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50 years on, Goldwater bid lauded for “igniting conservative revolution”

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By LAURIE LILES
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WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater lost the 1964 presidential election in a landslide, but that didn’t stop veterans of his campaign from claiming victory all these years later.

Goldwater’s devotees – now gone nearly as silver-haired as “Mr. Conservative” himself – gathered Tuesday in Washington to celebrate the candidate who they said lit the torch of a conservative movement that still burns today.

About 150 admirers attended the Heritage Foundation event to mark the 50th anniversary of a campaign that even the senator acknowledged was quixotic. Read More »

Foreign students in U.S. in record numbers; Arizona a leading destination

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By MIRANDA RIVERS
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WASHINGTON – The number of foreign students in the U.S. grew 8 percent this year to a record 886,052, and Arizona colleges more than kept pace with a 16 percent increase in the same period, a new report says.

The 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange said Arizona ranked 18th among states, with 15,442 international students in the 2013-2014 academic year, an increase of more than 2,000 from the year before.

And Arizona State University had more than half of the state’s total foreign enrollment, with 8,683 students, ranking it eighth-highest among schools in the country.

The U.S. increase was attributed to supply and demand – countries like China and India have many more degree-seeking students than schools to accommodate them – as well as aggressive outreach by some U.S. schools. Read More »

Cronkite News Digest for Friday, Nov. 21

Here is the Cronkite News lineup for Friday, Nov. 21. Please contact Steve Crane in the Washington, D.C., bureau at 202-684-2398 or steve.crane@asu.edu or Steve Elliott in the Phoenix bureau at 602-496-0686 or steve.elliott@asu.edu if you have questions. Stories promised for today along with photos and links to multimedia elements will move on our client site at cronkitenews.asu.edu/clients.

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Women give up fast – but not fight – as Obama unveils immigration plans

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By MIRANDA RIVERS
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WASHINGTON – On her eighth day without food, Alejandra Sanchez sat in the corner of the room in a downtown Washington church, soft-spoken and red-eyed, the lack of food showing on her tiny frame.

The former Arizona resident was among a handful of mothers who have been fasting – some for as long as 18 days – to bring action on immigration reform, splitting their time between the White House and Luther Place Memorial Church a few blocks away.

That fast ended Thursday night, as President Barack Obama’s announced that he would take a series of steps on his own to fix what he called a “broken” immigration system.

“We were initially told that the end would come at Thanksgiving,” Sanchez, a 42-year-old undocumented immigrant, said through an interpreter. “Our fasting has been very effective because the president is going to act sooner than we expected.” Read More »

Checking on the Border Patrol: Some Arivaca residents want checkpoint gone

By IMELDA MEJIA
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AMADO – When drivers stop at a temporary Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road about 6 miles west of Interstate 19, an agent asks questions such as, “Are you a U.S. citizen?”

When this happens between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Saturday, a handful of activists from Arivaca, about 15 miles to the southwest, stand 150 feet away, viewing what happens through binoculars.

They count how many cars pass through during those hours. If they see someone present identification or who is pulled over for more questioning about his or her citizenship status, they record the ethnicity of the occupants and the condition of the vehicles (new, old, battered, washed, unwashed), among other information.

A sign next to them tells drivers, “Monitoring to Deter Abuse and Collect Data.” Some drivers wave; a few present the middle finger.

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Lawmakers will wait for details of Obama’s immigration action plan

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By LAURIE LILES
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WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers were holding their fire after President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he would unveil his long-awaited executive actions on immigration – but previous statements leave little doubt about where they stand.

The White House said an Obama speech Thursday at 6 p.m. Arizona time will outline actions the president will take “to fix our broken immigration system.” He will discuss those reforms in more detail in a Friday speech at Las Vegas’ Del Sol High School, an administration statement said.

Republicans and Democrats in Arizona’s congressional delegation said Wednesday they would wait for the details before commenting on the plan. But they have agreed on little else on the question of executive action. Read More »

Gay, transgender groups demand to be included in immigration reform

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By CAMARON STEVENSON
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WASHINGTON – While other protesters continued to rally outside the White House for immigration reform Wednesday, members of gay and immigrant groups had their own message for President Barack Obama: Don’t forget about us.

“I want my voice to be heard,” said Mario Hernandez, a Phoenix resident with United We Dream, who joined members of other groups in the Capitol urging Obama to include protections for them in any executive action on undocumented immigrants.

