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Women’s pay shortchanged

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Eighteen cents. That is the difference between a woman and a man working in Arizona. According to data by the Institute of Women’s Policy Research’s (IWPR) project Status of Women in the States, Arizona ranks 17 out of 51, which includes the 50 states and D.C. For every dollar a man earns in Arizona, a woman earns 82 cents. This means that the wage gap is narrower in Arizona than most states, but it might not be because the situation is better here. Julie Anderson, a senior research associate who manages the Status of Women in the States project in D.C., said that in some states the wage gap might appear smaller due to factors like men not particularly having higher earnings so it just seems like the wage gap is narrower. While the gap continues to narrow, if...

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Arizona looks to make a penny on copper industry

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Copper’s value is on the rise, and equipped with new mining technology, Arizona has a promising future in producing the nation’s copper. The value of copper hit $3.20 in mid 2014, before taking a dive to $2.50 in early 2015. It took a significant dip into an all time low of $1.60 in 2016. Now, copper value is rising again, passing $3 for the first time since 2014, according to the NASDAQ stock exchange. Arizona produces 65 percent of the nation’s copper, leading the copper industry in the U.S. As mining continues to become economically feasible, new mine sites have been proposed across the state. New technology for mining had made the production process more sustainable after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set the Clean Air Act into place in 1970 and the Clean Water Act in 1972.  “We...

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World’s largest rose tree can be yours for $1.6M

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  The Lady Banksia Rose. The world’s largest rose tree. Thousands of blooms each spring. Yours for $1.6 million. The Shady Lady — labeled by Guiness as the World’s Largest Rose Tree — is for sale. A tree this big takes work, especially for an older couple. Burt and Dorothy Devere have reached a tough decision: sell the property that has always been in the family to someone who isn’t family. “The problem is that the next generation of our family lives elsewhere. They all have careers and are nowhere near retirement,” Burt said. The property includes the Rose Tree Museum, along with its artifacts, and the rose tree itself. The couple have taken care of the tree for 25 years in retirement and have “never worked so hard” to maintain it. “The rose bush will be here. And...

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Gaps in Clery Act create appearance of safe colleges

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The number of sexual assaults against University of Arizona women is five times greater than what the university reports to federal authorities as required by law. The Clery Act provides an accurate representation of rapes occurring on-campus, but misrepresents the bigger picture of rape statistics by not including rapes that occur even just one mile off campus. Tucson Police Department investigated 717 cases of sexual offense and assault cases in a one-square mile radius of the UA campus between 2007-2017. The UA Police Department investigated 187 on-campus rapes in the same 10 years. Of TPD’s 717 cases, 131 of them were reported from victims on campus, but not all occurred on campus. Luis Puig has been with UAPD since 1996, and is now the record’s program coordinator and custodian. Since the agencies use the same system, he was able...

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Anxious? Just breathe

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Close your eyes. Place your left hand on your abdomen and your right hand on your chest. Take a deep breath in from your lower lungs through your nose. Hold that breath for four seconds. Calmly exhale through your mouth. Repeat. Feel calmer? Many studies have indicated that you should. However, a recent study done on mice may have found the exact reason as to why deep breathing can calm someone down and reduce anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common illness in the United States affecting 40 million people age 18 or older. At the University of Arizona, 16 percent of students have been diagnosed with anxiety while 36 percent have said that anxiety has made it somewhat or very difficult to work on their studies. Fifty percent of students...

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Uncertainty haunts future of Kitt Peak

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The former astronomical hot spot of the world is finding itself in a battle to remain relevant. Kitt Peak National Observatory, located about 55 miles southwest of Tucson, was founded in 1958. It is on the Quinlan Mountains on the Tohono O’odham Nation reservation and is at an elevation of roughly 7,000 feet. Director of the observatory Dr. Lori Allen, stated that the observatory has seen a decline in funding of about 30 percent over the past couple of years. The observatory is funded by a combination of the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and NASA. Kitt Peak primarily receives funding from the National Science Foundation at the moment. According to Allen, the astronomy division of the National Science Foundation has been funded a flat level for the past several years. Due to this, the balance needed to...

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Haboobs: One of Arizona’s most underrated weather hazards

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  “Haboobs” might make you giggle, but in reality they are more deadly than they are humorous. With Arizona’s monsoon season less than two months away, meteorologists Ken Drozd and Glenn Lader at the Tucson National Weather Service Office give an in-depth look at these giant dust storms — one of the underrated threats of the monsoon season. Haboobs are the No. 1 weather-related cause for injuries in Arizona, while ranking third-highest among weather-related fatalities — behind flooding and extreme heat respectively — according to a NOAA Technical Memorandum report on blowing dust and dust storms. Whether it’s because their name sounds funny, or the mere fact that  desert dwellers treat haboobs as a way of life, the dangers of these massive dust storms during the summertime thunderstorm season far outweigh the danger of being struck by lightning. And yet they don’t receive the recognition for the threat they...

