Hot Links: Brewer's "Hell Hole," Abortion Laws, and K-12 Online

Governor Jan Brewer was caught on camera referring to the State Capitol as a "hell hole." Brewer made the remark at the Tucson Country Club, while addressing a group of Republicans. Brewer's office says the remark was not referencing the city of Phoenix, but the budget battle at the Capitol...Federal Judge David Campbell has refused to allow anti-abortion groups to speak at next week's hearing to debate a new Arizona state law that requires a waiting period before a woman can have an abortion. Campbell called the groups' request to participate in the hearing "not feasible," but agreed to let them file a single brief outlining their arguments for instituting the new law...The K-12 schools in the state of Arizona will soon have online courses available to all students in a wide variety of subjects. Though some people have expressed concern that this could affect traditional school attendance, Arizona school superintendent Tom Horne says he expects students to attend school each day and simply supplement with online courses...

Two construction workers were hospitalized after an accident at a work site near 25th avenue and Broadway Road early this morning. According to reports, a worker was in a trench, wearing a radio headset and giving instructions to a crane operator, who was lowering a load into the trench. When the load swung into some power lines, both workers were shocked and suffered burns...A new Tucson Unified School District plan has caused controversy with its discipline section, which states, "Special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African-American and Hispanic students," with the goal being to "reduce the disproportionate number of suspensions of African American and Hispanic students"...Hispanic men will now be paid for attending school at Pima Community College in Tucson. Under a new program called Gain, funded by three private companies, 500 men will be paid $1,500 for successfully completing classes. The idea is to increase the graduation rates of Hispanic men at PCC, which is currently at about 23 percent.   

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