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State funds to address unmet ‘time bomb’ maintenance needs for UA

When the Great Recession hit, Arizona’s university budgets were slashed. With a billion-dollar infrastructure plan in the pipeline, the University of Arizona has committed nearly half of its portion to address the maintenance needs that were pushed off for the past decade, and that started causing problems already.... Read more»

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Arizona Regents: DREAMers to keep in-state tuition for now

The Arizona Board of Regents decided Thursday to keep offering in-state tuition to Arizona DREAMers until courts ultimately decide whether offering a tuition break to undocumented students is legal.... Read more»1

Trump gets partial win from Supreme Court on stalled travel ban

The Supreme Court said Monday that the Trump administration can proceed, for now, with a limited version of its restrictions on refugees and travelers from six majority-Muslim countries, a ban that critics called at thinly veiled Muslim ban.... Read more»

How a math formula could decide fate of endangered U.S. species

The Trump administration is considering a proposal that could effectively let some plants and animals become extinct so cash-strapped agencies can use more of their funds to save others. Buy to opponents, conservation triage is an impractical and immoral policy that effectively allows bureaucrats to play God.... Read more»

Gaps in Clery Act figures create appearance of safe colleges

The number of sexual assaults against University of Arizona women is five times greater than what the university reports to federal authorities as required by law.... Read more»

Az universities push for gender equality when hiring faculty

Percentages vary, but generally state universities follow the national trend, with the University of Arizona's faculty at 43.2 percent women, Arizona State University at 45.4 percent, and Northern Arizona University at 49.9 percent in Fall 2016.... Read more»

Jobs report: Arizona wages rising faster than nation's

A growing shortage of workers has been driving up average earnings since mid-2015, long before Arizonans voted to increase the minimum wage. In Pima County, the jobless rate not only fell in April to 4.2 percent from 4.4 percent in March but came in lower than the state and national rates. But job growth is still slow.... Read more»

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Trump hosts McCains, Graham

Exchanges between President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, have been largely limited to sniping at each other through the media and Twitter over the past year.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

What new UA president's pay tells us about the salary game

Robbins' salary reflects neither peer schools nor competition, but it's a million-dollar example of how the rich get richer because the laws of economics do not apply at the top. Will he be worth it?... Read more»1

Solar jobs continue growth in Arizona, not as fast as rest of nation

Arizona saw a 6 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, bouncing back from a sharp drop the year before but still trailing well behind the national average growth of 25 percent in solar jobs.... Read more»

Trump budget targets grant benefiting 35,000 Az college students

The Trump administration’s budget blueprint calls for eliminating a need-based grant that benefits more than 35,000 Arizona college students, a cut that one expert said could be “a real setback for students.” The cut was part of a proposed 13 percent decrease for the Department of Education.... Read more»

Analysis: Sunshine Week

Why freedom of information faces problems, and how experts say those can be solved

From the UA's David Cuillier and ASU's Eric Newton: People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state and local open government laws. But the things people build — be they bridges, roads or freedom of information laws — wear out without regular maintenance. That’s why Sunshine Week exists, to remind us that it takes effort to keep freedom working.... Read more»

Farmers worried possible import tax will hurt border produce business

What would a 20-percent tax on Mexican goods mean for cross-border agricultural businesses that supply grocery stores across the United States with fresh produce?... Read more»

Trump message the same, but Arizona conservatives still like hearing it

If President Donald Trump was looking for a welcoming crowd, he found it Friday at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference.... Read more»

Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant

Despite pledges to look for alternatives, closing the Navajo Generating Station in Page could devastate the economy of the small Northern Arizona town, where hundreds of jobs rely on the plant and affiliated coal mine and where experts see few, if any, workable solutions.... Read more»

ASU study: Repealing Obamacare could cost Az 29,000 jobs

An outright repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act would cost Arizona about 29,400 health care jobs next year — and could throw the state’s healthiest economic sector into a one-year recession, an Arizona State University economist said.... Read more»

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