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Soliciting ordinance quiets Tombstone’s hawkers

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Walking up Allen Street in Tombstone on any given afternoon, smiling cowboys greet and direct tourists around town to ensure they’re receiving the old western treatment the way it should be. The cowboys are friendly and guide tourists to specific spots, because they don’t work for the city, but rather independently owned businesses. They’re advertisers, promoters and a few bad apples ruined the friendly reputation after they were accused of  being too aggressive in luring customers to businesses. The use of vulgar language, intimidating people into attractions and invading personal space was starting to become a problem so the city council stepped in on April 24 and ordered the enforcement of an ordinance that regulates those who shout out solicitations for business as the spring tourism season winds down. The ordinance isn’t new. It’s been brought up on several occasions since 2007...

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Out of the Gates: A short documentary

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In this short documentary, follow Amelia Hauschild, a 16-year-old jockey, as she prepares for her first race as a professional and deals with the challenges of being a female in a male dominated...

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Sunset days of Cowboy Keeylocko

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                    Ed Keeylocko, 85, is living his legend of the Wild West. With cactus green eyes, red hair and black skin, Keeylocko is a minority of minorities, but he never let this stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a cattle rancher in the Southwest. Forty-four miles outside of Tucson is the 80-acre ranch run by the man who calls himself Cowboy Keeylocko. He lives in Cowtown Keeylocko, a running cattle ranch that he built in the 1970s. At the age of 14 his adoptive mother kicked him out of his South Carolina home, so he spent several years roaming the countryside. He enlisted in the Army and served 23 years fighting in Korea and Vietnam. Afterward, he attended the University of Arizona, where he studied agriculture. He didn’t end up...

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UA explores medicine through simulation

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The Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center might seem like Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. However, the disembodied limbs and strange technology lying around the lab is not used to make monsters, but rather to train medical students. The Lab, known as ASTEC on the University of Arizona Campus, provides simulated environments in which undergraduate and medical students can learn routine medical procedures. Simulation labs at universities have become a popular way to teach medicine over the last 10-15 years. ASTEC opened in 2005, when Dr. Allan Hamilton turned his neurosurgery laboratory into a simulation center. “We can do anything here. We can dial up our simulations to the most sophisticated trauma case that you would find, all the way down to something as simple as someone coming in with asthma,” said David Biffar, director of operations at ASTEC. What makes...

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UA’s packaged-food labeling incorrect

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The saying “You are what you eat” only applies when you know what you are eating. If you buy food from the University of Arizona under its “Red & Blue Market” label, you can never be certain. That’s because the nutritional labeling – required by the Food and Drug Administration on every piece of packaged food – is commonly incorrect. Calorie content can be absurdly high, or the entries in the “percent daily value” section could be a significant part of a day’s recommended sugar intake – in one plastic cup of fruit. A small package of dried fruit and nuts claims to contain over 400 calories, with 25.1 grams of fat. A container of carrots, celery, and peanut butter is listed as having 616 calories, 50 grams of fat, and 25 grams of protein – despite having only...

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Arizona public records aren’t so public

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AttorneyGeneral_PRR PHOENIX – More than a month ago, 19 Arizona agencies were given simple public record requests seeking data on the numbers of  those requests those agencies received in 2015 and 2016. Less than half responded. Of the 19 agencies requested, nine responded, three on the same day it was sent. Only one agency — Arizona Attorney General’s Office — provided everything requested. Officials there explained they did so because their response was required by law. The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission responded in full with all the records requests they received in 2015 and 2016 but did not send the exact numbers of those who did respond to fully, partially, or not at all, because they did not have that exact data on record. By law they are not required to make this record if they did not previously have it.  So why...

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The last legislative roundup

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PHOENIX – This marks the last week the Arizona state legislature was supposed to meet. Instead, there will be additional special sessions to review the rest of the bills out there and go over the long awaited budget from Gov. Doug Ducey. No bail for accused rapists Appellate Judge Jon Thompson ruled that people who are charged with rape are no longer eligible for bail because he says rape is a different crime and should be treated as such. This comes not even a full year after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that people charged with statutory rape can’t be automatically denied bail. Despite this, which Thompson acknowledged, he still wrote that “sexual assault remains a non-bailable offense.” Bye Renzi Former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi requested to appeal his 2013 conviction on corruption and was denied by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

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One in 11 million: life and times of an undocumented resident

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   When the words “build a wall, “illegal aliens,” “Trump” or “deportation” blast from the television screen, Juan sends his 9-year-old U.S. citizen grandson outside to play. Juan, a long-term undocumented immigrant, doesn’t want him to worry.        Juan first came to the United States when he was 19 and has lived in Tucson since, calling it his home for 25 years.         “To be honest, I wasn’t even thinking about the U.S. in my life,” Juan says. “My thinking back then was to keep going to school, become a teacher and do something with my life. But you never know what’s going to happen next month, right?”         For Juan, one thing is always clear:  There is no use worrying about what will happen tomorrow, in 10, or even 20 years. He lives a day-to-day life in...

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