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More than 30,000 students have applied for empowerment scholarship accounts under Arizona’s newly expanded program, which makes the vouchers available to anyone, regardless of need, in exchange for not attending a public school in the state. The program pays families up to $6,500 per pupil out of general education funds, which public school advocates fear could be a $200 million hit to state school funding.

Arizona parents have flocked to apply for the state’s new universal Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, which let any family apply for state funds to pay for their child’s schooling, regardless of need. Read more»

The calls and texts keep coming despite the fact that the Federal Communications Commission considers most political robotexts illegal.

Almost 50 million political robotexts were sent to Arizona phones in September and October alone, and Arizonans also got just over a million robocalls in the same period - just part of the estimated 2.2 billion in robotexts and 53 million campaign robocalls that were sent nationwide. Read more»

Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure in 2006 that denied in-state tuition – which could save a student thousands of dollars a year – to undocumented residents. Proposition 308 on this fall’s ballot would reverse that, and supporters are confident the state has changed and the law will, too.

Proposition 308 - which would make undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition if they have lived in the state for at least two years and got their high school diploma in the state - would reverse a law that that prohibits undocumented Arizona residents from getting in-state tuition. Read more»

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero testified that water quality was just one of the city’s goals for the federal infrastructure funding, which also includes transit, bridge repair and climate resilience.

Mayor Regina Romero told a Senate panel funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be "critical" to Tucson’s ability in addressing PFAS cleanup, and cited a project to widen Interstate 10 and Amtrak service as other priorities. Read more»

Rush hour traffic on Interstate 10 through Phoenix in 2018. Highway deaths in Arizona fell by nearly a third in the first quarter of 2022.

While the rest of the nation was posting a record increase in traffic fatalities in the first quarter of 2022, highway deaths in Arizona were falling by nearly a third, according to a recent report. Read more»

Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona gives a house tour in 3D. The nonprofit Rose Law Group came together to raise money in the metaverse, which they say is a first-of-its-kind collaboration.

Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona teamed up with a Scottsdale law firm to hold a charity event in the metaverse - which they say is the first of its kind - to create more affordable housing and expose Arizonans to the metaverse and NFTs. Read more»