TEMPE – The #MeToo movement to raise awareness about sexual harassment has resonated with women around the world, exposing the pervasiveness of the problem and prompting more women to think about their own safety. Here in Arizona, some women are making moves, literally, to protect themselves using an Israeli self-defense system called Krav Maga, which.
SCOTTSDALE – Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a standard bearer for Tea Party conservatives, praised U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward at a campaign rally in Scottsdale last week, calling her a “constitutional conservative” who will stand up to the Washington, D.C., establishment. “It makes a difference who you send up there. If they do not have.
WASHINGTON – DACA recipient Juan Escalante has been on a “roller coaster of emotions” since September when President Donald Trump announced plans to end the deferred deportation program. The roller coaster continued this week after the Senate failed to agree on any DACA measures, despite several days of open floor debate dedicated to the issue..
PHOENIX – Students from at least two Arizona high schools have indicated they will participate in planned walkouts to pressure legislators to pass gun reform. The schools signed up as host schools on The Action Network website. The walkout, scheduled for March 14, is part of a national effort to raise awareness and spur change.
PHOENIX – Dozens of states in the U.S. regulate the tattoo industry. They often require the businesses to have licenses and the customers to remain sober. Yet Arizona is one of the few states that has minimal restrictions. The state requires tattoo artists to use sterilized needles and prohibits minors from getting tattoos without an.
WASHINGTON – After years of incremental improvement, Democrats have a “great chance” of turning Arizona blue this year, gubernatorial candidate David Garcia said Wednesday. Garcia was in Washington to receive an endorsement from the People for the American Way, along with Democratic gubernatorial candidates from Florida and Georgia. He said Democrats have “been making progress.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Tuesday the Senate should begin its long-awaited debate on immigration reform by taking up any one of a number of bipartisan bills proposed to see if it “has legs.” The Senate has plenty of options, and not much time, as it begins the debate with less than three.
WASHINGTON – Some Arizona Democrats were labeling the Trump administration’s proposed $4.4 trillion fiscal 2019 budget “disastrous” Tuesday and a “slap in the face to Americans across the country.” The budget released Monday cuts spending in 10 of 13 executive departments, and calls for reductions to Medicaid and repeal of the Affordable Care Act, while.
PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is training a new team of K-9 deputies to protect and serve the public. “We like to breed our own dogs and raise them specifically for police work. It’s better that way because then there’s a higher chance that police work will be in their blood,” said George.
Charmaine Tyler curls a blanket around her shoulders as she sits on a curb in downtown Phoenix, bracing herself against a 37-degree predawn in three tattered sweaters, sweatpants, socks and sandals. Anne Scott approaches with a smile and a clipboard. Good morning, ma’am. I’m talking to people who may be homeless for our survey. Can.
PHOENIX – Federal authorities on Monday granted Jesus Berrones, an undocumented father of five whose story has garnered international attention, a one-year stay on humanitarian grounds. Berrones, 30, had sought sanctuary at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials notified him they intended to deport him. After spending 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.
PHOENIX – Supporters of DACA and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status – known as TPS – clashed with an anti-immigrant group at a heated protest outside Sen. Jeff Flake’s office Thursday afternoon. Divided down the middle of the same sidewalk, demonstrators on both sides featured tall signs and handcrafted banners. “Build the wall,” read one..
PHOENIX – Arizonans could be the first in the country to pay their state taxes in Bitcoin if a bill introduced in the Legislature becomes law. Proponents say this would put Arizona on the forefront of the innovative cryptocurrency technology. Critics say the bill is a solution in search of a problem that doesn’t exist,.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers split early Friday on a budget bill that reopened government after a brief midnight shutdown, with opposition coming from an unusual coalition of budget hawks and immigration advocates upset by the measure. The budget hawks were upset by what is in the bill – as much as $300 billion in additional.
WASHINGTON – Gov. Doug Ducey renewed his vow this week that the Grand Canyon will not shut down even if the federal government does – and the feds are sitting on tens of thousands of state dollars if that happens. No one will say exactly how much is left, but state officials said Arizona sent.
PHOENIX – A Gilbert lawmaker wants to ban photo-enforcement cameras across the state, saying they generate money for the company that makes them and cities that use them, but do little to keep the streets safe. “It’s actually been shown in many areas to cause more accidents than it prevents,” Rep. Travis Grantham said. “It’s.
PHOENIX – Phoenix firefighter Jonathon Hall believes a ban on texting while driving could have saved his father. Thomas Hall died in a Prescott Valley crash in 2016, after a woman looking at her cellphone rear-ended his motorcycle, Hall said at a Senate hearing this week. “My dad was my hero and losing him is.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, rebuffed House Democrats’ failed attempt to censure him for tweets about undocumented immigrants at the State of the Union, calling the censure move “left-wing non-sense to silence my speech.” The resolution to formally censure Gosar stemmed from his series of tweets on the day of the speech in which.
WASHINGTON – A Mesa woman whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant in a drunken driving accident was in Washington Tuesday to tell lawmakers that border security and immigration enforcement must come before any “amnesty” bills. Mary Ann Mendoza, joined by sheriffs from around the country and others who lost a family member to.
WASHINGTON – The House gave final approval Tuesday to measures aimed at protecting congressional workers from sexual harassment and making it easier for them to come forward if they feel they have been victimized. The fast-track, voice-vote approval came one week after Senate approval of the measures, which followed a wave of harassment allegations in.
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 – With the Legislature already in session, Republican leaders have about a week to put forth candidates to fill the vacancy left by the expulsion Thursday of Rep. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, for sexual misconduct. The Arizona House voted 56-3 to expel Shooter from the Arizona House of Representatives after an investigation found Shooter had.
PHOENIX – Rep. Trent Frank’s resignation has touched off a scramble among 16 candidates vying to replace him, and analysts say Republicans are almost assured of continuing their three-decade grip on the Congressional District 8 seat. Candidates had just more than a month to gather at least 665 signatures to compete in the special primary.
WASHINGTON – With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or DACA bills that could head off the next government shutdown. But officials were optimistic Thursday that a deal would get done – if only to keep from.
PHOENIX – City officials say they’ve made great strides in persuading residents to divert recyclable waste from landfills, but one big problem continues to plague them: plastic bags. Plastic bags routinely jam the machines at the recycling plant. Officials estimate they lose about $1 million a year in lost time because of improper recycling, mostly.
PHOENIX – The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to expel Rep. Don Shooter following the recommendation of Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard. The House had been scheduled to vote on censuring Shooter until the release of a letter, written by Shooter, purporting to support the victim of sexual assault. Mesnard moved.
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.
PHOENIX – Two days after the Cleveland Indians announced that the Chief Wahoo logo would be retired in 2019, Arizona politicians said they hope to limit disparaging professional sports team logos from appearing in publicly funded sports venues. State Rep. Eric Descheenie announced in a press conference Wednesday that House Bill 2499, if passed, would.
PHOENIX – Immigrants enrolled in Promise Arizona’s English-learning program gathered Tuesday night at its State of the Union viewing event. Women held their children and men crossed their arms as they all gave President Donald Trump their undivided attention, anxiously waiting for the president to touch on immigration. Midway into his speech, a number of.
WASHINGTON – The White House promised that President Donald Trump’s first official State of the Union address to Congress and the nation would be a unifying message, but Arizona lawmakers found little to agree on Tuesday. The sweeping hour-and-20-minute speech was a litany of the administration’s achievements over the past year and a wish list.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona lawmakers invited DACA recipients as guests at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, where another state lawmaker said the immigrants should be arrested by Capitol Police if they cannot provide their papers. The call by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, comes as a reported two dozen Democratic lawmakers were scheduled to bring.
PHOENIX – Medical-marijuana businesses and advocates oppose a bill that would make it a felony to publish unverified information about dispensaries, saying it’s an effort to block business. Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, sponsored a bill to punish any “listing or menu service” in Arizona that publishes information about a dispensary without verifying its registration and.
