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Report: Az ahead of the game on after-school programs

Arizona was sixth in the nation on a national ranking of states for the quality of their after-school programs. The state’s ranking was boosted by the relatively high number of low-income students in such programs and the near total support of the programs by parents surveyed.... Read more»

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Arizona nat'l park attendance drops 20% since 1990

Attendance at Arizona national parks has declined by almost 20 percent– from 20.37 million to 16.66 million – over the past 24 years. Sunset Crater’s decline has exceeded 60 percent during that period.... Read more»

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Open letter demands justice for 43 disappeared Mexican students

The text of an open letter, published in Spanish and English, released Wednesday to protest what signers say is a lack of Mexican government action to investigate the disappearance of 43 college students, whom are feared to have been executed by drug cartels. The letter has been signed by more than 9,000 professors, students and other academics from around the world, with more adding their names every minute.... Read more»

Concrete results from TO recycling program

A research project to make iron-based cement is ridding the desert of glass in the Tohono O’odham Nation.... Read more»

Uninsured still know little about Obamacare as 2nd enrollment nears

Most of the uninsured know little about the online insurance marketplaces, or that financial help is available for those with low incomes. Almost nine of 10 uninsured Americans – the group most likely to benefit — don’t know that the law’s second open enrollment period begins Nov. 15, according to a poll released Tuesday.... Read more»

Autoimmune disorder PANDAS gaining attention in medical community

Abby Pulse has been in pain every day for the past three years. At first, nobody knew what was wrong with the 15-year-old, who was eventually diagnosed with PANDAS, which was triggered by a Valley fever bout.. “I think that it has made me more mature,” she said. “I deal with pain every day, and I think it changes a person. But I think I did change for the better.”... Read more»

Couples rush to wed after Az’s same-sex marriage ban overturned

Gay couples rushed to Arizona courthouses to get married Friday, just hours after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the right to equal protection.... Read more»3

Guest opinion

12 Gen-X Republicans who will have some explaining to do some day soon

Now that it is clear that those who pushed Arizona’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are on the wrong side of history, they all better start thinking up what lame excuses they are going to be making. Their grandchildren’s generation is sure to ask questions.... Read more»

Residents claim racial profiling at Border Patrol checkpoint

Arivaca residents said Sunday that they have evidence of racial profiling against Latino drivers during two months of observation of a Border Patrol checkpoint south of Tucson. Although thousands of drivers passed through the checkpoint, no arrests were made as observers recorded the actions of border agents.... Read more»3

Reineke, Colibri Center recognized with human rights award

Tucson’s Colibri Center for Human Rights, and its director, Robin Reineke, received one of three Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards this week at the Carnegie Hall Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.... Read more»

Pima County issuing licenses after judge OKs gay marriage in Az

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Tom Horne said county clerks of court can “issue licenses for same-sex marriages immediately.” Pima County began doing so Friday morning.... Read more»3

Turning 65? 9 tips on signing up for Medicare

Even for me, a consumer reporter who has written about health-insurance issues, enrolling in Medicare is a daunting task. The terminology is confusing and the options are seemingly infinite, based on the amount of promotional material that’s begun arriving in my mailbox. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned since I embarked on my Medicare sign-up mission.... Read more»

Prison bankers cash in on captive customers

Part one in a two-part series examining how financial companies charge high fees to the families of prison inmates.... Read more»

A 6-year-old Honduran migrant goes to Washington

With U.S. immigration reform long delayed, a Honduran mother and son head to the capital to tell lawmakers why they came to Boston and should be allowed to stay.... Read more»

Calif. study: Common Core can help English learners

The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the growing number of American students who enter school knowing little or no English.... Read more»

BLS: Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined, according to preliminary data released in September by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»1

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