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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»

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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»

Az judge: Dreamers entitled to in-state tuition

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that "Dreamers" are eligible for in-state college tuition. ... Read more»3

Effort to recall Douglas seeks to turn Facebook likes into political power

Can a grass-roots effort become a political movement that succeeds in bringing about a recall election for a holder of statewide office? That hasn’t happened since 1988, when Arizona voters filed enough signatures to trigger a recall election for Gov. Evan Mecham, who was impeached before the election could be held.... Read more»1

Leaders: Az must increase higher ed funding to improve economy

If Arizona doesn’t change course and increase funding to higher education, the state’s economic health will decline, ASU President Michael Crow told a group of business leaders Thursday during a panel discussion in downtown Phoenix. ... Read more»

Universities scrambling to balance budgets after deep state cuts

Facing a $99 million cut in state funding for the upcoming fiscal year, leaders of Arizona's public universities say they are looking for ways to make ends meet without robbing students of a quality education or subjecting them to steep tuition increases. ... Read more»

ASU camera helps NASA pick out site for next Mars lander

From the Viking landers in the 1970s to the most recent Curiosity rover, machines have acted as scientists’ eyes on Mars. And in 2016, NASA will send another lander, called InSight, that will study the red planet’s interior and seek answers about the formation of rocky planets.... Read more»

Census: Tucson tops 1 million; Maricopa second in growth in U.S.

Metro Tucson topped 1 million residents last year, while Maricopa County and metro Phoenix posted some of the nation’s largest population gains between 2013 and 2014, according to new Census Bureau estimates.... Read more»1

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