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TUSD posts culturally relevant history, gov't outlines

Tucson Unified School District posted curriculum for court-mandated culturally relevant history and government courses Friday. The district is accepting public comments on the 11th and 12th-grade class outlines through Aug. 8.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Reflecting on Thomas Jefferson's writings

Republican strategist Sam Stone, Councilman Steve Kozachik, the editor of a collection of Thomas Jefferson's writings, the Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias, sportscaster Dave Sitton, attorney Don Loose... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: The future of Clean Elections in Arizona

An interview with Sam Wercinski, executive director of Arizona Advocacy Network. Then, the Reporters' Roundtable featured Linda Valdez, Tucson-based editorial writer and columnist for the Arizona Republic, and Mark B. Evans, administrator of TucsonCitizen.com. Plus, Inside Tucson Business columnist Matt Russell with Weekend Watch.... Read more»

Ministers from Arizona, other states, lobby for immigration reform

Rev. Eve Nunez cried Thursday as she told a Capitol Hill audience that “it hurts to be a pastor” in Arizona, where ministers often have to help families that have been separated by deportation. Nunez, the president and founder of the Arizona Latino Commission, was one of dozens of faith leaders in Washington to lobby for immigration reform and an end to deportations in the meantime.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: State election laws face challenges

Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and Republican state Rep. Ethan Orr.... Read more»

Desert storm brews over Obama renewable energy plan

America’s deserts are stark, quiet places, where isolation and the elements have long kept development at bay. To outsiders, these arid expanses may not seem like prized land. But they are poised to play a key role — and perhaps, to serve as a battleground — in President Obama's plan to double U.S. electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources by 2020.... Read more»

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

Key opponents of gun control and proponents of immigration reform invested unprecedented amounts lobbying Congress this spring, bucking a downward trend among many of the nation’s largest companies and nonprofits,newly released records show.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson turns the corner on Downtown renaissance

An interview with Tucson City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich (D-Ward 3). Also, the TREO CEO interview series continued with a conversation with Fletcher McCusker of Sinfonia Health Care Corporation and chair of the Rio Nuevo Board. Plus, state Sen. Bob Worsley, (R-District 25) on discussions regarding a major rail yard in central Pinal County.... Read more»

House committee OKs bill to block O'odham casino in Glendale

A U.S. House committee gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a bill that would block development of a Tohono O’odham casino on land the tribe bought inside Glendale. The bill would reverse years of failed legal challenges to the project, which opponents say violates a 2002 agreement among tribes not to build new casinos in the metropolitan Phoenix area.... Read more»14

Immigrants bring fight to White House, demand end to deportations

Katherine Figueroa was 9 and watching television reports of a workplace raid in Phoenix when she saw video of her parents being hauled away by sheriff’s deputies. They were eventually released, but the episode was jarring enough that Katherine, now 13, and her parents traveled to Washington to lobby lawmakers and rally with others Wednesday outside the White House against further deportations.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Az Supreme Court refuses Clean Elections case

Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, interim Clean Elections head Daniel Ruiz, Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder, commentator Emil Franzi, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, Good News Communications GM Doug Martin.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Where do you want your bond money spent?

An interview with Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson (D-District 3). Also, our monthly Blogger Beat segment with David Safier of BlogForArizona.com.... Read more»

Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic – retention? New 3rd-grade standards

Arizona children entering third grade this year are the first who will have to prove that they can read at an acceptable level or face being held back. The Department of Education estimates that the law will force about 1,500 children to repeat third grade next year. Another 17,000 third graders are at risk of being held back... Read more»

Granite Mtn Hotshot co-founder describes Yarnell crew’s last stand

Video: Prescott Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis on Tuesday described what he believes happened on June 30 when the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew made a last-ditch stand in a box canyon against a wind tunnel of fire.... Read more»

First 'Code for Tucson' to app-ly itself to civic impact

This weekend, the first-ever "Code for Tucson" civic coding competition will be held to "develop apps that can increase government transparency and help the city better serve its constituents," organizers said.... Read more»

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