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McSally appointed to McCain's Senate seat

Martha McSally will be a U.S. senator after all. The Republicans' losing candidate in November's election will be sent back to D.C. to the upper chamber, taking the seat formerly held by John McCain, and ever-so briefly by Jon Kyl.... Read more»

Kyl resigning from Senate on Dec. 31; Ducey to appoint again

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain in September, will leave office at the end of the year, and Gov. Ducey will again appoint a Republican to the Senate.... Read more»

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»

‘Brain drain’ persists in Arizona

Tucson is known for its syrupy sweet Eegee’s slushies, superior Mexican food and for many years, it’s been haunted by stories of “brain drain” – that is, University of Arizona graduates leaving to work elsewhere after they get their degrees.... Read more»

After nation’s deepest higher ed cuts, Az advocates see glimmer of hope

Arizona cut higher education funding deeper than any other state last year, capping a five-year period in which the state led the nation with a 27.3 percent cut from its support for colleges, but the 2017 fiscal budget could see a modest increase.... Read more»1

Az universities plan to add 60,000 students by 2025

Expansion of student populations across Arizona’s three major universities is underway as the Arizona Board of Regents approved a new metrics goal for the year 2025.... Read more»

Arizona college grads’ student debt among lowest in nation

Arizona college graduates in the class of 2014 had the fifth-lowest student debt in the nation, finishing their schooling at four-year, non-profit schools with an average bill of $22,609, according to a new report.... 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»

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»

Report: Az had steepest higher-ed cuts & tuition increases

Arizona had the nation’s steepest per-student cuts in state aid to higher education and the highest rates of tuition increase from pre-recession funding levels until today, according to a new report.... Read more»

Az for-profit universities balk at proposed federal regs

For-profit universities in Arizona said a federal proposal that would force them to report average student debt levels, loan default rates and other "key outcomes" are unfair and may be based on flawed data. Schools that fall short could lose their access to federal student aid. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Climate change spells bad news for Southwest forests

An interview with retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally, expected GOP congressional candidate. Then, financial planner Shelly Fishman with the Tuesday Money Maker Report; Eileen Klein, president of the Arizona Board of Regents; and environmental contributor Mitch Tobin.... Read more»