MESA – Rolando Palacios is just a few weeks away from becoming a first-time business owner. After working for 15 years as a landscaper and plumber, Palacios and his wife began investing in their American dream: a restaurant to call their own. “The United States gave me the opportunities that El Salvador did not,” Palacios.
WASHINGTON – A White House plan to give a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants in exchange for a border wall and tougher immigration policies was attacked from all sides Friday, called racist by one side and a shameless giveaway by the other. The one-page “Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security” released late.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed into law a sweeping plan to confront the opioid crisis that provides $10 million for treatment, restricts timetables for opioid prescriptions and protects from drug prosecution Good Samaritans who call for emergency help if someone overdoses. Ducey, in the Capitol rotunda, signed the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act,.
WASHINGTON – A reported White House plan that could give “Dreamers” a path to citizenship over 10 or more years will help those working toward an immigration reform compromise “a great deal,” Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake said Thursday. President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that he plans to introduce a bill giving recipients of the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona mayors were among more than 100 who attended a White House meeting Wednesday at which President Donald Trump touted his infrastructure plan before letting the mayors network with federal officials. Trump released few details on his long-promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan that he said would be released sometime after his first State.
WASHINGTON – New tariffs imposed Tuesday by the Trump administration on imported solar products will benefit domestic manufacturers, but could hit consumers and other parts of the solar energy industry hard, experts said.
PHOENIX – In the Tuesday morning darkness, Elizabeth Dacosta searched the sidewalks of downtown Phoenix, her coat closed against the 40-degree chill. Dacosta grasped her clipboard and stopped to talk with people who appeared to be homeless and living on the streets. She was among the scores of volunteers and government employees who sprawled across.
WASHINGTON – The government shutdown that began Friday was short-lived, but that doesn’t mean the thousands of federal workers in Arizona who were sent home Monday or made to work without pay feel any less put-upon. The state’s more than 55,000 federal workers were back on the job Tuesday, after Congress voted Monday night to.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday called a special legislative session to battle the opioid epidemic in Arizona, asking lawmakers to fund and expand healthcare. The governor, under what he calls the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, is asking lawmakers to dedicate $10 million to improving health care access for uninsured or underinsured Arizonans, increase.
PHOENIX – An array of people of different ages, ethnicities and gender identities united in Arizona on Sunday to promote a global cause: to bolster women’s power at the polls, encouraging them to vote and run for office. The 2018 Women’s March drew an estimated 22,000 for a rally at the state Capitol. They joined.
WASHINGTON – As Congress met throughout the weekend to end the government shutdown before it could enter its third full day, the costliest impacts of the shutdown in Arizona have been blunted – for now. Privately run shops, lodging and other businesses at Grand Canyon National Park remain open and the park itself is accessible,.
WASHINGTON – Gilbert high school senior Melanie Marol complained about the Washington weather but little else Friday, as she joined thousands of pro-life marchers with high hopes for their cause under the Trump administration and a Republican Congress. “You don’t really hear people talk about abortion that much, but people high up were talking about.
TEMPE – The Tempe City Council failed to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The resolution failed to pass by a 3-4 vote Thursday evening. If approved, it would have allowed Mayor Mark Mitchell and the City Council to send a letter to President Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON – As congressional lawmakers were wrangling over a deal Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday budget deadline, about 200 DACA advocates were urging Congress to include protection for “Dreamers” as part of any budget bill. The advocates, including several from Arizona, fanned out across Capitol Hill and tried to take their.
PHOENIX – Health insurance for thousands of low-income children in Arizona’s KidsCare program would be preserved, even if federal funds are yanked, under a measure approved Thursday by an Arizona legislative committee. The House Health Committee voted in favor of HB 2127, the bill designed to prevent a funding freeze for KidsCare, the state’s version.
TEMPE – The City Council will meet Thursday evening to discuss a resolution opposing plans to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border. The resolution comes after a campaign started by the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, advocating for the opposition of a border wall, which President Donald Trump made a centerpiece of his.
WASHINGTON – Arizona’s two senators took President Donald Trump to task in separate forums Wednesday, saying his attacks on the press and “fake news” claims embolden dictators to crack down on news media abroad and endanger democracy at home. The rebukes by Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake came the same day that the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona emergency management officials said Tuesday they have safeguards in place that should prevent a false alarm like the one that rattled Hawaii residents, who received an erroneous report Saturday of a ballistic missile attack. It takes more than one person in Arizona to trigger an alert like the one that caused widespread.
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office released his proposed 2019 budget on Friday with hopes the state will return to pre-recession spending. His focus: K-12 education. State officials highlighted that the record $10.1 billion budget would allocate 80 percent of new spending to K-12 education. “My budget will include a full commitment to accelerate.
PHOENIX – Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, announced her bid for Senate Friday, immediately becoming the frontrunner in a crowded Republican primary field whose winner is expected to face an unusually tough Democratic challenge this fall. McSally’s candidacy comes just days after former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s unexpected announcement that he would run for the.
PHOENIX – They are mostly young boys, orphaned by war and conflict in their home countries who arrive in Arizona with little more than family photographs or maybe spices for their favorite foods. Most of these refugee children are from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, and are in need of a foster.
WASHINGTON – Federal officials issued guidelines Thursday that will let Arizona and nine other states move ahead on proposals to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients are either working or involved in “community engagement activities” to be eligible for coverage. The guidance released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is not final approval of.
WASHINGTON – A bill to provide desperately needed water-project funding for the White Mountain Apache tribe had been expected to pass easily this week but instead became the focus of a partisan fight over labor regulations. Democrats accused Republicans of holding the bill hostage in order to pass unpalatable legislation that would exempt tribal-run businesses,.
GLENDALE – Over the past three years, half of the refugees who have settled in Arizona are school-aged children encountering yet another challenge: How to get an education in a country they don’t know. Violetta Lopez, the education and learning program manager for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Phoenix, said at least 1,500 to.
MESA – Eyes closed and hands clasped, seven followers of the Bahá’í faith worship in Manijeh Shahidi Clarke’s living room, sharing excerpts from the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, who they believe to be a divine messenger of God. They walk through Shahidi Clarke’s unlocked front door nearly every Saturday to pray. Praying in a house is.
WASHINGTON – Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of criminal contempt of court before being pardoned last year by President Donald Trump, is back for a third act, announcing Tuesday that he will run for Senate. Arpaio announced on Twitter that he is running “for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona lawmakers were among a score of House and Senate members at a White House meeting Tuesday to try to resolve an impasse over immigration reform and the soon-to-expire deferred-deportation program known as DACA. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, were part of the bipartisan group that met Tuesday.
MESA – Samah and Huda Mohamed shared a single, blue-walled bedroom with their two sisters and parents in Nairobi, Kenya, before hostile tribes forced them to flee their country and resettle in America six years ago. Samah remembers hearing gunshots as she walked the mile to school. Huda was worried about being followed by militia.
PHOENIX – President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise of putting America first by scaling back its foreign involvements and pledging to stem the tide of refugees from Syria and elsewhere to address terrorism. He operationalized these promises not long after he took his oath in January, with a moratorium on almost all refugee resettlement.
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.
WILLIAMS – Police departments across the country have invested heavily in body and dashboard-mounted cameras. And now the Williams Police Department is testing technology that could become the newest way to record police activities: gun-mounted cameras. Brian Hedeen, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Viridian Weapon Technologies, said his company develops cameras for weapons. “After the.
WASHINGTON – Transgender individuals will be able to openly enlist, re-enlist and serve in the military without hiding who they are or being labeled by the military as mentally ill, beginning Jan. 1. The change, which caps years of policy and court battles over transgender rights and the role of transgender individuals in the military,.
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.
In September, we began a countdown to Dec. 8, the day some Democratic lawmakers hoped would let them force a vote on the Dream Act by threatening to scuttle the budget that expired that day, potentially shutting the government down. Dec. 8 has come and gone. The budget has passed and the government is open,.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, abruptly announced his immediate resignation from Congress Friday, just hours after he said he would step down Jan. 31 in the face of a House Ethics inquiry. Franks’ office released a statement Friday saying he was quitting after his wife was admitted to the hospital for treatment of “an.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, said Thursday he will resign in the face of a House investigation of his discussions with female staffers about his and his wife’s search for a surrogate mother to help them have more children. Franks said in a statement released by his office that he wanted to take full.
