In Arizona:

The Arizona Republic/12 News (10/8/13) – “Arizona to have two-track voting system”

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced in an opinion last week changes for the state’s election process, which moves Arizona to a two-tiered voting system.

Starting next year, voters in Arizona who register with a federal form – which does not require proof of U.S. citizenship – will be required to use a federal ballot and only vote in federal elections. Voters who register with a state form and provide a proof of citizenship will be required to use a state ballot and can vote in federal, state and local elections.

The Arizona Republic said, “The move is expected to affect 900 people and cost an extra $250,000 in Maricopa County alone” to design separate federal and state ballots.

The East Valley Tribune (10/8/13) – “Court knocks down another SB 1070 provision”

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that Arizona officials cannot enforce a portion of SB 1070, the state’s strict immigration law that’s been the subject of numerous legal challenges and reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to the East Valley Tribune, the court called a portion of the bill that would punish people who transport or house undocumented immigrants “so badly crafted as to be unintelligible.”

Attorney General Tom Horne and Gov. Jan Brewer disagreed with the ruling and said the state plans to appeal the decision.


KQED/Center for Investigative Reporting (10/8/13) – “Hunger in the Valley of Plenty”

The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED collaborated on a multimedia investigative series about the lack of access to food in California’s San Joaquin Valley, a place that produces a majority of the country’s fruits and nuts.

The series includes audio pieces, a three-part documentary and written elements. It also includes a news game, “Hairnet Hero.” Some parts of the collaboration use first-person narratives from those experiencing the problem in San Joaquin Valley, including a gallery of Instagram photos of school lunches and a pregnant teenager’s food diary.

The Boston Globe Magazine (10/13/13) – “Why is it so hard to find a doctor?”

The Boston Globe highlights a common problem in the Boston area: the struggle to find a primary care physician. Their findings show that it “takes an average of 39 days for new patients to get an appointment with a family physician and 50 days to see an internist.”

The problem it projected to get worse in the future, with fewer medical students interested in becoming primary care physicians. Much of this problem could be related to salary, according to the report: primary care doctors bring in an average salary of $220,000, while specialists bring in $400,000 annually.