November 2013

Rosemont Mine's Water Permit Deemed Flawed

 Federal environmental regulators are recommending against a permit under the Clean Water Act for a huge copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. 

An analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency has found the Rosemont Copper Mine's proposals to mitigate damage to area water supplies are flawed. It is recommending the Army Corps of Engineers deny the permit. That could be significant, because the permit is required before construction on the huge open-pit mine can begin.

Did You Know: Arizona Navy Deployed In 1934

Air Force, Army, Marines and the National Guard. These are the branches of the military stationed in Arizona, and there is one more.

In 1934, the federal government began the Parker Dam construction project to divert Colorado River water to Southern California, but neither the feds nor California got approval from Arizona to build on its land. So, a very unhappy Arizona Gov. Benjamin Baker Moeur declared martial law. Did You Know that is when the Arizona Navy was created and called to protect the state’s water rights?

Arizona Board Of Regents Rejects Tuition Proposal

A proposal to give a university tuition discount to some immigrant students in the United States illegally has been rejected by the Arizona Board of Regents. The board nixed a proposal from Regent Dennis DeConcini, with other regents saying it would not survive a legal challenge.

Arizona law requires students who are not in the U.S. legally to pay out-of-state tuition rates, which are much higher than in-state rates. The law also denies state-funded financial aid to undocumented students.

Lack Of National Uniformity In ELL Instruction A Challenge

PHOENIX – It’s time for social studies in a fifth grade classroom in Glendale. Among the students following the lesson about the American colonies is Karen Beltran.

She’s a 10-year-old with a perpetual smile.

When Beltran first entered public education in Arizona about five years ago, she didn’t speak much English.

“It felt really scary, I was like shocked,” Beltran said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Yeah, it was really weird learning English because I mostly speak Spanish at home.”

Things have improved since then.

Unemployment In Arizona Down One-Tenth Percent

Arizona’s unemployment rate ticked down a bit in October to 8.2 percent. That was off a tenth of a percent from September.

Economist Aruna Murthy of the Department of Administration notes government employment gained 3,200 jobs, in spite of the federal government shutdown. But she says job growth in the state has been shrinking since July.

“There was very anemic growth in non-farm jobs,” Murthy said. “We gained only a net of 14,200 non-farm jobs in October, compared to the ten-year average of 16,300.”

ADOT Prepared For Rain And Snow Storms

The Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the winter storm that’s expected to bring rain and snow to most of the state the next few days.

ADOT spokesman Garin Grof says they’ve positioned snow plows and snow plow operators around the state, where snow is expected, and increased staffing at the traffic operation center. But he says the expectation is for more rain than snow.

DPS Investigates 6,000 Deferred Child Abuse Complaints

Members of a legislative oversight panel and Gov. Jan Brewer are searching for answers Friday morning about how 6,000 child abuse complaints since 2009 were shelved without ever being investigated.

State law requires investigation of every complaint that appears to be child abuse, but it looks like a special team within CPS has been marking some cases not to be investigated before they get to a field office. Brewer calls that totally unacceptable,