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The ‘Ancient and Honorable Pueblo’ (access required)

The Big Apple. The Windy City. The Old Pueblo. Each name says that city is one of a kind.  Ever wonder how Tucson came to be called the Old Pueblo? It’s hard to tell how nicknames get started, but like the town itself, it goes back a ways.

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Commissioners eye free mapping software, say it could be used differently than creators intended (access required)

Although all five members of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission have said they're either aware of, or had logged into, the online mapping software that was released to the public recently by the Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition, which has a stated goal of increasing the number of “competitive districts,” they don't all agree about how it will be used.

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Ethnic studies fight gets local: Controversial program pits Democrats against Democrats (access required)

The cultural clash over Tucson Unified School District’s ethnic studies program used to be one of Phoenix against the Old Pueblo.

A new conflict has emerged, however, which pits teachers in the program, their supporters and the Pima County Democratic Party against two Democratic school board members, the district’s superintendent and a Tucson group dedicated to improving public schools.

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Counties skittish about personnel reform bill (access required)

In a matter of hours, a dispute over a single word transformed a minor reform of county personnel systems into a full-blown overhaul.

County officials across the state are wary of a bill that many say was pushed through too hastily in the middle of the legislative session’s final night, with little input from the counties themselves. The bill wasn’t vetted properly, critics said, and is ripe for far-reaching unintended consequences.

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Policy in the budget — by the bills (access required)

As amended, the bill allows AHCCCS to adopt rules necessary to implement a program given available funds, providing the agency the ability to make changes to its services, eligibility and rates. Also, the bill contains an intent clause for certain transplant services that were eliminated last year to be funded, and a “notwithstanding” language that the Governor’s Office says gives the agency broad leeway to restore the services.

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