“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.
PHOENIX – Firefighters routinely work on staying in shape with training that goes beyond running or doing – think of punching a hole in a ceiling or carrying 100 pounds up the stairs. The Tempe Fire Department requires firefighters to do physical training at least an hour per day while off duty and, like firefighters.
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 – Naturalization applications in Arizona jumped 48 percent over the past three years, to more than 19,000 last year, a number that advocates expect will continue to rise as immigrants look for reassurance in the current political climate. The Arizona numbers reflect a national increase of 35 percent over the same period, according to.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake ended his holdout Friday and agreed to vote for the GOP tax-cut plan, joining fellow Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and helping Republican leaders get the margin they needed to pass the bill. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would cut taxes by $1.4 trillion over 10 years, but.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake announced on Twitter his support for a tax reform bill if it included a “growth-oriented” solution for DREAMers, as well as the elimination of the “$85 million expensing budget gimmick.” “Having secured both of those objectives, I am pleased to announce I will vote in support the tax reform bill,”.
WASHINGTON – Halfway into the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment season, the number of people signing up per day is sharply higher than it was last year, with about 500 more Arizonans signing up every day this year. The increase, at both the state and national levels, has come as a pleasant surprise to advocates.
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 – Federal regulation of waterways may not be the first issue that comes to mind in a desert state like Arizona, but don’t tell that to Pima County cattle rancher Jim Chilton. Chilton was one of two Arizonans invited to testify Wednesday on the Waters of the United States rule, an Obama administration plan.
PHOENIX – Agents have seized 140 pounds of fentanyl at Arizona’s ports of entry in 2017, a 600 percent increase from 2016, according to a report from United States Customs and Border Protection. The report stated 140 pounds is enough to kill 21 million people. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 times stronger than heroin.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was on Capitol Hill Monday to lobby senators for a GOP tax cut plan – and so was Tucson resident Cindy Winston, who was there to lobby against the measure. The Tucson schoolteacher was one of a handful of state residents at the Capitol hoping to influence Arizona Sens. John.
On one side of the debate are the people who are demanding protection for those covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. They march. They chant. They protest. On the other side, opponents are just as convinced of their positions. But maybe not as loud. Our theme song is “Zoo Bells” and we.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers fell in line with their respective parties Thursday as the House voted 227-205 for a $1.5 trillion tax-cut plan, making good on Speaker Paul Ryan’s promise to get a bill passed before the Thanksgiving recess. Thirteen Republicans joined all 192 voting Democrats to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but.
MESA – As trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada is debated by top negotiators in Mexico City, one Arizona city is working on a long-term, million-dollar project that will potentially increase trade with Mexico. The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board will vote in the next few days to approve a master development agreement.
PHOENIX – The city is bringing a bike share program to a central Phoenix neighborhood at a fraction of the usual cost, teaching about safety and providing exercise options to residents who wouldn’t be able to afford the program. An Aetna Foundation grant for $100,000 will finance the program in the Edison Eastlake neighborhood. Residents.
WASHINGTON – It’s been almost six years since Gabrielle Giffords walked the halls of the Capitol, but her time away does not appear to have reduced the number of friends and supporters the former Tucson congresswoman has here. Close to 100 people turned out Wednesday as lawmakers renamed a Democratic meeting room to honor Giffords.
WASHINGTON – Anyone who doubts the lure of Route 66 should talk to Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Hall, who said that capitalizing on the historic highway was key to revitalization of the historic downtown. “Fifteen, 20 years ago the population was dwindling and we decided we had to do something,” Hall said. “We.
MESA – Hunters, conservationists, hikers and campers are being courted by Tonto National Forest to help determine a future that balances preservation and tourism. The U.S. Forest Service asks people to offer views on a preliminary plan on how the forest will be used, preserved and managed, including discussing whether to limit target shooting and restrict.
They are the minority of the minorities, the recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who come from countries you may not immediately associate with DACA. In this fourth episode of our In Focus DACA Special Report, we talk with the young immigrants from countries other than Mexico – who account for one in five.
PHOENIX — Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman described the scene of a beautiful sunset — caused by pollution leading to ugly results like asthma. “We can feel thickness in our throats, and we can feel tightness in our chests,” Sharfman said. “Something is happening to our planet.” Arizona faith leaders, from rabbis to imams, on Tuesday, chastised.
WASHINGTON – A GOP tax-reform plan to eliminate deductions for state and local income and sales tax payments would affect one in five Arizona taxpayers, who used it to deduct more than $3.5 billion from their 2015 income. But Arizona filers will not see nearly the hit of higher-tax states like California and Maryland, which.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, has told House colleagues that she will run next year for the seat being vacated by Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, setting the stage for what could be a fractious primary fight with Kelli Ward. Flake announced last month that he would not seek re-election because he did not.
WASHINGTON – Arizona immigrants with Temporary Protected Status who were looking to the Department of Homeland Security for clues to their future in the U.S. may have been left with more questions than answers after an announcement Monday. Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke said late Monday that the department would end protective status for about.
PHOENIX – With every mass shooting – from the 26 people killed and 20 wounded in a Texas church this weekend to the 58 dead and 515 wounded at a Las Vegas concert in October – comes the call for stricter measures to prevent mass shootings and domestic terrorism. But in states like Arizona, which.
WASHINGTON – The House began work Monday on the largest tax reform push in over three decades, with most Arizona lawmakers tentatively embracing the concept even as they expressed reservations about details in the 429-page bill. GOP leaders who unveiled the plan Thursday said it will spur the economy by cutting corporate and individual tax.
TOLLESON – Officials with the Arizona Trucking Association said they have been urging their members to keep their eyes open for suspicious activity on the road. Some terror groups have encouraged followers to use vehicles as weapons, and there have been at least a dozen such deadly attacks around the world since 2006, according to.
WASHINGTON – The House Friday passed a GOP bill to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years by pulling funds from other programs under Obamacare, angering Democrats who called the cuts unnecessary. It’s unclear how far the bill will go in the Senate, which is working on its own proposals, but if action.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration may reverse a 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining claims on 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, a move that environmental groups said could lead to long-term harm to water quality and wildlife in the region. The recommendation was one of 15 released Wednesday by the Agriculture Department in.
WASHINGTON – Arizona is one of the few states expected to see a decrease in average premium costs during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period that opened Wednesday – if consumers can figure out how to sign up. The window to enroll has been cut in half from previous years, to 45 days, hours.
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.
WASHINGTON – An emotional Sen. John McCain returned Monday to the U.S. Naval Academy where he entered public service more than 60 years ago, and called on midshipmen there to always to “do the right thing” and fight for American ideals. Those ideals are currently “under attack” by forces at home and abroad, said McCain,.
WASHINGTON – When Congress first authorized military action against terrorists in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Jeff Flake was a freshman member of the House and Tim Kaine was still mayor of Richmond, Virginia. Today, both men are U.S. senators and the county is still waging war under the 2001 Authorization for.
PHOENIX — Leaders of environmental, business and faith groups on Tuesday urged Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to take on climate change by embracing solutions such as renewable energy and battery technology. Sandy Bahr, president of the local chapter of the Sierra Club, said they sent a letter with more than 2,000 signatures asking Ducey to.
PHOENIX – Six years ago, it was a young intern who helped save Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s life in a shooting that shocked Arizona and the nation. Now, that same intern has made history again by helping to found the first LGBT Caucus in the Arizona Legislature. Daniel Hernandez, who now represents District 2 in the.
In this third episode of our In Focus DACA Special Report, we take a step back from the ongoing fight over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to take a look at similar threats to the future of the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) program. It’s what one advocate calls “the most important issue you’ve.
PHOENIX – State leaders and public health officials on Thursday praised President Donald Trump after he declared a public health emergency on the nation’s opioid crisis, saying it’s a good first step. However, at least one local health care professional said it wasn’t enough. Doug Coleman, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers and advocates are condemning proposed fee increases at the Grand Canyon and 16 other parks, a move the National Park Service said is badly needed to fund billions in backlogged maintenance projects. The proposal unveiled this week would create a new peak-season entry fee that would at least double fees at.
WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday that there is a growing sense of urgency for a Dream Act vote – and a growing sense that they will delay the next budget bill in December if there is not a vote by then. “We are making it apparent and clear to our own leadership that this.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, walked away from a 2018 re-election bid Tuesday, saying in a speech on the Senate floor that he “will not be complicit or silent” about the ongoing degradation of the political climate. The surprise announcement follows months of sparring between the junior senator and President Donald Trump, who has.
WASHINGTON – Yesenia Chavarria traveled from Arizona and joined scores of immigrants outside the White House Tuesday to plead for an extension of their temporary protected status, a problem one expert calls “the most important issue most people have never heard of.” The program currently protects at least 300,000 immigrants – 1,100 of them in.
PHOENIX – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election in 2018. The Arizona Republic reported the state’s junior senator will serve out the remainder of his term but cites the “nastiness of Republican politics” as a reason he will not run next year. The Republican, a vocal critic of President Donald.
PHOENIX – Hundreds of people gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center last Friday to learn more about the diverse opportunities within the Phoenix Police Department, and for many it was also a chance to see if they had what it takes to join the ranks. Sgt. Alan Pfohl hoped the event would provide more information.
PHOENIX – Leaders of a major Arizona teacher organization said Friday they were outraged when Gov. Doug Ducey reportedly gave several members of his staff 20 percent raises while teachers are getting a one percent salary increase, saying educators deserve more money. “Our teachers are waiting for a one percent stipend, that’s what the Legislature.
WASHINGTON – An empty chair fielded question after question from an angry Senate panel Thursday, after a White House cybersecurity coordinator invoked executive privilege and skipped the hearing. Representatives from the FBI, the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security testified beside the empty chair, telling the Senate Armed Services Commitee they are working to.
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate panel Wednesday that he could accept a DACA replacement bill if it is coupled with border security measures, and that any deal has to be “more than just an amnesty.” Sessions also defended the administration’s decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. John McCain and President Donald Trump have been at odds for years, but the sparring reached a new height Tuesday when Trump warned that he will fight back at some point “and it won’t be pretty.” The comments came just hours after McCain gave a speech calling on the U.S. to.
WASHINGTON – Republican Senate hopeful Kelli Ward flexed newfound political muscle Tuesday with a planned campaign kickoff in Scottsdale that promised appearances by conservative heavy-hitters, radio host Laura Ingraham and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. One analyst called it the “first big event in three years of running for Senate” by Ward, who.
PHOENIX — Teary-eyed and frustrated, two-time cancer survivor Toni Bannister said Tuesday that Trump administration moves to dismantle the Affordable Care Act leave people vulnerable. “I cannot for the life of me wrap my mind around people who think that health insurance should be an optional right, some kind of present that you get because.
PHILADELPHIA – An emotional Sen. John McCain called on the U.S., “the most wondrous nation on Earth,” to resume its role as world leader and reject “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems.” The remarks came during a ceremony that veered from humorous to serious as the.
WASHINGTON – The National Park Service has a “significant problem” with harassment of its workers, a culture that is going to change starting “here and now,” administration officials promised Friday. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined National Park officials to make that pledge at Grand Canyon National Park, where they cited results of a general employee.
TUCSON — Target shooting, hunting and fishing could be expanded on public lands under a federal proposal drawing attention in Arizona. United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke directed land managers to come up with a plan to expand recreational shooting in areas like Ironwood Forest National Monument in Tucson. Sitting at 129,000 acres,.
DEER VALLEY – Arizona firefighters are helping to battle northern California wildfires that have burned more than 222,000 acres, killed more than 30 people and left hundreds missing, state officials said. “We sent out about 55 engines and 150 firefighters between yesterday and first thing this morning,” Tiffany Davila said, spokeswoman for the Arizona Department.
In the second episode of In Focus DACA Special Report we examine the increasingly complex politics of Congress’ efforts to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which the Trump administration plans to stop on March 5. Our theme song is “Zoo Bells” and we also used “Zoo Jungle,” both by Roddy Nikpour. Since.
WASHINGTON – Advocates and lawmakers in Arizona say the path to a bill protecting DREAMers got more difficult this week, when the White House issued a list of immigration policy priorities that it said must be part of any DACA legislation. In a letter to House and Senate leaders Sunday, President Donald Trump said he.
PHOENIX — Even when he was 20 years old, Paul Penzone knew he wanted a career in law enforcement. Now as Maricopa County Sheriff, he’s working on changing the legal and political legacy of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “He was, you know, given the freedom without any accountability, whereas we are, and will continue to.
WASHINGTON – A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments. The House Natural Resources Committee also rejected, by the same party-line vote, a Democratic measure demanding that the Trump administration turn over documents in its.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, on Thursday promised a vote “sooner rather than later” on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House earlier this week but has regularly died in the Senate. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, would ban abortions after 20 weeks, except in some cases.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake unveiled a proposal Thursday that would extend some protections for DACA recipients in exchange for border security funding and new restrictions on who could be eligible for deferred deportation. The Arizona Republican’s “Border Security and Deferred Action Recipient Relief Act” joins an increasingly crowded field of bills that aim to.
WASHINGTON – More than one in four of the estimated 154,200 immigrants who stand to lose their DACA protection in the next five months did not meet Thursday’s deadline to apply for a renewal, according to numbers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Oct. 5 deadline was set last month when the Trump administration.
WASHINGTON – Senate sponsors of the latest Dream Act assured over 100 young immigrants Wednesday that “the nation is poised to do the right thing” and protect them after the DACA program expires next year. The comments came at a “DREAMer Advocacy Day” event at the Capitol where DACA recipients from across the country, dressed.
PHOENIX – Jazmin Nuñez spends her days at Living United for Change In Arizona (LUCHA) helping DACA recipients navigate the murky waters of their future. When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump’s plan to end DACA, the Department of Homeland Security instituted a deadline. DACA recipients whose protections would expire between Sept..
WASHINGTON – The House voted along party lines Tuesday to approve Rep. Trent Franks’ bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother. The Glendale Republican said his Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act addresses what he called the “greatest and most.
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.
PHOENIX – Vice President Mike Pence arrived in the Valley on Tuesday to stump for the Trump administration’s tax plan with Gov. Doug Ducey and others in a series of private conversations. Pence’s plane touched down at Sky Harbor International Airport in the afternoon and he briefly shook hands with people gathered at the executive.
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,.
In the first episode of In Focus DACA Special Report, we look at the status of immigration policy as the clock ticks on a deadline for Congress. Our theme song is “Zoo Bells” and we also used “Zoo Jungle,” both by Roddy Nikpour. The future of 800,000 immigrants rests in the hands of a divided.
WASHINGTON – It’s a classic Washington rags-to-riches story. Born in tough conditions, he made his way to Capitol Hill, where he’s now running in an election against tough odds. But this is not a typical politician. Meet Boomer, the golden retriever of Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, who entered the dog in the Cutest Pet on.
WASHINGTON – With Congress focused on the fight over an Obamacare replacement, lawmakers failed this week to take action on programs that protect 22,000 low-income kids in Arizona and help pay for uncompensated care at state hospitals. The Children’s Health Insurance Program – which goes by the name KidsCare in Arizona – is set to.
WASHINGTON – One day after Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s long-anticipated announcement of a 2018 challenge to Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a liberal group was pledging to raise money for her and two political consultants changed their outlook on the race to “toss up.” The Phoenix Democrat has positioned herself as a moderate and is considered a.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, repeated his concerns Thursday that a breakdown of civility in politics has led to gridlock and, in extreme cases, attacks like those on former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 and Rep. Steve Scalise in June. Flake’s comments at the “Washington Ideas” forum came just hours after Scalise returned.
