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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.

Border Patrol Agent Sentenced for Drug Smuggling

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

AZ Grassland Faces Threats from Mesquite Trees, Woody Plants

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

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State Society focuses on promotion of writing; entries of previously unpublished work sought.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

Tucson Election Dates Challenged in Appeals Court

City won local court case allowing odd-year elections, state challenging the decision.

Next Generation of Wireless Communication in the Works

UA researchers received $5.5M to create 5G wireless data service; one of the goals is to ease clog of growing amount of data.

An art deco wall created by Charles Clement.

Legendary Artists Integrates Art, Architecture Throughout Tucson

Charles Clement's pieces can be seen in buildings, various places around the city.

Lawsuit: AZ Medicaid Expansion Unconstitutional

Goldwater Institute files on behalf of 36 Republican state lawmakers, says tax to fund expansion violates AZ Constitution.

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