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After nation’s deepest higher ed cuts, Az advocates see glimmer of hope

Arizona cut higher education funding deeper than any other state last year, capping a five-year period in which the state led the nation with a 27.3 percent cut from its support for colleges, but the 2017 fiscal budget could see a modest increase.... Read more»1

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Making the robo-call: Panel asks how ‘human’ we want robots to be

An ASU professor, a writer, a lawyer and a blogger took part in a panel Wednesday to discuss the future of robotics. ... Read more»

Az tribes using cultural heritage to keep students engaged in education

Arizona has the second-largest Native American student population in the country and they are failing standardized tests and dropping out of school at higher rates than any other group. ... Read more»

Soccer’s success in Arizona validated by int'l events, youth expansion

The announcement that the Copa America Centenario would bring international soccer matches to Phoenix next summer was cheered by local officials who believe the powerhouse tournament will foster the development of the sport in Arizona.... Read more»

Roll tape: Valley police deploying body cameras

Officers from ASU, Tempe and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recently deployed body cameras to their officers, following several other cities around the Valley, including Phoenix and Mesa.... Read more»

Az universities plan to add 60,000 students by 2025

Expansion of student populations across Arizona’s three major universities is underway as the Arizona Board of Regents approved a new metrics goal for the year 2025.... Read more»

Scientists tracking invasive buffelgrass with drones

Researchers using drones to track the spread of buffelgrass, an invasive species originally from Africa that poses a threat to desert wildlife. “It spreads fast, it’s a fire hazard, it steals the water that the native plants need and it can create a monoculture, capable of really changing our Sonoran Desert ecosystem,” said Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club.... Read more»

Az student group's retaliation claim strikes nerve at 9th Circuit

The Arizona Students' Association's challenge to a federal judge's dismissal of its retaliation claim against the Arizona Board of Regents over students' support of a sales tax increase for education appeared to find favor with the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday.... Read more»

Artificial trees: How ASU scientists are hoping to reverse global warming

Scientists at ASU are developing new technology capable of capturing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a task they believe is paramount to current efforts to reduce emissions.... Read more»

Arizona men's soccer team set for re-match vs. ASU

The University of Arizona men’s soccer team is set to take on ASU on Friday at 7 p.m. at Sitton Field. The match is free.... Read more»

Discovery of liquid water on Mars links back to UA lab, student

This week’s landmark announcement that the surface of Mars has liquid water links back to a University of Arizona laboratory where students and faculty monitor images from an orbiting camera.... Read more»

Guadalupe residents push back against persistent poverty

Just 300 feet separate a meticulously manicured resort and golf course from the tiny town of Guadalupe, where 31 percent of its mostly Latino and Yaqui Indian population live in poverty and only about 54 percent of its children graduate from high school. The Phoenix suburb is one of the poorest communities in Arizona.... Read more»

'Anchor babies' weigh in on birthright citizenship debate

While more Republican presidential candidates are using “anchor baby” to talk about birthright citizenship, Americans at the center of the debate question the controversial term. "Even the notion of anchor baby is ridiculous," said Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, an ASU professor. "People have been anchoring on both sides of the border for generations."... Read more»1

Rising Arizona membership gives unions something to cheer for Labor Day

Arizona labor unions have something to celebrate this Labor Day weekend, with union membership in the state rising last year for the first time since the start of the recession.... Read more»

Report: Arizona leads nation in college cuts, tuition hikes

Arizona leads the nation when it comes to the deepest cuts to higher-education spending and the steepest tuition increases since the Great Recession began in 2007, according to new national report.... Read more»

Tribes: Law requiring return of remains, relics, hasn’t met promise

Tribes had hoped the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act would bring the return of sacred items and human remains from museums. But 25 years later, more than 70 percent of tribal remains haven't been turned over. Critics say the law is falling short. ... Read more»

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