WASHINGTON – Metro Tech High School senior Axel Vargas doesn’t dislike all school buses – just the diesel ones whose emissions he says are hurting the air quality and affecting the health of him and his classmates. That’s why Vargas joined a group of doctors, teachers, parents and students from around the country on Capitol.
PHOENIX – Work is underway to transform the Grand Canal from barren paths to a well-lit, artistic magnet for bicyclists and hikers. Construction in central Phoenix started in early September and will extend into the fall of 2018. The Grand Canal cuts through the center of Phoenix, stretching from Glendale to Tempe. Plans for improvements.
PHOENIX – Leaving behind violence and poverty, a Central American family travels thousands of miles by foot, train, and bus. Once they finally arrive at the U.S. border, they have one more difficult decision to make: carry a bag full of marijuana and cross the desert with some help, or risk their life and cross.
PHOENIX — The controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem — that divided fans and drew the ire of President Donald Trump — thrust an unlikely figure in the spotlight. The late Pat Tillman. The former Arizona State and Cardinals football player was also an Army Ranger who lost his life in a.
WASHINGTON – House leaders said they hope to have a vote as soon as next week on a bill by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, that would prohibit abortions in most cases after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Franks has introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at least three times, and it has failed each time,.
Senate Republicans are trying again to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — by fast-tracking the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill, which is expected to come up for a vote before Sept. 30. Supporters say it will give more power to the states, but critics say it will do so by slashing federal.
SCOTTSDALE — Nearly three days after a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Mexico, efforts to find victims trapped in the rubble and help survivors continue. On Tuesday morning, while Mexican citizens were commuting, and children were in the middle of school, buildings started to shake and crumble. Hundreds have died, trapped, and the Mexican.
FLORENCE – The day he turned 17, Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Celaya said the fliers made it seem fun. “At that time in Tucson, they had pictures outside that said, ‘Join the Navy and see the world,’ and they had girls,” Celaya said. “There were girls at every port and stuff.
PHOENIX — Tribal leaders from California and Washington discussed Thursday the potential opening of legal marijuana businesses on tribal lands. Several members of the National Indian Gaming Association attended the meeting and touted the financial and health rewards. David Vialpando, Santa Ysabel Gaming Commission chairman in Southern California, said the Iipay Nation has a marijuana.
PHOENIX — As the weeks go by, DACA recipients know time is running out. That’s why on Wednesday morning, several of them walked into the Phoenix offices of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA). They wrote their names on a sign-in sheet and carried folders of paperwork. They took seats next to volunteers. It.
WASHINGTON – When overgrown forests clash with energy infrastructure – devastating fire and power outages can follow. But current law puts up bureaucratic hurdles that make it hard for utilities to do the forest clearing that could prevent those fires, and then holds them responsible when fires break out, an Arizona Public Service official told.
Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Tucson was arrested Tuesday morning during a protest in front of the Trump Tower in New York City, according to information from his campaign office. Democratic Reps. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois and Adriano Espaillat of New York, and Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito were also arrested,.
WASHINGTON – Glendale resident Tahnee Gonzales admits she wasn’t thrilled that President Donald Trump negotiated with Democratic leaders last week on immigration – but that wasn’t about to keep her from traveling across the country to support her president. Gonzales was one of hundreds who turned out for what was billed as the “Mother of.
WASHINGTON – As he prepared to leave Washington and head back to Sahuarita after two weeks of praying and lobbying for the DREAM Act, the Rev. Randy Mayer said he was frustrated by the slow progress – but not surprised. “Every time I see the immigration conversations come up in Washington, D.C., they never go.
WASHINGTON – It was the greatest political deal that was – until it wasn’t. Unless it still is. After Democratic leaders said Wednesday night that they had reached a deal with President Donald Trump to preserve DACA, without a border wall requirement, social media exploded – along with some Republican members of Congress. But official.
PHOENIX — In a case that seems to be about he said/she said/he said, one thing is for sure: DREAMers say they are still not clear on the potential future of the program that allows them to stay in the United States. It’s been less that 24 hours since news broke that the two main.
WASHINGTON – Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country told a Senate panel Wednesday they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits, but lawmakers said much more needs to be done. The GAO put the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Services.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Reps. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally were among a bipartisan group of 13 House members invited to the White House to talk about tax reform Wednesday with President Donald Trump. The meeting was the latest of several recent attempts by Trump so far this month to reach across party lines to advance.
WASHINGTON – Gun-control advocates blasted a hunters’ rights bill in a House hearing Tuesday, calling it little more than a “cowardly” attempt to ease restrictions on silencers and armor-piercing bullets being pushed by the gun lobby. The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement, or SHARE, Act includes 18 proposals to ease restrictions on hunting on federal.
WASHINGTON – Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office. That lack of progress landed the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Services on.
WASHINGTON – Hispanic House members took a page from President Donald Trump’s playbook Friday, saying they are willing to risk a government shutdown later this year if they cannot get a vote on the DREAM Act. Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva of Tucson and Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said the “vast majority” of Democrats are behind.
WASHINGTON – Three Arizona lawmakers were among the scores of House and Senate members who filed a court brief Thursday defending the Colorado cake shop owner who was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips,.
WASHINGTON – A Senate investigation released Wednesday claims that Chandler-based pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics used “aggressive and likely illegal techniques to boost prescriptions” of a painkiller that contained the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. The report by the minority staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee comes less than a week after Arizona.
WASHINGTON – Arizona DREAMers joined other advocates on Capitol Hill Wednesday as Democrats called for a quick vote on a “clean” DREAM Act, which would keep many of the protections that could be lost if DACA is revoked. The event came one day after the Trump administration announced plans to phase out the Deferred Action.
PHOENIX – Tuesday’s announcement on the phase-out of the DACA program left recipients with many questions regarding what their legal options are and what steps they now may need to follow. DACA recipients are very diverse, ranging from college students, employees, business owners and parents or spouses of U.S. citizens. Cronkite News spoke with immigration.
WASHINGTON – Hundreds of demonstrators marched peacefully – but not quietly – in Washington Tuesday to protest the Trump administration’s decision to “wind down” deferred deportation protections for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The demonstrators marched from the White House to the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, banging drums,.
WASHINGTON – Trump administration officials defended their proposal to “wind down” a deferred deportation program over the next six months, calling it the least disruptive way of terminating a program that has protected 800,000 young immigrants. The White House, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security all said the alternative is to let.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Democrats, joined by some Republicans, had harsh words for the Trump administration’s Tuesday announcement that it will revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unless Congress can agree on a replacement in six months. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, said that rescinding DACA – which has benefited almost 800,000 immigrants, about 28,000.
News that President Donald Trump is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program brought reaction on social media from U.S. government officials, former President Barack Obama, and Arizona state officials. Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017 Statement from President Donald J..
WASHINGTON – Arizona minister Noel Andersen joined dozens of faith leaders outside the White House where they vowed Wednesday to mount a fast over the next week as the fate of a deferred deportation program for minors hangs in the balance. Andersen and the others said they hope their fast will convince President Donald Trump.
PHOENIX — In a waiting game full of anxiety and uncertainty, thousands of DACA recipients in Arizona are waiting to see if the Trump administration will rescind the program that has allowed them to stay legally in the country they call home. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was enacted by President Barack Obama.
PHOENIX — Controversy surrounding a banner featuring a crossed-out swastika has prompted a Saturday meeting between Phoenix Rising FC and Los Bandidos, a group that supports the soccer club. “As of right now we’re trying to keep the conversation between us and the (front office),” Los Bandidos posted on Facebook in response to an interview.
PHOENIX – Just as the Phoenix Police Department is conducting an investigation into its response in the aftermath of last week’s protests following President Donald Trump’s visit, community members and organizers showed up Wednesday to the Phoenix City Council meeting to express their concerns during a demonstration they called, “Phoenix Police Department Violence.” Tensions are.
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.
PHOENIX — Attorneys for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a motion Monday, seeking to have his federal criminal contempt of court conviction vacated. This, after Arpaio received a full pardon from President Donald Trump late last week, igniting controversy and criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. While most presidential pardons usually.
