PHOENIX – A Phoenix subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously agreed to move forward a proposal to spend $149,000 on a study into a recent rise in officer-involved shootings, which already have exceeded the annual totals for 2017 and ’15. Phoenix police have been involved in 23 shootings from Jan. 1 through May 29, according to a.
PHOENIX – Deliberations over the Phoenix Suns’ desire for a $450 million renovation of Talking Stick Resort Arena began Tuesday morning at Maricopa County Superior Court with a dispute about documents not made public. Real-estate developer Bramley Paulin, with the help of the Goldwater Institute, a conservative watchdog group, has sued Phoenix for not sharing.
PHOENIX – This monsoon season, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will not enforce a law that permits some motorists to be billed for the cost of their rescue from flash floods because authorities worry people who can’t afford the fine won’t call for help. Under the so-called stupid-motorist law, motorists who drive around a barricade or.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Friday that an Arizona inmate can sue prison officials who he said violated his Christian beliefs by forcing him to work on a religious holiday. Michael Fuqua said that being scheduled to work in the kitchen of the Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman on the Feast of Trumpets forced.
WASHINGTON – In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson wrote Congress detailing the nation’s maltreatment of Native Americans, a people he described as an “alien in his own land.” A month later, Congress made it official. One part of the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 – signed by Johnson on April 11, 1968, just over a.
WASHINGTON – Arizona had the fifth-highest fatal hit-and-run rate among states in 2016, a year that saw the most hit-and-runs fatalities nationwide, according to a new report by the AAA. The report found that pedestrians and cyclists are the two most likely victims of hit-and-run accidents, accounting for 19.5 percent of all pedestrian fatalities between.
WASHINGTON – When a 14-year-old fatally shot himself in a Coronado K-8 Elementary School bathroom on Jan. 9, the incident was announced by the Sierra Vista Unified School District and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department. But it did not show up in any larger school system database. Had it occurred two years earlier, the shooting.
WASHINGTON – When Maricopa County authorities got a DNA match last year from a test on a 17-year-old rape kit, they did not have to go far to find their man. Nicholas Blackwater was serving 54 years for a series of sexual assaults between 1997 and 2001 when his name came up in the test,.
WASHINGTON – More than 684,000 cases are waiting to be heard in immigration courts across the country – 10,422 of them in Arizona – a number that is only expected to grow after the Trump administration cuts an immigrant legal assistance program this month. In addition to its plan to cut the Legal Orientation Program,.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Tuesday approved the hiring of a special prosecutor to challenge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s claim that his contempt of court conviction should be vacated after his presidential pardon. The procedural ruling by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes after the.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law allowing deportation of immigrants who commit “crimes of violence” was unconstitutionally vague, a decision hailed by Arizona immigration lawyers as a “promising step forward.” The law lists specific aggravated felonies like rape and murder as crimes of violence, but also includes any crime that.
WASHINGTON – Former Phoenix New Times executives and Backpage.com founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin will be in court this week in connection with a 93-count indictment charging them and five others with conspiracy, money laundering and facilitating prostitution. The indictment, unsealed Monday, charges that personal ads on the Backpage.com site allowed prostitution and sex.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.” “To what extent they’re looking at the military right now, nobody knows, that’s just a statement,” said Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, who.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court reversed a lower court Monday and said a Tucson police officer cannot be sued for shooting a woman who refused to drop a knife as she stood in her driveway. The court took the unusual step of issuing its decision without holding a hearing on the case. It said University.
WASHINGTON – A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases “has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era,” according to a new report. The study released last week by the National Congress of American Indians said the 18 tribes that took part in a.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords did not speak, but her presence was clearly felt at a news conference Friday of Democratic legislators and students from around the country who were demanding tougher gun laws. The Capitol Hill event, led by Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Ted Deutch and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar,.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to the way Arizona decides which criminals can be sentenced to death, a process critics say is so broad that virtually every convicted murderer is eligible for execution. In a separate statement on the case, four justices said the case of Hidalgo v..
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Friday reinstated an Arizona inmate’s excessive force lawsuit against the Phoenix Police Department, saying his allegation that officers “beat the crap out of” him is not unconstitutionally vague. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Charles Byrd’s use of “colloquial shorthand” in his.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Fire Capt. Courtney Jenkins is the former president of a black firefighters’ group. But he doesn’t focus on race. “I see myself as a man first, and culturally second,” said Jenkins, 55. “I realize there’s only one race, and it’s human.” The captain of Fire Station 57, nestled at the foot of.
PHOENIX – A report that an FBI wiretap intercepted University of Arizona coach Sean Miller discussing payments to a star basketball player has raised questions about the past and future of college basketball, but many observers say the current firestorm is no surprise. “I saw it; it happened in front of us,” said former agent.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider an Arizona case that asks whether the Age Discrimination in Employment Act applies to government agencies with fewer than 20 employees. The case stems from the 2009 firing of Mount Lemmon Fire District Capts. John Guido and Dennis Rankin, who were the oldest employees in.
