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ASU startup out to help farmers pollinate crops through spray

Pollen-Tech is an ASU-based company offering a technology that spreads pollen through a solution sprayed on plants. With help from a startup grant through the university, it is focusing first on those growing almonds, cherries, peaches and apricots. ... Read more»

Lawmaker seeks to bar cities from prohibiting chickens in backyards

A bill sponsored by Sen. David Farnworth would provide every homeowner with the chance to own a chicken and other fowl like peacocks or ducks. An organization of cities and towns objects to the proposal. ... Read more»

Advocates, providers: Look beyond price when choosing health plan

Choosing insurance options under the Affordable Care Act based on lowest premiums could wind up costing consumers more in the end through out-of-pocket costs and not being able to see their preferred doctors, advocates and providers say.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Train dreams could help solve Az's transportation nightmare

The news stories said that ADOT was seeking our input on its study of passenger rail between Phoenix and Tucson. It isn't seeking my input for reasons that will become apparent, but here goes anyway. Anti-train sentiment is odd considering America's close and abiding relationship with the railroad. Nothing could be more American than a train. I thought conservatism was all about conserving the best.... Read more»

House Dems trying to force immigration reform vote

Democrats claim to have enough supporters in the GOP-controlled House to pass a "discharge petition" to force a vote on a reform bill that has been stalled since last summer. ... Read more»

Lawmaker: Designate highways to honor Native American vets

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, an Army veteran, says honoring Native American veterans by renaming stretches of U.S. 89, U.S. 160, State Route 264 and Interstate 40 also would help build connections between tribes and the rest of Arizona. ... Read more»

Report: High cigarette tax fuels AZ black market

A cigarette tax higher than neighboring states and cheaper prices on American Indian reservations have helped fuel a growing black market for cigarettes in Arizona, according a study by a Washington, D.C., think tank.... Read more»

House panel considers land-swap to expand Cibola Wildlife Refuge

The bill would swap 80 acres of federally owned land in California's Riverside County for 40 acres of private farmland abutting the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in La Paz County that is important habitat and wintering grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife." ... Read more»

ASU dean testifies to Senate panel on teacher preparedness

The dean of Arizona State University’s teachers college told a Senate panel Tuesday that better academic performance in kindergarten through high school begins with better teacher-preparedness programs at higher education institutions.... Read more»

Commentary

Az, immigration, and LGBT rights: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Gov. Brewer’s veto of SB 1062 came after a nationwide public outcry over the measure — and after four of the state’s largest business groups sent her a letter that expressed their concern over the potential harm it could cause to employers, tourism, job creation, and the overall economy.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Educational mediocrity may be closer than it appears

When driving, if you look in your side-view mirror, you're reminded that "objects in mirror are closer than they appear." In Arizona, lawmakers, parents, and schools are struggling to gauge how close we are to high achievement levels in our state. ... Read more»

Oro Valley cops seek info on poisoned puppy

Police are asking for public help in finding who poisoned a puppy in Oro Valley. Spencer, a seven-week-old Chihuahua, died after eating a strychnine-laced hot dog two weeks ago.... Read more»

Truck stuffed with 2,700 lbs. of marijuana seizedl; 2 arrested.

Two men were arrested and 2,700 pounds of marijuana worth $1.4 million was seized by Border Patrol agents near Lochiel, east of Nogales near the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

Activists chart alternative course for immigration reform

Backlash against get-tough immigration laws like SB 1070 led to a climate that makes it possible to push for alternative immigration reforms, activists said, including in-state tuition and driver's licenses. Those plans were attacked by critics as "practically amnesty." ... Read more»

Low-wage earners can't afford Arizona housing

Arizona is in the top 20 most expensive states for rental housing, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2014 Out of Reach report.... Read more»

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