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Southeastern Arizona Home of Rare Habitat: Desert Grasslands

Rare ecosystem is rich in biodiversity, supports a variety of endemic plants, animals.

State Will Borrow to Pay Off Fed Unemployment Debt

DES refinancing $200M by going to private market, eliminating need for tax increase on employers.

Arts in Pima County Mean More Than $80M to Local Economy

Direct spending higher than Maricopa, national average, according to studies measuring financial impact of arts and culture

Chistopher Conover discusses Arizona's finances and talks about how much money Arizona collected in Fiscal Year 2013, versus how much the state spent.

Brewer: State Finished Last Year With Big Cash Balance

Preliminary report on 2012-13 fiscal year shows budget at $895M in black; state deficit will be gone early.

A display of Native American practice used to help others heal, at the New Directions Center, a behavior health and treatment center.

Researchers Explore Roots of American Indian Resilience

New studies reveal protective elements of Native American cultural traditions; used for various healing treatments.

Border Patrol Agent Sentenced for Drug Smuggling

Agent Anaya will spend five years in prison for loading marijuana onto his patrol vehicle.

Old Pima County courthouse in downtown Tucson.

Huckelberry: Delay Pima County Bond Election

Half-billion ballot measure targeted for 2014 should be put off to allow property tax base to recover, he says.

AZ Grassland Faces Threats from Mesquite Trees, Woody Plants

These plants were not present in the landscape traditionally, continue to spread.

Flooding Threatens Town of Clifton in Eastern AZ

Heavy rains in area lead to suggested evacuation, flood-gate closure on river, shutdown of US Highway 191.

Flames from a wildfire burn close to a structure

Monsoons Cut Fire Season Short; Longer Outlook Grim

100,000 acres burned in AZ this year, but heavy winter rains, snow needed to lessen future danger.

New State Law Defines 'Service Animal'

Specifies dogs, miniature horses allowed in restaurants, but all others, including 'comfort' animals, banned.

We speak to Marge Pellegrino of the Hopi Foundation's Owl & Panther Project and Abby Hungwe, a volunteer with the group and a student at Pima Community College.

Poetry Group Encourages Submissions for Annual Contest

State Society focuses on promotion of writing; entries of previously unpublished work sought.

Valley Fever Common But Not Harmless

Lung infection endemic to the American Southwest carries risk of complications.

TUSD's Mexican American Studies Program has officially been shut down and books related to the curriculum have been removed from classrooms as well. A Latino literary organization based in Houston Texas organized a caravan of authors and activists to deliver a supply of books in question to students and teachers. When Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal ruled that TUSD Mexican American Studies classes violated state law, libraries from 11 schools requested the books and district spokeswoman Cara Rene now says there are 112 copies of these books throughout the district.

Book with Descriptive Sex Scene Removed from High School

School in Sierra Vista discarded it from 10-grade English class amid parental complaint.

AZ Week: Child Welfare Crisis Eases a Bit

Funding from Legislature, procedural changes by state agency bringing improvement, but much more needed.

FEMA Rejects AZ Appeal for Fed Assistance in Yarnell

'A declaration was reasonable, justified for nation's deadliest fire in 80 years,' Gov. Brewer says.

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