WASHINGTON – Tucson native Daniel Viehland felt it was his duty as a Christian and a white person to march in Washington on Monday – 54 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and two weeks after white supremacists rallied just two hours away. The seminary student was part of the.
PHOENIX – The city is hiring an outside firm to conduct an independent review of the controversial police response to protesters after last week’s presidential rally. “With the high profile nature of the events and community concerns and support expressed, it is important to use outside expertise to add a layer of objective review in.
WASHINGTON – In Washington, reaction to President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was swift and strong. All four Arizona Democrats, as well as the Arizona Democratic Party, issued statements within an hour of the pardon that accused the president of violating the rule of law, endorsing racism and bigotry and.
President Donald Trump has pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the White House announced late Friday afternoon. Arpaio is a fervent Trump fan who was convicted of criminal contempt of court in July for violating a federal judge’s order to stop targeting Latinos in traffic stops. Arpaio, 85, was scheduled to be sentenced on.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Wednesday the city’s police department will conduct a “thorough and transparent” review of the police response after President Donald Trump’s downtown rally Tuesday night. Trump’s remarks at the rally touched on a wide range of issues including racial tensions, media bias and immigration. He also hinted at a.
PHOENIX – President Donald Trump returned to Phoenix on Tuesday, greeted by warm temperatures and warmth from supporters crowded into the downtown Phoenix Convention Center and flinging heat about illegal immigration, the media and Arizona leaders. He threaded references to Arizona elected officials throughout the speech, calling out support for his ally, former Maricopa County.
PHOENIX – Police deployed tear gas, concussion grenades and pepper balls to disperse the crowd near the Phoenix Convention Center as tensions rose following a campaign-style rally Tuesday night by President Donald Trump and counterprotesters. The crowd of several hundred protesters had been peaceful during the day and as the rally progressed inside the convention.
WASHINGTON – The primary race for Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat is heating up as one of Flake’s main antagonists, President Donald Trump, is visiting the state. Less than a week after a Trump tweet called Flake “toxic” and praised his Republican challenger, Kelli Ward, a political action committee backed by Senate GOP leaders.
PHOENIX – One downtown Phoenix group estimated 25,000 people will converge in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday – both to support and oppose – President Donald Trump at his rally. He plans to appear at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center. Activists, businesses and law enforcement have spent the day preparing for the visit. Follow.
PHOENIX – Local law enforcement leaders, school officials and businesses are bracing for President Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona on Tuesday, with public officials saying they are calmly working to avoid violent clashes between supporters and counter-protesters expected to clog downtown Phoenix. Nearby schools and more than a dozen local businesses are closing early Tuesday.
On this episode of In Focus, we discuss wrong-way driving and the new technology that the Arizona Department of Transportation is installing on the Interstate 17. Digital Producer Alexis Kuhbander speaks to someone who barely avoided a wrong-way collision, along with a public safety official and vehicle-detection system expert, who highlight the importance of the.
WASHINGTON – Before Arizona could be recognized as a leader in blockchain technology legislation there was one major challenge – helping lawmakers “get your head around” exactly what the technology is. “It was very difficult, you know, trying to explain to people,” said Arizona State Rep. Jeff Weninger, R-Chandler. “You never want to vote for.
WASHINGTON – Faced with a “hard decision” on the budget, the Department of Veterans Affairs is again considering new limits on the Individual Unemployability benefit that currently helps more than 200,000 disabled veterans. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, telling a House panel this summer that providing unemployment benefits to vets “above the age of 80.
GRAND CANYON – An aging pipeline bringing water to residents, resorts and 6 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon has broken about 80 times since 2010 and needs a multimillion-dollar replacement, park officials say. Officials have sutured the breaks over the years, but that is no longer enough, said Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, Grand Canyon.
WASHINGTON – What do you do when you are listed as one of the most unpopular people in your home state? If you’re a U.S. senator from Arizona, apparently you stick to your guns. A poll in July by the website Morning Consult looked at the popularity of each senator in his or her home.
PHOENIX – Arizona universities are working to drive up Arizona college graduation rates, smoothing the way for students transferring from community college, offering financial aid and adding online classes to draw non-traditional students. Less than one out of three students in Arizona in 2013 earned a four-year degree in six years or less, according to.
CANTON, Ohio –Pat Tillman is well known for trading in his football uniform and enlisting in the United States Army. That enlistment eventually cost him his life. But the legacy of the former Arizona State and Cardinals player has lived on even a decade after. A legacy that has raised the question of whether Tillman’s.
WASHINGTON – Senate leaders, backed by vocal conservatives in the House, vowed at the height of the health care debate to trim the usual month-long August recess and stay until at least the middle of the month to work on pressing legislation. The middle of the month being Aug. 3, apparently. The Senate gaveled out.
WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security Department may not have the resources needed to hire the thousands of new agents President Donald Trump has ordered, and even if it could it might not know how to best deploy them. Those were the findings of a DHS Inspector General’s report reviewing Trump’s January executive orders calling for.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threw his support behind a bill Wednesday that would slash immigration into the United States and create a merit-based system favoring those who speak English, have higher education and high-paying job offers. The bill would cut immigration in half from the current 1 million green cards granted annually and would.
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,”.
WASHINGTON – When Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor last week to lecture his colleagues about governing, it reminded John Fer of similar conversations he’d had with McCain – in a North Vietnamese prison. Fer, a retired Air Force colonel who was a cellmate of McCain’s when both were held in Hao Lo.
WASHINGTON – Arizona conservatives’ reaction to Sen. Jeff Flake’s claim that the Republican Party has lost its way appeared to be as divided Monday as the party itself. Flake is making the rounds to promote his new book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” arguing in an interview Monday that the “party is being compromised” by non-conservative.
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.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to “traditional conservatism” in a book that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign. The first-term Senate Republican made the comments Sunday during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” where he.
WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain’s decision to buck his party early Friday and vote against a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare was both hailed as an example of “amazing courage” and derided as “betraying his conservative constituency.” The Arizona senator joined Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine to vote against.
PHOENIX – A new driver’s license manual now includes a safety section detailing best practices for drivers who get pulled over by law enforcement. Arizona Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen, who worked with officials from several state agencies to add the language to the manual, saying he wanted to prevent deadly interactions between police and motorists..
PHOENIX – Republican state Rep. Bob Thorpe is drafting a bill this summer that would ban out-of-state college students from voting in Arizona elections, sparking criticism from other public officials. “The legislation to really suppress voters, especially young voters that attend universities, is wrong,” said Rep. Isela Blanc, a Democrat. Thorpe’s office did not respond.
WASHINGTON – For most people, electricity is simple: Flip on a switch or plug into the wall and power your devices. But for power companies and the regulators who oversee them, emerging technologies and innovations have introduced complications that are forcing administrators to rethink how they do their jobs. That was the message Arizona Corporation.
WASHINGTON – The House passed a $713.4 billion defense spending “minibus” Thursday that rolled four separate spending bills together with scores of amendments, including almost $1.6 billion to begin construction of a border wall. The minibus – to fund Congress, courts and some parts of the military, among other programs – included everything from banning.
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 – The response from Arizona lawmakers was swift and clear Wednesday after President Donald Trump said in a series of early-morning tweets that transgender individuals would not be able to serve “in any capacity” in the military. Members of the state’s congressional delegation criticized both the message – one called it “dumb” – and.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, often called one of the most vulnerable senators facing re-election in 2018, has started aggressively fundraising, and reported having almost $3 million in the bank. In his most recent campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission, the Arizona Republican reported raising a total of $4.3 million, almost $1.5 million in.
VERDE RIVER – State officials plan to open Arizona’s newest state park along the Verde River but neighboring landowners fear crowds will compromise safety. Arizona State Parks and Trails purchased Rockin’ River Ranch from the Nature Conservancy in 2008. Nearly a decade later, a $4 million budget appropriation is spurring plans to renovate the park.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers have been at the forefront when it comes to laying the groundwork for 5G, the next generation of wireless telecommunications technology, a group of experts said Tuesday. The panel of industry and government officials said Arizona could become one of the first states with 5G technology, and they credited measures like.
WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave Sen. John McCain 16 minutes of floor time Tuesday and McCain used every minute of it, capping an already emotional return to the Senate with a call to action for his fellow lawmakers that hit every emotion on the scale. McCain, diagnosed last week with an aggressive.
WASHINGTON – Less than a week after he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, Arizona Sen. John McCain will return to Washington Tuesday, his office announced Monday night. McCain has hardly been inactive during his recovery from surgery to remove a blood clot over his left eye that led to the cancer diagnosis: He.
LAKE PLEASANT – Law enforcement and recreation officials are urging boaters to practice safety during an intense monsoon season. Waves as high as eight feet have endangered boaters at Lake Pleasant, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. “Some officers have worked here over 20 years and never seen a storm this big,” deputy sheriff.
PHOENIX – The Interstate 17 bridge that crosses over 19th avenue was among more than 200 bridges in Arizona considered “structurally deficient” in a national safety report but has since been repaired, an ADOT spokesman said. The designation does not mean the bridges aren’t safe and Arizona overall gets high marks for bridge safety. About.
WASHINGTON – The outpouring of support following this week’s announcement that Arizona Sen. John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor came from the expected Washington heavyweights, including current and former presidents, lawmakers and Cabinet members. It also came from some unexpected sources: pro athletes like Larry Fitzgerald, authors like Stephen King and actress Rosie O’Donnell..
Glioblastoma, the cancer afflicting John McCain, is an aggressive cancer that originates in the brain. Dr. Peter Nakaji, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and Catherine Ivy, president and a founder of the Ivy Foundation brain research center, discussed the diagnosis, symptoms and treatment. He is not on John McCain’s treatment team. What.
PHOENIX – Sen. John McCain on Thursday vowed to be “be back soon” in Washington, even as former presidents and longtime Arizona residents sent messages of support after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!”.
WASHINGTON – Despite the “tireless work” of Arizona Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, the number and cost of pork-barrel projects have continued to rise, jumping by over 30 percent this year, a new report says. The 2017 Congressional Pig Book Summary released Wednesday by Citizens Against Government Waste said there are 163 congressional “earmarks”.
WASHINGTON – Arizona election officials had sharp words Wednesday for President Donald Trump after he suggested that states that are withholding voter information from a presidential commission have something to hide. “What are they worried about?” Trump asked, during remarks to first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. “There’s something, there always.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his doctors said Wednesday, less than a week after he was hospitalized for removal of a suspicious blood clot over his left eye. A statement from the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, where McCain underwent the blood-clot surgery Friday, said he has been diagnosed.
News that Arizona Sen. John McCain is battling brain cancer brought reaction from the White House, former presidents, allies and past opponents. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. pic.twitter.com/SO4XYgnyug — President Trump (@POTUS) July 20, 2017 John McCain is an American hero & one of.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake said fellow Arizona Sen. John McCain “sounded great” in a phone conversation Monday, just three days after McCain underwent surgery to have a blood clot removed from above his left eye. “I hope that we can get him back here as quickly as possible, we need him,” Flake said of.
PHOENIX – City courts in Arizona have a conflict of interest that costs taxpayers, according to a Goldwater Institute report that says municipal judges are motivated to levy fines and fees to keep courts operating. The research group examined revenue and expenses for 12 municipal courts and found Tempe, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley levied fines.
PHOENIX – Storms that flooded Burton Barr Central Library over the weekend will leave it closed indefinitely, sending patrons and staff to other library branches in Phoenix. But the library’s rare book collection, kept in a vault, is safe, library officials said. Scott Krushak, assistant chief for the Phoenix Fire Department, said Monday a microburst.
MESA – Phoenix area residents, utility companies and city officials spent Monday cleaning up from weekend monsoons that flooded streets, toppled trees, cut off power to thousands of homes and forced the closure of a water-drenched central Phoenix library. More than 41,000 people were without power at the height of the storm on Sunday night,.
WASHINGTON – The House passed a $689 billion defense budget Friday that includes funding for Pentagon operations – along with a record number of attempts at amendments, on everything from the border wall to professional sports. Arizona lawmakers had a hand in 38 of the record 440 amendments, according to documents posted by the House.
WASHINGTON – Sounds of toddlers laughing and playing echoed around her, but on stage the message from a Mesa teen was serious: Act on climate change, or we will suffer. Westwood High School sophomore Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida was one of scores of kids and parents who turned out on Capitol Hill Thursday for the annual.
PHOENIX – A group of Republican legislators, business leaders and doctors in Arizona joined a continuing chorus of opposition to the national health-care bill Thursday, saying it would slash state Medicaid coverage for seniors, children and veterans. Arizona Republican legislators Heather Carter and Michelle Udall, leaders from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and doctors.
WASHINGTON – Congress has been too willing to cede its constitutional authority to approve the use of military forces and it’s time to take that responsibility back, Sens. Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine said Wednesday. Flake, an Arizona Republican, and Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, said bills from 2001 and
WASHINGTON – Senate leaders said Tuesday that they will delay their traditional August recess by two weeks, a move that has some Arizona congressmen wondering if the House should do the same. Rep. Andy Biggs, R- Gilbert, has been pushing since June to do away with the August recess, a call he repeated Tuesday in.
PHOENIX – Some Arizona residents have been blocked from the Twitter page of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who is running for re-election. Laurie Nerat, a constituent who lives in District 6, said she felt blindsided by the action. “My biggest initial reaction was complete shock, and then I was like, ‘this is really not OK,’”.
WASHINGTON – As calls of “Trumpcare kills” and “health care is a human right” echoed through the halls of Capitol office buildings Monday, Lauren Klinkhamer stood quietly in Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s office and told staffers, “I don’t want to die.” The Tucson resident fears she would be among the 22 million Americans, and as.
PHOENIX – The National Council of La Raza is launching a school-based program and new technology to increase voting and political engagement among Latino youths. La Raza leaders will ask Arizona school administrators this fall to join the High School Democracy Project to help increase voter registration of Latino millennials. Sixteen states have implemented the.
WASHINGTON – It used to be that firefighters’ biggest worries in a wildfire might be unpredictable winds, rocky terrain and scorching heat. That was before the advent of affordable, readily available aerial drones. Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones flew into airspace over.
WASHINGTON – When protesters descended on Sen. Jeff Flake’s office this week to demand that he vote against the Senate’s health reform bill, it was just the latest in a campaign by local and national groups to pressure the Arizona Republican. Flake, one of just eight Republicans up for re-election next year, is among a.
MESA – Mesa police are investigating claims two officers beat a man who was jaywalking after a video emerged of them striking him as he struggled with them on the ground. Jason Barton, who ran from officers who were trying to stop him, said the police had only stopped him because he is black. “It.
WASHINGTON – Arizona’s decision to deny voter data to a White House panel on election integrity puts it in line with many states, 44 of which had said by Wednesday that they will deny the request in whole or in part. The commission, appointed in the wake of President Donald Trump’s claims of massive voter.
PHOENIX – The call comes in. A woman is having chest pains. Four Phoenix firefighters at Station No. 30 jump onto a truck, ignoring the triple-digit temperatures, and speed to an apartment to tend to the woman sitting on her couch. How are you feeling? How long have you experienced this? The firefighters focus on.
FLAGSTAFF – Pension costs for Arizona police officers and firefighters are rising to the point they are overburdening taxpayers, according to a legislative committee that is seeking reforms. Six Arizona legislators, in the first of several meetings around the state, said the problem is so pervasive that residents, experts and others need to educate themselves.
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 – Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan said Monday that the state will not comply with a request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for information on the state’s 3.6 million registered voters. Reagan, in a letter released Monday, said that while she stands ready to assist the White House panel in.
PHOENIX – One woman ran out of gas. Men in a pickup truck needed someone to change a tire on the car. Another man had one of his car’s tires blow up. State workers, like freeway Samaritans, came to their rescue on Interstate-17 with offers of cold bottled water to cool their thirst and free.
