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NASA tests new moon buggy near Flagstaff

BLACK POINT LAVA FLOW, Ariz. - Researchers from National Aeronautics and Space Administration opened their desert testing facility to the media earlier this month to demonstrate their latest technology as they prepare for man's return to the moon NASA's new moon buggy, the Lunar Electric Rover, headlined the demonstration at Black Point Lava Flow, Ariz., with its state-of-the- art exploratory abilities.

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Lawmakers scrutinize STOs, seeking reform (access required)

A group of lawmakers are taking a closer look at a program that gives income-tax breaks to people who donate money for private school scholarships. A Sept. 21 hearing on school-tuition organizations at the state Capitol came on the heels of newspapers reports that highlighted ways the tax-credit program could be abused.

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Budget overrides at Glendale, Washington school districts

"Support Our Kids" and "Citizens for a Quality Education" have joined forces to educate voters about two very critical upcoming ballot measures. On Nov. 3, Washington Elementary School District (WESD) and Glendale Union High School District (GUHSD) residents will determine if their respective budget overrides will be continued.

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Midyear property tax repeal a potential ‘nightmare’ for counties (access required)

Legislative Republicans may have to reconcile themselves to at least one year of the state equalization property tax. It would be theoretically possible to repeal the tax retroactively during the next legislative session, so that property owners would be reimbursed for the taxes already paid under the equalization rate. But any lawmaker hoping to do so can expect fierce opposition from county treasurers.

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President’s speech to students prompts complaints from Horne, parents

Barbara Hickman, assistant superintendent of the Flagstaff Unified School District, said the calls started not long after President Barack Obama announced a televised back-to-school address for Sept. 8. She'd received between 10 and 20 calls from parents by the afternoon of Sept. 3, one day after the announcement. Some raised mild concerns and others were much more leery.

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Brewer vetoes part of budget, blames ‘extremists’ from both parties (access required)

Blaming “extremists” from both parties for holding up the budget process and threatening the state with bankruptcy, Gov. Jan Brewer on Sept. 4 signed large swaths of the budget that she said will help the state “weather the storm” until the next legislative session. But she vetoed parts of the main spending bill, including $300 million in cuts to K-12 schools and DES. She also vetoed the bill that included the equalization property tax.

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