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State added 100,000 residents in 2015, lured by climate, cost of living

Madison Alder Tuesday, March 29, 2016 State added 100,000 residents in 2015, lured by climate, cost of living WASHINGTON – Arizona’s population grew by nearly 100,000 in 2015, driven largely by growth in Maricopa County which saw the second-largest increase among counties in the nation, according to new Census Bureau estimates. The bureau’s 2015 population estimates for counties and metro areas also said that Maricopa finished first in the nation for net domestic migration growth for the year, or people moving in from other areas of the country. The growth brought the state’s overall population to an estimated 6.83 million residents as of July 1. Most of the growth was in Maricopa, which gained 77,925 residents from the year before. About half of those, or 37,670 were attributed to domestic migration. But Maricopa was not the only county to see an increase in 2015, as 10 of the state’s 15 counties posted gains that year. Experts said they were not surprised by the state’s growth, which they attributed to the usual lures of good climate, low taxes and affordable cost of living, particularly when compared to neighborhing California. Comings and goings The estimated population for the state and each county on July 1, 2015, and the change from the year before, according the the Census Bureau. Arizona: 6,828,065 on July 1; +99,282 from 2014; Apache County: 71,474; -384 Cochise...

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Court rejects latest challenge to Tohono O’odham’s Glendale casino

Sara Weber Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Court rejects latest challenge to Tohono O’odham’s Glendale casino WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the latest in a long line of challenges to the Tohono O’odham casino that opened in Glendale in December. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court was right to reject challenges to the Desert Diamond West Valley casino and resort raised by the state of Arizona and by the Gila River and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa tribes. The courts said the language of the law was clear – the Tohono O’odham have a right to run a casino on property they bought in Glendale that is now considered tribal land. “This appeal requires us to consider whether sophisticated, represented parties really meant what they wrote in a gaming compact that was duly executed after years of tedious negotiations,” Judge Carlos Bea wrote in the opinion. He said the language of all agreements and acts in question are “unambiguous and not reasonably susceptible to plaintiffs’ interpretation.” Attorneys for the state and the other tribes did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday. But the decision earned praise from the Tohono O’odham, who said it was the 19th straight time that a court or federal agency has sided with the tribe in challenges to the casino. “This is a great...

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Cronkite News: March 29, 2016

Staff Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Cronkite News: March 29, 2016 This edition of Cronkite News focuses on the first case of Zika virus in Arizona, a protest against the Arizona Department of Child Services protest and a famous baseball card collection..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Arizona school districts turning to social media for teachers

Amanda Kukkola Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Arizona school districts turning to social media for teachers .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Finding qualified teachers is a struggle that Arizona school districts say is worse this year than ever before. Districts across the valley are trying to solve this issue by thinking of new ways to find applicants. With enrollment higher this year than ever before, Adriana Brannan, the Director at Anderson Preparatory Academy, turned to social media for help. “We just put ads out where ever we can, we have some girls also in college classes, so we send flyers out with them, we go to Craigslist, we just went through indeed.com. We’ve got one of our teachers off of our other teachers Facebook,” Brennan said. Brannan says this new recruitment has been working surprisingly well and the teachers are staying. Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association and former English teacher is concerned about the teacher turnover rate. “It’s troubling to see how hard our districts have to work to bring teachers in and keep them. I think districts are being very resourceful, I think school districts are taking advantage of all available means exploring the social media outlets and ways to...

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D-backs Kendrick shares rare baseball card collection with Phoenix Art Museum

Zuriel Loving Tuesday, March 29, 2016 D-backs Kendrick shares rare baseball card collection with Phoenix Art Museum Arizona Diamondbacks Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick has a passion for baseball that extends to baseball cards. He owns one of the most extensive baseball card collections in history. The collection is on display at the Phoenix Art Museum through April 24. The collection includes 16 of the world’s 20 top rated cards, including a rare T206 Honus Wagner card. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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