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Arizona teen birth rate on the decline

Teen birth rates both nationwide and in Arizona are on the decline.

In 2012, there were 8,049 teen births in Arizona compared to 9,421 in 2011, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

"We've got a long ways to go," said Sheila Sjolander with ADHS. "Last time I looked, Arizona is ranked tenth-highest in the nation for teen birth rates."

Sjolander said contributing factors to the decline could include education, outreach and a shift in social norms.

Nationally in 2011, there were 31 births for every 1,000 women.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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