of Arizona while conducting campaign activities for Mr. Horne.'

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Court blocks state plan to deny driver's licenses to some immigrants
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Monday blocked an Arizona policy that denies driver's licenses to immigrants who have been temporarily protected from deportation under the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

UofA professor who pushed for more medical marijuana research is dismissed from job with university
PHOENIX -- A University of Arizona doctor who was pushing for more research into medical marijuana is being let go -- she believes for political reasons.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Court rejects GOP bid to allow legislative authority over redistricting
PHOENIX -- A bid by state lawmakers to take back the power to draw congressional lines is legally flawed and should be rejected, the lead attorney for the Independent Redistricting Commission told the nation's high court.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Feds declare Arizona, New Mexico gartersnakes threatened species
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted threatened species status Monday to northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnakes, saying the animals in Arizona and New Mexico could otherwise be in danger of extinction.

The protection stopped short of the stricter endangered species status for the snakes, but conservationists and government officials said the threatened designation will provide protection while giving them the flexibility in setting regulations.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Arizona again near tops in nation for women in state elected office
WASHINGTON - The wild west - it brings to mind images of cowboys and showdowns. It probably does not bring images of women in elected office.

But Democrats and Republicans both say the independent, wild west mentality of Arizona voters is one reason the state elects more women than most others.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Census: Number of Arizonans living in 'poverty areas' jumped in 2010
WASHINGTON - The number of Arizona residents living in concentrated "poverty areas" grew significantly in the first decade of the century, according to a new Census report.

From 2000 to 2010, Arizonans living in poverty areas - census tracts with poverty rates of 20 percent or more - rose from 24 percent of the state's residents to 33.4 percent.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Horne selects attorneys for probe of election law violations
PHOENIX -- The top aide to Attorney General Tom Horne has selected two attorneys who have donated to Horne to investigate whether Horne and others in the office have been conducting his re-election campaign on state time with state resources.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Verde Valley native to become AG&F commission chair
PHOENIX -- Robert Mansell is the new chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

Mansell, who has been serving as vice-chair was voted into the chairmanship by board members.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Court rules hospitals can be sued under laws designed to protect vulnerable adults
PHOENIX -- Saying the elderly can be abused anywhere, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday that hospitals can be sued under special laws designed to protect vulnerable adults.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

After big-blaze years, Arizona has rare "typical' wildfire season so far
Halfway through the year, Arizona has seen a larger number of smaller fires than last year, allowing crews to react quickly, stay safe and keep firefighting costs within budget, officials said.
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Officials: Investors often overlook development opportunities on tribal lands
WASHINGTON - A Mesa executive told a Senate panel Wednesday that there is plenty of opportunity for economic development in Indian Country, but not enough investment to make it happen.

Gary Davis, president and CEO of the Mesa-based National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, was one of several witnesses at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on the importance of encouraging investment on tribal lands.

Davis said his organization's efforts to help tribal businesses and economies "are oftentimes frustrated by federal programs that provide too few dollars and too many rigid operating and private matching-fund requirements."

Friday, June 27, 2014

Guatemalan data show number of children returned from U.S. is falling
WASHINGTON - The White House and Department of Homeland Security have mounted a campaign in recent days to tell children who cross the border they will not be eligible for deferred action and will be sent home.

But data from Guatemala indicate that, in recent years, fewer and fewer children have been sent home to that country.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Solar panel property taxes a focal point of ACC candidates' debate
PHOENIX -- Two Republicans hoping to sit on the Arizona Corporation Commission lashed out Wednesday at a decision by the state Department of Revenue to impose property taxes on leased solar panels.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Coalition including Symington defends Medicaid expansion
PHOENIX -- Hoping to save the Medicaid expansion program, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, business groups and even a former governor want the Arizona Supreme Court to block a bid by dissident legislators to challenge its legality.
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Arizonans to vote on legislative salaries
PHOENIX -- Do you think your state senator and two representatives are worth $35,000 a year?

What about the other 87?


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Judge: Too late to change ballot requirements for 2014
PHOENIX -- A federal judge refused Monday to ease the requirement for candidates to get on the ballot, at least for this year.
Thursday, June 26, 2014

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