WASHINGTON – On Nov. 14, 1992, a Native American woman was found murdered in Tucson, and 26 years later her name is still not known. That’s just one example of the lack of solid data that has led to the underreporting of hundreds of deaths and thousands of missing persons cases for Native American women.
PHOENIX – Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Martha McSally in the highly contested – and closely watched – race for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat. The Associated Press called the race Monday evening after six days of post-Election Day ballot counting. Sinema, who will become the first woman U.S. senator from the state, tweeted her.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Thursday rejected a Trump administration request to move forward with its plan to end the Obama-era DACA program, saying the deferred deportation plan should stay in effect while legal challenges are pursued. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower.
WASHINGTON – Tucson resident Danny Howe made sure to vote in this election – because Howe knows what it’s like to have that right taken away. “Most people just don’t know,” Howe said. “Once you’ve been convicted of a felony you’re a felon your whole life.” Howe is one of the lucky ones, a former.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Tuesday that two Arizona firefighters can sue the Mount Lemmon Fire District for age discrimination after being laid off when they were the oldest employees in the department. The unanimous court rejected the department’s argument that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act does not apply to government agencies with.
WASHINGTON – Yet another legal challenge to Arizona’s “ballot harvesting” law was shot down in federal court Wednesday when a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the law known as HB 2023. Arizona Democratic Party activist Rivko Knox challenged the law on grounds that it was pre-empted by federal.
PHOENIX – Levi Levertov was still trying to make sense of Saturday’s shooting inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, ending with 11 people dead. On Monday, Levertov, a rabbi at the Chabad-Lubavitch Center in Phoenix, said his synagogue will review what changes can be made to ensure safety to the congregation, but he.
WASHINGTON – Eight weeks after it ordered a school-funding tax initiative pulled from this fall’s ballot, the Arizona Supreme Court explained its 5-2 ruling Friday in a 23-page opinion that critics blasted as “a very political decision.” More than 270,000 people signed petitions for Proposition 207, which would have raised taxes on higher-income earners to.
Name: Katie Hobbs Political party: Democrat Position sought: Arizona Secretary of State City of residence: Phoenix Current office: Arizona Senate minority leader What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The biggest issue is adequate funding for K-12 and university education,” Hobbs said. Although education funding isn’t.
Name: Steve Gaynor Political party: Republican Position sought: Arizona Secretary of State City of residence: Paradise Valley Occupation: Owner of a printing company in Los Angeles EDITOR’S NOTE: Steve Gaynor did not respond to multiple requests for an interview. Because he did not respond to questions about his priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is publishing.
Name: Kimberly Yee Political party: Republican Position sought: State treasurer City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Arizona Senate Majority Leader and small business owner What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? To promote a strong Arizona economy, Yee would promote lower taxes and bringing more jobs to.
Name: Sandra Kennedy Political party: Democrat Position running for: Arizona Corporation Commissioner City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Campaigning full-time What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Kennedy’s main goal is rid the Arizona Corporation Commission of corruption and restore integrity. Kennedy, who served on the commission.
Name: Mark Brnovich Political party: Republican Position sought: Arizona Attorney General City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Arizona Attorney General EDITOR’S NOTE: Brnovich did not respond to multiple written and telephone requests for an interview. Because he did not respond to questions about his priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is publishing information about his candidacy based.
Name: January Contreras Political party: Democrat Position sought: Arizona Attorney General City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Founding CEO of Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Contreras is a proponent of honesty in politics – a quality lacking among politicians.
Name: David Garcia Political party: Democrat Position sought: Governor City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Associate professor with Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University in the division of educational leadership and innovation What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The biggest issue out there.
Name: Doug Ducey Political party: Republican Position sought: Governor City of residence: Paradise Valley Current office: Arizona Governor What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The biggest issue in Arizona is education,” Ducey said. “We want our kids, the 1.1 million schoolchildren in our public education.
Name: Debbie Lesko Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 8 City of residence: Peoria Current office: U.S. representative, 8th Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “The Number 1 job of government is to protect its citizens,” said Lesko who.