WASHINGTON – The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that will give tribes direct access to funds that will let them quickly post AMBER alerts over text messaging, radio and television to counties within reservation borders. The AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act was sparked by the May 2016 abduction of Ashlynne Mike,.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday let stand an Arizona ruling that said paternity should be applied the same way in same-sex marriages as it is in opposite-sex marriages when it comes to determining parental rights. The court’s refusal to hear the case means Suzan McLaughlin still has parental rights over the child that.
WASHINGTON – When Sen. Jeff Flake said he would work to restrict access to AR-15s for those under 21, he somehow managed to unite pro-gun advocates and gun control groups who think little of his response to the Florida high school shooting. The Arizona Republican tweeted this week that he will work with Sen. Dianne.
PHOENIX – More than 100 students and activists marched through downtown Phoenix on Friday, saying law-enforcement officers placed in schools to protect students instead make them feel less safe on campus. The protest comes just more than a week after a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 high school students and faculty members..
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions said authorities will not “cede a single community, one block or one street corner, to violent gangs and drug dealers” in the fight against opioids, a crisis that has claimed 910 lives in Arizona since June. Sessions’ remarks came during a wide-ranging speech to the Major County Sheriffs of.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Tuesday ordered a new hearing for Arivaca protesters who said the Border Patrol violated their First Amendment rights when they tried to monitor a border checkpoint for potential racial profiling. The group, People Helping People, sued in 2014 after Border Patrol officers established a 391-foot “enforcement zone” around the.
PHOENIX – Lawmakers are working on several bills designed to stop wrong-way driving as public officials remain frustrated at the emotional and financial cost of crashes. The bills include adding road spikes and toughening the penalty for wrong-way driving to an automatic felony. In January, seven motorists were arrested for wrong-way driving compared with 10.
DOLAN SPRINGS – From his days as an undercover narcotics investigator, Jay Fleming knows what it’s like to watch someone in the throes of an overdose – and watch people run away rather than call for help. “People shouldn’t die over a bad decision,” said Fleming, who worked for the Spokane Police Department in Washington.
PHOENIX – The Mesa man who sold ammunition to the gunman in the deadly Las Vegas shooting was charged Friday with manufacturing armor-piercing bullets, according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press. The complaint against Douglas Haig, 55, an aerospace engineer who makes and sells ammo as a hobby, was filed in U.S. District.
PHOENIX – President Donald Trump emphasized MS-13 gang violence in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but Arizona officials consider other criminal groups – particularly the Sinaloa cartel – a more significant threat. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, MS-13 is an international criminal organization with more than 10,000 U.S. members. The gang.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a repeat rapist and murderer who has been on Arizona’s death row for 40 years for a string of grisly crimes in Maricopa County. The justices without comment Monday declined to hear Joseph Clarence Smith’s claim that the jury that sentenced him.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Friday overturned the death sentence in a brutal 1996 triple murder near Kingman, saying Arizona courts did not give enough weight to the killer’s troubled childhood and mental-health issues. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California said the Arizona Supreme.
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has pushed for several new programs to try to reduce recidivism among convicted felons. In November, he announced a pilot program to help get former inmates to their jobs after they’re released. He also has implement a “ban the box” policy for state agencies. And he has led efforts.
PHOENIX – Police Chief Jeri Williams, appointed last year to run the largest department in Arizona, is the first African-American female chief in Phoenix. She also served as the department’s first black female commander and assistant police chief. Cronkite News recently published “Racial Divide,” an in-depth look at race and policing in Arizona. Reporters spent.
“Racial Divide,” an in-depth look at race and policing in Arizona, is the fall 2017 graduate student project for Cronkite News. The students spent the past three months collecting data from Arizona law enforcement agencies, conducting dozens of interviews and examining the role race plays in policing our communities. The four-part series explores whether police.
PHOENIX – When Jeri Williams took over as Phoenix police chief last year, she made it a point to address the tension between law enforcement and the community. She noted the “conflicting relationship between some people of color and some members of law enforcement” and the high-profile incidents that had resulted in unrest and violence.
PHOENIX – As thousands of protesters hit the Phoenix streets in July 2016 to protest the killings of black people by police, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin felt their anger. Maupin, who has positioned himself as one of Arizona’s most high-profile civil rights activists for the past decade, is no stranger to conflict: He’s helped organize.
WINSLOW – Despite national calls for more diverse law enforcement agencies, very few, if any, Arizona police departments reflect the demographics of the communities they serve – though diversity is not always their top priority. Experts in Arizona and across the country say that while agencies should strive to mirror their jurisdictions, it is more.
