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Number of Arizonans who see climate change as ‘serious problem’ jumps

Concern about climate and the environment are growing to the point where more than 6 in 10 support higher taxes to deal with these issues, according to a bipartisan poll by Colorado College.... Read more»

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Late push for Salton Sea improvements complicates Colorado River drought plan

Arizona lawmakers have agreed to the broad terms of a deal Gov. Doug Ducey helped negotiate but resource managers at California's largest lake remains are demanding $200 million before signing off on the deal... Read more»

Analysis

Arizona, Nevada voters split on renewable energy measures

Arizonans rejected a renewable energy proposition but the trend continues at the state level to encourage and increase standards in this emerging technology.... Read more»

Tapped out? Developers argue there’s more water in Colorado River Basin

Despite exceptional drought conditions, some developers contend there still are places in the 246,000-square-mile Colorado River Basin to dam and divert water. Although some portions of the watershed are bracing for impending shortages, they say, other portions have surpluses.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

Progress on new binational drought plan in Colorado basin slow going

States, federal and Mexican officials hailed a binational agreement this fall that they said could lead to a radical shift in how the region prepares for and responds to drought.... Read more»

At Capital One, easy credit and abundant lawsuits

A ProPublica analysis of state court filings reveals that Capital One sues its customers far more than any other bank. ... Read more»

Racial generation gap looms large for Az, other states

America’s growing racial generation gap, and what it means for state policy on everything from schools to job training to mass transit.... Read more»

Kingman ‘downwinders’ seek recognition from U.S. decades after atomic tests

Decades after atomic tests in Nevada spread radiation across much of the Southwest, the federal government has offered compensation to many so-called downwinders. Kingman residents, however, were not among that group. And they say they don't know why. ... Read more»

Nevada, Arizona officials hold informal Interstate 11 meeting

Supporters of the proposed Interstate 11 met Wednesday in Washington where they expressed optimism about the future of the long-discussed highway that could link Phoenix and Las Vegas – and possibly beyond.... Read more»1

Report: High cigarette tax fuels AZ black market

A cigarette tax higher than neighboring states and cheaper prices on American Indian reservations have helped fuel a growing black market for cigarettes in Arizona, according a study by a Washington, D.C., think tank.... Read more»

U.S.-Mexico officials hail Colorado River water pact

Business and environmental groups both hailed an agreement last week that will allocate more Colorado River water to the U.S. in exchange for helping Mexico repair earthquake-damaged irrigation canals.... Read more»

UA telemedicine program to expand rural services

A $1.3 million federal grant will allow a University of Arizona center to expand a regional program helping hospitals and health care providers get into or make better use of telemedicine.... Read more»

Romney set to clinch GOP nomination

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney is poised to clinch the Republican presidential nomination with a win in Tuesday's largely uncontested Texas primary.... Read more»

Border Patrol wrapup

Agents arrest 4 suspected smugglers, seize 1,000 lbs of pot

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested four suspected drug smugglers in separate incidents over the weekend.... Read more»

Guest opinion

I-15 tolls: A good idea from ADOT

There’s a 29-mile section of Interstate 15 that cuts across Arizona’s northwest corner that’s noteworthy for its limited access. Now, this expensive highway needs to be rebuilt and Arizonans, few of whom directly benefit from it, will have to pick up something in the neighborhood of 40 percent of the tab.... Read more»

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