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AZ Week: Foster Parents, Child Advocates Demand Better System

Brewer signs 2 overhaul bills establishing department to replace CPS; years of crisis mode operation drove issue.

Shinseki Reveals VA Pre-Audit Results, Then Resigns

Audit shows schedulers were pressured to use bad practices to make waiting times for medical appointments seem more favorable; reported 40 vets in PHX died due to delays.

A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle on the American side of the border fence in Nogales, Ariz.

Spike in Unaccompanied Minors Apprehended at Border

Most Central American youth appearing in Texas trying to cross into US illegally; Arizona feels effects as border region resources drained.

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Free Income Tax Program Saves Arizonans Millions

Around $21.7 million in savings thanks to the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona volunteers.

Tucson Receives EPA Redevelopment Grant

Brownfields Program gives city $400K to inspection possibly contaminated sites in downtown; South Side also getting money.

Gov. Jan Brewer signs Thursday two child welfare agency overhaul bills.

UPDATE: Brewer Signs Child Welfare Overhaul Bills

Legislature finalized approval earlier today; legislation creates Dept. of Child Safety, gives it about $827M in funding.

7 Republicans, 1 Democrat File for Gubernatorial Primary

2 minor party candidates seek governor's post; filings for 6 other state offices, Congress, Legislature.

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Senate Cmte Passes $60M for Child Welfare Overhaul

Panel unanimously OKs spending Weds. morning after tough questioning of new agency director about how funds will be spent.

UPDATE: VA Inspector Identifies 1,700 Awaiting Medical Attention

He also said there was an average of 115 waiting days for a first appointment, 91 more than Phoenix hospital reported.


Pima Association of Governments Approves New 5-Year Plan

Project proposes work on interchanges along I-10, Ina, Ruthrauff and Houghton Roads, I-19 and Ajo Way; more roadways near Raytheon.

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CPS Special Legislative Session Begins

House Speaker Andy Tobin told his chamber he expects committee votes on the proposals Wednesday and final votes Thursday.

Rosemont Decision Slowed by Wildlife in Santa Ritas

Coronado Natl. Forest officials ask Fish and Wildlife scientists to update written opinion on effects mine would have on area's endangered species, other flora and fauna.

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Biggs: Little Disagreement in Legislature on CPS Overhaul

Brewer calls for special session Tuesday to debate legislation establishing child welfare agency, setting its budget.

VA Allowing More Vets to Obtain Health Care at Private Hospitals

Seterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki announces changes Sat.; says facilities enhancing capacity to help patients get care sooner.

AZ Brings Back 'Clean Air-Blue Skies' License Plates

Arizona Dept. of Transportation is again allowing plug-in hybrid owners apply for special license plates to use HOV lanes.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, May 23, 2014

Interview with Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Rigg; comments by congressional hopeful Gary Kiehne.

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