Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:27:32 GMT
As the Pima County Fair enters its first full week, fair organizers are already celebrating success. They say attendance is up again this year. Pima County Fair officials say, while most state and countyMore >
As the Pima County Fair enters its first full week, fair organizers are already celebrating success. They say attendance is up again this year.More >
Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:10:24 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed two major pro-gun bills that would have allowed concealed-carry permit holders to take their guns into government buildings and would have punishedMore >
Governor Jan Brewer blocked a push to expand gun rights in Arizona and gave Tucson and Pima County more power to make their own gun laws.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:06:10 GMT
Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the lost Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned soon to bring...More >
Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday.More >
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Some middle and high school Chicano history textbooks are once again drawing concern from the Arizona Department of Education.
This week, the Tucson Unified School District Board approved culturally relevant books removed from classrooms last year. The issue has resurfaced because some teachers want to use the books in their english and history classes.
In a statement provided to Tucson News Now, the Arizona Department of education says, "Given the prior misuse of the approved texts in TUSD classrooms, the Arizona Department of Education is concerned whether the governing board's actions indicate an attempt to return to practices found to have violated Arizona's statutes in 2011. It is the Department's intent to monitor how such materials are used as well as all classroom instruction and to take appropriate corrective action if the district is once again violating the law."
TUSD Board President, Adelita Grijalva, says the district has done nothing wrong, "teachers requested supplementary material, they were approved, by an assistant superintendent and a superintendent, and brought forward to the board. There isn't anything more complicated than that."
The Arizona Department of Education says TUSD should have let them know that the books once taken out of classrooms were being put back in.
Despite the approval this week, not everyone is happy about the textbooks. Some say the Chicano history textbooks are anti-American and promote resentment towards a certain race.
Grijalva stands by her vote, "They're not anti-American...we want to encourage critical thinkers. The state didn't have any other issue with the other books that we passed most recently, so I just think it's a stigma that these books unfortunately have."
Here is a list of the books in question:
"500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures" editd by Elizabeth Martinez
"Occupied America: A History of Chicanos" by Rodolfo Acuna
"Message to Aztlán" by Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales
"Chicano! The History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement" by Arturo Rosales
"Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years" by Bill Bigelow
Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:39:28 GMT
Interstate 5 northbound is closed at Southwest Haines Street in Portland because a truck is too tall for an overpass.The truck driver must turn around and exit the freeway, so ODOT crews closed the freewayMore >
There was no damage to the overpass because the driver stopped before reaching it.More >
Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:47:34 GMT
A duck with "dangerous propensities" is at the center of a $275,000 lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Clackamas County. It claims the plaintiff, Cynthia Ruddell, stepped out of her motorhomeMore >
The lawsuit claims the duck has a history of attacking people and its owner was negligent for failing to maintain proper control of her animal.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:32:57 GMT
Two days after a Forest Grove couple found a scrapbook full of old photos in a laundry room wall, FOX 12 viewers helped track down the scrapbook's owner hundreds of miles away. Avamarie Cowles said sheMore >
Mystery solved: A scrapbook found in a laundry room wall at a Forest Grove home belongs to a 76-year-old woman who lives 260 miles away.More >
Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-04-22 13:53:33 GMT
Ranchers in Southern Oregon have legally killed a 490-pound black bear after one of their cows was killed by the bear.The Herald and News reports that field biologists say the male bear weighed 490 pounds,More >
Ranchers in Southern Oregon have legally killed a 490-pound black bear after one of their cows was killed by the bear.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:30:00 GMT
Police are investigating after two men reportedly robbed a woman at gunpoint. Police say just before 5 p.m. on April 22, they heard a report of a robbery on Meadow Drive near Cascade Lane. They learnedMore >
Police are investigating after two men reportedly robbed a woman at gunpoint.More >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:09:27 GMT
A former UFC fighter who ran a jiu-jitsu academy in Clackamas and served prison time for attempted sex abuse of an underage girl has been deported to Brazil by immigration officials. Hermes Franca De Barros,More >
A former UFC fighter who ran a jiu-jitsu academy in Clackamas and served prison time for attempted sex abuse of an underage girl has been deported to Brazil by immigration officialsMore >
Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:50:04 GMT
A man and his girlfriend are on the run after deputies said he crashed a stolen car and she helped him get away. Marion County deputies were called to the 4500 block of Harlan Drive Northeast in SalemMore >
A man and his girlfriend are on the run after deputies said he crashed a stolen car in a Salem neighborhood and she helped him get away.More >