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Az gets middling grade for protections against sex trafficking

Arizona got a C on a national report card that examines states’ protections against sex trafficking of minors, the third straight year the state has received a middling grade on the report.... Read more»

ASU researchers studying how to preserve tree species amid climate change

Two researchers at Arizona State University are aiming to help officials manage trees based on how different types are affected by climate change. Janet Franklin, a geography professor, and Pep Serra-Diaz, a postdoctoral researcher, are using computer models to study how quickly a tree species and its habitat will be exposed to climate change. That information is used to locate areas with specific elevations and latitudes where trees could survive and repopulate.... Read more»

Revised outlook for 2014 calls for 59,000 new jobs across Az

Arizona will add 59,000 jobs in 2014, with the growth rate increasing from 2 percent in the two years prior to 2.3 percent, according to a report by the state’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics.... Read more»

Report: Az saw nation’s largest in-state tuition hikes

Arizona’s four-year public universities had the nation’s largest in-state tuition and fees increase over the past five years, according the nonprofit organization that oversees the SAT.... Read more»

Avoiding immigration confrontations, TPD changing turn-over tactics

Last month's immigration protest may have pushed Tucson police to use courts as hand-off points when turning arrestees over to immigration officials. A man arrested Friday after being pulled over for expired tags was released after a hearing Saturday, but immediately taken into federal custody and may face deportation.... Read more»

Facing deportation, activist has no regrets

Even before a judge confirmed Wednesday what Edgar Torres Hernandez knew was coming — that he would soon be deported to Mexico — Torres remained confident that his controversial actions were the right thing to do. In September, Torres joined the so-called DREAM 34, a group of deported undocumented immigrants who had once lived in the U.S and marched to the Laredo port of entry to say U.S. immigration policies are unfair and to seek political asylum.... Read more»

Advocates allege inadequate care by prison health contractor

The American Friends Service Committee alleges that a private health care company contracted by the Department of Corrections has delayed inmate care, failed to provide medication and hasn’t offered any treatment at all to some needing it.... Read more»

Spinning ENDA

House Speaker John Boehner announced his opposition to a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity with a statement from his spokesman saying the bill “will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.” But the facts suggest there’s not as much to these claims as Boehner lets on.... Read more»

Report: Foreclosure filings in Az at lowest level since 2006

New foreclosure filings in Arizona have fallen to the lowest level in seven years, a sign of a recovering housing market, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate information company.... Read more»

Az finishes 12th in national ranking on energy-efficiency policies

Arizona is the 12th-most energy-efficient state in the nation this year, the same position the state held last year, according to rankings released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.... Read more»

Officials, lawmakers call for greater investment in wildfire prevention

For every dollar the government spends preventing wildfire damage, it could save cash-strapped agencies like the Forest Service another $5 on fighting increasingly large fires, a Senate committee was told Tuesday. ... Read more»

Libertarians declare 'mission accomplished' in Virginia — after super PAC help

Two days after Virginia voters narrowly elected Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Wes Benedict declared "mission accomplished."... Read more»

Cities turning to streetcars to spur economic development

While only two of the eight cars that will be used to ferry passengers every 10 minutes have arrived, and operations will not start until next year, Tucson business leaders say the streetcar has already revived the center of this sprawling, artsy city. Nationwide, light rail (including streetcars) is by far the fastest-growing mode of transit, carrying 2.5 times as many passengers as in 1990.... Read more»

Saguaro National Park waives entry fee for Veterans Day weekend

Saguaro National Park is marking Veterans Day by waiving entry fees at the Southern Arizona park all weekend.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Kozachik reflects on Tucson election

Councilman Steve Kozachik gave his take on this week's Tucson city election. Also, a preview of the 40th anniversary of "TusCon", a science fictionand fantasy convention in downtown Tucson. Plus, Buckmaster legal contributor Donald Loose. ... Read more»

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