Arizona Food Stamps and Unemployment Scammers Slapped With $2.1 Million in Fines

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Matthew Hendley

Arizona's Department of Economic Security is to be repaid $2.1 million by people caught gaming the food stamps and unemployment insurance programs.

The agency's investigative units, with help from law enforcement, found 87 people in the last year who abused the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), along with 122 people who defrauded the Arizona Unemployment Insurance Program.

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Arizonans Driving Less, and Using Public Transportation at Higher Rates

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Arizonans are driving less, and relying more on public transportation, according to a report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.

The shift is causing the Arizona PIRG Education Fund to recommend that public officials shift funding away from more highway projects, and more toward other transportation options."

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Pima County Health Director: Health Threat From Unaccompanied Children Very Low

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There's no merit to the hysterical claim that unaccompanied children from Central America are posing a health risk upon their arrival to the U.S., according to Pima County's health director.

Pima County Health Department Director Francisco Garcia has been investigating the claims made by politicians and others that some sort of serious health threat exists, such as diseases being carried over, but he hasn't seen any serious risk.

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Death Row Inmate's Execution on Hold as He Tries to Find Details on the Method

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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.

UPDATE July 22: The Supreme Court has lifted the stay of execution. Read the latest at the bottom of this post.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted the execution of an Arizona death-row inmate as he attempts to get information about the state's new lethal-injection method.

The state plans to execute Joseph R. Wood for the 1989 murders of his estranged girlfriend and her father, but the state just recently announced that it would be using a new combination of drugs for executions.

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Arizona's Rate of Children Not Being Vaccinated Climbs Yet Again

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Army Medicine

The percentage of Arizona kindergartners not getting vaccinated went up yet again this year.

The Arizona Department of Health Services released its annual report on how many children aren't getting vaccinated due to a parent's "personal belief" exemption, a rate that's up to 4.7 percent for kindergarten children.

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Plane Crash Near Sedona Kills Four, Causes Another Wildfire

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Coconino National Forest
Smoke from the Slide Fire that broke out near Sedona in May.

Another wildfire has broken out near Sedona, after a single-engine plane crashed, killing four people.

According to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman, hikers reported the downed plane and fire around 4 p.m. yesterday, although it took another two hours to actually find the plane in Fay Canyon.

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Phoenix One of the Best Cities Attracting Small Businesses, NFIB Says

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Here's something you probably don't hear every day: Phoenix is a great place for small-business opportunities.

Good economic news seems rare around Phoenix in the aftermath of the recession, but the National Federation of Independent Business says Phoenix is one of the top cities "opening their doors to entrepreneurs."

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Less Than 4 Percent Approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Live in Arizona

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Of more than 500,000 young immigrants who have been given relief from deportation by the Obama Administration, less than 4 percent live in Arizona.

A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services report on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program shows only about 19,000 of the 500,000 immigrants approved for the program live in this state. Several other non-border states have larger populations approved for the program.

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Yuma-Area Native Americans Blast Offer From Washington Redskins to Fund New Skate Park

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Members of the Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe say they refused a "bribe" from the Washington Redskins organization, which tribal members say offered a blank check to build a skate park in their community.

One of the tribal members who's trying to secure funding for the skate park gave his account of a meeting with Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a group that fights against the use of Native Americans as mascots, in sports and elsewhere.

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Joe Arpaio Offers to Send Armed Posse to Mary Rose Wilcox Immigration Rally

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Part of the flyer for Mary Rose Wilcox's upcoming immigration rally, with a quote from Congressman Luis Gutierrez.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio offered Mary Rose Wilcox "extra security" at her upcoming immigration rally, in the form of armed posse members.

Seeing as Arpaio and Wilcox have been feuding about as long as the Hatfields and McCoys, Wilcox was quick to reject the offer, saying it "reeks of an attempt to intimidate those of us who support immigration reform."

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