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West Nile virus now is a permanent part of Arizona’s ecosystem

The southern half of Arizona appears to be an ongoing source of West Nile in neighboring states as the virus appears to be here to stay, according to a study from Northern Arizona University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix. ... Read more»

Funding fix sought for coming wildfire season

A new $2.2 billion infusion into fighting wildland fires is welcomed news for federal agencies and academic researchers but environmentalists worry it could lead to abuses. ... Read more»

Former Az forester faces heat of challenges in new role running U.S. Forest Service

Rampaging wildfires and a culture of misogyny await new VIcki Christiansen as she takes on new gig running the U.S. Forest Service.... Read more»

University presidents pitch lawmakers on value of research

Investing in research infrastructure at Arizona’s public universities is essential for the state to be competitive, Arizona State President Michael M. Crow told lawmakers Wednesday.... Read more»

Study: Academics more likely to donate to Democrats

When opening their wallets for congressional and presidential candidates, professors, administrators and staff at Arizona’s public universities and colleges are far more likely to donate to Democrats than Republicans, a Cronkite News Service review found.... Read more»

Az's colleges would pay big price for guns on campuses

If Arizona's Legislature approves a bill allowing concealed weapons on campuses, university and community college presidents who want to keep guns out of their classrooms will have to pay a hefty price. And that price tag could reach up to $10 million for Arizona's three public universities.... Read more»5

Students rail against proposal on financial aid, tuition

A bill in the state Legislature would require full-time resident undergraduate students at Arizona's universities to pay at least $2,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees. ... Read more»

Park struggles to curb petrified wood theft

Fighting theft at Petrified Forest National Park comes down to park employees manning entry and exit stations, rangers patrolling the grounds and volunteers tasked with persuading visitors to think twice before grabbing illegal mementos.... Read more»

Prop. 300 crushing dreams of college educations

Universities and colleges in Arizona are seeing a drop in enrollment from potential students unable to prove citizenship. Children of illegal immigrants are blocked from scholarships, and forced to pay out-of-state tuition.... Read more»1

Border crime

Rocky Point tries to improve image in wake of border violence

PUERTO PEÑASCO, Mexico - Reports of border violence and a State Department travel alert didn't deter Jamison Haponenko from a Mexican vacation with his family. “We’ve brought our daughters down here a couple of times already, and there have never been any problems.”... Read more»