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Fund schools, parents and educators tell Az legislators

Parents and educators descended on the State Capitol on Tuesday to voice their concerns to legislators about the poor state of Arizona's education system.... Read more»

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Finger to wind, McSally vague on Homeland Security funding

Following the lead of Republican House leadership, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is waiting on the Senate to act before saying yea or nay on a "clean" funding bill for Homeland Security. The agency's set to run out of money at midnight Friday. That doesn't mean McSally is mum. She took the opportunity Wednesday to pen a 500-word op-ed for USA Today.... Read more»1

Tribes seek say in federal taxes

Speakers at a National Congress of American Indians panel said tribal input on federal taxes is challenged by disagreements among tribes on the issues and on what stance to take on those issues. ... Read more»

Death by assignment: Dem bills killed in Legislature

A review of all bills introduced this legislative session found that those authored by Democrats are four times more likely in the Senate and three times more likely in the House to be assigned to multiple committees — a practice that can effectively mean a bill won't become a law. ... Read more»1

Poll: Arizonans want education, water to be lawmakers’ top issues

Arizonans consider education and water the state's top priorities for government spending, a poll suggests. The inaugural Morrison-Cronkite Quarterly Poll found that nearly nine out of 10 respondents rank K-12 education and water as a very high or high priority.... Read more»

Experts: Orbiting observatory mapping soil moisture will benefit Arizona

A recently launched NASA satellite that is gathering data on the planet's soil moisture will benefit Arizona decision-makers from the halls of government to fields where farmers need to know when to plant, a project scientist says. ... Read more»

Az’s construction industry lost most jobs nationwide in 2014

Arizona’s construction workers took a big hit last year — losing 4,300 jobs — the largest loss in the nation, according to a report released by the Associated General Contractors of America. One expert said the decrease in jobs might be the “new normal” for the state. ... Read more»

$3M pot bust leads agents to cross-border tunnel in Naco

A multi-million dollar drug bust led federal investigators to a "sophisticated" cross-border tunnel Monday night hidden beneath a shed in Naco, Ariz. ... Read more»1

County leaders say local gov't must play role in immigration

Immigration may be a federal issue, but Arizona officials said county governments have a role to play, too - particularly in educating residents about the immigration system. The comments came at briefing on the president's immigration actions at national meeting of county officials. ... Read more»3

Douglas, Ducey and charter schools: Dissecting the claims

During the showdown over her firing of two State Board of Education staff members, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas accused Gov. Doug Ducey of establishing a “shadow faction” including charter school operators and moving funds from traditional public schools to charter schools. ... Read more»1

Bill would let governments deny ‘unduly burdensome’ records requests

Saying local governments are wasting resources responding to public records requests filed by a handful of individuals intent on harassment, a state lawmaker wants to give agencies the power to deny such requests.... Read more»2

70 years ago, Ira Hayes helped raise flag over Iwo Jima

Generations have passed, but one of the most memorable moments of World War II happened 70 years ago Monday, as a Pima Indian from Arizona helped raise an American flag over the scarred island of Iwo Jima. Ira Hayes died in a ditch just a decade later, but he lives on in photographs and in song.... Read more»

Video: Tucson mail taking long, strange trip after Cherrybell shutdown

Tucson's main post office on Cherrybell Stravenue stopped processing mail on Jan. 5. This means mail sent from a Tucson address to another across town must take a trip north to Phoenix and back in order to be delivered. Mail sent from all Southern Arizona addresses is now sorted in Phoenix.... Read more»1

Factchecking Az congressman's 'amnesty bonuses' claim

Factcheck: At a townhall meeting on Feb. 9 Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, claimed “each illegal alien will get $24,000 in compensation. " Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration?... Read more»1

DOJ lawyers challenge judge's immigration decision

With a shutdown looming for the Department of Homeland Security, federal lawyers have asked that a judge's decision to halt two deferred action programs to be lifted. ... Read more»1

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