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Students pin citizenship hopes on DREAM Act

For many undocumented students, the only realistic hope of becoming legal residents is the DREAM Act. As proposed last year, the proposed law would offer undocumented students without criminal records a path to citizenship if they complete two years of post-secondary education or military service.... Read more»0

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Prop. 300 crushing dreams of college educations

Universities and colleges in Arizona are seeing a drop in enrollment from potential students unable to prove citizenship. Children of illegal immigrants are blocked from scholarships, and forced to pay out-of-state tuition.... Read more»1

Inside Palo Verde: Nuke plant touts safety, emergency prep

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, located about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix, is the nation’s largest producer of nuclear power. In light of events in Japan, its operators are promoting the plant’s safety features.... Read more»0

Palo Verde

Officials: Largest nuclear power plant in U.S. equipped for emergencies

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station features stronger containment domes than the Japanese plant damaged by a tsunami, has multiple backup power sources and enough water to cool its reactors for a year, plant officials told the Arizona Corporation Commission.... Read more»0

Palo Verde nuke plant opens new emergency center

In the event of an emergency at Arizona's Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, plant officials and government leaders will now have access to a $13.5 million center that will help them respond and share information with the public.... Read more»0

Approval of Tucson-Phoenix passenger rail celebrated

A statewide rail plan that would start by linking Tucson and Phoenix is a step toward giving Arizona residents a transportation option that would relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality, an interest group contends.... Read more»1

Yuma lawmaker: Change rules for housing farm workers

A Yuma legislator wants the federal government to exempt farmers from having to provide housing for seasonal workers who commute daily to their homes in Mexico.... Read more»0

Census report shows bust in Az economy, population growth

Maricopa County has added more people – almost a million – than any other U.S. county in the past decade, but that growth has slowed substantially since the economy soured. Pima County, Arizona's second-largest, saw its annual growth rate slide to less than 1 percent over the past 2 years.... Read more»0

Brewer: Arizona will lead nation in renewable energy

Attending a renewable-energy company's grand opening Monday, Gov. Jan Brewer said Arizona will become the U.S. leader in solar manufacturing and technology.... Read more»0

Border & immigration

Many immigrants overstay visas after entering legally

While the term illegal immigrant often evokes images of people eluding authorities at the border, a large share of undocumented workers in the U.S. arrived with visas and stayed.... Read more»0

Coroner's inquest from OK Corral gunfight uncovered

Michelle Garcia and Bonnie Cook were reorganizing files in an old jail storage space at Bisbee’s courthouse when they found a box marked “Juvenile 1988.” Whoever wrote that meant to say 1888.... Read more»2

Border & immigration

Demonstrators urge veto of immigration 'trespassing' bill

Urging that Gov. Brewer veto a stringent immigration enforcement bill, demonstrators said the measure would violate constitutional rights.... Read more»0

Border & immigration

After border tour, Brewer urges federal troop deployment

Touring an area where a rancher was killed, a crime investigators suspect was committed by someone in the country illegally, Gov. Jan Brewer and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson called Wednesday for the Obama administration to do more to secure the border.... Read more»0

Education

Business & education group urges reform of school-finance system

A system for tracking school expenditures and whether money spent on specific programs improves student performance would make schools more efficient and accountable, according to a group of business and education leaders.... Read more»0

Protesters, supporters rally over immigration bills

Dozens of demonstrators rallied Monday at the State Capitol against bills that would make it trespassing to be in the country illegally and require local law enforcement to assist in enforcing federal immigration laws.... Read more»0

Brewer aims to return career, tech education funds to budget

Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday that she is working to restore funds to support programs giving students career and technical education.... Read more»0

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