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The bill requires schools to develop visitation, tour and observation policies and publicly post the processes on their website.

Schools would be required to publicly post every new book bought for their libraries, have elected governing board members approve all new book purchases and let parents know every book their child checks out under a proposal Senate Republicans advanced Tuesday. Read more»

Republican politicians and parent groups in at least 31 states are trying to purge books they view as offensive or even pornographic.

Free-speech organizations, including state and national library associations, describe the GOP’s push in at least 30 states to rid school libraries of books they denounce as inappropriate or even pornographic as the biggest such assault in decades. Read more»

The NWS Climate Prediction Center projects high temperatures all summer long, but it likely won’t be another record year for heat.

Triple-digit temperatures are returning with a vengeance, prompting the National Weather Service to issue this year’s first excessive heat watch - in effect all next week for most of central and southern Arizona - with temperatures expected to top 110 each day. Read more»

Summer vacation often means a break from schoolwork for students, but to Terri Clark it means the potential for the summer slide – and not the one at the local water park. That’s because it can be a time when kids lose reading and literacy skills they learned during the school year because they don’t read over the summer. Read more»

Barbara Hinske, with her husband, Brian Willis, added a Little Free Library outside her downtown Phoenix home.

Looking as much like birdhouses as book repositories, Little Free Libraries are popping up at dozens of front lawns, storefronts and parks in the Valley and around Arizona. Read more»

Children work in the computer lab at Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, Ky., in 2009.

Federal regulators are finally telling phone companies how to comply with a rule requiring them to charge bargain prices to schools and libraries. Read more»

It's time to say goodbye to 2011 and a big "hola" to 2012, but some things won't happen as expected. Many services will be unavailable due to the holiday, which for some extends into Monday. Read more»

As the nation honors its veterans, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Read more»