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House panel advances bill to expand farmworker visas, green card access

WASHINGTON - A House committee gave preliminary approval to a bill that would add 20,000 farmworker visas and let some workers apply for permanent legal residency, despite Republican concerns that it could open the door to more illegal immigration.


Arizona farmers like – but don’t love – ‘agricultural immigration’ bill

WASHINGTON - Arizona farm groups said a proposal to expand the immigrant workforce and make it easier for those workers to stay in the U.S. is an important first step toward solving the problem of getting and keeping reliable workers - but only a first step.


Despite ‘modest gains,’ schools continue to see severe teacher shortage

WASHINGTON - Arizona schools started this academic year with 21% of all teaching positions vacant, and nearly half of the teachers who were on the payroll did not meet the state's certification standards, according to a new report. And that was an improvement from last year.


Businesses welcome, environmentalists dread end of Obama-era water rule

WASHINGTON - Farming, real estate and manufacturing representatives applauded as EPA and Army officials moved to end an Obama-era rule that expanded waters subject to regulation - a move environmental groups warned would mean virtually no protection for the nation's waterways - especially in the West.


Experts: $20 million for school suicide prevention welcome, more needed

WASHINGTON - Education and government officials called a $20 million grant for suicide prevention programs in Arizona schools an important first step to deal with a growing problem, even as they said much more needs to be done.


Census: Arizona continued to lag far behind U.S. on school spending

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau figures show that per-pupil spending in Arizona's public schools was fourth-lowest in the nation in 2017, still mired at the back of the pack even though spending rose faster that year in the state than it did in the rest of the country.


New law changes how English Language learners are taught. But what comes next?

MESA – A new law aims to help students who don’t speak English natively succeed, but how will educators implement it?


Pride defines historic day as top female wrestlers compete in state high school tournament

PRESCOTT – Pride, excitement highlight girls’ participating in first AIA state wrestling championship.


Syphilis is on the rise across Arizona, particularly in women and babies

PHOENIX – More cases of syphilis have been reported in the state of Arizona. Specifics groups impacted are women and babies.


Arizona rancher says ‘dysfunctional’ rules hurt environment, ranchers

The president of the Arizona Farm Bureau told a House panel Thursday that regulations meant to help the environment are actually doing the opposite, in part by harming ranchers who are in the best position to help.


Free-speech ruling in Trump Twitter case echoes Arizona debate

WASHINGTON - A federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump violated critics' free-speech rights when he blocked them from his official Twitter account, a ruling the ACLU thinks should also apply to lawmakers in Arizona who have blocked constituents' from their social media sites.


Some Arizona Republicans join Democrats to reject House farm bill

WASHINGTON - Two Arizona lawmakers were among 30 Republicans who crossed the aisle and joined all House Democrats to send the $868 billion farm bill to defeat Friday, with Democrats angry at food stamp cuts and the GOP lawmakers hoping to use the bill to force an immigration reform vote.