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Arizona lawmakers considering sales tax simplification plan
Governor Jan Brewer has made simplifying the state’s sales tax system a top priority for this legislative session. She convened a task force last year to come up with recommendations on how to do that.
Feb. 28, 2013
Charter board: No problem with school using materials linked to Scientology
The head of the state’s charter school board has found no reason to be concerned that teaching materials used in a Phoenix charter school have links to the Church of Scientology. A mailing from the Church of Scientology describes the link between the church and Applied Scholastics.
Feb. 28, 2013
New CPS workers will help, but not fix, overwhelming need
At the end of January, Governor Jan Brewer authorized emergency funding for 50 new Child Protective Services workers. The 31 new case workers and 19 support staff have been hired, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Safety, which oversees CPS.
Feb. 28, 2013
State launches Valley Fever education campaign
Some Arizonans who get a lung disease common in the Southwest are not being treated properly by their doctors. But, the University of Arizona and State Department of Health Services have joined efforts to train physicians who may not know a lot about Valley Fever.
Feb. 27, 2013
Valley Metro fare hike hits Friday
If you ride Valley Metro buses or the light rail, you better take some extra change starting March 1.   One-way tickets will cost 25 cents more. Valley Metro says the price hike is necessary to keep up with operational costs.
Feb. 27, 2013
LDS church changes impact higher education in Utah, Arizona
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has lowered the age of missionaries. That has led Utah's legislature to propose a bill to modify how many out-of-state students are eligible to go to a Utah college or university.
Feb. 27, 2013
Senator McCain on Sunday mornings
Arizona Senator John McCain is on the Sunday morning talk shows almost every week. Roll Call says McCain has appeared more than any other senator or congressman so far in 2013.B. William Silcock, Associate Professor at ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism, explains why you're likely to see McCain on Sunday mornings and whether it makes him more influential in the Senate.
Feb. 27, 2013
Phoenix: Love it or leave it
People move to Phoenix for countless reasons, and they leave the Valley for just as many. Should the 'creative class' keep trying to change Phoenix or leave for a more established place?Sustainability and architecture journalist Taz Loomans explains why she moved from Phoenix to Portland.
Feb. 27, 2013
Recall effort targets Sheriff Joe Arpaio again
An effort to recall Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is underway. Has the successful recall of former Senate President Russell Pearce set an important precedent?Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb weighs in on the Arpaio recall and a counter-effort to recall County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.
Feb. 27, 2013
Arizona and the Voting Rights Act
Attorney General Tom Horne wants Arizona to be freed from some provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which was created during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. KJZZ's Nick Blumberg explains how provisions currently apply to Arizona.
Feb. 27, 2013
Changes to remedial education aim to keep students on track and in school
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.
Feb. 27, 2013
A lighthearted look at border politics
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.
Feb. 26, 2013
Looming defense cuts have Arizona industry worried
Arizona’s aerospace 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 Arizona aerospace and defense companies in the state last year alone.
Feb. 26, 2013
Higley school district includes parents in safety talks
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.
Feb. 26, 2013
How Will Sequestration Affect You?
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.
Feb. 26, 2013
Barber protests closing of Tucson mail processing center
The 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 to Phoenix.
Feb. 26, 2013
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park seeks to improve facilities
After years of budget cuts, officials at the Tonto Natural Bridge 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.
Feb. 26, 2013
Submitting other
A bill approved Monday in the Arizona Senate, would make it a felony for members of a political group to submit a voter's ballot on their behalf, although a family member could still deliver the vote.
Feb. 26, 2013
Discussion of sequester cuts continues between state leaders
Governor 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.
Feb. 26, 2013
Qualifications for service animals to be restricted
State 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 stability.
Feb. 26, 2013

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