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Rural health care providers in Southeast Arizona may be facing some new challenges. Governor Jan Brewers budget relies on obtaining an exemption from federal rules so she can reduce the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid alternative, and save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years.

Anti-Medicaid Referendum Scrambling for Signatures

Petitioners say they will file by Wednesday's deadline if they get minimum needed; hoping to block expansion.

A new species of desert mountain scorpion found in the Catalina Mountains.

Researchers Find New Scorpion Species in Catalinas

This is the second time a new species is found in the mountains, which is unusual; unclear of how venomous creature is.

In recognition of the many positive social and economic contributions that are made every day in this state by immigrants, the 4th annual Tucson World RefugeeFEST was held last weekend.

UN to Discuss International Migration, Development

Talks come in early October, possibly coinciding with Congress taking up US immigration reform.

Education Fund K-12 Set Up for Children of 19 Hotshots

100% of donations will go toward fund for kids, their unborn babies; firefighters perished battling Yarnell fire.

Butterfly Wonderland near Scottsdale Arizona is the largest butterfly atrium in the nation and is home to hundreds of different species of these beautiful flying insects.

Scottsdale Conservatory Houses Worldly Butterflies

Nation's largest conservatory receives cocoons from South America, Southeast Asia, other places around globe.

Ed Honea, Marana, Arizona Mayor

Marana Changes Rules About Growing Medicinal Marijuana

Town Council votes to make it illegal to grow drug unless it is for medical use within town limits.

Marijuana Legalization Group Plans to Target AZ Next

Same organization that aided successful effort to legalize the drug in CO hopes to use same method here.

Medical MJ Law May Not Protect Use of Certain Forms of Drug

This could potentially lead to criminal prosecution of dispensary operators, patients; such forms include edible resin.

The Tucson Fire Department utilizes trucks like this one to respond to less serious calls which don't require a full fire engine.

Tucson Fire's New Rescue Unit Saves Resources

Rescue 8 responds to less grave emergency calls, though it's equipped for higher-risk ones as well.

Pima's Drug Treatment Alt to Prison Program Saves AZ Money

Offenders in program cost $10K, while offenders in prison cost $30K, report says; state has saved $1M.

Dust blows from Freeport MacMoRan mine tailings near Green Valley, Ariz. in July, 2013. The incident led Pima County to issue a notice that the company violated air quality standards.

Freeport MacMoRan Faces Air Quality Violation

Pima County asks mining company south of Tucson to come up with plan to prevent dust after summer complaints.

TILT: Old-School Gaming Comes to Tucson

Pinball arcade owners hosting locals on weekends with 30 vintage, restored machines near North Fourth Ave.

Petition Deadlines This Week for AZ Referendum Proposals

One would refer Medicaid expansion to 2014 ballot; others would refer school bond limit increase, election changes.

The farm bureau's Market Basket Survey includes basic foodstuffs, but not processed foods.

Taking the SNAP Challenge: Eating on $4.16 a day

AZPM reporter, spouse try for 4 days what food stamp recipients must do; nutrients with a dollop of tension.

Water levels at the Colorado River Basin.

New Agreement Helps Tucson Manage CO River Water Supplies

25-year deal reached between city, CAP to get 'groundwater credits' for storing renewable supplies.

McCain Makes Marijuana Legalization Remarks at Town Hall

At his Thursday Tucson meeting AZ sen spoke Syria, other issues; says perhaps the drug should be legalized.

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