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Obama offers states more flexibility to meet No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama unveiled a waiver program Friday that opens the door for states to sidestep education obstacles in the much-maligned No Child Left Behind law. The new program gives states flexibility in the use of federal funds and on No Child Left Behind deadlines – as long as states adjust school policies to be more in line with the White House.

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Brewer planning China ‘trade mission’ (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer will be racking up some frequent flier miles next month when she heads up a team of Arizona government officials and business leaders that will be traveling to China in hopes of attracting Chinese business investments in Arizona.

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Judge upholds state Medicaid cuts (access required)

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge upheld a partial enrollment freeze for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, rejecting a liberal advocacy group’s claims that the cuts violated a voter mandate.

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Solar advocates say waste incinerators aren’t green enough (access required)

A proposed waste-to-energy plant in Phoenix is being touted by supporters as a source of renewable energy and a way to minimize the amount of trash in landfills. But critics of the project argue that the waste incinerators aren’t as green as supporters make them out to be — and the proposal has a loophole that could allow a utility to get renewable energy credit for burning fossil fuels.

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