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Rural Arizona Districts, Charters Receive Latest School Bus Funds From State

A fifth wave of fundingis going to more school buses for rural Arizona school districts.

The money comes from a Volkswagen settlement agreement after the federal government sued the company for violating the Clean Air Act.

About  $36.5 million of Arizona’s portion have gone to new school buses.

The state specifically chose rural school districts and charter schools to get the 45 new buses in the latest round of funding. For many of the school districts, this is the first allocation of buses from the settlement program.

Along with several other, mainly rural, counties, Pinal County received buses for eight schools and Yuma County received six.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.