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WASHINGTON – Rising rates of preterm births in 30 states – Arizona included – are a sign that health care providers are “failing our many mothers and babies,” maternal and infant health advocates said last week.

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Two Chandler Republican legislators and Attorney General Mark Brnovich are taking the first steps to craft legislation to ensure Arizonans with preexisting conditions can still buy health insurance if federal courts strike down the Affordable Care Act.

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Over the past two years, the Scottsdale Unified School District has adopted a number of reforms and policy revisions aimed at preventing the litany of controversies that plagued the district the past three years.

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Scottsdale Community College has launched a “Complete Your Dreams” initiative to help up to 100 students who did not finish their degree program return to college.

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A new initiative launched last week seeks to limit the access of candidates to private cash and encourage them to instead run for office with public financing.

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Gov. Doug Ducey told business leaders this week, noting manufacturing jobs in the state now outnumber construction jobs.

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A proposed downtown Scottsdale medical marijuana dispensary will need the support of a supermajority of city council, after opponents employed a little-known legal mechanism to challenge the project.

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A legislative panel is debating whether to restore the right of cities and towns to regulate short-term vacation rentals – a right that legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey took away from them three years ago.

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The Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board has set a timeline to search for the district’s next superintendent.

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With two days left before the end of Scottsdale’s special 2019 bond election this Tuesday, voter turnout is already exceeding turnout in the last bond election back in 2015. In 2015, 25 percent of eligible voters cast ballots; as of Oct. 29, 25.7 percent had voted.

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In mid-October, Scottsdale Police Department arrested an alleged peeping Tom who used Snapchat to locate teenage girls following an investigation that began back in Aug. 2018.

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State lawmakers cannot limit how much errant drivers have to pay the people they kill or injure, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled.

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State lawmakers are going to spend at least $125,000 to determine why parents seeking to use state funds for private and parochial schools say they can’t get approved.

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A recently-released email from the developer behind Museum Square has shed light on the project’s anticipated timeline and specific parking commitments made to local business owners.

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A former Scottsdale councilman is pushing the city to institute a mural policy following a battle between a downtown property owner and artists over a mural depicting the late Sen. John McCain.

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After debuting in Scottsdale last year, electric scooters continue to divide the community and pose a significant health risk to riders, according to data tracked by a local hospital.

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The popularity of Airbnb, VRBO and similar platforms in Scottsdale has not just been a boon for homeowners looking to make extra money; it has also spawned an industry in which real estate investors purchase homes and condos solely to use as short-term rentals.

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The City of Scottsdale has called out erroneous statements made by an embattled local housing co-op’s board of directors that had attempted to silence residents concerned about an ongoing multimillion-dollar plumbing project.

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A former basketball player at Seton Catholic High School faces first-degree murder and other charges stemming from a drug-related hit in Scottsdale.

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Times Media Group, the fast-growing publisher of more than 15 Arizona publications and websites, has acquired Southland Publishing, the Southern California-based publisher of several newsweeklies, magazines and digital media properties with a combined monthly circulation of more than one mil…

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I know I’m a little late to the picnic. By now many of you own a Spiralizer, but pasta has always been my go-to dish. I never much thought about making noodles from zucchini. But a couple of cranks of a Spiralizer handle made me a believer.

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OdySea Aquarium in southern Scottsdale is the first attraction and aquarium in the state to become a Certified Autism Center.

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Arizona has the fourth-highest incarceration rate in the nation, according to the Department of Justice, with an estimated 18 percent of those released returning to prison within six months.

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With the start of the school year right around the corner, many organizations and businesses around the Valley, including Scottsdale, are either still in need of school supplies or ready to hand out supplies to students in need.

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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona celebrated the opening of its residential treatment center’s new Marley Dormitory recently.

