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Voters in November said that undocumented high school graduates should be able to access in-state tuition at Arizona universities and receive state-funded financial aid. Gov. Katie Hobbs wants to create a scholarship program aimed at those students.

More than 3,000 undocumented Arizona students could see their dreams of a college degree come true under a new $40 million dollar investment proposed by Gov. Katie Hobbs, aimed at supporting Dreamers who’ve attended a high school in the state for at least two years.  Read more»

Pima Animal Care Center will be closed to the public through Friday as officials work to stem the contagious respiratory disease strep zoo. The shelter has experienced overcrowding nearly continuously for the past several years. Read more»

Lawmakers heard from the heads of the Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Massage Therapy, Board of Optometry and the Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board as part of a regular review process on state agencies and boards.

Arizona state legislators last week grilled the heads of the state boards tasked with overseeing complaints from citizens after reports by the state auditor general revealed some major deficiencies. Read more»

The rule would apply to any land owned by the federal government, almost all of which is in 11 Western states and Alaska. In practice, it would likely be pertinent mostly to undeveloped tracts. 

U.S. House Republicans included in the new rules for the chamber they passed this month a provision meant to make it easier for Congress to give away public lands - but advocates and critics disagree about the wisdom of such giveaways. Read more»

Heat pumps have the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 500 million metric tons in 2030, equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions produced by all the cars in Europe today.

As the world faces yet another reckoning over energy supplies, several recent innovations aim to make 200-year-old heat pump science even more efficient than it already is, potentially opening the door for much greater adoption of the technology worldwide. Read more»

The water level behind the Hoover Dam on March 2, 2022.

Water authorities in the Western U.S. don’t have a crystal ball, but two decades of drought and poor planning have caused the river’s biggest reservoirs to drop to their lowest collective volume since they were filled and give a clear view of the hard choices ahead. Read more»

Oro Valley has millions of federal dollars to spend by the end of the calendar year. The town just has to figure out where the money goes.

Oro Valley's Town Council has some decisions to make involving how to spend its remaining $5.4 million in coronavirus relief money. Marana's OKing a new contract for the town manager — salary unknown. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Donald Trump and the Trump Organization separately face a looming $250 million civil suit, stemming from allegations the company routinely manipulated asset valuations and inflated Trump’s net worth by billions of dollars. 

Found criminally liable for a tax evasion scheme at trial, former President Donald Trump’s real estate companies were ordered to split a $1.6 million fine, the maximum possible penalty for a corporate entity. Read more»

A: The country will reach the debt limit on Jan. 19, at which point the Treasury Department will begin using extraordinary measures.

The U.S. government will hit its borrowing limit this week, forcing the new, divided Congress into negotiations over the debt limit much sooner than expected, though a potential date for the nation to default isn’t expected until this summer. Read more»

Republican Reps. Bill Huizenga and Alex Mooney introduced H.R. 263, the Stop Trying to Obsessively Vilify Energy (STOVE) Act. The bill seeks to 'prohibit any rule or guidance that bans gas stoves in the United States.'

The Biden administration is not planning to ban gas stoves, but comments from a commissioner on the CPSC about gas stoves being a “hidden hazard” and that “products that can’t be made safe can be banned” provided just enough fuel to stoke fear and outrage. Read more»

The 2011 MLK Day march in Tucson.

Tucson's Martin Luther King, Jr. day will kick off with a march on the South Side and a celebration at Reid Park, but residents should remember city services will close for the holiday. Read more»

A protester demonstrating as part of the 'Exxon knew' movement in Washington, D.C. in 2015.

ExxonMobil's climate projections, made by in-house scientists between 1977 and 2003, were startlingly accurate and correctly predicted that fossil fuel burning would lead to global warming - while funding research and advertising to sow doubt about climate science. Read more»

Last year, an attempt by GOP leaders to pass a so-called 'skinny budget' that simply maintained existing spending was rejected.

GOP leaders in both the state House of Representatives and Senate announced Thursday a plan to focus first on a spending plan that continues funding at current levels before opening negotiations with Gov. Katie Hobbs on a complete spending plan. Read more»

More state lawmakers are introducing bills to keep their state governments from doing business with financial institutions that take environmental, social or corporate governance into consideration when making investment decisions. Critics say these bills are designed to boost fossil fuel companies and will end up costing taxpayers.

Republican state policymakers’ efforts to boost fossil fuels by prohibiting their governments from doing business with companies that take sustainability into consideration has the potential to cost states millions. Read more»

The Pima Animal Care Center is only taking in animals on an emergency basis after a dog tested positive for highly contagious respiratory disease strep zoo. The shelter has experienced overcrowding nearly continuously for the past several years. Read more»

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