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Ed Board sues Douglas over access to investigative documents

The Arizona State Board of Education is suing Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas for refusing board investigators remote access to documents involving teacher misconduct.... Read more»

Discovery of liquid water on Mars links back to UA lab, student

This week’s landmark announcement that the surface of Mars has liquid water links back to a University of Arizona laboratory where students and faculty monitor images from an orbiting camera.... Read more»

ADOT faces $62.7 billion budget shortfall

Motorists may need to pay more at the pump, on the roads or at the cash register to meet the funding needs of the Arizona Department of Transportation through 2035, according to a recent state audit.... Read more»1

Maricopa effort aims to resolve cases of unidentified remains

There are roughly 300 sets of remains awaiting identification in Maricopa County. In total, the state has 1,300 open cases, accounting for 13 percent of all unidentified remains in the nation — second only to California.... Read more»

Democrats announce $3.8 billion education-funding plan

Arizona House and Senate Democrats announced a plan they say would provide public schools an additional $3.8 billion over 10 years without raising taxes. Leaders say their plan addresses under-budgeting as well as hundreds of millions of dollars the state owes for failing to make inflation adjustments to school funding as required by a voter-approved law.... Read more»

Feds announce new rules to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure

The federal government outlined new safety measures Monday that will protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure by banning pesticide use by minors and sharply increasing training requirements, among other changes.... Read more»

Health expert: Innovations mean no excuses for not getting flu shot

With the new flu season beginning Oct. 3, health experts are urging people to overcome whatever concerns they may have and get vaccinated. The benefits, they say, include greater overall immunity to curtail the flu’s spread and protecting those most vulnerable to the disease’s potentially fatal effects.... Read more»

Douglas misses Board of Education meeting, drawing ire from some

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas missed Monday’s meeting of the Arizona State Board of Education, leading several members to note their disapproval. "I am astonished," said board VP Reginald Ballantyne.... Read more»

Bicyclist dies after being struck by car

A 30-year-old Tucson man was pronounced dead at the hospital Tuesday after being struck by a car during an early morning bike ride on the Northwest Side, authorities said. ... Read more»

Judge rebukes Border Patrol for destroying video evidence

A federal judge lambasted the agency for its handling of evidence, including destroying digital video that a coalition of immigration rights groups said shows that the agency regularly breaks its own policies regarding the treatment of immigrants held in Southern Arizona BP stations. ... Read more»

Amid court fights, some states consider redistricting commissions

After one of the most litigious rounds of redistricting in recent history, movements have popped up in at least five states to take the power to draw legislative and congressional maps away from legislators and put it in the hands of commissioners.... Read more»

PTM, Teamsters take wraps off 'secret' Sun Tran contract

Monday, the private management of Tucson’s bus system and the Teamsters union released a contract negotiated nearly two weeks ago. The agreement shows that each Sun Tran worker received at least a 30-cent hourly raise, with many seeing pay bumps of $3-5.... Read more»

Flock to Arizona’s fall festivals

Take advantage of all fall has to offer in Arizona at one of these popular festivals.... Read more»

Union blasts Haggen store closures

The union for grocery workers has slammed the plan for bankrupt chain Haggen to shutter 126 stores, including the remaining store in Tucson, saying that the company has not "taken any good-faith steps" to find buyers for the stores. The company dramatically expanded operations, taking on 146 stores this year, a burst from just 18 locations, before filing for protection from creditors.... Read more»

Cage out as Pima Dems chair

The chairwoman of the Pima County Democratic Party has made a dramatic exit from her post just weeks before Election Day. Cheryl Cage resigned following a meeting last week in which the party's executive committee disagreed with her spending priorities.... Read more»1

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