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Survey: One in four Arizona teens misuses prescribed opioids | Arizona Central Survey: One in four Arizona teens misuses prescribed opioids
One in four Arizona teens has used prescribed pain medications improperly, with codeine and OxyContin the most commonly prescribed, a survey found.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
Arizona's last train robbery took place on Southern Pacific line | Arizona Central Arizona's last train robbery took place on Southern Pacific line
The plot mirrors that of the 1903 classic “Great Train Robbery,” complete with explosives, local crackpots, mail cars and bad guys getting blasted.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
Non-profit leader who changed lives dies after battle with same type of cancer as McCain | Arizona Central Non-profit leader who changed lives dies after battle with same type of cancer as McCain
Tamela Franks made sure disconnected teens in Phoenix had the opportunity to go to school or work. Now she's gone. Others are carrying on her legacy.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
68 Mesa Public Schools retirees face pension cuts after accounting error | Arizona Central 68 Mesa Public Schools retirees face pension cuts after accounting error
A Mesa Public Schools accounting error led to pension-benefit overpayments for 68 retirees, who now face reduced pensions.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
American Family Insurance ALL-USA Arizona preseason boys basketball team 2017-18 | Arizona Central American Family Insurance ALL-USA Arizona preseason boys basketball team 2017-18
The American Family Insurance ALL-USA Arizona Boys Preseason Basketball Team represents the best players regardless of division.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
What is net neutrality, and why is Donald Trump's FCC weighing repeal? | Arizona Central What is net neutrality, and why is Donald Trump's FCC weighing repeal?
The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month on whether to repeal the net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama administration.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
Ocelots try to survive in a world that barely knows they exist | Arizona Central Ocelots try to survive in a world that barely knows they exist
The rare cats are among the rarest mammals in the Southwest, living a life of mystery in the borderland shadows as their habitat disappears.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
AAA Arizona offering 'Tipsy Tow' program Wednesday night through Thanksgiving morning | Arizona Central AAA Arizona offering 'Tipsy Tow' program Wednesday night through Thanksgiving morning
Automotive services and ride shares are encouraging safety on the roads to avoid drinking and driving.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
Mall patrols continue amid uncertain future for Maricopa County sheriff's posse programs | Arizona Central Mall patrols continue amid uncertain future for Maricopa County sheriff's posse programs
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office posse members will continue an annual tradition as the eyes and ears of Phoenix-area shopping centers.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
2 convicted of defrauding 74-year-old woman out of thousands | Arizona Central 2 convicted of defrauding 74-year-old woman out of thousands
Two people were convicted in Cochise County of defrauding a 74-year-old woman, according to a news release from the Arizona Attorney General's Office.         
Arizona Central | November 22, 2017
A border wall could drive the jaguar extinct in America | Arizona Central A border wall could drive the jaguar extinct in America
The jaguar doesn't need an American habitat to survive. But what would the border landscape lose if its biggest cat went extinct in the United States?         
Arizona Central | November 21, 2017
The challenges of establishing an ocelot-friendly habitat | Arizona Central The challenges of establishing an ocelot-friendly habitat
Experts at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and a Texas ranch owner talk about the ocelot's preferred habitat.         
Arizona Central | November 21, 2017
ADOT installs more than 2 dozen signs on I-17 to catch eye of wrong-way drivers | Arizona Central ADOT installs more than 2 dozen signs on I-17 to catch eye of wrong-way drivers
The 26 signs were installed facing against traffic across a stretch of Interstate 17.         
Arizona Central | November 21, 2017
Mesa Public Schools may tie Arizona test scores to 'grade enhancement' | Arizona Central Mesa Public Schools may tie Arizona test scores to 'grade enhancement'
Mesa Public Schools students in junior high and high school could soon boost their grades by performing well on AzMERIT and AIMS standardized tests.         
Arizona Central | November 21, 2017
Police: Death of couple at Gilbert home suspected murder-suicide | Arizona Central Police: Death of couple at Gilbert home suspected murder-suicide
A man and woman were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a Gilbert home Monday, police said.         
Arizona Central | November 21, 2017
Thanksgiving Day weather flirts with the 90s, may break records | Arizona Central Thanksgiving Day weather flirts with the 90s, may break records
Phoenix could set records on Thanksgiving if we hit 88 degrees. If temperatures reach 90 degrees, it will be the latest 90 degree day.         
Arizona Central | November 21, 2017
Mesa mayor faces harsh backlash for hot-mic comments about President Donald Trump | Arizona Central Mesa mayor faces harsh backlash for hot-mic comments about President Donald Trump
Mesa Mayor John Giles has drawn scorn from nearly every corner of the internet after appearing to call President Donald Trump an "idiot."         
Arizona Central | November 21, 2017
How to cope when Alzheimer's disease is part of your family's holiday | Arizona Central How to cope when Alzheimer's disease is part of your family's holiday
Arizona legislators and the Alzheimer's Association talked about how to help family members affected by Alzheimer's disease during the holiday season.         
Arizona Central | November 21, 2017
Rabid animals on hiking trails in Superstition Mountains increasing | Arizona Central Rabid animals on hiking trails in Superstition Mountains increasing
Lost Dutchman State Park officials report seeing an increase in dead and aggressive animals on the trails since the beginning of November.         
Arizona Central | November 20, 2017
Prescott Valley police chief's gun missing after he left it in library bathroom | Arizona Central Prescott Valley police chief's gun missing after he left it in library bathroom
Chief Bryan Jarrell inadvertently left his gun in a bathroom stall while changing following a Nov. 9 town council meeting, police say.         
Arizona Central | November 20, 2017
Police arrest woman suspected of abandoning newborn on Mesa street in 2016 | Arizona Central Police arrest woman suspected of abandoning newborn on Mesa street in 2016
Mesa Police Department arrested a woman who was suspected of abandoning her newborn baby in 2016.         