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Nearly one-third of undergraduate students in the United States today are first-generation college students, meaning that neither parent has a bachelor’s degree, according to a recent article by EAB (eab.com). At Scottsdale Community College, first-generation students constitute about 40 per…

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In the months leading up to the new school year, Scottsdale Unified School District officially named a number of new principals throughout the district – but at least one of those “new” principals will be a familiar face to students.

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The political action committee supporting the passage of Scottsdale’s bond package in November has taken steps to limit the effect it will have on the environment by committing to recycling all campaign signs after the election.

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With resident complaints about panhandling on the rise in Scottsdale, the city has taken a new approach by posting temporary signs that discourage people from giving out money at busy street corners.

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Facing a lawsuit over its own rules, the state Board of Education voted unanimously last week to repeal a requirement that sex-ed classes in Arizona “promote honor and respect for monogamous heterosexual marriage.’’

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The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is working with a northern Scottsdale hospital to investigate a possible case of tuberculosis at the facility.

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The ever-changing face of McDowell Road in southern Scottsdale lost an iconic storefront last week when workers began disassembling the Polynesian Dairy Queen building that sat near 68th Street for decades.

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Aerial photos of the land around Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Scottsdale Road from 1979 show a barren desert landscape with little development.

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After months of outreach and deliberation by the city, the future of a bond in Scottsdale is officially in the hands of voters.

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Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills and Cave Creek school districts could be pressured to merge if an Apache Junction legislator has his way.

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A federal grand jury has indicted a Scottsdale business attorney after the Internal Revenue Service alleged he masterminded a conspiracy to avoid paying $250,000 in taxes.

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An informal deal between Scottsdale’s Water Resources Department and a swanky northern Scottsdale golf club has caused headaches for officials after the club threatened to sue to recoup over $1 million it invested in infrastructure on the city’s behalf.

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A collection of aviation and military-themed memorabilia has seemingly vanished into thin air after it was removed from an old building at Scottsdale Airport to make way for construction of a new business center.

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On a dark, rainy early evening, a group of nearly 20 young girls – all donning rain jackets and ponchos in nearly every color of the rainbow – gathered at the trailhead of Barrier Free Nature Trail in northern Scottsdale for a nature walk.

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A previously unreleased report shows that the City of Scottsdale disciplined a high-ranking public works employee in late 2018 following an investigation into ethical violations and conflict of interest.

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When Ephrem Jando – Realtor, associate broker, investor and McCormick Ranch resident – was nominated for an industry award in his early 30s and didn’t get it, he set out to understand why.

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It may not be easy or cheap, but the East Valley Institute of Technology governing board is working on a separation agreement with suspended Superintendent Sally Downey.

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The Scottsdale Unified School District took the next step in the rebuild process at Cherokee Elementary School when the governing board awarded a preconstruction services contract to CORE Construction.

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A Scottsdale planning commissioner has resigned after multiple residents filed complaints alleging she violated the city’s ethics code while making comments against the need for more public outreach on development projects.

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Mandatory suicide prevention training for school personnel appeared closer to becoming a reality last week as a second House committee unanimously approved it.

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The East Valley Institute of Technology found a way to get Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson back to work despite the automatic suspension of his fingerprint clearance card for his indictment on theft and misuse of public money.

WASHINGTON – Rising rates of preterm births in 30 states – Arizona included – are a sign that health care providers are “failing our many mothers and babies,” maternal and infant health advocates said last week.

Two Chandler Republican legislators and Attorney General Mark Brnovich are taking the first steps to craft legislation to ensure Arizonans with preexisting conditions can still buy health insurance if federal courts strike down the Affordable Care Act.

Over the past two years, the Scottsdale Unified School District has adopted a number of reforms and policy revisions aimed at preventing the litany of controversies that plagued the district the past three years.

A proposed downtown Scottsdale medical marijuana dispensary will need the support of a supermajority of city council, after opponents employed a little-known legal mechanism to challenge the project.

A legislative panel is debating whether to restore the right of cities and towns to regulate short-term vacation rentals – a right that legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey took away from them three years ago.