The meeting came the same day that the White House announced that Obama would unveil a plan for executive action to will fix an immigration system that “has been broken for decades.” Read More »

Correction to Cronkite News story on closing golf courses

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  • Note: Clients that used the story slugged Closing Courses, about the challenges of closing golf courses, are asked to run the following story. The story has been corrected on this site.

A Nov. 13 Cronkite News story on closing golf courses erroneously reported the golf course acreage that the Wigwam has proposed converting to housing. After initially proposing about 40 acres, an amended plan proposed 7 acres. The story also erroneously reported the number of golf courses at the Wigwam. There are three.

New vending machine at ASU dispenses prescriptions, not snacks

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By RACHEL LUND
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TEMPE – Arizona State University students who are tight on time and limited on transportation will often get their calories from a vending machine. Now they can get their medication in much the same way.

The InstyMed machine at the Tempe Health Center is the first in Arizona, and ASU is only the second university in the nation to use the system.

It replaces a pharmacy operated out of the health center.

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Correction to Cronkite News story on Ducey’s priorities as governor-elect

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PHOENIX – In a Nov. 17 story on Doug Ducey’s priorities as governor-elect, Cronkite News erroneously presented a quote in which Ducey offers thoughts on federal immigration policy. The correct quote reads: “We are a nation of immigrants, but we’re also a nation of laws.”

McSally joins freshmen in Congress, even as vote recount looms

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By CAMARON STEVENSON
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WASHINGTON – The outcome of the election won’t be official until next month, but congressional hopeful Martha McSally reinforced her recent claim to victory by showing up in Washington for freshman orientation Monday.

McSally, a Republican, holds a razor-thin lead over Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, in the race for Arizona’s 2nd District seat in Congress. The two were separated by just 161 votes out of more than 220,000 ballots cast, a margin that is likely to trigger an automatic recount after ballots are canvassed Dec. 1.

But McSally, who claimed victory on Wednesday, isn’t waiting around for a recount. After claiming victory Wednesday, she announced on Friday that Chris Shaefe would lead her transition team, and on Monday she showed up at the Capitol for orientation.

Barber has not conceded and his office did not immediately return calls Monday seeking comment on either her victory claim or her participation in orientation. Read More »

First-round pick Murphy establishing himself as Coyotes’ defenseman

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By BETHANY REED
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GLENDALE – After spending much of last season with the Arizona Coyotes, defenseman Connor Murphy said he wanted there to be no doubt that he deserved to be with the club from start to finish this season.

“It was my major goal over the summer, and I knew there was opportunity,” said Murphy, the Coyotes’ first-round pick in 2011.

Not only did he earn a full-time spot for the 2014-2015 season, the 21-year-old emerged as a starter.

“I feel like I’ve worked pretty hard,” Murphy said. “The biggest thing for me was just learning from my mistakes and trying to keep a positive light on things and realizing what your mistakes are and trying to improve on them.”

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Ducey: Budget, including $300 million owed to schools, to be top priority

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By ANASTASIA REYNOLDS
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PHOENIX – Doug Ducey said Monday the budget will quickly become his top priority when he takes office as governor, including what to do about a lawsuit that’s left the state owing more than $300 million to schools.

That includes being open to reaching a settlement in the school-funding suit, he said.

“I’d certainly rather be paying teachers than be paying lawyers,” Ducey said after volunteering at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. “So I would like to settle the lawsuit, but the election is over now so we’re looking at the budget and making that a top priority.”

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Obamacare enrollment reopens; language, outreach among hurdles

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By MIRANDA RIVERS
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WASHINGTON – Health care “navigators” in Arizona said they learned a lot during last year’s bumpy rollout of Obamacare and are ready to apply lessons learned to the second round of open enrollment that kicks off Saturday.

Chief among those lessons: You’ve got to speak the language.

“It is a huge frustration. We know how many different language communities there are,” said Zeenat Hasan, director of empowerment and advocacy at Asian Pacific Community in Action in Phoenix.

While the Affordable Care Act website is available in English and Spanish, Hasan said her agency alone encountered languages ranging from Vietnamese to Mandarin Chinese to Punjabi last year in the initial enrollment period. This year, as last, her office will have interpreters, navigators and certified application counselors who can communicate with would-be applicants in 31 different languages.

