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Adam Coyle and Bryan Bergmeir, representatives for ADCO sports cards, finish setting up their table Sunday at the Arizona State Card Show.

The success of the Arizona State Card Show over the past two years as it moved from the 9,000-square-foot Kachina Ballroom of the Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at the Buttes in 2021 to the Phoenix Convention Center follows the industry’s rise on the national stage. Read more»

Water levels at Lake Powell have dropped so low that natural wonders are starting to reappear, including Gregory Natural Bridge, which hasn’t been seen since the Colorado River reservoir was filled in the 1960s.

NASA satellite photos show how drastically the water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead have receded in just the past few years - demonstrating the severity of long-term drought and the challenges Arizona will face to conserve and enhance its precious water supply. Read more»

From pipelines and dams to power plants and critical mineral mining, there are few industries or environments that NEPA doesn’t touch.

The tax reform and spending bill signed by President Joe Biden is also the country’s largest climate change investment, with what could be sweeping changes to the National Environmental Policy Act - the bedrock of environmental law - and the law’s critics cover the political spectrum. Read more»

Schools nationwide are considering switching to four-day-instructional weeks to help retain and attract teachers amid a national teacher shortage exacerbated by COVID-19 and battles over critical race theory, but low-income and special needs students are often the most affected. Read more»

U.S. Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters at the University of Arizona during a college education roundtable on Aug. 12, 2022.

The Republican Party of Arizona is begging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to put his weight and his leadership committee’s wallet behind U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters - something McConnell has not, so far, publicly done. Read more»

The FanDuel Sportsbook at Footprint Center draws a lot of foot traffic in downtown Phoenix as well as visitors coming to sporting events at the arena.

Arizona’s full year with legal sports and fantasy gambling has seen over $5 billion wagered in the state - due in large part to the mobile betting market - bringing in over $30 million to the state general fund from privilege fees and licensing fees alone. Read more»

The first year of publicly funded free preschool in Pima County was “successful,” with almost 900 children from low-income families enrolled at more than 100 high-quality pre-K locations, officials said. The PEEPS program is keeping its goals modest this year, as schools are still having trouble recruiting teachers. Read more»

A sign marks the water line last year at Lake Mead, which has since fallen to historically low levels. That triggered a water conservation plan for states in the river basin, but Arizona officials complain that they have to bear too much of the burden while states like California are not being hit.

Faced with deep cuts to the water supply, and angry that other states are not doing their share, tribes and local governments in Arizona are increasingly talking about backing off earlier offers to give up some water. Read more»

In this new legal landscape, residency programs must balance obeying state laws with staying in compliance with their field’s accreditation standards.

In a post-Roe world, thousands of future doctors now face roadblocks to accessing clinical training in abortion care, and experts say these barriers could limit access not just to abortion, but to all obstetric and gynecological care - even as they warn of a growing OB-GYN shortage. Read more»

Energy efficiency can save homeowners and renters hundreds of dollars a year, and the new Inflation Reduction Act includes a wealth of home improvement rebates and tax incentives to help Americans secure those saving. Read more»

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega stands to get a $75,000 per-year raise after seven years on the job.

The Tucson City Council is set to vote Tuesday on paying City Manager Mike Ortega $300,000 per year, but the they're being needlessly shifty about it. Plus a plethora of other local government meetings this week. Read more»

Veterinarian groups support pet insurance, partially because it tends to keep pet owners connected to a vet and eases concerns about treatment costs.

With the rise in the number of pets adopted during the pandemic came a rise in pet insurance - yet only two states have specific statutes governing the pet insurance industry, making it difficult for pet owners to discern what the costs will be as a pet ages. Read more»

In a time when communities across the globe are acutely and painfully feeling the impact of climate change, sequestering the rights to potentially life-changing technology poses moral and ethical quandaries.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s June announcement of the the Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program was designed to scale up production and distribution of climate tech - but what if this pilot does just as much – or more – harm than good? Read more»

Flags from all of Arizona’s 22 tribal nations are hung in the bookstore at the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center.

Entrepreneurs from Arizona's tribal nations can develop their small businesses with help from the University of Arizona through a new program aimed at providing support for developing tribal economies. Read more»

Arizona will get $109.5 million from the federal infrastructure bill this year to improve water systems in the state – a fraction of the $1.4 billion list of needs state officials say they have. Read more»

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