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Capitol roundup: Budget zips through Legislature, spurs protests

At the Legislature this week, Gov. Ducey and Republican House and Senate leaders pushed through a $9.1 billion budget proposal which drew strong criticism from Democrats and brought hundreds of protestors to the Capitol. Lawmakers also moved forward bills to allow concealed weapons into public buildings and events, and to outlaw revenge porn.... Read more»

Az budget plan guts higher education funding

The Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey have agreed to a budget that would deepen previously announced cuts to state universities by nearly 50 percent — a move that prompted sharp criticism from university supporters. The budget would cut $104 million from universities, zero out state support for community colleges, and cut JTED funds.... Read more»

UA hospital tapped as Ebola treament center

The UA Health Network's hospital on the South Side will be home to a biocontainment unit, ready for the treatment of Ebola and other infectious diseases. The UA system was named by the CDC as one of 55 Ebola treatment centers in the country.... Read more»

Border ag specialists stop dangerous citrus pest

Agriculture specialists at the commercial port in Nogales intercepted an insect known to damage citrus crops during an inspection of a shipment of oranges from northern Mexico last week.... Read more»

UA helps Mexican universities build extension network

The University of Arizona is helping establish a national network of extension programs in Mexican universities, Project REINU, designed to bring resources and education to communities in rural Mexico.... Read more»

Factchecking Az congressman's 'amnesty bonuses' claim

Factcheck: At a townhall meeting on Feb. 9 Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, claimed “each illegal alien will get $24,000 in compensation. " Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration?... Read more»1

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»

Latin stereotypes prevalent in film, TV. Will Disney’s new princess be another?

Disney introduced a new princess to its Magic Kingdom this month, but the public’s response was about much more than the style of her dress or what type of animal friends she will have. Princess Elena of Avalor will arrive to the Disney Junior network in 2016 as the first Latina princess and her character is spurring conversations on what it truly means to represent a Latin American in pop culture.... Read more»

Bill would 'completely gut' Arizona open meeting law

A lawmaker said Arizona’s open meeting law stifles informal discussions and wants to allow elected boards to talk out of the public eye. The current law requires all meetings that include a quorum of a government body to take place in public. Critics said the proposal would defeat the purpose of transparency laws.... Read more»2

Classical music flowers at Desert Song Festival

The third annual event features collaboration by local groups with national guest artists in a celebration of opera & art song, including concerts by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, UA Presents, Tucson Chamber Artists, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Tucson Guitar Society and the UA School of Music.... Read more»

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Nearby border makes Tucson epicenter of Az’s heroin epidemic

A little more than an hour up Interstate 19 from the border, Tucson has become an epicenter of Arizona's heroin epidemic. A Cronkite News analysis of state data shows the five ZIP codes that saw the most overdoses between 2009 and 2013 were all in metropolitan Tucson.... Read more»

Hispanic graduation rates signify looming troubles

In the United States, Hispanic students are almost twice as likely to drop out of high school as their peers. Locally in Arizona, where a growing number of Hispanics are already a sizeable chunk of the population, the trend in academic underachievement within the demographic is especially troubling.... Read more»2

Tedski’s top Tucson soccer moments of 2014

Here's one of those year-in-review articles, but this one's more interesting because it's about the Beautiful Game. Donny Toia made the big time, again. Odaine Sinclair's near-impossible goal for FC Tucson got world-wide attention. Tony Amato turned around the Wildcats, while both PCC teams were conference champs.... Read more»

Life in the dark: A night with a UA astronomer

Atop the Santa Catalina Mountains, a UA astronomer burns the midnight oil to collect gamma ray emissions from a black hole estimated to be 4 billion light years away.... 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»

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