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As businesses hunt for educated workers, states loosen purse strings for higher ed again

Many states are boosting their budgets for public higher education more than at any time since 2008 and proposing even higher allocations down the road as politicians are focusing on the need for educated workers in an economy that’s short of talent.... Read more»

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California to test solar panels over irrigation canals to save water, boost electricity output

A pilot project in California’s lush Central Valley looks to save water and increase energy efficiency by building solar-panel canopies over existing canals - but such a solution is impractical in Arizona, where costs would be too high and the savings too low.... Read more»

Yes, the drought really is that bad

The Southwest has been hit hard with dry conditions as shrinking snowpacks, parched topsoil and depleted reservoirs are symptoms of the West’s worst set of dry years since 800 A.D. - and there is a significant likelihood the megadrought continues.... Read more»

Tucson offers to turn off tap on some Colorado River water to try to save Lake Mead

Tucson is offering to give up part of its Colorado River allotment to try to maintain water levels in Lake Mead, an important reservoir for Arizona and other Southwestern states that has been imperiled by drought. ... Read more»

This rural, red Southern county was a vaccine success story — not anymore

The vaccination rate in Meigs County was artificially inflated by a data error that distorted most of Tennessee’s county-level vaccination rates by attributing tens of thousands of doses to the wrong counties, according to a KHN review of Tennessee’s data. ... Read more»

Ransomware attacks on hospitals put patients at risk

In the past few years, a growing number of hospitals and health care organizations across the U.S. have faced cyberattacks, interrupting care and putting patients at risk, including some public health facilities run by state or local governments. ... Read more»

Arizona would likely see recounts after every election under popular bill

A bill with bipartisan support awaiting a final vote as early as today in the Arizona Legislature would vastly widen the margin of votes between candidates that triggers an automatic recount in primary and general elections, for almost every type of race. ... Read more»

Gila River Indian Community awarded $4.4 million to expand broadband

The Gila River Indian Community received a $4.4 million dollar grant from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to help improve access to and use of broadband internet service among tribal citizens.... Read more»

More funds sought for drone inspections of Arizona transportation infrastructure

Bipartisan legislation would bring about $200 million to Arizona to use drones to inspect roads, bridges and other infrastructure – half for state, local and tribal governments to purchase drones and the other half to train pilots to fly them.... Read more»

2 Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage

The possibility the Department of Energy will establish a strategic uranium reserve to increase the domestic stockpile of uranium comes at a cost: increased contamination borne by Native American tribes and local residents throughout the Southwest.... Read more»

Should you worry about data from your period-tracking app being used against you?

After a draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, people were expressing concerns about the privacy of period-tracking app information - now, experts answer questions on data access and usage.... Read more»

Feds halt Mexican gray wolf kills in Arizona, New Mexico in bid for genetic diversity

To foster the Mexican gray wolves’ long term success in the Southwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced it will lift a 325-animal cap on the population according to a draft of the proposed rule published Friday. ... Read more»

Contaminación del aire alcanza niveles dañinos en Tucson, advierte Condado Pima

Las nieveles de contaminación del aire en Tucson alcanzaron niveles dañinos, provocando una adviso del Departamento del Condado Pima de Calidad Ambiental de que los residentes deben evitar la actividad física intensa al aire libre.... Read more»

Analysis

6 months after climate summit: Where to find progress in a dangerous & divided world

Six months ago, negotiators at the United Nations’ Glasgow climate summit celebrated new commitments to lower global greenhouse gas emissions - today, the world looks ever more complex but there are areas to watch for progress and cooperation.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pride of Arizona: Claiming the James Webb Space Telescope as Tucson's own

The Webb telescope is technically a global collaboration. For bar bets and bragging rights, this puppy is ours. Just stamp Wilbur Wildcat's face on the Webb sunshield and be done with it.... Read more»

What’s behind the U.S. infant formula shortage – and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again

A baby formula shortage has added to the woes of American parents already confronted with raising an infant during a pandemic in a country ranked low for family-friendly policies - so what caused the shortage, and how can it be prevented in the future?... Read more»

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