PHOENIX – Arizona police departments don’t always reflect the racial diversity of the communities they serve, but experts disagree on the degree to which that makes a difference. More than 70 percent of Americans believe police departments should have a similar racial composition to the communities they serve, according to a poll conducted for “Race.
WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices wrestled Tuesday with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights. An attorney with the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom said forcing Jack Phillips to bake the cake, which he.
WASHINGTON – A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would let gun owners with concealed-carry permits cross state lines without prior approval, as long as they followed local concealed-carry laws. The strict party-line vote by the House Judiciary Committee followed a full day of debate, during which Democrats called the bill.
WASHINGTON – Police department policies on the use of body-worn cameras, including policies of three Arizona departments, present the possibility for abuse of the technology, according to a report released this month by a national civil rights group. In its third annual policy scorecard, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said it looked.
PHOENIX — Arizona State University officials are “evaluating” the 2015 award presented to former CBS anchor Charlie Rose by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, after the Washington Post detailed allegations of sexual harassment made by eight women. The women told the Post that Rose “made unwanted sexual advances toward them,” including groping and being.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that an online job-rating site has to turn over the identities of anonymous users who posted comments about a company being investigated for its handling of a Department of Veterans Affairs contract. Glassdoor.com was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Arizona for information – including emails.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County jail inmates went on a three-day hunger strike over the quality of meals served behind bars, but Sheriff Paul Penzone said Wednesday that taste is not the point. “Meeting the needs of this county as it relates to public safety and attention is 1A for me,” Penzone said. “Down at the.
TUCSON — With the offseason dominated by talk of an FBI investigation, the Arizona men’s basketball team is happy to shift the topic of conversation. “I think our guys are itching (like a lot of college teams) just to play a game and play against someone else,” Wildcats coach Sean Miller said Tuesday. “Get back.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that a Scottsdale police officer was justified when he shot and killed a man who threatened two people with a knife and advanced toward officers with two halves of a pool cue in his hands. The high court on Monday refused without comment to hear an.
WASHINGTON – Phoenix Assistant City Manager Milton Dohoney joined local officials from across the country Tuesday who said it’s not their job to do the work of federal immigration authorities. Dohoney joined state and local officials on a conference call in which they said that helping federal agencies in raids and in “rounding people up.
PHOENIX – Arizona law enforcement agencies seek to fill hundreds of vacancies, focusing efforts on increasing diversity and recruiting high school- and college-age students. Representatives from about 20 public safety departments around Arizona, including Phoenix and Flagstaff police, and Customs and Border Protection, will recruit at a law-enforcement career fair in Phoenix on Saturday. .
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court said a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy must face a lawsuit brought by the family of an unarmed man he shot twice in the back in Eloy in 2014. The Tuesday decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a lower court, which had.
PHOENIX — Even though a week has passed since news broke of FBI arrests related to an NCAA kickback scandal, the University of Arizona and many of its college basketball peers remain a part of the national discussion. Wildcats coach Sean Miller will make his first public appearance Thursday when he meets the media to.
LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Strip, normally teeming with neon, noise and people, was quiet as the city continued to recover from Sunday’s deadly mass shooting that left at least 59 dead and more than 500 injured. Recent University of Arizona graduate Christiana Duarte, 21, who had been missing after the music festival, was.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords turned and shook her fist toward the Capitol Monday after telling lawmakers “the nation is counting on you” to act in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. Giffords, the victim of a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, was joined at the Capitol by her husband,.
PHOENIX – As Arizona joined the rest of the nation in grief and horror over a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas where at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded, Arizona residents scrambled to see whether loved ones and family who had attended the concert were safe. A University of Arizona.
WASHINGTON – Sex-trafficking in Indian Country is a significant problem, with tribal women and children suffering at higher rates than the general population, a panel of experts and activists told a Senate committee Wednesday. Witnesses told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee that tribes experience risk factors that can lead to victimization more often than other.
A far-reaching scandal that includes charges of bribery by Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson sent shockwaves through the college basketball community Tuesday. Assistants at three others schools and a senior executive at Adidas are among those arrested after being accused of trying to influence athletes’ choices of schools, agents and shoe companies. “Today, we.
PHOENIX — After a weekend of political protests in the sporting world, Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson said the attention athletes place on social issues can accomplish only so much unless there is significant action behind it. From speaking to Phoenix Police officers and local politicians to participating in multiple Suns charitable organizations and events,.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Friday that two Tucson police officers who shot and killed a man as he came at them, snarling and wielding a broken hockey stick, are protected for their actions by qualified immunity. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the.
WASHINGTON – A federal court Wednesday rejected a death row inmate’s claim that FBI agents and Pima County Sheriff’s deputies planted evidence that led to his conviction for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old Tucson girl. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district.
