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Parents listen to facilitator Enriqueta Di Santos explain the American Dream Academy program.

A growing number of organizations are trying to boost the academic achievement of Latinos by teaching parents the basics of the U.S. education system and how to prepare children for college. Read more»

Jon Phelps, CEO of the State Bar of Arizona.

Voters will decide in November whether to change the way Arizona selects appellate judges and how Maricopa and Pima counties select Superior Court judges by giving the governor more control over the process. Read more»

Edward Holler has lived 50 feet from the Mexican border in Nogales, Ariz., for most of his life. Though he used to slip easily through the border fence when he was a child, he says visiting Mexico has become increasingly difficult.

As a young man, Edward Holler slipped easily through gaps in a U.S.-Mexico border fence behind his house to visit shops and friends on the Mexican side. For almost 100 years, the Holler family homestead has stood just about 50 feet north of the U.S.-Mexico border, and for much of that time members enjoyed the perks of hopping easily across the border. (with video) Read more»

This lush plant life is just part of the oasis created when a wastewater plant in Nogales, Ariz., began sending treated wastewater into the Santa Cruz River.

A new wastewater treatment plant in Nogales, Son., will reduce the amount of water flowing north across the border, affecting a lush riparian area along the Santa Cruz River. Read more»

Kristin Borns, senior policy analyst for Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, authored a study of Arizona’s legislative primary system and says reforms could help mitigate radical politics.

Changing legislative primaries so the top vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election would cut down on polarizing legislation, make districts more competitive and further engage Arizona's independent voters, says a nonpartisan research group. Read more»

Leonard (left) and Bobbi Driscoll say they refuse to purchase the mandated OHV decals because they don’t believe that revenue from the sales benefits those who use Arizona’s OHV trails.

Owners of off-highway vehicles aren't purchasing the $25 tags required to ride on state land. Leonard Driscoll said he won't purchase a sticker because he doesn't like how state agencies use the money and doesn't feel obligated to fund programs that he says don't benefit riders. (with video) Read more»

Two months after a young driver hit and killed his son, Robert Okerblom still couldn't understand how the driver didn't seen him riding his bicycle – until he checked the phone records. "We subpoenaed the phone records and found she had been texting." Read more» 2

Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007, speaks at the state Capitol in opposition of a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

A survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech campus massacre, Colin Goddard has scars from three bullet wounds, a metal rod in his leg and memories that he said led him to speak out Tuesday against proposed Arizona legislation that would allow guns on college campuses. (with video) Read more» 3

The Pima County Courthouse in Tucson is one place Start Our State considers a potential new state capitol.

Pima County politicians have joked about the idea of political separation from more-conservative Maricopa County for decades. But the Legislature's recent moves on topics including immigration caused some to stop laughing and form a committee advocating that the county separate from Arizona. (with video) Read more» 16

Requiring that all meetings of public bodies include time for the public to express concerns and introduce issues would make government more open and interactive, a state lawmaker contends. Read more»

After the hearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Lambda Legal attorney Tara Borelli (right) speaks with Deanna Pfleger (center), an Arizona Game and Fish Department peace officer, and Pfleger’s partner, Mia LaBarbara.

An Arizona law removing domestic partner benefits for state employees discriminates against same-sex couples because they can't get married to qualify, an attorney argued Monday before an appeals court panel. Read more»

In the wake of the Jan. 8 mass shooting, a bipartisan group led by Tucson lawmakers Matt Heinz and Ted Vogt wants to make government entities and institutions of higher education report instances of violent behavior by employees or students. (with video) Read more»

Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, believes that holding drivers accountable to traffic laws will make Arizona’s roads safer.

An Arizona lawmaker has proposed a statewide ban on covers or substances used to obstruct photo-enforcement systems from capturing license plate information. Read more»

Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson

A bipartisan pair of state representatives hope to do what others have tried and failed to do for nearly 20 years: expand a ban on unrestrained minors in the backs of trucks. Read more»

The Legislature can retroactively apply a 2006 law that shifted the burden of proof in self-defense claims from defendants to prosecutors, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled. The ruling grants a new trial to Cesar Montes, who was charged in 2005 with killing a man outside a Tucson party. Read more»

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