Language is just one of the challenges navigators are bracing for, along with reaching out to underserved minority communities, verifying immigrant status – and just explaining the maze of health insurance to people who may never have encountered it before. Read More »

VA officials defend pace of action against senior agency executives

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By CAMARON STEVENSON
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WASHINGTON – House members demanded Thursday to know why senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs who were implicated in recent scandals at the agency have not been fired, months after the agency got that authority.

The questions came during a hearing by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the progress of reforms under the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, signed into law this summer.

“I am both perplexed and disappointed at the pace at which VA employees have been held accountable,” said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.

Miller, the chairman of the committee, cited a VA report that said 1,000 agency employees have been targeted for dismissal for poor performance, but only two senior employees had been fired since the new law took effect. Read More »

Arizona lawmakers, others renew call to keep A-10 fighter jet flying

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By MIRANDA RIVERS
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WASHINGTON – Arizona Rep. Ron Barber and Sen. John McCain joined other lawmakers and former soldiers Thursday urging the Air Force to reverse its plans to retire the A-10 and stop what one said would be “a travesty.”

“When you’ve got aircraft coming in, you pray that you get an A-10 in, because you know that it’s safer … for you,” said retired Master Sgt. Tim Stamey at a news conference in Washington. “Nothing other than our Father in heaven reassures and protects the friendly forces and scatters the enemy like an A-10.”

McCain – who is in line to become the chairman of the Armed Services Committee when Republicans take control of the Senate in January – said the Air Force is “trying to take away one of the most effective weapons systems” by retiring the A-10 fleet.

Air Force officials did not immediately return calls Thursday seeking comment. Read More »

Supreme Court won’t block ruling that overturned bail ban for some immigrants

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By CAMARON STEVENSON
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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would not block a lower court’s ruling that overturned Arizona’s voter-approved ban on bail for immigrant felony suspects who are in this country illegally.

The decision to lift a temporary stay that had been in place since Friday means an October ruling the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that had voided the law as unconstitutional can take effect while Arizona officials prepare a formal appeal.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a prepared statement Thursday that his office would work on a formal appeal to the high court, but that he was “obviously disappointed” that the law would be overturned in the meantime.

He said his office would work in the meantime to meet the flood of bail review motions that would be filed by felony suspects “as a consequence of the Ninth Circuit’s callous rejection of legitimate state interests and the Supreme Court’s disappointing indifference.” Read More »

For some ASU athletes, challenges include honors requirements

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By MORGAN CHAN
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TEMPE – Sai Tummala, a junior forward on the Arizona State men’s basketball team, is taking on greater challenges than most student athletes.

And they extend beyond the classes, including organic chemistry and molecular and cell foundations, that he’s taking as an aspiring orthopedic surgeon – with a 4.0 GPA to boot.

As a student in Barrett, the Honors College, Tummala faces extra coursework and must produce a thesis to graduate with honors.

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Closing a golf course brings tax penalties, angry homeowners

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By KRISTEN HWANG
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The glory days

Thirty years ago, Robert “Doc” Graves glanced confidently at the white ball by his feet. Whack! The ball flew more than 300 yards, landing neatly on the green. Graves had four eagles that day and he set the course record at the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in Phoenix.  Forty-nine strokes, 11 under par.

Back then, Graves played golf all over the world, and he believed the Ahwatukee Lakes course was one of the top 10 executive golf courses in America.

The course was meticulously maintained – a velvety smooth expanse of green grass trimmed one-twentieth of an inch each day. The sand traps were carefully raked.

Today it’s a trashy, weedy wasteland, the victim of demographic shifts, climate change and prohibitively expensive water bills.

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Seeing malnutrition as factor in bees’ woes, researchers develop supplement

By ALEXA ARMSTRONG
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TUCSON – Malnutrition may play a role in a decline in bee colonies that has fueled headlines and public concern, according to experts at the  Carl Hayden Bee Research Center.

Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, the center’s research leader, said wild colonies and those maintained by beekeepers can starve as pollen-producing plants fall victim to drought.

“Often it’s difficult for beekeepers to find areas that have sufficient amounts of flowering plants to provide enough pollen and nectar through certain times of the year to give bees the nutrition they need to stay healthy,” she said. listen

With that in mind, DeGrandi-Hoffman and others at the center are developing a protein supplement that can be sprayed as slurry but for now is being tested on small groups of bees. The next step is testing the supplement on hives.

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