WASHINGTON – Immigration advocates vowed they would go to court to block a Trump administration plan to wind down a deferred deportation program for young immigrants, almost as soon as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the plan Tuesday. It was one of a range of reactions to the announcement that were swift and emotional, with.
WASHINGTON – Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio may be out of trouble, but he’s not getting out of the limelight. Just days after President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio late Friday for a criminal contempt of court conviction, the former sheriff was musing Monday about remaining active in Arizona politics. While he would not commit.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Friday ordered district judges in Arizona to stop shackling defendants unless they first determine that restraints are needed for “maintaining security and order” in the court. The order by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals follows a May ruling by the full court in.
WASHINGTON – Immigration court cases waiting to be heard hit an all-time high of 607,755 in June – 10,031 of them in Arizona – despite the hiring of more judges and a Trump administration directive to expedite cases. Immigration lawyers and advocates said they expect the backlog, which began in the early 2000s, will only.
HALAMISH, WEST BANK – The Israeli parents named their newborn son “Ari,” the Hebrew word for lion. It was done to honor the child’s grandfather, uncle and aunt, who were stabbed to death in a terrorist attack. Ari’s Grandfather, Yosef Salomon was killed in the July 21 attack in which he battled with a Palestinian.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled this week that Maricopa County prosecutors who used state law to get a wiretap as part of a 2011 investigation may have run afoul of federal wiretap laws in the process. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that federal law requires.
PHOENIX – The driver who was at the heart of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s contempt of court case said the sheriff’s guilty verdict shows “justice is being served,” but he is still affected by the encounter seven years ago. “It was quite humiliating and traumatic for me as well as it was for my wife,”.
PHOENIX – Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is guilty of criminal contempt for deliberately defying a court order arising from a racial profiling case, a federal court judge ruled on Monday. Another federal court judge had ordered Arpaio to stop the practice of arresting motorists solely on suspicion they might be in the country.
PHOENIX – After a nightclub bouncer was charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Daisy Mountain firefighter, his widow and other family members are advocating for a law to regulate bouncers. Named after firefighter Luke Jones, Luke’s Law would require bouncers to undergo background checks and training before starting work. Marc Lamber, one.
WASHINGTON – Motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities continued their steady six-year rise in Arizona in 2016, according to the most recent data from the state’s Department of Transportation. At a time when the state’s population grew by an average 1.4 percent a year, the number of vehicle crashes rose an average 2.8 percent a.
WASHINGTON – Police are promising a “robust” security presence for July Fourth celebrations on the National Mall, just a few miles from the scene where a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress less than two weeks ago. That shooting, and rising terror attacks in Europe, will lead to what one official with the.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Monday upheld a Sahuarita drug conviction, rejecting the defendant’s claim that he confessed only after Drug Enforcement Administration agents continued to question him in violation of his Miranda rights. Brigido Luna Zapien said the confession should not have been admitted in his trial because it came after he invoked.
WASHINGTON – Arizona got an “F” for its safety policies, scoring particularly poorly on traffic safety, in a new national ranking of how well states are prepared to deter preventable deaths. The report by the National Safety Council ranked states for safety on the road, at home and at work and the results do “not.
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of House members unveiled a raft of proposals Tuesday aimed at combating the nation’s drug epidemic, saying they felt compelled to come together on what is not a partisan issue but “an American issue.” Recommendations from the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force – which focused on preventing overdoses, addiction recovery, synthetic.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to throw out a lawsuit that a Mexican family filed against the Border Patrol agent who fatally shot their son across the border. An attorney for the Ciudad Juarez family said the ruling by the high court gives him another.
WASHINGTON – When Jim Marx got the call that Border Patrol agents were monitoring a No More Deaths camp that was helping immigrants endangered while crossing the desert border last week, his first thought was, “Here we go again.” It wasn’t the first time the humanitarian group and Border Patrol have butted heads, but it.
PHOENIX — On Sunday, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi broke the WNBA’s all-time scoring record. A month earlier, she was celebrated for a different achievement: appearing on the cover of People Magazine with former teammate Penny Taylor. It was a picture of the couple on their wedding day. Before their marriage, the two were not.
WASHINGTON – It’s been more than six years since a shooting spree at a Tucson congressional event killed six and wounded 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, but Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia brought the memories flooding back. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, and four others were wounded when a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they.
WASHINGTON – Lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill were grappling Wednesday with what one member called the “horrifying and concerning” shooting spree in a Washington suburb that left five people injured, including staffers, police officers and a House member. “This is a very rough day. This is just absolutely horrible,” said Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix,.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was among the Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game Wednesday when “indiscriminate firing” rang out from a gunman who left five wounded before he was killed in a shootout with police. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was in critical condition and four others, including two U.S. Capitol.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – At least five people were taken to the hospital early Wednesday after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers who were practicing for an annual charity baseball game. No fatalities were reported, but Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, the House majority whip, was among the wounded. The shooter was identified as James Thomas.
