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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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ASU's new Kyl Center to study Az water

The Morrison Institute’s Kyl Center for Water Policy was established in November to address long-term issues with Arizona's water supply.... Read more»

Scottsdale company capitalizes on medical marijuana industry

The medical marijuana industry in Arizona has tripled since 2013, leading to a variety related businesses cropping up. Officials with Scottsdale-based The Marijuana Companies hope to capitalize on marijuana dispensary marketing and this growing industry.... Read more»

ASU study suggests almonds can help prevent heart damage in diabetics

An ASU study, published in Journal of Functional Foods, showed that eating 1.5 ounces of almonds can reduce levels of C reactive protein, which is part of a chain that can lead to heart disease, in people with progressed Type 2 diabetes.... Read more»

Az college leaders tout STEM at White House meeting

Hundreds of college leaders from across the country – and at least four from Arizona – reviewed hundreds of different programs at the second White House College Opportunity Summit. They included Michael Crow of ASU, Brian Mueller of Grand Canyon University, and Lee Lambert, chancellor of Pima Community College.... Read more»

Phoenix mayor: City's innovations make it global competitor

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told a Washington audience Wednesday that the recession forced the city to reinvent itself, sparking major improvements in higher education, transportation and other areas in its “innovation-based” economy.... Read more»

Education secretary encourages teachers’ colleges to follow Az model

Education Secretary Arne Duncan cited Arizona State University as a school that is 'raising the bar' on teacher education, as he unveiled a plan to strengthen teacher training, The new rules will undergo a 60-day comment and could take effect by the middle of 2015.... Read more»

U.S., Az universities set foreign student enrollment records

While the number of foreign students enrolled in U.S. colleges rose 8 percent in the last year, schools in Arizona more than kept pace, with international enrollment growing by 16 percent. Arizona's 15,442 foreign students ranked it 18th among states. ... Read more»1

ASU machine dispenses meds, not snacks

ASU students on the Tempe campus might grab potato chips or pop from vending machines on their way to class. And now they're also able to grab prescription drugs from a machine. ... Read more»

Chandler company turns worn out blue jeans into insulation

They’ve been sung about by Neil Diamond, Flo Rida and Blur. They’re worn until they rip and tatter, then worn some more. They are your jeans. When your denim is worn to the point where it’s no longer useful as clothing, it can serve another purpose. A company in Chandler is taking this evergreen apparel and recycling it to make bedding, wall insulation and soundproofing products.... Read more»

Report: Az ahead of the game on after-school programs

Arizona was sixth in the nation on a national ranking of states for the quality of their after-school programs. The state's ranking was boosted by the relatively high number of low-income students in such programs and the near total support of the programs by parents surveyed. ... Read more»

Forecast: Phx commercial real estate to improve slowly in 2015

The commercial real estate market in Phoenix will continue to improve slowly in 2015 with promising growth in residential rental housing, an Arizona State University real estate professor said.... Read more»

Scientists aim to build communication with parents about vaccines

A group of scientists at ASU are working to improve their communication skills to find common ground among parents who feel their concerns about vaccinating their children aren't being heard by the health care providers.... Read more»

Az traces alcohol sources in underaged drinkers' accidents, deaths

TRACE, or Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergency, is the investigation unit of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. The investigators are called when underage drinking is involved in a serious accident or death, and their job is to work backward from the time of the incident to find out who supplied the alcohol.... Read more»

Seeking more impact at polls, Az groups working to register Hispanics

With the general election approaching, Mi Familia Vota and 11 other organizations that are part of the coalition One Arizona are trying to get Hispanics to commit to voting and get them on the permanent early ballot list. Their goal: turning this demographic’s numbers – an estimated 30.3 percent of all Arizonans – into voting power.... Read more»1

ASU to return M-16s obtained from military surplus program

Arizona State University plans to return 70 M-16s obtained a year and a half ago under a Department of Defense program that distributes surplus weapons to law enforcement agencies. The weapons will be replaced with standard, newer rifles that could be used to confront an “active shooter.” a spokeswoman said Monday. ... Read more»

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