WASHINGTON – Arizona will comply with only some of a request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for personal information on the state’s 3.6 million registered voters, Secretary of State Michele Reagan said Friday. She follows the lead of several other states that had refused the request, made of all 50 secretaries of.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Board of Regents decided Thursday to keep offering in-state tuition to Arizona DREAMers until courts ultimately decide whether offering a tuition break to undocumented students is legal. “I feel relief, honestly,” said Diana Aguilera, a member of the activist group, Undocumented Students for Educational Equity, after the vote. She and other.
WASHINGTON – The House passed immigration bills Thursday that Republicans promised would take criminal immigrants “off the street,” but Democrats said would do little for public safety while having a “chilling effect” on immigrant communities. The bills – to pull federal funding from sanctuary cities and to toughen penalties for immigrants who repeatedly re-enter the.
PHOENIX — For a group of players accustomed to the spotlight, it was time to recognize a community that rarely experiences it. “One of the things I notice since I’ve been out of the Marine corps as a veteran is we hardly ever get any recognition,” veteran Naeem Abdul-Kareem said, “because (others) don’t often hear.
PHOENIX – It’s early morning as five Phoenix police recruits prepare to spend their day doing pushups and situps on an asphalt parking lot, clamber over a six-foot wall and hit the rubber track girdling the training grounds for a 1.5 mile run. Officer Chris McCloud alerts them to the grueling practice exercises ahead. He.
PHOENIX – State safety and transportation officials are developing a detection system to warn motorists if dangerous dust storms are in the area. The Southwest is known for its haboobs during the monsoon. A recent dust storm in New Mexico, near the Arizona border, caused a 25-car pileup, killing six people. The dust-detection system, which.
WASHINGTON – The lights will stay on at the Navajo Generating Station until 2019 as the Navajo Nation Council voted 18-4, after hours of debate Monday, for a new agreement with the plant’s operators. The new lease agreement allows for decades of decommissioning work to begin in 2019 and includes amendments giving the tribe control.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border will be more like a “border wall system” of walls, fencing, technology, law enforcement, patrol roads – and 130 miles with nothing but “natural barriers,” a border official said Tuesday. Acting Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello’s comments come as his agency.
PHOENIX – Arizona leaders of an array of organizations, ranging from AARP to Planned Parenthood, joined a chorus opposed to a Senate health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. A news conference Tuesday at Chicanos Por La Causa drew attention to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that the proposed plan would reduce the.
WASHINGTON – The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that Senate Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare would reduce the federal budget deficit faster than a House-passed health care bill, but would cost 22 million people their health coverage. That estimate, only slightly less than the House 23 million that the CBO said would be affected by.
PHOENIX – Prosecutors painted former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a law enforcement leader who disregarded a federal judge’s orders to halt racial profiling of Latino motorists and passengers, while Arpaio’s attorneys said he followed the law “as the law exists” during opening statements in his federal criminal contempt trial. Arpaio, in his first.
Angry protesters rallied outside Sen. Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office Friday, demanding that he vote against a Republican health care bill that new analyses claim could hit Arizona particularly hard. The Senate plan to replace Obamacare would cost the state as much as $7.1 billion through fiscal 2026, according to an estimate released Friday by the.
WASHINGTON – The Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare was quickly attacked by Democrats and kept at arm’s length by Arizona’s Republican senators, who seemed less than eager to comment on a bill few had seen before its release Thursday. The 142-page “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” would cut deeply into Medicaid funding and.
PHOENIX – Sgt. Vasku, after working for seven years on SWAT operations and chasing down criminal suspects, has retired. Now he just has to make the tough transition from K9 service at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to civilian life as a pet enjoying a dog’s life. Vasku, a nine-year-old Belgian Malinois, in more than.
PHOENIX – When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, giving slaves their freedom, it took more than two years for news to travel to Galveston, Texas. June 19, 1865, became the real day of freedom for Texas residents. More than 150 years later, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the.
PHOENIX – Soaring temperatures and dry conditions are increasing the danger of wildfires in Arizona. About 850 wildfires ripped through more than 200 square miles in Arizona this year, according to Jeff Whitney, director of the Arizona State Forestry Division. None of the wildfires have been as catastrophic as the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013.
PHOENIX – Arizona public libraries have pushed to become more than just a place to check out books, and an $800,000 grant will help continue the expansion by developing 50 programs at 36 libraries throughout the state. The state grant will fund programs including centers for entrepreneurs, mobile book bundles for seniors, a Lego imaginarium,.
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.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone shut down Tent City but still allows immigration officials to deport undocumented detainees at county jails, according to members of the Latino community who say they are still recovering from the previous administration’s anti-immigration policies. Penzone deserves praise for shutting down the outdoor jail facility, said Angeles Maldonado,.
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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.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order Tuesday requiring reports of opioid overdoses and deaths reach state health officials within 24 hours. Officials with the state Department of Health Services said efforts to stymie a growing opioid crisis lagged because data reports were months old. “This is going to help us identify what.
LAKE HAVASU CITY – It’s dark. You’re hiding in your closet. Someone just broke in and you’re alone. You can’t call police because you don’t want the intruder to know where you are. You need to send a text. Your house is on fire house and you’re trapped. Smoke is filling your lungs. It’s hard.
WASHINGTON – Marisa Tristan has long been an advocate for LGBT rights, but she never felt the need to march in Washington before this year. But the Phoenix resident joined tens of thousands this weekend who marched for national Pride Month – a month, they noted pointedly, that was recognized by presidents for the last.
WASHINGTON – Erica Keppler traveled from Phoenix to Washington so she could have her voice heard – the voice of a transgender woman. “We desperately need protection because our lives are very difficult,” said Keppler. “To live fully as equal members of society, we need some help from government to say you need to play.
WASHINGTON – Former FBI Director James Comey may have expected many things when he testified to a Senate committee Thursday – but being promoted to president was probably not one of them. But that’s what Arizona Sen. John McCain appeared to do in a question in which he accidentally called the former FBI chief “President.
Many Americans who disagree with President Donald Trump have used Twitter as a means to criticize him and his agenda. According to a recent Reuters article, the president’s @realDonaldTrump account blocked several users who replied to refute or ridicule Trump. Lawyers representing some of the blocked users and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia.
PHOENIX – A conference room inside a stucco building in central Phoenix houses a combat zone. Men and women armed with laptops, video projectors and phones are packed at tables against a backdrop of vanilla walls working to battle Arizona’s relentless opioid crisis. The decor in the operations center is office building bland. The consequences.
WASHINGTON – The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to waive polygraph tests for military, law enforcement and veterans applying for Border Patrol jobs, despite concerns that it could open the door to problem hires. The Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, comes as Customs and Border Protection grapples with President Donald Trump’s.
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.
PHOENIX – Local civil rights and faith leaders are pushing for the removal of six Confederate memorials in Arizona, calling them symbols of terrorism and bigotry. “We can’t go through our daily lives honoring symbols of hate, symbols of separation, symbols of segregation designed to tear us apart and deepen our wounds,” said Rep. Reginald.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s plan to privatize operations of the nation’s air traffic control towers – including at least six in Arizona – will help speed upgrades to a system that has been slow to modernize, the White House said Monday. The announcement was welcomed by some aviation groups, who said it will “get.
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.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declared a public health emergency spurred by a devastating jump in Arizona opioid deaths in 2016, calling for a coordinated effort by the medical community and state and local governments to find solutions to an epidemic. Arizona reached a record 790 opioid deaths in 2016, a 74 percent.
WASHINGTON – The Interior Department has “not accomplished much” in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund for the program, a department official said recently. Acting Deputy Interior Secretary James Cason told a House Natural Resources subcommittee that at its current.
WASHINGTON – Arizona cities Friday spurned President Donald Trump’s plan to pull the U.S. out of a global emissions compact, with at least three mayors pledging their cities would hew to the emission goals laid out in the Paris accord. Tucson and Flagstaff joined Phoenix in a letter that had been signed by 175 mayors.
YUMA – The U.S. Border Patrol and Mexico emergency dispatchers are collaborating to save the lives of people who are crossing the U.S. border in the desert heat and succumbing to illness or injury. The program led to the rescue of a young boy and, later, a married couple who ran out of water after.