WASHINGTON – Six years later, Josephine Terry still has trouble talking about the murder of her son, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a Rio Rico shootout where guns were later traced to a botched government investigation. In sometimes-emotional testimony to a House committee Wednesday, Terry discussed how she felt left in.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers expressed dismay Wednesday at advance copies of former FBI Director James Comey’s scheduled Senate committee testimony showing Comey had repeated discussions with President Donald Trump about probes of Russian influence with the administration. Comey, according to copies of the opening statement he is scheduled to give Thursday to the Senate Select.
TUCSON – Nearly 30 years ago, Calistro Manuel Mejias robbed a drug dealer, but something he didn’t expect happened. One of the men with Mejias choked the dealer to death. The state charged Mejias with first-degree murder. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. He was 15 years old. Mejias’ sentence was.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine introduced a use-of-force resolution Thursday that would let the president take military action against “non-state actors” like al Qaeda, ISIS and other terror groups. The last time Congress voted for an authorization for use of military force – or AUMF – was shortly after.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Arizona Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling in a divorce settlement between a retired member of the military and his ex-wife, the second time in a week it has done so. The action by the justices followed their ruling last Monday in a sister case.
WASHINGTON – The Arizona Department of Corrections violated a death-row inmate’s rights to an attorney and to free speech when officers read mail the prisoner was sending to his lawyer, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that while guards are allowed to scan.
PHOENIX — About one in five 8th graders in Arizona say “it would be cool” to belong to a gang, according to the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey of more than 57,000 students statewide. The same goes for 17 percent of 10th graders, and 13.1 percent of 12th graders. Teens’ growing use of social media may.
In today’s special edition of Cronkite News, we take a look back at our top stories from our justice and government reporters. High tensions following the presidential inauguration on January 21 resulted in protests across the nation. Reporter Anthony Mitchell went to the State Capitol to hear from protestors about their perspectives on the transition.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined House and Senate Democrats Wednesday to accuse Republicans of pandering to the gun lobby with bills to do away with gun-free school zones and deregulate silencers, among other measures. Giffords, still struggling with the effects of a 2011 shooting that left her critically wounded, called on Americans.
WASHINGTON – Gun sales in Arizona have started to rebound after a brief January slump that experts attribute to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The latest FBI background check data show that gun sales in Arizona last year peaked at 44,887 in December, before plunging to 31,366 in January. That mirrored national sales, which.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and other Arizona local leaders came together earlier this week to highlight their need to hire more law enforcement officers and shore up their “depleted” departments. The Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety and Phoenix Police Department have hundreds of vacant law enforcement positions each. They will join.
WASHINGTON – A new federal office that will assist victims of crimes committed by immigrants brought “relief and a sense of accomplishment” to parents of Arizona crime victims, on hand Wednesday to witness the opening of the office. The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement – or VOICE – office fulfills a pledge by President Donald.
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities Tuesday, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs. The remarks came before a meeting between Sessions and a council of federal legal and law enforcement agency heads who were brainstorming ways the U.S. should “interdict.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $2.7 million award that Goodyear and its attorneys had been ordered to pay for withholding documents from a family that sued the tire maker over a crash in Arizona. The unanimous court agreed that even though Goodyear had made “repeated and deliberate attempts to frustrate” Leroy.
WASHINGTON – Highway fatalities in Arizona rose from just over two per day in 2014 to an average of more than 2.6 per day last year, the highest level in nine years, according to the most recent estimates. The 2016 numbers capped a steady three-year rise in traffic fatalities after several years of fluctuations, according.
WASHINGTON – It’s been more than six years since Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in a shootout with drug smugglers near Rio Rico, and his family was beginning to lose hope that the suspects would be caught. That’s why Terry’s sister, Michelle Balogh, was “so ecstatic” Wednesday morning to get the call that.
WASHINGTON – Arizona’s senators joined other Republicans – and three Democrats – in a 54-45 vote Friday confirming Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, one day after the GOP invoked the “nuclear option” to end a Democratic filibuster and allow a vote. The confirmation vote went as expected late Friday morning and came with.
WASHINGTON – The Senate began debate Tuesday on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with Republicans decrying the possibility of a filibuster and Democrats all but promising to deliver one. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, was one of many Republicans urging that Gorsuch’s nomination be allowed “an up-or-down vote.” “There is absolutely no justification for filibustering a.
WASHINGTON – An appeals court said Tuesday that a federal judge cannot order the state of Arizona to bear some of costs of a lawsuit brought against the state by an inmate in the state prison system. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a U.S. District Court judge was.
WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John Roberts had pointed questions for attorneys arguing on behalf of an Arizona woman whose fight to regain some of her ex-husband’s pension payments landed before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday. John and Sandra Howell agreed to split his Air Force pension as part of their 1991 divorce, but when Mr..