Name: Steve Ferrara Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 9 City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Interventional radiologist for the Department of Veteran Affairs and Maricopa County What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Ferrara said he’s concerned about the future of our.
Name: Greg Stanton Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 9 City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Resigned as Phoenix mayor to run for Congress What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Setting water policies would be one of Stanton’s top priorities. He said there needs to.
Name: Joan Greene Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 City of residence: Phoenix Occupation: Entrepreneur and founder of Greene & Associates What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? In today’s political climate, corruption is the most important issue Arizonans face. Greene.
Name: Hiral Tipirneni Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 8 City of residence: Glendale Occupation: Medical doctor What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? As a doctor, Tipirneni said she’s seen the struggles of families who do not have access to health.
Name: Anita Malik Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 City of residence: Scottsdale Occupation: Former tech executive and businesswoman What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? “One is education. I think what’s happening in our public schools and funding for education.
Name: David Schweikert Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 City of residence: Fountain Hills Current office: U.S. representative, 6th Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Schweikert describes himself as having a “fixation on retirement security.” He said he.
Name: Paul Gosar Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 4 City of residence: Prescott Current office: U.S. representative, 4th Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? It’s the economy, Gosar said. Gosar said he believes accelerating the economy will solve.
Name: David Brill Political party: Democrat City of residence: Prescott Occupation: Retired medical doctor, developer of telehealth services and manager of primary care services for the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System. What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Health care. Brill said his experience as.
Name: Andy Biggs Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 City of residence: Gilbert Current office: U.S. representative, 5th Congressional District EDITOR’S NOTE: Andy Biggs did not respond to multiple written and telephone requests for an interview. Because he did not respond to questions about his priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News.
Name: Nicolàs “Nick” Pierson Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 3 City of residence: Tucson Occupation: Financial adviser EDITOR’S NOTE: Nick Pierson did not respond to requests for an interview. Because he did not respond to questions about his priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is publishing information about his candidacy based.
Name: Raúl Grijalva Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 3 City of residence: Tucson Current office: U.S. representative, 3rd Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Grijalva listed several short and long-term goals for the state: reducing poverty, increasing economic.
Name: Lea Marquez Peterson Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 City of residence: Tucson Occupation: President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? The economy. Voters across the southern Arizona district “feel.
Name: Ann Kirkpatrick Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 City of residence: Tucson Previous office: U.S. representative, 1st Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Kirkpatrick said voters continue to bring up concerns about health care. She said Americans.
Name: Wendy Rogers Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 City of residence: Flagstaff Occupation: Owner of home inspection business EDITOR’S NOTE: Wendy Rogers did not respond to multiple written and telephone requests for an interview. Because she did not respond to questions about her priorities and qualifications, Cronkite News is.
Name: Tom O’Halleran Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 City of residence: Sedona Current office: U.S. representative, 1st Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? O’Halleran’s top priority is making sure Arizonans have jobs that provide for a good.
WASHINGTON – Federal appeals court nominee Eric Miller tried to dispel concerns Wednesday about his record on tribal law, telling a Senate committee that his previous work on behalf of clients did not reflect how he would rule as a judge. Miller told the Senate Judiciary Committee that while he has argued against tribes as.
PHOENIX – It’s grim, heartbreaking and hopeful work. Every year, families of missing people bring medical records, photos, fingerprints and maybe DNA samples to a team of forensic scientists who try to match them with jawbones and other skeletal remains, police sketches and dental records that put flesh on bones. Forensic experts and law-enforcement officials.
Name: Kyrsten Sinema Political party: Democrat Position sought: U.S. Senate City of residence: Phoenix Current office: U.S. representative, 9th Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Health care. “Whether Arizonans have health insurance or not, they are concerned with the rising cost of insurance,”.
Name: Martha McSally Political party: Republican Position sought: U.S. Senate City of residence: Tucson Current office: U.S. representative, 2nd Congressional District What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? National security, particularly the security of the U.S.-Mexico border, is the top issue she hears from people, regardless.
WASHINGTON – A flood of professional and personal tributes poured in Tuesday for former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor following her announcement that she was stepping away from public life after receiving a diagnosis of dementia. O’Connor, an Arizonan and the first woman to serve on the high court, said in a letter released.
WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to proceed this week on a judicial nominee for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, despite the objections of both tribal officials and committee Democrats. Native American groups oppose Seattle attorney Eric Miller’s nomination because they say he has made a name for himself by taking.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court let stand its earlier ruling against an Arizona death row inmate who brutally murdered his new wife near Phoenix just before Christmas 1988 – one day after a $400,000 insurance policy on her took effect. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in December.
WASHINGTON – Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will likely appeal to the Supreme Court, his attorney said Wednesday, after an appeals court rejected his latest bid to have his contempt of court conviction vacated. Arpaio was convicted last year for criminal contempt of court for refusing to rein in racial profiling by his department,.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake and Jon Kyl fell in line with other Senate Republicans Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court by the narrowest of margins. The 50-48 vote was partisan, expected and mostly anticlimactic after weeks of emotional and bitter fights over the nomination that was roiled by decades-old.
WASHINGTON – After weeks of “lingering doubt,” Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake indicated Friday that he expects to vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now likely to be confirmed by a one-vote margin Saturday. Flake joins fellow Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl – who confirmed his support for Kavanaugh on Thursday – along.
WASHINGTON – More than 2,400 law professors, including at least 21 from Arizona, have signed an open letter of opposition to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The professors, whose numbers skyrocketed after the letter first appeared Wednesday on the New York Times online editorial pages, raised concerns about Kavanaugh’s temperament and.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and Jeff Flake voted Friday to end debate on the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, moving him one step closer to confirmation after weeks of emotional, often angry debate. The 51-49 vote means the Senate could vote as early as Saturday on Kavanaugh’s nomination – which.
WASHINGTON – An eight-member Supreme Court quizzed both sides Monday in an Arizona case that asks whether small government agencies should be exempt from age discrimination laws, just as small businesses are. A lower court said they should not, that a government agency of any size should be subject to the law – a ruling.
WASHINGTON – After a sleepless night wrestling with “lingering doubt” over sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake orchestrated a surprise plan Friday to advance the nomination but delay it for an FBI probe. Flake provided the swing vote that let the Senate Judiciary Committee give preliminary approval to.
WASHINGTON – Maricopa County prosecutor Rachel Mitchell took center stage at the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, gently probing a “terrified” Christine Blasey Ford about her charge that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were both teens. While Democrats took turns praising Ford for having the courage to come forward,.
WASHINGTON – Senators heard the conflicting stories Thursday of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accused him of assault, but protesters outside the hearing seemed to have already made up their minds. Hundreds of anti-Kavanaugh protesters and a smaller number of supporters rallied at the Supreme Court.
TEMPE – On a regular weekday, Professor Wei Li would be teaching her students in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. But Thursday, she stayed home, laptop on hand and tea nearby, with her TV tuned to the extraordinary hearing in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. “I don’t.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said he has not made up his mind on allegations of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and he urged fellow senators to keep open minds when Kavanaugh and one of his accusers testify Thursday. Flake’s plea on the Senate floor came on the eve of a.
WASHINGTON – The president of the National Association of Immigration Judges criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday for what she called unrealistic standards his Justice Department has set for immigration courts. Judge Ashley Tabaddor also renewed calls for immigration courts to be independent of the Justice Department, so judges are not in the “untenable”.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Arizona bars and restaurants cannot pay tipped employees less than minimum wage for doing work that does not directly generate tips, a decision that one attorney called “a game changer.” The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court ruling and.
WASHINGTON – Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Tribal and legal officials could not point to a case involving tribal rights that Kavanaugh has handled as a judge, but they said his writings as a lawyer and his rulings in environmental and voting.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and a handful of other Republican senators broke with leadership Monday and won a delay of a scheduled vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, after allegations of a decades-old sexual assault surfaced. Flake was quoted in published reports Sunday saying he is “not comfortable voting yes” on the.
