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Gowan and Babeu join 1st Congressional District race (access required)

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The GOP primary in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District is officially a crowd. Speaker of the Arizona House David Gowan and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu both entered the race today, ending months of exploring by the two and bringing the number of Republicans vying for the nomination to five.

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Halls at state Capitol echo with new approaches to school funding (access required)

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Education funding fever has gripped the Arizona Capitol, and just about everyone has a plan. Republicans spent the week huddling in small groups to discuss the House speaker and Senate president’s four-point education funding plan, while Democrats stood outside the Capitol buildings doing TV interviews to announce and rally public support for their own education funding proposal.

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Hundreds of millions of dollars later, child safety programs plagued by the same problems (access required)

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A decade ago, a team of auditors embedded themselves in the agency charged with protecting Arizona’s children and found that some reports of child abuse or neglect weren’t properly investigated. Other cases lacked the relevant information necessary to ensure children’s safety. Ten years, hundreds of millions of dollars and a new agency later, the problems that plague the Department of Child Safety echo those that caseworkers faced a decade ago.

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12 applicants line up for state Supreme Court opening

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Gov. Doug Ducey is getting his first chance to put his imprint on the state's high court. A dozen attorneys and lower court judges have applied to replace Rebecca Berch who is retiring. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will meet later this month to winnow down the list and decide who to interview and, ultimately, who to nominate.

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Judge: Child foster care lawsuit can move forward

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A federal judge has rejected a bid to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the state of Arizona violated the civil rights of nearly 17,000 foster children. Children's advocacy groups filed the lawsuit in February in U.S. District Court. It claims the state fails to provide needed mental and other health care, and enough foster homes for children removed from their families.

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