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to Tucson’s hybrid system of elections for city council members, ending a two-year court battle by critics who said it unconstitutionally violates the one-person, one-vote principle. The court, without comment, let stand a September ruling by a unanimous 9th U.S. Circuit Court of.
WASHINGTON – When John and Sandra Howell divorced in 1991, they decided Mrs. Howell would get half of her ex-husband’s Air Force pension. That lasted until 2005, when Mr. Howell gave up a cut of his retirement to qualify for disability pay, costing Mrs. Howell a significant portion of her monthly income in the process.
WASHINGTON – Judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized plans to split the massive Western circuit in two, telling a House committee Thursday that doing so would cost taxpayers money while slowing down the judicial process. Backers of the plan claim that the heavy caseload in the circuit, which includes Arizona and.
PHOENIX – Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who became a gun-control advocate after a gunman shot her in the head while opening fire at a constituent rally six years ago, on Thursday announced an Arizona coalition to promote gun safety and prevent violence. Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, said they formed Arizona Coalition for.
PHOENIX – State Rep. Tony Rivero doesn’t believe accidental firing of a gun within city limits should be a felony. By sponsoring House Bill 2287, the Peoria Republican wants to alter a 17-year-old law known as “Shannon’s Law.” Currently, Arizona law makes it a Class 6 felony to negligently discharge a firearm within a mile.
In today’s special edition of Cronkite News, we take a look back at our top stories from our justice and government reporters. High tensions following the presidential inauguration on January 21 resulted in protests across the nation. Reporter Anthony Mitchell went to the State Capitol to hear from protestors about their perspectives on the transition.
Talking to Tara Ijai, one quickly learns that her company Love Glasses Revolution is not about the glasses, it’s about the love. Love Glasses Revolution sells heart shaped sunglasses online and at events Ijai sponsors throughout the Valley to spread the message of tolerance and inclusion. An American who grew up in a small town.
WASHINGTON – Prisoners’ rights to confidential communication with their attorneys includes the right to watch jailers open some mail in front of them to make sure it’s not being read, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court was wrong to dismiss.
Two Jewish community centers in Arizona were targeted with bomb threats Monday in the fifth wave of such threats to centers across the country in two months. The threats against Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale and Tucson Jewish Community Center were part of a string of 31 bomb threats to Jewish.
PHOENIX – Several Arizona legislators support a bill to create a memorial honoring survivors and victims of a day of horror in Tucson, when a man started shooting during a congressional meet-and-greet in a grocery-store parking lot. U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Tucson, and 12 others were injured and six people died. Giffords, who was shot.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office did not violate the First Amendment rights or employee contract of a former worker it terminated following comments she made to the Arizona Republic. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lower court’s finding that.
TEMPE – The man standing in front of me pants as he holds a gun to a blindfolded woman’s head. I’m told to diffuse the situation, so I begin telling the man to put the gun down. He yells obscenities. The woman cries. Out of sight, a baby wails. After 15 seconds of trying to.
The Department of Homeland Security has ordered more aggressive enforcement of detainment and deportation laws for undocumented immigrants, prioritizing those with criminal convictions but putting anyone in the U.S. illegally at risk of expulsion. The memos, which were released Tuesday morning by Homeland Secretary John Kelly, detail how agencies should implement the detainment and deportation.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court was asked Tuesday if a Mexican family can sue a U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed their teenage son while the youth and the officer were on opposite sides of the border at El Paso, Texas. An attorney for the family called it a “ridiculous, unworkable idea”.
WASHINGTON – Despite efforts to secure U.S. points of entry, drug cartels have the networks, money and technology to continue smuggling drugs into the U.S., law enforcement officials told a House committee Thursday. Even if they don’t always have the resources, these “transnational criminal organizations” have proven “incredibly innovative, incredibly resourceful” in finding ways to.
PHOENIX – Several radio stations and two television stations experienced a 45-minute broadcast interruption after electrical panels for radio and TV transmitters on South Mountain were vandalized early Wednesday morning. Phoenix police responded at around 8:30 a.m. to the summit area of South Mountain Park. Hubbard Radio reported to police that someone had damaged electrical.
WASHINGTON – Transportation Security Administration officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport have confiscated at least 13 guns since the first of the year, most of them loaded, at security checkpoints. That puts Sky Harbor on pace to match or surpass the 101 seizures last year, when the airport ranked fourth in the nation for.
PHOENIX – Steve and Tana Smith have agonized over their son’s death for seven months. They want one question answered, but it’s an answer that will never come. The Phoenix couple wants to know if the semi-truck driver involved in the crash that killed their son, Joseph Thomas Smith, was intoxicated. The law currently says.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a spotter for a group of border drug smugglers, rejecting his argument that his confession was coerced and the government had not presented enough evidence for a conviction. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said there was sufficient.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers defended themselves and the state this week against President Donald Trump’s charges that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in November, saying they had seen no evidence of illegal voters in Arizona. The president reportedly said in a meeting with lawmakers Monday that he would have won the popular vote if.