PHOENIX – Hand-to-hand combat. Pepper-spray. Mountain trails. Valeria Cazares endured it all during her time at the Detention Officer Academy in Phoenix. “It is more of a mental challenge than it is physical because your body does what your mind tells you to do,” she said. “Every time I kept telling myself, ‘You can’t do.
WASHINGTON – A divided federal appeals court rejected Democratic challenges to two Arizona voting laws Wednesday, upholding a lower court that said the rules put a minimal burden on voters and there was no evidence they were aimed at minority voters. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Democratic.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Responding to a steep rise in reports of hate crimes on campus, at least 260 colleges and universities have implemented bias-response teams or other reporting policies to track such incidents. But the teams have created friction of their own, as conservative students, controversial speakers and followers of the alt-right movement claim.
WASHINGTON – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus added its voice Thursday to the chorus of groups criticizing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who caucus members said would be a disaster for Latinos and the nation as a whole. The criticism came as the Senate Judiciary Committee ground into its third day of grilling Kavanaugh, whose nomination.
WASHINGTON – Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb told a White House audience Wednesday that sheriffs see the problems that come with illegal immigration firsthand and that, as a result, they “want to be part of the solution.” Lamb was one of 50 sheriffs invited to the White House to meet with Trump administration officials Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh dodged pointed questions Wednesday from Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, on the separation of powers and whether the president can be shielded from obstruction of justice charges while in office. The questions came during the second day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination and the first full.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said he was impressed by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s “respect for the law” and his “kindness and decency.” Sedona resident Jeff Jeans was in Washington to say he worries that, as justice, Kavanaugh could be a death sentence for cancer patients like him, who were saved by the.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court overturned an immigration board’s decision to deport an Arizona man to his native El Salvador, rejecting the board’s “glib characterization” that murders, beatings and home invasions did not constitute persecution. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that Moris Alfredo Quiroz Parada had.
Three days after Sen. John McCain died, his former presidential campaign manager, Rick Davis, had a request to fulfill. Davis, a family spokesman, said “this will be somewhat difficult,” then started reading McCain’s farewell. Here’s the full text: My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans, Thank.
PHOENIX – Former Vice President Joe Biden, who years ago reached across the political aisle to become a longtime colleague and friend to Sen. John McCain, will speak Thursday at the senator’s Arizona memorial service. “John was many things – a proud graduate of the Naval Academy, a Senate colleague, a political opponent. But, to.
PHOENIX – Sen. John McCain, a six-term senator and Vietnam War hero, died Saturday, a little more than a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer and four days before he would have turned 82. U.S., Arizona and world leaders, from the political realm to the sports world, shared condolences and thoughts on McCain’s legacy..
MISSOULA, Mont. – Native American women across the country are being murdered and sexually assaulted on reservations and nearby towns at far higher rates than other American women. Their assailants are often white and other non-Native American men outside the jurisdiction of tribal law enforcement. In some U.S. counties composed primarily of Native American lands,.
TUCSON – The Department of Homeland Security on Friday reversed itself and said a Mexican wife and mother would be allowed into the U.S. on a 30-day “humanitarian parole” to visit her terminally ill husband here before he dies. The change was announced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, on Friday – one day after he.
PORTLAND, Oregon – Behind the anonymity of white faces illuminated by tiki torches, beyond the bloodied fists of street brawls, there are communities of young men who gather on weekends to camp and fish and train in combat sports. The face of hate is changing in America, and the new right is a “millennial male.
SAN FRANCISCO – Violent crimes and other hate incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are consistently not reported and prosecuted because of chronic distrust between the LGBTQ community and police. Nearly 300,000 crimes may have been committed against people across the United States because of their sexual orientation from 2012 to 2016, according.
EUGENE, Oregon – Sergio Reyes and two other Mexican immigrants were busy landscaping at their worksite in early 2018 when they were accosted by a man hurling racial epithets and threatening to cut off the head of one of them. “It doesn’t matter if I become an American citizen,” Reyes said. “If your skin color.
PHOENIX – More than 2.4 million crimes, whose victims suspect were motivated by hate, were committed across the United States in the five years from 2012 to 2016, according to a News21 analysis of the federal National Crime Victimization Survey, which interviews tens of thousands of Americans annually. Jack McDevitt, director of Northeastern University’s Institute.
