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ND makes the grade in a national report evaluating public school support; SCOTUS justices express free speech concerns about GOP-backed social media laws; NH "kids on campus" program boosts retention; proposed law bans hemp sales to Hoosiers younger than 21.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether social media can restrict content. Biden advisors point to anti-democracy speeches at CPAC, and the President heads to the US-Mexico border appealing to voters on immigration and border issues.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.

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For every $1 spent by the EPA, there could be as much as $77 in human health benefits in 2032, according to the EPA. (Adobe Stock)
Arizonans celebrate new EPA soot standards

Arizona leaders are encouraged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new soot standards they said will protect people from dangerous and …

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Around 79% of Arizona voters think the low level of water in rivers is a serious problem, according to the 2024 Conservation in the West Poll. (Adobe Stock)
Poll: AZ voters show strong preference for conservation efforts

Voters from Arizona and across the West say a public official's position on conservation will be an important factor when deciding who to support in t…

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The FCC's rule would give state attorneys general across the country new tools to go after bad actors behind these nefarious robocalls. (Adobe Stock)
AZ could lead way in AI-related legislation

Arizona lawmakers are hoping to make it easier for politicians to take legal action as the use of deepfakes increases during election campaigns…

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Achieve60 AZ's goal is directly related to projections that 70% of Arizona's job openings will require completion of some form of education beyond high school. (Adobe Stock)
Poll: Strong majority in AZ values postsecondary education

A new poll finds in Arizona, an overwhelming majority believes increasing the number of adults with college degrees, certificates, and credentials …

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There are 37 EV models available for less than the average new vehicle purchase price of $48,000, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. (Terry Lee White / Adobe Stock)
Analysis: EVs could save Arizonans big

Electric vehicles could save Arizonans up to almost $25,000 compared to gasoline vehicles over 10 years, depending on specific makes and models…

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A 2023 study found that more than 80% of Americans assume that the health data collected by apps is covered by HIPAA, even though it isn't. (Adobe Stock)
Report: AZ has no data privacy law, expert says its time to take action

Arizona is among states that have considered passing consumer privacy laws but have yet to do so. While the state doesn't have anything on the books…

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Three in ten U.S. adults say they regularly get news via Facebook, according to Pew Research Center. (Adobe Stock)
Experts: Online data security could mitigate radicalization, extremism

Experts are saying social media algorithms are radicalizing users and increasing extremism in Arizona and around the country ahead of the 2024 preside…

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A recent survey showed 65% of Americans will likely trust 2024 election results, compared with 54% in April last year. (John Davis/Adobe Stock)
AZ elections administrator calls on federal government for investment

Congress recently cleared legislation to extend government funding into March, but one Arizona elections official would like to see federal lawmakers …

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Nearly four in 10 people taking four or more prescription drugs say they have difficulty affording their prescriptions, according to KFF. (Adobe Stock)
AZ Democrats announce plan to fight rising drug costs

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs recently unveiled a plan to fight the rising costs of prescription drugs in the Grand Canyon State. Senate Bill 1533 would …

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Women are less likely to receive CPR from a bystander. Barriers include fear of legal ramifications and accusations of inappropriate touching, according to the American Heart Association. (Adobe Stock)
Health experts call for Arizonans to learn hands-only CPR

Today is the first day of American Heart Month - and one Arizona cardiology nurse practitioner wants to shed light on the importance of good heart hea…

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All taxpayers contribute to funding partisan elections, but unaffiliated voters must take an extra step to participate, according to Make Elections Fair AZ. (Adobe Stock)
Bipartisan AZ group renews call for open primaries

A bipartisan Arizona group that is pushing for open primaries in the state says it isn't surprised by the relatively low voter turnout in recent prima…

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The EPA estimates by 2045, the clean truck rule could result in up to 2,900 fewer premature deaths and 6,700 fewer hospital admissions and emergency room visits. (Mike Mareen/Adobe Stock)
AZ leaders advocate for 'clean truck' standards

Arizona leaders and community members rallied late last week to urge support for the Environmental Protection Agency's clean truck standards for heavy…

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