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January – Transportation

Planning for Arizona’s 280-mile section of I-11 rolls along

Loop 303 opens a new gateway to the West Valley

Car registration fee boost proposed to end raid on road cash

Transportation is the foundation of a strong economy

Let’s use road funds on roads

(Deposit Photos/Ras-Slava)

February – Economy

Arizona looks for uptick in manufacturing jobs

Construction industry relies on training programs, ex-prisoners to fill jobs

Building skilled workforce best way to drive an economy

New and innovative ideas drive Arizona’s economic success

Arizona physicians work to keep residents and economy healthy

Flow of water in desert brings life to Arizona’s economy

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May – Education

State’s largest trade schools to get additional funds in FY 2019

Lawmakers boost funding for state schools for deaf and blind

State budget allocates $1 million for K-12 coding initiative

Non-profit opens charter schools to serve poorest students

20% teacher pay raise made to be permanent

Arizona tied Alaska for lowest graduation rates in 2013, when just 29 percent of students were able to earn a four-year degree within six years of starting. (Photo by JECO Photo via flickr/Creative Commons)

May – Higher Education

ASU/UofA rivalry enlivens downtown Phoenix, boosts development

Political operatives learned the ropes as student regents

A quality higher education stands the test of time 

Honors seminar allows students to ponder ‘great force of history’

The calcium markings on the rock formations in Lake Mead, a Colorado River reservoir, show the impact of a 18-year drought on water levels. If the level drops below 1,025 feet, a state report says  Arizona will lose access to 480,000 acre-feet of water from the Colorado River, or enough water for about a million family households for one year. (Photo by Alexis Kuhbander/Cronkite News)

October – Water

Water board election a dry topic for most voters

Rusty Bowers pitches for prayer or politics to fill the watershed

CAP celebrates 50 years since landmark legislation

Drought’s cost: Less water in Lake Mead, higher rates for consumers

Arizona maintains remote ‘catchments’ for thirsty wildlife

Water wars an issue in Arizona’s Senate race

Water plan makes shortfalls less painful, but doesn’t abolish them

Drought plan must preserve Arizona’s long-term water management

Changes in law and policy are needed to sustain all Arizona waterways