SCOTTSDALE – Six Valley police chiefs on Monday joined community members in Scottsdale to help bridge the gap between police and the community and discuss best practices for community policing. Officer-involved shootings nationwide have focused attention on the sometimes strained relationship between law enforcement and the community. These shootings are part of the reason for.
TEMPE – Police wearing body cameras can promote a good relationship between the community and police, including members of the public saying police officers treated them with respect, early results of an ongoing Arizona State University study show. “Nearly 90 percent of the citizens strongly agreed the officers treated them with respect, treated them fairly,.
PHOENIX – One family brought their two children, with the four-year old wearing a cardboard “Feminist” sign as her mother carried her on her back. The parents said they want their children to know that Arizona and the rest of the country welcomes people with multi-racial identities. A 60-year-old man, separated from his daughter by.
WASHINGTON – Police tear-gassed hundreds of protesters Friday as a march against President Donald Trump’s inauguration turned into a clash with authorities just blocks from the White House. The protests, the latest in a week of demonstrations against Trump, began peacefully with groups that represented a range of issues marching from Washington’s Union Station toward.
Outside the Arizona State Capitol, dozens of people gathered in protest of Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The protesters had plenty to say, and as follows, many visuals to accompany their chants.
PHOENIX – As President Donald Trump was being sworn into office in Washington D.C. Friday morning, dozens of people gathered at the Arizona Capitol to protest the new president and his policies. Some protesters carried signs: “Unfit to Lead, Impeach,” and “Not my President”. Joe Axton, a 67-year-old artist, pounded a bass drum strapped to.
WASHINGTON – Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in Washington Thursday with a message for the rest of the country: Told you so. Arpaio, one of President-elect Donald Trump’s earliest supporters, said he flew to Washington for the inauguration that he predicted long ago, based on his belief that a “silent majority” of Americans.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court said Thursday that the owners of an Arizona ministry cannot avoid paying income taxes by claiming they had taken vows of poverty and were merely being supported by donations to their church. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the “maintenance” payments from.
PHOENIX – Medical professionals say Gov. Doug Ducey’s letter urging that Arizona doctors receive more education on drug addiction is a step forward in the battle against opioid abuse, but that the curriculum must be detailed and useful. Ducey said on Monday that he had sent a letter to the Arizona Medical Board and Arizona.
WASHINGTON – Former DREAMer and Phoenix resident Oscar Vazquez got his citizenship, served in the Army and is “living the American dream” – a dream he worries could be scuttled for others under a Justice Department led by attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. Vazquez was one of 15 witnesses testifying in a divided hearing Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – Executives of the online classifieds site Backpage.com refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate committee investigating claims that the site facilitated child sex trafficking through its adult ads section. The hearing came one day after the site – whose former owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin co-founded the Phoenix New Times –.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Tuesday said Prescott breached its contract to treat wastewater from the Pure Wafer plant when it tried to get the plant to pay for the cost of meeting tougher state environmental regulations. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lower court’s reasoning,.
SCOTTSDALE – The popularity of daily fantasy sports games is exploding across the country, but Arizona residents are among those who have been left out of the action. Arizona is one of five states in which pay-to-play fantasy games are considered a form of illegal gambling. However, that hasn’t stopped Scottsdale-based Head2Head Sports from providing.
Jose Caraveo discovered fantasy football when he was in high school. “Sports was a way for me interact with people from other cultures and communicate before I could really speak English,” said Caraveo, 31, whose family emigrated from Mexico before he was born. In his first season in fantasy football with his newfound friends, Caraveo,.
PHOENIX – The Arizona health community distributed 305 million pain reliever pills last year – enough to provide 24-hour medication for every adult in the state for two weeks straight, according to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. As those pills, like other medications, are taken or tossed, some of the chemicals found in them can.
PHOENIX – State officials said federal funding has helped jump start awareness campaigns and drug monitoring efforts to combat the prescription drug epidemic in six of Arizona’s 15 counties. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention selected Arizona for a four-year, $3.6 million grant to combat the opioid addiction epidemic. Arizona is one.
WASHINGTON – Of five states with recreational marijuana on the ballot this fall, Arizona was the only state where the initiative failed, after supporters ran into a well-funded opposition campaign backed by political heavyweights. But that hasn’t stopped marijuana advocates from looking ahead and predicting legalization – either through a rematch at the polls or.
WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump’s most recent immigration pledge is to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records, which he estimates at 2 million to 3 million immigrants – or roughly the same number deported by outgoing President Barack Obama. Critics derided Obama as “deporter-in-chief” for his policies that led to the deportations of 2.5 million.
