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UpClose with Jackie Thrasher (access required)

Jackie Thrasher, the band and orchestra director at Lookout Mountain Elementary School in the Washington School District, lost her re-election bid for the Arizona House of Representatives last year by 553 votes.

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Obama redefines success in face of economic challenges (access required)

President Barack Obama used his commencement speech at Arizona State University May 13 to highlight the role universities play in preparing students for success. He commended ASU for its efforts to open its doors to low-income applicants and echoed a speech he made before a joint session of Congress early in his presidency that called for every U.S. student to attend college.

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UpClose with Neal Young (access required)

Neal Young will return to the Arizona Department of Economic Security in a few weeks, this time as the governor’s pick to head the massive agency. In past years, Young led several of the department’s divisions, including the Business and Finance Division. But Young said the responsibility of taking over one of the state’s largest agencies still makes him nervous, even after all of his public service experience.

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