Ophthalmologists are seeing red over a bill that would expand the ability of Arizona optometrists, who aren't medical doctors, to prescribe medications.
For health care, Telehealth is the next best thing to being there. The technology lets doctors "visit" patients from a distance and give virtual checkups and diagnoses. Doctors and patients see it as a breakthrough for those with limited access to quality care.
State officials regularly monitor hundreds of water wells in five "active management areas" in the state. But those areas cover just part of the state, and experts worry that wells outside those areas, public and private, are drawing water from the aquifer at unsustainable rates.
Arizona’s exports of merchandise to Mexico totaled $19.4 billion in 2013. That makes Arizona the nation’s fifth-largest exporter to Mexico, trailing only Texas, California, Michigan and Illinois. Officials and advocates say increasing foreign trade would boost the state's economy.
The Cancer Treatment Centers of America held a farmers market in the Valley to showcase the fresh produce that it grows at an organic farm next door and serves to its patients. Green bags filled with food went for a song, but for patients it means much more.
The help that Gov. Jan Brewer promised victims of human trafficking in her State of the State address has become law. She signed a bill that increases penalties for prostituting a child and establishes being a victim of sex trafficking as a defense in prostitution cases.
Water is one of the few topics that consistently stays bipartisan in both the state House and the Senate, and Democrats and Republicans alike say they realize that Arizona's finite water supply coupled with anticipated growth creates a need to take action.