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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»

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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»

40MW solar plant north of Tucson powers ASU, PayPal

Electricity from a new $90 million solar power plant in Red Rock will be underwritten by PayPal's operation in Phoenix, and Arizona State University. The facility, next to an existing natural-gas plant about 35 miles north of Tucson, was dedicated this week.... Read more»

Arizona incomes grew 3 percent in 2015, slightly behind national pace

Personal income grew 3 percent last year in Arizona, tracking a national increase of 3.7 percent that year as the nation continued to rebound from the recession, new government data shows.... Read more»

UA soccer

Not fearing a fork: East Valley Wildcat geared-up for match against ASU

On November 7, 2013, Jaden DeGracie Bailey, then a freshman forward for the UA scored her very first goal for the Wildcats. What made it so special? It wasn’t just that it was two minutes into the match. It was against Arizona State University. ... Read more»

Hillary Clinton appeals to Arizona voters to put state in blue column

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a pitched plea Wednesday night for Arizona voters, focusing her courtship on embracing Latinos and other diverse voters in a race that is tightening six days before the election.... Read more»

Donald Trump Jr. rallies Arizona voters to Republican cause

Donald Trump Jr. spoke at Arizona State University in Tempe on Thursday as part of an effort to rally his father's supporters in the final days of the election.... Read more»

Arizona poverty rates fell in 2015, still among nation’s highest

Arizona saw a “significant” drop in its poverty rate last year, but that rate still hovered well above the national average, according to numbers released Thursday by the Census Bureau.... Read more»

ASU researcher applauds new FDA rule on antibacterial soaps

ASU researcher Rolf Halden has been warning the Food and Drug Administration of the dangers of ingredients found in antibacterial soaps for more than a decade. His research focuses on how man-made pollutants found in personal care products seep into our natural resources and eventually, our bodies.... Read more»

Report: Nonunion workers lose pay as labor unions lose clout

The steady decline in union membership has had a ripple effect on wages of nonunion workers, costing them a potential $14 to $52 a week in pay, according to a report released this week.... Read more»

Wildcats soccer

Photos: Arizona nets 3-0 win over Denver in Sun Devil Desert Classic

Arizona defeated Denver on Friday night in Tempe by a score of 3-0. Arizona's goals came from Lexe Selman-Richards, Paige Crouch and Gabi Stoian.... Read more»

Phelps achieves ‘closure’ in Rio, ready to coach at ASU

In winning his 23rd gold medal Saturday night, Michael Phelps put an exclamation point on his historic Olympic swim career. Now he will return home to Arizona, where he will join his coach Bob Bowman at Arizona State University as a volunteer assistant coach.... Read more»1

ASU team finds meteorites in remote Arizona desert

The remnants of a roughly 4.5 billion-year-old meteor that streaked across the Phoenix sky in early June have been located by scientists from ASU.... Read more»

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