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Teachers speak out about working conditions, and they’re not happy

For the past decade, the vast majority of Arizona counties have faced a teacher shortage at the beginning of the school year, and as school districts head into the summer many teachers expect more of the same. And they’re not surprised.... Read more»1

Tucson VA one of four in nation to offer service for transgender vets

The transgender clinic at the Southern Arizona VA is one of just four such clinics in the entire Veterans Affairs system.... Read more»0

Kelly touts Homeland Security gains, has harsh words for critics

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that apprehensions at the Southwestern border have fallen sharply during his first 90 days in office, but there is still security work to be done in the United States and abroad.... Read more»0

Trump budget targets grant benefiting 35,000 Az college students

The Trump administration’s budget blueprint calls for eliminating a need-based grant that benefits more than 35,000 Arizona college students, a cut that one expert said could be “a real setback for students.” The cut was part of a proposed 13 percent decrease for the Department of Education.... Read more»0

Supreme Court justices have sharp questions in Arizona divorce case

Chief Justice John Roberts had pointed questions for attorneys arguing on behalf of an Arizona woman whose fight to regain some of her ex-husband’s pension payments landed before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.... Read more»0

Tucson city election system will stand, after Supreme Court rejects GOP appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appeals court ruling that said Tucson’s hybrid election system – primaries by ward and general elections at-large – does not infringe on the right to vote by city residents. The denial ends two-year court battle by Republican critics.... Read more»0

Court overturns re-entry conviction for man arrested in Nogales port

Rosario Vazquez-Hernandez was washing windows of cars waiting at the Mariposa Port of Entry, as he did most days, when Border Patrol agents grabbed him on charges that he was attempting to re-enter the U.S. illegally in 2014.... Read more»0

Ducey, other governors hope feds cede power to states under Trump

Gov. Doug Ducey joined other Republican governors who told an appreciative crowd of conservatives last week that the Trump administration presents a chance for state and local officials to take the reins back from the federal government.... Read more»0

75 years later, Japanese detainees reflect on painful part of U.S. past

Seishi Oka was 5 and his sister, Mitzi, only 3, when their family was loaded on to a train and taken from their Salinas, California, home to the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona. Oka said he only vividly remembers two things about the train ride: Hearing a coyote howl for the first time, and wondering to himself, “Why do they hate us so much?”... Read more»0

Navajo official worries cuts under Trump will hurt tribal schools

The superintendent for Navajo schools said “alarming” calls for the Trump administration to eliminate Head Start funding could leave tribal children without preschool programs or the education resources they desperately need to succeed.... Read more»0

Arizonans join diverse Women’s March to protest Trump inauguration

Environmental scientist Marilyn Zenko feels strongly enough about President-elect Donald Trump’s environmental policies that she is coming from Goodyear to be part of this weekend’s Women’s March on Washington. She will be joined by nearly a dozen family members, and by an expected 200,000 others.... Read more»0

Az charters excited by DeVos nomination, public schools wary

Public school advocates in Arizona are withholding judgment – for now – on school-choice champion Betsy DeVos, who faced a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday on her nomination to become the next secretary of Education.... Read more»0