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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

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Lawmakers consider changes to Maine's Clean Election law, Florida offers a big no comment over "arranged" migrant flights to California, and the Global Fragility Act turns U.S. peacekeeping on its head.

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A bipartisan effort aims to preserve AM radio, the Human Rights Campaign declares a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people, and the Atlanta City Council approves funding for a controversial police training center.

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Oregon may expand food stamp eligibility to some undocumented households, rural areas have a new method of accessing money for roads and bridges, and Tennessee's new online tool helps keep track of cemetery locations.


According to the Mars Veterinary Health study, nearly 41,000 additional veterinarians will be needed to meet the needs of companion animal health care by 2030. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

AZ Governor Enacts Law Allowing Telemedicine for Pets

In Arizona, telemedicine is now not only available for humans but also for people's beloved animals. Last month Governor Katie Hobbs signed Senate …

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Arizona State University reports first generation students make up almost 35% of its enrollment. Its Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program has served more than 2,300 parent-student teams. (Hector Pertuz/Adobe Stock)
ASU Outreach Program Helps First-Generation College Students

Navigating college can seem overwhelming for first generation students, but an early outreach program at Arizona State University aims to change it…

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The report also found that in 2021, 5.6 million adults ages 65 and older lived in poverty, a 10% increase since 2019. (Adobe Stock)
Report: AZ Ranks 30th for Health Status of Older Adults

Arizona has received an overall rank of 30th in the nation for the health and well-being of older adults in the state. According to the United …

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Advocates say the EPA's proposed carbon pollution standards would avert approximately 1,300 premature deaths. (Ralf Broskvar/Adobe Stock)
AZ Leaders Urge Strong Standards to Cut Climate Pollution from Power Plants

Arizona leaders gathered Tuesday in support of the Biden administration's proposed plans to cut climate pollution from fossil-fuel power plants to tac…

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According to ALL in Education, climate and environment has been identified as one of nine factors that have the biggest effect on student academic outcomes. (Adobe Stock)
AZ Schools Set to Receive Trees Through State Budget Appropriation

Arizona environmental-justice advocates are celebrating some big wins passed through the state budget. One of the provisions, Senate Bill 1689…

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According to Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention, starting in late April or May many areas across the state will implement seasonal fire restrictions and then typically rescind them in September or October. (Scott Griessel/Adobe Stock)
Arizona Trail, a 'Lifeline' for Many, Under Threat by Wildfires

The Arizona Trail stretches 800 miles across Arizona, from Mexico to Utah. The trek is considered by many a "lifeline," under threat with fire season …

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After receiving her master's degree in Education from Arizona State University, Laura Terech began teaching in a Title I school. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
Former Teacher, Now AZ Lawmaker, Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

It is Teacher Appreciation Week , and one Arizona lawmaker, who is a former elementary school teacher, wants to recognize the important work …

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School districts have until Aug. 22 to turn in their applications for this year's Clean School Bus Program. (Moms Clean Air Force)
AZ School District Sees Benefits of Electric Buses, More Funds On Way

This week, one Arizona school district is sharing the local benefits ushered in by the Inflation Reduction Act. Isaac School District in West …

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Every 80 seconds, the American Heart Association says, cardiovascular disease kills one woman. (Adobe Stock)
AZ Mom Warns of Signs During American Stroke Month

May is National Stroke Month, and one young Arizona mom wants to share her experience to let Arizonans know stroke can happen to anyone and at any …

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Arizonans can text their ZIP code to 438829 to find a nearby location to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (Adobe Stock)
Three Years Later, COVID Concerns Remain in Arizona

Arizona experienced the highest adjusted death rate in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report. The …

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Diné College is the first tribally controlled and accredited collegiate institution in the United States. (Wikimedia Commons)
Rural, Tribal AZ College Works to Support Student, Community Needs

A tribal college in Arizona has gotten some national attention this spring for "community college excellence," in this case, on the Navajo Nation…

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A new American Hospital Association report says labor costs -- which, on average, account for about half of a hospital's total budget -- increased 20.8% between 2019 and 2022. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Hospitals Struggle Amid Mounting Financial Pressure

A new report sheds light on what it calls the "mounting financial pressures" hospitals in Arizona and across the country are facing; pressures it said…

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