PHOENIX (AP) - As many as 50,000 teachers plan to take part Thursday in an unprecedented job action that will close the majority of Arizona's public schools. The teachers are expected to march through Phoenix and rally at the state Capitol to demand a 20 percent raise, about $1 billion to return school funding to pre-Great Recession levels and increased pay for support staff.
DENVER (AP) - Tens of thousands of schoolteachers are walking off the job in Colorado and Arizona, though their demands and state laws on walkouts differ. Educators Thursday and Friday are seeking better pay and more funding for public schools in the two states, which consistently rank near the bottom of the country in education funding.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Marijuana legalization and inventories are increasing, and governments are having trouble keeping up. Oregon is a good example. It ushered in broad legalization in 2015 and now its regulatory agency is flooded with data from 1,800 businesses with state licenses. But it has only one marijuana data analyst and not enough inspectors to randomly check grow sites and processing facilities to ensure the data they send in is accurate.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - An editor at The Daily Camera in Colorado who published a critical editorial about the newspaper's owners without the publisher's permission has been fired. Dave Krieger tweeted that he was fired Wednesday, although he didn't say why. The editorial page editor posted the piece on a blog April 14 after he said the newspaper's publisher rejected it. It criticized cuts made by private equity firm Alden Global Capital. Alden owns a controlling interest in Digital First Media, which owns The Camera.
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