Arizona Central | November 20, 2017
Poachers kill 2 elk in northern Arizona, officials say | Arizona Central Poachers kill 2 elk in northern Arizona, officials say
Official are looking for the poachers responsible for two elk illegally killed in separate areas outside designated hunting season, Arizona Game and Fish officials said.         
Arizona Central | November 20, 2017
The last cat | Arizona Central The last cat
Some nomadic species, like jaguars, could disappear from the U.S. if a wall is built on the border with Mexico. A USA TODAY NETWORK video production.         
Arizona Central | November 20, 2017
Are Arizona charter school students outperforming the state average? | Arizona Central Are Arizona charter school students outperforming the state average?
The Arizona Charter Schools Association claims students in charter schools outperform their peers in other schools. Are they right?         
Arizona Central | November 19, 2017
After costly Frye Fire, endangered squirrels may be nearing extinction | Arizona Central After costly Frye Fire, endangered squirrels may be nearing extinction
The Frye Fire was contained in late July, but the Coronado National Forest still feels its effects and could lose a subspecies of squirrels for good.         
Arizona Central | November 19, 2017
High school football updates: 3A, 2A semifinals | Arizona Central High school football updates: 3A, 2A semifinals
Join azcentral sports reporters and Arizona high school football fans on Saturday for a live chat.         
Arizona Central | November 18, 2017
'We just couldn't wait for today to come': 229 kids adopted in Maricopa County Saturday | Arizona Central 'We just couldn't wait for today to come': 229 kids adopted in Maricopa County Saturday
Judges on Saturday were expected to finalize 229 adoptions in Maricopa County Superior Court as part of National Adoption Day.         
Arizona Central | November 18, 2017
See trash-collecting turtle, billiard-ball calculator at Mesa's Prototyping Festival today | Arizona Central See trash-collecting turtle, billiard-ball calculator at Mesa's Prototyping Festival today
Wayward Beasties clean up the streets; Car Tune turns auto parts into percussion band         
Arizona Central | November 18, 2017
Watch billiard balls do simple math | Arizona Central Watch billiard balls do simple math
Milton Williams' Binary Adder is a machine that does simple math using billiard balls. It was demonstrated at Mesa's Main Street Prototyping Festival on Nov. 17, 2017.         
Arizona Central | November 18, 2017
Kids create a beat using car parts | Arizona Central Kids create a beat using car parts
Car Tune turns auto parts into percussion instruments at Mesa's Main Street Prototyping Festival on Nov. 17, 2017.         
Arizona Central | November 18, 2017
Have you heard the one about the comedy club in downtown Mesa? | Arizona Central Have you heard the one about the comedy club in downtown Mesa?
Chris Zuiker loves to laugh and opened Comedy Off Main St in Mesa in June. The comedy club hosts stand-up comedians, open mic nights and classes.         
Arizona Central | November 18, 2017
Mesa mayor encourages Flake to run for president, appears to call Trump an 'idiot' | Arizona Central Mesa mayor encourages Flake to run for president, appears to call Trump an 'idiot'
Mesa Mayor John Giles encouraged Sen. Jeff Flake to run for president and appeared to call President Donald Trump an "idiot," video from ABC 15 shows.         
Arizona Central | November 18, 2017
When did it last rain in Phoenix? 85 days ago and counting | Arizona Central When did it last rain in Phoenix? 85 days ago and counting
Phoenix hasn't seen measurable rain since Aug. 23. The record dry streak for the city is 160 days.         
Arizona Central | November 17, 2017
Horse trailer overturns near Cordes Junction, shutting I-17 | Arizona Central Horse trailer overturns near Cordes Junction, shutting I-17
After a horse trailer with eight animals crashed on I-17 south of Flagstaff, DPS officials closed down a part of the freeway for several hours.         
Arizona Central | November 17, 2017
Arizona police are tracking suspects through face recognition | Arizona Central Arizona police are tracking suspects through face recognition
Since last year, Arizona's Department of Public safety has been using facial-recognition software for crime fighting.         
Arizona Central | November 17, 2017
Former Mesa police officer's murder trial: What we know | Arizona Central Former Mesa police officer's murder trial: What we know
A summary of the trial so far for Philip "Mitch" Brailsford, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of an unarmed Texas man.         
Arizona Central | November 16, 2017
Dying to lose weight: The lucrative ties between border surgeries and U.S. middlemen | Arizona Central Dying to lose weight: The lucrative ties between border surgeries and U.S. middlemen
Patients who had weight-loss surgery in Mexico say people and companies with Arizona ties profit through referrals and mislead by minimizing risks.         
Arizona Central | November 16, 2017
Weight-loss surgery in Mexico | Arizona Central Weight-loss surgery in Mexico
It sounded like a great idea: Go to Mexico for a weekend, have weight-loss surgery and get a new life. But for Show Low resident Jessica Ballandby and others like her, the vacation surgery turned into a nightmare. Mark Henle/azcentral.com         
Arizona Central | November 16, 2017
First Hantavirus case confirmed in Coconino County this year | Arizona Central First Hantavirus case confirmed in Coconino County this year
The case is the first Hantavirus case confirmed in Coconino County this year and the sixth in the county since 2007, officials said.         
Arizona Central | November 16, 2017
Report: 1 in 4 childhood deaths in Arizona last year was preventable | Arizona Central Report: 1 in 4 childhood deaths in Arizona last year was preventable
Dr. Mary Ellen Rimsza, who oversees the study, highlighted 79 deaths traced to unsafe sleep conditions, which occurred primarily with infants.         
Arizona Central | November 16, 2017