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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a measure that significantly expands anonymous political spending in Arizona elections.

The proposal by the secretary of state that was touted as a housecleaning measure increases the influence of dark money groups that can spend money on elections without revealing their donors.

The campaign finance re-write doubles the amount these groups spend on ballot measures and allows nonprofit groups to spend more money influencing elections without having to reveal donors.

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The Arizona Board of Education has lowered the state’s requirements for teaching 6th through 12th grade math. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the move is designed to address a statewide shortage of math teachers. 


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A group of U.S. representatives is asking the National Park Service to survey its employees on sexual harassment.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is calling for an investigation into the fatal shooting of a woman last weekend by a Winslow police officer. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

 


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Most scientists today prefer the term “climate change” to “global warming,” since human-caused changes to the Earth’s atmosphere produce many changes beyond temperature. But especially in the southwestern states “warming” is an apt term too.

According to a new analysis of monitoring data by Climate Central, the U.S. is warming across the board—but to different extents in different places. And the effect varies by season, too.

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A company in Flagstaff is working on a medical device to treat resistant high blood pressure with microwave energy. It targets overactive nerves.

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28 schools on the Navajo Nation overseen by the Bureau of Indian Affairs are in poor condition. A new federal report found many BIA schools aren’t being properly monitored for safety and health issues. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


A Flagstaff group has applied to get a minimum-wage-increase initiative on the city’s November 2016 ballot. They say boosting wages in Flagstaff would help alleviate local poverty and combat the area’s high cost of living. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Health officials have confirmed Arizona's first case of the Zika virus in a Maricopa County woman.

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One of the first wildfires of the season broke out this weekend in Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, gusty winds and dry conditions fueled the blaze.


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