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Racial and ethnic disparities persist in teen pregnancy rates

Birth rates for black and Latina teens have dropped steeply in the past two decades—at a much faster clip than that of white teens. Despite this, black and Latina girls are still more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence.... Read more»

Az budget plan guts higher education funding

The Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey have agreed to a budget that would deepen previously announced cuts to state universities by nearly 50 percent — a move that prompted sharp criticism from university supporters. The budget would cut $104 million from universities, zero out state support for community colleges, and cut JTED funds.... Read more»

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The New (G.O.P.) Math

Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey are hammering out a budget that would significantly reduce the state's Medicaid spending, triggering even larger cuts from federal programs that offer matching funds.... Read more»

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JTED head: Ducey's budget cuts would gut career training

Arizona’s governor and legislators are working to pass a budget that will eviscerate the Pima County JTED’s Career and Technical Education programs, which is a contradiction of their stated goals of supporting education and attracting businesses to the state. The proposal will reduce the amount of per-pupil funding for students enrolled in JTED/CTE programs to a point where local school districts would lose money on 50 programs.... Read more»1

Obamacare subsidies for 155K in Az depend on Supreme Court ruling

The ruling in King v. Burwell could be a "game-changer" for the Affordable Care Act, said experts in Arizona. The suit challenges the federal subsidies that help individuals pay their insurance premiums, assistance that is extended to more than 155,000 people in Arizona. ... Read more»1

90th annual rodeo parade to trot through South Side streets

For the 90th year, horses, wagons and bands will march, roll and clip-clop through Tucson's streets Thursday morning, marking the annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros. Thursday and Friday, local school districts and Pima Community College will be closed for Rodeo Break.... Read more»

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»

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»

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

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

Tucson soldier dies in South Korea

A soldier from Tucson died last week of an illness in Seoul, South Korea, officials said Monday. Sgt. Jason Luong, 36, was a public affairs specialist with the Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, III Corps, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas.... Read more»

Feds cancel RFP for immigration paperwork center

Friday, the federal government called off a call for proposals to set up a special operations center in Virginia to process to process up to five million forms for DAPA, the Obama administration's deferred action program focused on parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. ... Read more»

White House to seek stay of immigration ruling

The Obama administration will ask a court on Monday to allow the president’s controversial immigration plan to move forward after a Texas judge halted the program earlier this week. ... Read more»

Arizona continues fight over licenses for 'Dreamers'

New Attorney General Mark Brnovich has resumed Arizona's legal battle to deny driver's licenses for young immigrants covered by deferred action programs. ... Read more»1

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