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Order allows students to challenge ethnic-studies law

A federal judge's order has opened the door for more students in Tucson Unified School District to sue the state and challenge the constitutionality of the law that bans racially divisive courses in Arizona schools.

Hours before the district's governing board on...

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Opinion: Grading system will press all schools to do better

by Southeast Valley editorial board - Oct. 24, 2011 10:07 AM
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Bogle Junior High in Chandler is regularly named an "excelling" school, the top label in the state's longstanding method of rating schools. But under a new system introduced last week, the school gets a B.

Queen Creek High has worked hard...

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Opinion: Gila River tribe should vote to allow freeway on its land

by Arizona Republic editorial staff - Jan. 12, 2012 12:13 PM
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The Valley has talked for years about the proposed South Mountain Freeway, and Ahwatukee Foothills has made a powerful effort to push the freeway onto tribal land. Ahwatukee may finally be closer to getting what it wants.

The Gila River...

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Obama to visit VA hospital, check progress on veterans care

President Barack Obama is making a first-time visit to the Arizona veterans' hospital that triggered a national examination into how the government cares for its former service members.

President Barack Obama is making a first-time visit to the Arizona veterans' hospital that triggered a national examination into how the government cares for its former service members to get an appraisal on the health system's progress and its lingering needs.

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Obama praises Phoenix recovery during visit to Arizona

Calling Phoenix "Ground Zero" when the housing bubble burst in 2008, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined his plans for helping the country's middle class reclaim the American dream of responsible home ownership.

The president brought his ideas to a city that was one of the hardest hit by the housing bubble and ensuing recession, but also one the president credited for paving the way to recovery.

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Open-house holiday railroad tours are on track

Members of the Arizona Big Train Operators group have been working on their railroads in preparation for their annual Christmas Open House Tours.

Members will open their homes to the public this weekend and the next to show off their garden railroad layouts and raise money for Cardon Children's Medical Center and Phoenix Children's Hospital. The home tours are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 17 and 18.

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One of Scottsdale protestors connected to Ohio rape case

One of Scottsdale protestors connected to Ohio rape case Three people were arrested Saturday night in Scottsdale, as dozens of people protested the situation in Ferguson, MO.
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Officials: Error spurred false alarm at Tucson base

The false report of a hostage incident that shut down Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson four months ago was the result of a misunderstanding rather than a hoax, a base spokesman says.

During the Sept. 16 incident, which began about 9 a.m., SWAT teams were...

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Officials to lift restrictions in 4 AZ national forests

Forest officials will lift the fire restrictions in four of Arizona's national forests on Wednesday.

The restrictions will end at 8 a.m. in the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto national forests as the risk of wildfires decreases and the monsoon brings much needed moisture.

Fire restrictions had been in place since May, when the threat of wildfires began to increase.

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NTUA & NGS Create Partnership for LeChee community


FORT DEFIANCE, AZ – The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) announces a partnership with the owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) to extend electrical power to families living within the LeChee area.

The NTUA Management Board approved a resolution to work closely with NGS on a effort that will bring electricity to more than 62 LeChee area homes over a three-year period. The project will be joint-funded between NTUA, NGS, and the LeChee chapter.

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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport expanding niche as Valley’s other airport

Passengers line up for service at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

For some East Valley residents, the close proximity of Phoe­nix- Mesa Gateway Airport has made it an attractive alterna­tive to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

For Mesa resident Ronda Pavlenko, however, it was the af­fordable direct flight to Fargo, N.D.

“Before, we’d have to fly into Minneapolis and then get on a smaller plane to get to Fargo, so it was very convenient when they started flying to Fargo,” Ms. Pavlenko said.

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Phoenix, Tucson and statewide construction projects continue in 2014

Stagnant revenue, lower-than-expected federal-aid and continued transportation funding shifts have created obstacles for the Arizona Department of Transportation in recent years. Despite the funding challenges, this year the agency will move forward with some long-anticipated projects in metro Phoenix and Tucson, and all across the state to widen existing highways, replace outdated bridges and build new modern traffic interchanges.

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Phoenix area Muslims building bridges after 9/11 attacks

Phoenix area Muslims building bridges after 9/11 attacks

by Daniel González - Sept. 6, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

As Friday prayers began, three men wearing long linen robes hurried through the parking lot and headed for the front door of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, a former Baptist church converted into a mosque.

The 1 p.m. call to prayer in Arabic was already under...

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Phoenix Area Man Accused of Violating Court Order by Marketing "Radiant Barriers"


Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has filed documents in Maricopa County Superior Court alleging that Ray E. Bornert violated an 18-year-old court order, stemming from a deceptive home improvement scheme, by marketing and selling radiant barriers to Arizona consumers.

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Phoenix area gets hit by thunderstorms Monday

Powerful thunderstorms began striking the Valley on Monday afternoon, bringing strong, dusty winds, periods of heavy rain and a possibility of hail, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms forced about 30 flights to be diverted from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to other cities across the Southwest, such as El Paso, Albuquerque and Tucson.

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Phoenix area blanketed by dust storm


Phoenix area blanketed by dust storm

by Matt Haldane and Brittany Smith - Jul. 18, 2011 09:18 PM
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team

Multiple thunderstorms moving through Pinal and Maricopa counties Monday caused three dust storms and brought heavy rain and wind to Glendale.

The three dust storms affected almost every part of the Valley, with all major cities...

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Personal Request from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Friend --

Yesterday, my close friend and fellow Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords resigned from Congress to continue her recovery.

I went with her to the floor of the House to serve as her voice -- and to thank her for her service to this country.

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Panel pushes Arizona Lottery privitization, other state government changes

Arizona should have a private firm run the lottery, make it easier to fire public workers and even changing how the state funds public schools, a special commission recommended Thursday to the governor

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Pair steals safe from Mesa pizzeria

One of the suspects police are looking for.

A couple broke into a Mesa pizzeria July 16, and made off with the safe, police said.

Officers said they need the public's help identifying and locating the suspects.

The robbery occurred at Venezia's Pizzeria at 2721 E. Ellsworth at around 4:50 a.m.

"We've been open for quite a while, and I finally got cameras a year ago and I'm glad I did," said Domenick Montanil.

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Overnight restrictions on Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) through January 2011

EB on-ramp at Price Road closed at night through Dec. 23

The L202 EB on-ramp at Price Road will continue to be closed nightly as construction of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes in the median between I-10 and Gilbert Road continues.  Motorists should use an alternate route from 9 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 19) to 5 a.m. Monday (Dec. 20) and from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday (Dec. 20) to Thursday (Dec. 23). 
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