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Facing a $99 million cut in state funding for the upcoming fiscal year, leaders of Arizona's public universities say they are looking for ways to make ends meet without robbing students of a quality education or subjecting them to steep tuition increases. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey in Tucson on Tuesday.

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that would require physicians to tell women that a medication abortion procedure can be reversed — a claim disputed by research. The law also will bar any health care exchange from providing coverage for abortions except in cases of rape and incest. Read more» 1

A year-old Western diamondback rattlesnake assumes a defensive position at the Phoenix Herpetological Society.

After seeing more rain than usual during the cooler months, Arizona has plenty of vegetation to feed the rodents and birds that rattlesnakes love to eat. But that doesn’t mean more rattlesnakes now that temperatures are warming up, experts say. That may happen in a couple years, but not until rattlesnakes fat and happy from plentiful food live to make baby rattlesnakes. Read more»

With proposals to have Arizona follow the lead of Colorado and Washington going nowhere at the state Legislature, advocates are organizing to put recreational use of marijuana on the 2016 ballot. Read more» 1

Water from the Arizona Canal flows over an attraction in Phoenix. A poll by two Arizona State University institutions found that along with education water is the highest priority among Arizonans.

Arizonans consider education and water the state's top priorities for government spending, a poll suggests. The inaugural Morrison-Cronkite Quarterly Poll found that nearly nine out of 10 respondents rank K-12 education and water as a very high or high priority. Read more»

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell addresses students during a visit Monday to Salt River Elementary School in the Valley.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received a tour of an elementary school on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on Tuesday as part of a "listening tour." She says that in many ways the federal government has failed Native American youth. Read more»

State Sen. Steve Farley says Arizona’s Masonic Fraternity special license plate can be mistaken for Washington state’s standard plate, in part because of the mountain shown on each.

State Sen. Steve Farley thinks having so many special plates in Arizona leads to confusion by law enforcement as well as citizens who witness crimes. There are dozens of special plate designs available, and more could be on the way. Read more»