State inspections show infractions at migrant shelters
Recent state inspections of Southwest Key shelters that house migrant children show that some employees did not have adequate background checks on file.
State agricultural department gets in on fight against opioid abuse
The Arizona Department of Agriculture’s livestock officers will start carrying naloxone, a drug that reverses the effect of opioid overdoses.
Ducey orders health care providers to report opioid overdoses and deaths
Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order on Tuesday allowing the director of the Arizona Department of Health Service to collect the names of those who overdose on opioids.
Governor declares health emergency to tackle opioid-abuse outbreak
Gov. Doug Ducey declared a statewide health emergency Monday in light of a report from the Arizona Department of Health Services that stated opioid overdoses now kill an average of two Arizonans a day.
Grand Canyon officials face discipline after report on abuse
The top two officials at Grand Canyon National Park are among those facing disciplinary action following a federal report that found they violated policies on reporting and investigating allegations of sexual harassment in the parkai??i??s river district.
Panel advances bill to ease child safety caseloads
A House panel advanced a bill that would exempt the Department of Child Safety from investigating certain non-criminal reports of abuse or neglect.
Child Safety agency pushes for new way of measuring case backlog
The Department of Child Safety has been judged since its creation by the number of cases it has left behind, but now agency leaders are asking to be monitored by a new metric.
Per diem payments to industrial commissioners raise eyebrows
There are 251 work days in a calendar year, and some members of the Industrial Commission of Arizona are claiming per diem payments for every one of them and more.
DCS chief offers new plan to cut backlog of cases
The head of the state's child welfare agency said Thursday he will slash the backlog of inactive cases by cutting down the number investigated on the front end.
Lawmaker wants testing for parents of drug-exposed babies
An Arizona lawmaker on Thursday called for changes in state law to allow ongoing testing of parents whose babies are born exposed to drugs after a child who was returned to her parents died of apparent abuse.
Former, current Grand Canyon workers allege abuses
Federal investigators are looking into allegations of discrimination, retaliation and a sexually hostile work environment in the Grand Canyon's river corridor.
House passes livestock cruelty bill without “ag-gag” provision
The removal of a controversial provision didn’t go far enough to bring critics of a livestock cruelty bill on board, but the House of Representatives still narrowly passed the legislation.