Teaching Arizona’s students is a challenge at every grade level, but perhaps especially so in the nation’s largest community college system. Of recent high school graduates coming into the Maricopa Community Colleges, 40 percent can’t read at a college level, and 30 percent can’t write at a college level.
The Arizona-Mexico border has been especially busy lately. Just a few hours before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Governor Jan Brewer toured the border. Sen. John McCain followed with his own visit, and then Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano met with Border Patrol agents near Nogales.
and defense industry stands to lose big if lawmakers in Washington allow sequestration cuts to start
at the end of this week. The state is the sixth-largest recipient of
Defense department contracts in the country, and the federal government funneled about $13 billion to
aerospace and defense companies in the state last year alone.
Two months after the Sandy Hook
shooting, schools continue to look for ways to improve campus security. One East Valley
school district organized a forum to get parents more involved. One idea was rejected immediately.
Unless action is taken by Congress, the once-vague threat of sequestration — a broad $85 billion across-the-board series of spending cuts — will become reality. The countdown ends Thursday at midnight.
Morris K. Udall Post Office in Tucson
processed outgoing mail for the last time Friday, and U.S. Representative Ron
Barber is upset about it. Barber
strongly opposes the Postal Service decision to close this mail processing
center and send all outgoing mail in southern Arizona
After years of budget cuts,
officials at the Tonto
State Park, north of
Payson, are starting to look at repairing and updating facilities. Currently the park is operating solely from
gate fees, but this year Governor Jan Brewer’s proposed budget
designates $2 million of Arizona lottery money
to help state parks make improvements.
Jan Brewer was among several state leaders who met Monday with President Barack Obama to
go over the pending sequester budget cuts, due to take effect Friday. She says the president urged the governors to
pressure their congressional delegations to avoid the cuts, but the Republican
governor says she's not likely
to do that.
lawmakers are moving to narrow the
list of animals people can legally claim they need for assistance, and
bring wherever they go. You might think
only service dogs would be in
this category, as they assist the blind with navigation, aid those with
disabilities in retrieving medications and assist with balance and
punishment for the abuse of Arizona's
fireworks laws would be reduced, under a bill approved by the state House. It makes violations a petty offense, rather
than the current misdemeanor. But, the
idea doesn't sit well with Yuma Democrat Lisa Otondo.
Arizona House has taken the first steps toward restricting the use of isolation
rooms, in public schools. A bill by
Representative Kelly Townsend, to require a parent's permission before putting
a child in isolation, has won preliminary approval in the House.
The Census Bureau
is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans
in surveys. The chief of the agency's racial statistics branch says months of
public feedback and census research concluded that few black Americans still identify
with that designation and view the term as offensive and outdated.
recommendations from a government advisory group suggest that healthy older
women shouldn't bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements. While nutrients are crucial for
healthy bones, specialists advise getting as much as possible from a good
where you are in Phoenix, chances are you aren’t far from a sign urging you to
vote yes on Proposition 201. And it’s almost as certain you won’t find even a
bumper sticker telling you otherwise.
According to some federal calculations, Arizona had the highest high school drop-out rate in the country in 2009-2010 school year. And that has education leaders worried about the future for those young people.
With more than a year and a half before Arizonans elect their next attorney general, Felecia Rotellini filed paperwork Monday to run against incumbent Tom Horne. If a battle to be the state's lawyer between
Democrat Rotellini and Republican Horne sounds familiar, it’s because it happened before -- three years ago, in 2010 -- when Rotellini
lost to Horne by some 63,000 votes.
We know there was a Civil War skirmish in Arizona 150 years ago, but
there was also a camel troop in the state around the same time. For
about 10 years, the Turf Paradise in Phoenix has hosted Camel races.
Spring training baseball is underway. In Florida and Arizona, teams are taking the field to show fans and foes what they've got. Each team has loyal followers, but arguably the most diehard root for the team from the north side of Chicago.
The Univeristy of Arizona study found
that helium balloons released in Tucson end up
in the Saguaro National
Park near Tucson.
Sixty two latex balloons were found hanging on trees, melting on rocks, or
scattered throughout a square kilometer in the Park’s Rincon unit east of Tucson.
We hear from Meryl Streep who's nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods," and J.K. Simmons who's nominated for his performance in the film "Whiplash."