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Superintendents’ appraisals tough to get from school districts

Taxpayers cover the salaries of superintendents in Arizona's public schools, but in many cases it's difficult to learn exactly what governing boards think of their work. TUSD, Flowing Wells and Marana schools did not provide information on their superintendents' performance appraisals.... Read more»0

Transportation

Farley: Restrict trucks to right lanes of roadways with three or more lanes

Keeping large trucks to the right on roadways with three or more lanes would make Arizona's highways safer, says Rep. Steve Farley.... Read more»0

Arizona in line for big share of funds against mortgage fraud

Arizona is in line to receive $1.7 million of nearly $8 million the federal government is allocating to fight mortgage fraud nationwide, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week.... Read more»0

Education

Lawmaker wants online courses evaluated

A state lawmaker wants to create an institute that would recommend whether online courses offered by private companies meet state standards before public schools decide whether to use them.... Read more»0

Az legislature

Senate gives preliminary OK to bill banning texting while driving

The state Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would outlaw text messaging while driving and hit offenders with a minimum fine of $50.... Read more»0

Salvia divinorum

Lawmaker seeks to restrict sales of hallucinogenic herb

A bill aiming to keep a hallucinogenic herb called salvia divinorum out of the hands of young people would send a clear message to parents and the public that the substance poses risks, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»0

Homolovi Ruins

State park closings raise worries of artifact looting, vandalism

With the Homolovi Ruins State Park closed on Monday due to deep cuts to the Arizona State Parks budget, archaeologists and Hopi leaders worry about a return to the free-for-all days.... Read more»1

Vulnerable bloggers

More libel suits coming from abroad

PHOENIX – Dr. Zuhdi Jasser isn’t reluctant to criticize those who support terrorism, but now he's being threatened with libel - from someone who lives in the Middle East.... Read more»0

Government finances

Put local gov't spending records online, says lawmaker

Requiring local governments to post records of all financial transactions online would make officials better stewards of the public's money, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»0

Arizona government

Name change for state's No. 2 post?

The secretary of state has ascended to the governor’s office four times in recent decades. Twice that’s meant a change of party. The current officeholder, Ken Bennett, proposes renaming the office to lieutenant governor.... Read more»0