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Arizona Students and Teachers depend more on fundraising

In March, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a budget that cuts K-12 funding by $113 million. As funding for education has been cut, schools around the state are becoming more dependent on their fundraising efforts to help maintain their services and extracurricular activities. As KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports---some school clubs have been fundraising before school starts.
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As they rapidly run out of cash, Greece's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position.

For months, as this crisis has intensified people have been slowly withdrawing their money. The banks have been able to do business only because of emergency loans from the European Central Bank.

But when Greece missed a payment to the International Monetary Fund this week, the ECB decided not to lend any more money.

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Aetna, one of the biggest health insurance companies in the U.S., has announced a $37 billion deal to buy its rival Humana. This is a merger that could impact Medicare patients around the country, as NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports.

In Florida, the official state animal triggers mixed feelings. The Florida panther has been on the endangered species list for nearly 50 years. From a low point in the 1970s when there were only about 20 panthers in the wild, the species has rebounded.

Now, nearly 200 range throughout southwest Florida. And some officials, ranchers and hunters in the state say that may be about enough.

Florida panthers are a subspecies of the cougar or mountain lion. They're slightly smaller than their cousins, but like them, the panthers need lots of room to roam.

For more than a century, the copper spires of St. Laurentius have stood tall over Philadelphia's Fishtown. But the city's oldest Polish church — founded in 1882 — could soon face the wrecking ball.

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Donald Trump is doubling down on his negative comments about Mexicans and illegal immigration. To recap, here's what he said last month when he announced his presidential run.

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So will 2016 be a very good year for Donald Trump? That's my first question to our regular political commentators, David Brooks of The New York Times and E J Dionne of the Washington Post, here to talk about the week in politics. Welcome to you both.

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I'm Rachel Martin, and I have a confession to make. It's the Fourth of July weekend, and there was a really big movie made in 1975, 40 years ago, pegged to this weekend - "Jaws."

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Protect Your Pets From Rattlesnakes This Summer

AZED-Rattlesnake season has arrived as temperatures have warmed up. According to the Arizona Poison and Drug information center, there are 17 different types of rattlesnakes in Arizona and all are venomous. There are about 8,000 venomous snakebites each year in the U.S and although rare they can be fatal. It’s also the time of year that veterinarians start to see more dogs and cats brought to animal hospitals because they’ve been bitten by rattlesnakes. KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez has more on...
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