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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»

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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

Tribes face hurdles, cultural concerns, with federal foster care

When the federal government opened foster care assistance to Native American tribes in 2008, more than 80 expressed interest in the program. By 2014, however, just 27 tribes had applied and only five had been approved for the federal program, their efforts hobbled by a lack of resources, inflexibility by federal bureaucrats and cultural insensitivity.... Read more»

Report: Arizonans carrying $22.6 billion in federal student loan debt

Around 885,000 Arizonans owe more than $22.6 billion in federal student loans – numbers that students and experts fear will only get worse under a 13 percent university funding cut in the just-approved state budget.... Read more»

Is ASU the model for the new American university?

After more than a decade of remaking itself, the university has become a model of what higher education in America should be, according to a book by its outspoken president, Michael Crow: a place judged not by who it turns away, but by who it accepts, and how many of its students graduate. But critics wonder whether other campuses should copy ASU’s dramatic changes.... Read more»

Calling college cuts 'difficult,' Ducey wants to work with regents

The head of the Arizona Board of Regents has threatened to sue over cuts to state universities, but Gov. Doug Ducey says he's proud of the budget. Ducey says he wants to work with university leaders and regents on the future.... Read more»

ASU Foundation links utility funds to anti-solar push

The nonprofit fundraising arm of Arizona State University gave $100,000 to a shadowy political group that spent at least $2.4 million on TV ads attacking state candidates who sided with the solar industry during last year's election.... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Budget zips through Legislature, spurs protests

At the Legislature this week, Gov. Ducey and Republican House and Senate leaders pushed through a $9.1 billion budget proposal which drew strong criticism from Democrats and brought hundreds of protestors to the Capitol. Lawmakers also moved forward bills to allow concealed weapons into public buildings and events, and to outlaw revenge porn.... Read more»

Poll: Political beliefs drive views on immigration

A new poll found that 52 percent of Arizonans support aggressive deportation policies, however nine of out 10 Arizonans want undocumented immigrants treated humanely. ... Read more»

Az budget plan guts higher education funding

The Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey have agreed to a budget that would deepen previously announced cuts to state universities by nearly 50 percent — a move that prompted sharp criticism from university supporters. The budget would cut $104 million from universities, zero out state support for community colleges, and cut JTED funds.... Read more»

Goldwater report: Az has among most burdensome licensing requirements in U.S.

Arizona has among the most burdensome licensing requirements in the United States, according to a new report released by the Goldwater Institute. The result: Fewer low-income workers launch their own businesses here. ... Read more»1

If placed on endangered list, desert tortoise could affect development

If the Sonoran Desert Tortoise lands on the endangered species list, experts say Arizona could see reductions in land availability and increases in cost. ... Read more»

Poll: Arizonans want education, water to be lawmakers’ top issues

Arizonans consider education and water the state's top priorities for government spending, a poll suggests. The inaugural Morrison-Cronkite Quarterly Poll found that nearly nine out of 10 respondents rank K-12 education and water as a very high or high priority.... Read more»

Az’s construction industry lost most jobs nationwide in 2014

Arizona’s construction workers took a big hit last year — losing 4,300 jobs — the largest loss in the nation, according to a report released by the Associated General Contractors of America. One expert said the decrease in jobs might be the “new normal” for the state. ... Read more»

Higher ed budget cuts come with a price

With further cuts looming over higher education in Arizona, public universities are finding ways to rely less on the state for funding at the expense of the students they serve.... Read more»

DHS chief: Congress must increase border-security funding

Following a review of Super Bowl security preparations, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson spoke in Phoenix, pushing against a perception that DHS has done little to combat border crossings as he urged Congress to increase funding for his agency. Johnson also said he approves of a court ruling to give Arizona driver's licenses to Dreamers.... Read more»1

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