BOULDER, Colo. – It’s been nearly 10 years since Jake Plummer retired from football. He still experiences soreness and pain from his neck and shoulders to the soles of his feet. It’s an ache that Plummer and many other former and current NFL players have managed for years with the use of potentially addictive pain.
WASHINGTON – Arizona and Nevada have never had much in common with Vermont – until last month. Those three are now the only states that have not been touched by President Barack Obama’s record-setting pace of prison sentence commutations, with 1,023 nonviolent federal criminals having their sentences reduced so far. Experts say there’s likely nothing.
PHOENIX – More than 100 people marched down Van Buren Street on Tuesday evening chanting: “This is what community looks like! This is what democracy looks like!” It was billed as the Rise Up and Resist Hate March on Facebook, and was sponsored by the group LUCHA, Living United for Change in Arizona, a self-described.
WASHINGTON – A federal judge Tuesday halted an Obama administration rule on overtime pay that could have made as many as 90,000 workers in Arizona eligible for time-and-a-half pay had it been allowed to take effect next week. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant agreed with 21 states, including Arizona, and scores of business groups who.
WASHINGTON – Arizona is one of 15 states that expressly allow corporal punishment in schools, but state educators said most schools already heed the spirit of U.S. Education Secretary John King’s call for an end to the practice. In an open letter Tuesday to “governors and chief state school officers,” King said physical punishment is.
PHOENIX — Smoke from lit bundles of sage swirled around protesters waving signs, “Water Is Life” and “Stand With Standing Rock” to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protest in central Phoenix was among other planned, daylong protests across the country, including Flagstaff, Tucson, Prescott and Sierra Vista. Organizers had billed the.
WASHINGTON – Minority and civil rights organizations met in Washington Thursday with a message for President-elect Donald Trump: They are willing to work with his administration, but only if he rejects what they called the hateful rhetoric of his campaign. “We cannot and will not give up, but we also have to understand that we.
WASHINGTON – Arizona officials were extending their condolences for a Tucson native who was among three soldiers killed Friday when their “convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base,” according to a Defense Department statement. Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, had more than eight years of service and was on his third.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday reinstated Arizona’s ban on ballot-harvesting, just one day after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put the law on hold. Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan late Friday had asked the Supreme Court to step in, saying the circuit court’s injunction coming so soon before Tuesday’s.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court handed Arizona Democrats their second defeat in a week Wednesday, refusing to block a state law that lets elections officials reject ballots cast by people who were not at their assigned polling place. A group of Democratic and minority organizations said the “out of precinct” policy violated the Voting.
WASHINGTON – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday it would reconsider its decision to let stand an Arizona law that makes it a felony for third parties to collect and deliver ballots for others. Critics say the law hurts minority and low-income voters who rely on that method of voting, which is.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Arizona courts to reconsider the life-without-parole sentences handed down to five juveniles who were convicted in separate cases on a total of nine murders and other crimes in the 1990s. The court vacated the sentences without hearing and ordered the Arizona Court of Appeals to consider whether.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court handed Arizona Democrats a setback Friday, refusing to block a new state law that makes it a felony for anyone but a family member or caregiver to collect another person’s mail-in ballot. A coalition of Democratic organizations had sued to block the law that they said would hurt minority.
WASHINGTON – The Arizona Democratic Party has filed suit against presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign, the Arizona Republican Party and others for what it calls a coordinated effort to “depress voter turnout,” particularly among minority voters. The lawsuit filed Sunday alleges that Trump, state Republicans and Roger Stone Jr., whom it calls a campaign adviser,.
WASHINGTON – A state task force said Arizona has thousands more untested rape kits than originally thought, a problem that advocates fear could undermine efforts to get victims to come forward while giving serial offenders a “free pass.” The Arizona Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force last month reported a backlog of 6,424 untested.
PHOENIX – U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed the order to officially charge Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio with criminal contempt-of-court on Tuesday. Two weeks ago, prosecutors promised to charge Arpaio, but it would not be official until a judge signed the agreement, according to the Associated Press. The charge stems from an on-going racial.
PHOENIX – It seems like a normal room: There’s a can of hairspray by the mirror, a red trash can by the desk, an extension cord plugged into the wall and a teddy bear wearing a tie-dye shirt on the bed. Unscrew the bottom of the can, and you’ll discover pills. Unfold the tinfoil in.
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed an executive order that will prohibit millions of Arizonans from filling initial prescriptions for more than seven days’ worth of opioids. The limit includes both initial and subsequent prescriptions for children. However, the limit excludes opiate prescriptions for children with “cancer, chronic disease and traumatic injury,”.
WASHINGTON – In the five years since then-Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured in a Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded 13, Congress has been unable to pass gun reforms, her husband said Thursday. That’s why Giffords and her husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, joined other gun-control activists in Washington to demand reform from.