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The pros and cons of imposing sanctions on Venezuela

Analysis: The U.S. president is expected to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials. But not before taking these not-so-small issues into account.... Read more»

U.S. university enrollment continues to slide

Led by continuing drops at private, for-profit colleges, higher-education enrollment declined this fall for a sixth semester in a row, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports.... Read more»

Children's health program faces cloudy future under Obamacare

Are the subsidized health plans offered on the state and federal health insurance exchanges created under Obamacare an adequate alternative to the Children’s Health Insurance Program?... Read more»

Judge: Tucson cops may keep cellphone surveillance docs secret

Arguing that the release of records relating to the use of cellphone tracking equipment could compromise its use as a law enforcement tool, a Pima County judge ruled that Tucson police may keep some documents about the Stingray device secret since release could “compromise sensitive law enforcement techniques.”... Read more»2

Homeland Security chief announces new focus for border enforcement

At the inauguration of a new Texas facility expanded to hold families going through deportation proceedings, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced changes to border enforcement Monday.... Read more»

Germany has a serious wolf problem and no one knows what to do about it

Since the year 2000 the number of wolf packs in Germany has mushroomed from two to more than 30. Wolves have killed some 350 farm animals across Germany during the past five years. Some farmers claim fear is stopping their sheep from breeding.... Read more»2

When charter schools are nonprofit in name only

Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools. It’s an arrangement that’s raising eyebrows.... Read more»

Kingman ‘downwinders’ seek recognition from U.S. decades after atomic tests

Decades after atomic tests in Nevada spread radiation across much of the Southwest, the federal government has offered compensation to many so-called downwinders. Kingman residents, however, were not among that group. And they say they don’t know why.... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects Az appeal to enforce abortion law

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Arizona officials to reverse an injunction which blocks the enforcement of new rules aimed at the use of medication-based abortions in the state. The decision keeps the state from requiring abortion providers to follow FDA guidelines created in 2000, which are out of date according to medical experts.... Read more»

Barber/McSally: Pima recount complete

Pima County completed a hand count of selected precincts Monday, which “exactly” matched the electronic recount finished last week, officials said. The state has a deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday to deliver the tally in the race between Ron Barber and Martha McSally to a judge.... Read more»6

Az’s 13 JTEDs offer vocational alternative to traditional high schools

Joint technical education districts offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, which will help provide workers for jobs that are projected to grow by 2020, according to a study by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.... Read more»

Brewer: Flags at half-staff for slain Mesa soldier

Flags at state office buildings should be flown at half-staff on Monday in honor of a soldier from Mesa who died in Afghanistan on Friday, Gov. Jan Brewer said.... Read more»

KXCI's Peterson tuned out as head of community radio station

The head of Tucson’s community radio station, General Manager Randy Peterson, is leaving KXCI after six years at the helm, and 15 years with the station, to consider “new leadership roles and opportunities of his own,” a statement from the nonprofit said.... Read more»2

Brewer appeals to Supreme Court over licenses for Dreamers

Gov. Jan. Brewer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a legal process that is set to result in driver’s licenses being issued to people who have been granted deferred action from deportation by the federal government.... Read more»2

Breaking the code of the Navajo Nation

For many Americans, the word Navajo conjures up images of the World War II code talkers who used their unique language to encrypt secret radio messages sent to the front lines. Here’s what many don’t know about the most populous Native American tribe in the United States.... Read more»

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