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The share of education tax dollars that actually wind up in Arizona classrooms slid again last year to the lowest level in the 13 years the state has monitored it.
No East Valley school enjoyed more success in hoops than Chandler’s Division III school. A half-dozen seniors entered the boys program with much fanfare and expectations, but the Trojans kept knocking on the door without being let in. This time, however, Greg Haagsma’s team busted through. A year in which the local standard for the sweater vest is now the 11th basketball coach in Arizona to surpass 500 career wins (all at Valley Christian) was capped with the school’s first state title since 2007 thanks to Cory Kasperson’s career night of 24 points, along with Zach Wolf, TJ Widner and the younger Haagsma (Brandon). It helped smooth out what was a frustrating end to an otherwise brilliant, previously-undefeated season by Scott Timmer’s girls team. The Trojans won in blowout and close fashion, against better competition, with offense and defense to the tune of 33-0, but the formulas which worked for three consecutive months randomly disappeared on the girls against Fountain Hills in the championship game in the only loss this season.
The 22nd annual Mystery Chef Dinner at Mesa’s East Valley Institute of Technology will feature gourmet food in a fundraiser for future chefs. The dinner is March 6.
Saying it will protect students from “maniacal, homicidal” killers, a House panel voted Wednesday to let schools designate one employee at each site have access to have a gun.
The last gasp of the Religious Right.
Gov. Jan Brewer is going to get the last word on whether Arizona business owners can cite their religion as a reason to turn away gays – and maybe others.
Valley Honda Dealers gave out complimentary roses across the Valley as part of their Valentine’s Day celebration
Two years ago the Republican-controlled Legislature sought to get voters to kill the Citizens Clean Elections Act, claiming it's wrong for politicians to get public money. Now some of those same GOP lawmakers want to belly up to the bar and get handouts of public dollars for everything from sending out communications to constituents to buying tickets for special events.
Here is the first round schedule of the 2014 girls soccer state tournaments.
Here is the schedule of the 2014 boys soccer state tournaments:
Saying they were protecting the legislative process, the House and Senate voted along party lines Thursday to hire a lawyer to help them fight subpoenas over the state's controversial 2010 immigration law.
A Southern Arizona lawmaker wants taxpayers from his area — and around the entire state — to help Glendale pay its costs of hosting next year's Super Bowl. And Gov. Jan Brewer, a Glendale resident, said she's willing to consider it, though she's not yet sold on the idea.
Saying the money was withheld illegally, Arizona schools asked a judge on Tuesday to force the Legislature to restore at least $330 million state aid — what it should have been had the governor and lawmakers not ignored the law in the first place.
Saying it's the best that can be done, Gov. Jan Brewer proposed a nearly $9.4 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year.
State lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday with more cash available than required to cover the basic operation of state government.
A state lawmaker is crafting a fix — one he hopes is legal — to the statewide ban on begging that was struck down last year as unconstitutional.
A veteran state lawmaker wants voters to siphon cash away from a program for early childhood development to instead help fund services for foster children and the families that care for them.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will hold a series of community meetings on Dec. 21 in connection with a court case in which the agency was found to have systematically racially profiled Latinos during its patrols.
For the first time in school history, Desert Ridge's boys and girls soccer teams each won its respective share of the Cactus Cup during the school-hosted tournaments on Dec. 6 and 7.
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