PHOENIX – The Department of Veterans Affairs does not have to reimburse the Gila River Indian Community for health care it provided to tribal veterans, a federal court has ruled. The tribe and the Gila River Health Care Corp. claimed that the Affordable Care Act required the payments, but the VA argued that the tribe.
AJO – The projected high for this July day is 105, and hints of the coming heat already glimmer at 6:45 a.m. The old Ram pickup shudders along uneven roads often traveled by Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona. Saguaros dot a desolate landscape. Paige Corich-Kleim, a volunteer with No More Deaths, drives a truck.
PHOENIX – More than 4,000 African-Americans were lynched during the “lynching era,” from the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to about 1950. Eighty-eight percent of the lynchings occurred across 10 Southern states, according to “Lynching in America,” a 2017 report by the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal advocacy group in Montgomery, Alabama. The lynching era’s.
SAN FRANCISCO – In March, a Philadelphia jury convicted Charles Sargent of the 2013 murder of Diamond Williams, whose skull was punctured with a screwdriver, her body dismembered with an ax and her severed body parts thrown into a field. In January, Los Angeles authorities charged Kevyn Ramirez in the stabbing death of “Viccky” Gutierrez..
PHOENIX — More than 16 million people, many of whom are foreign, passed through the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in 2017. Most days, they only have to deal with immigration and customs inspectors. But one day last June, they dealt with a small, vocal group holding signs denouncing Islam. They.
PHOENIX – U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, said Latinos have become entangled in rising anti-immigrant hate over the past couple decades. The anti-immigrant movement merged with anti-Latino sentiment under the guise of border security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Gallego said. In response, Latinos have felt compelled to engage politically to combat the wave of.
PHOENIX – Three people died every day on average on Arizona roads in 2017, and 152 people were injured, according to the Department of Transportation’s annual report on motor-vehicle crashes. Nearly three-quarters of accidents occurred from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The report, released Tuesday, draws a detailed picture of such things as how often.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Tuesday flatly rejected Maricopa County’s appeal of orders imposed by a lower court on the county sheriff’s office for its practice of racial profiling under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the latest in a string.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Thursday overturned immigration violations against a Valley business, saying that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation of the firm was sparked by an illegal 2013 raid by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that deputies distorted and falsified facts.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court said Tuesday that the former owners of an Arizona broadcasting company owe $15 million in taxes on the 2001 sale of their business. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that deals between Slone Broadcasting Co. and another company that assumed Slone’s tax liability,.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the government cannot be held liable after a helicopter struck an unmarked U.S. Geological Survey cable and crashed, killing the pilot and three passengers. The cable, installed 40 feet above the Verde River to help USGS workers monitor streamflow and water quality, was “virtually invisible to.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Wednesday reversed the death sentence given to a Prescott man for the 1987 murder of his lover’s husband in an alleged scheme to collect on the victim’s insurance policy. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Michael Ray White’s lawyer failed to challenge.
MESA – Mesa police have adopted their first therapy dog, primarily to provide smiles and comfort to those who have been traumatized by crime. Macy, a 16-week-old English Labrador puppy, will be trained to work in the special victims unit as a therapy dog for children and adults. “What we’re hoping is that down the.
WASHINGTON – The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl had been tapped to act as a “sherpa” to help guide the Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate. Kavanaugh, currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was nominated.
WASHINGTON – Even before President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court nominee Monday night, advocates for a range of issues were bracing for what might come next. They knew they were likely to get a conservative jurist – the president had promised as much – but were trying to.
PHOENIX – Just before avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof fatally shot eight black worshippers and their pastor in 2015 at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, he was photographed posing with a Confederate flag. About a month after the mass shooting, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Capitol,.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court handed down major rulings Tuesday on pregnancy centers and on President Donald Trump’s travel ban, but protesters outside the court were determined to have the last word. Small crowds that turned up Tuesday morning had swelled to scores by midday, as advocates turned out after the surprise decisions on what.
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.