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Maricopa County officials are urging residents to take measures in the wake of two mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.

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A group supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona says its proposed ballot initiative could pump millions dollars into state education every year. 

Two people in Coconino County are recovering from a rare disease called tularemia, or rabbit fever.

These are the first confirmed cases of tularemia in Coconino County in a decade. The bacterial infection mainly affects mammals, especially rabbits and hares. It can spread to humans who have handled infected animals or been bitten by deer flies or ticks.

Kingman drivers will have to put out their cigarettes if they have kids in the car under a new smoking ban that takes effect this summer.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports councilmembers narrowly approved the ban with a 4-3 vote Tuesday, making it a secondary offense to smoke in a car with people under the age of 18 present.

E-cigarettes are also covered under the ban. Retailers from Phoenix asked the council during the meeting to consider exempting vapor products.

The ban goes into effect June 18.

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Arizona may have its first cases of a severe respiratory virus that has sickened children across the country. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, even though it’s still unconfirmed, state health officials are already taking precautions.

Health officials suspect that the first cases of a severe respiratory virus that mainly affects children may have arrived in northern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, both Northern Arizona Healthcare locations are implementing visitation restrictions.

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The Coconino County Health department has announced a reorganization of its reproductive services clinic. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move is a cost-saving measure that’s designed to streamline the county’s healthcare process.

State health officials formally moved today to enact new abortion restrictions, including one that could make the procedure more expensive. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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The number of confirmed flu cases in Arizona has increased dramatically in the last four weeks. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, despite the sudden uptick, flu numbers are still well below where they were last year.

State Pot Consumption Numbers Coming Out of the Shadows

Jan 16, 2014

The state’s more than 43,000 medical marijuana patients smoked, ate or otherwise consumed close to three tons of the weed last year. And that’s just what we know about. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.