The Arizona Board of Regents announced Robert Clayton Robbins as their top pick to fill the University of Arizona presidency. Robbins is president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center. He is trained as a cardiac surgeon.
A former National Park Service employee was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Forty-seven-year-old Sharon Baldwin worked for the Petrified Forest National Park and was responsible for accounting for park entrance fees from visitors.
State leaders have some areas in which they’d like to boost funding — education is chief among them. The Grand Canyon Institute has a suggestion: hire more tax collectors and auditors to bring in more of the tax money that’s owed.
The first trial related to the VA hospital scandal that began in Phoenix has ended with U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns awarding $2.5 million to veteran Steven Cooper. We’re joined for a few minutes by Brandon Coleman, a VA whistleblower who worked as an addiction therapist at the Phoenix VA.
Think tanks are sources for deeply-researched policy papers and studies. Some are partisan—on the right or left—and others make it clear they’re trying to be unbiased and simply present information. But who works at think tanks? Who’s compiling that information? And is there diversity?
A bill is moving through the state Legislature that’s aiming to protect immigrants living in Arizona from notario fraud. Notarios in the U.S. are notary publics who are authorized to do things like certify contracts and other documents. But in Spanish, notarios are trusted government-appointed attorneys who handle legal cases.
The Trump administration has announced plans to hire 5,000 additional Customs and Border Protection agents as part of a border security push. Michel Marizco of KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk is covering the story, and he joins me.
This week, it was made public that one of Arizona’s more prominent arts philanthropists had died. Gary Herberger passed away at the age of 79. He was an architect who had trained under Frank Lloyd Wright. And his family has famously given to institutions around the Valley and state.
The Arizona House Education Committee voted 10-1 in favor of SB 1384. That bill would give more protection to student journalists by limiting administrators’ ability to censor school papers. Joining us to talk more about the bill is David Cuillier, director of the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona.
President Trump Monday signed a revised executive order on immigration. To find out if the revised version will have any more legal luck, I’m joined by Gabriel Chin, a professor of law at the University of California-Davis School of Law.
It turns out scientists are closer now than ever before to bringing back extinct animals. In recent weeks, it hit the news that Harvard geneticist George Church is just years away from bringing back the wooly mammoth. So, I got a hold of science writer and author Helen Pilcher to talk more about the science of “de-extinction."