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Despite high ranking in accidents, Arizona one of few states with no boater-education law

PARKER - La Paz County Sheriff's Lt. Alan Nelson guides his patrol boat across the choppy waters of the Colorado River, keeping a careful watch for those breaking the law or endangering themselves and others. He approaches a small boat towing a tube and cuts back on the throttle, addressing the seven people aboard. "How old are the kids?" he shouts.

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Lottery big part of state’s financial plans, but first voters must vote to keep it

While other contributors to state revenues have dropped off severely of late, the Arizona Lottery has been a growing source of tens of millions of dollars per year since its inception in 1980. The lottery funds a variety of voter-approved state programs in areas such as education, health and transportation and has contributed $2.3 billion in all to its beneficiaries.

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Nurses rally for national law mandating ratios for patient care in hospitals

Hospital care suffers because overworked nurses are assigned too many patients and are unable to voice their concerns out of fear of reprisals from administrators, members of a nurses union said Dec. 8. About 300 nurses from across the country demonstrated outside the offices of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, a group that advocates for hospitals and health care systems, in support of legislation that would, among other things, cap nurse-to-patient ratios.

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‘I have the best job in the world’; Doctor offers mobile medicine to homeless kids

A little girl laughs in an exam room and then, feeling the prick of a needle, buries her face in her mother's shoulder and cries as she's vaccinated against the H1N1 flu strain. She and 14 other children might not have been unanimously enthusiastic about the flu clinic Dr. Randy Christensen offered recently at the UMOM New Day Shelter. But Darlene Newsom, the shelter's CEO, said the care Christensen provides youth through the Crews'n Healthmobile program is essential.

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