PHOENIX – More than 2.4 million crimes, whose victims suspect were motivated by hate, were committed across the United States in the five years from 2012 to 2016, according to a News21 analysis of the federal National Crime Victimization Survey, which interviews tens of thousands of Americans annually. Jack McDevitt, director of Northeastern University’s Institute.
WASHINGTON – When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Accords last summer, five Arizona cities joined hundreds around the country that vowed to live up to the Paris climate standards even if the U.S. wouldn’t. Little has changed in the year since, but the Arizona mayors are sticking to their guns, saying they would.
WASHINGTON – It’s 8 a.m. on a recent Wednesday and Rep. Debbie Lesko is standing in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, steps from a larger-than-life statue of Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, waiting for a live television interview. It’s the first event in a 12-hour day that will include meetings, interviews, votes and hearings – a normal.
WASHINGTON – When Twitter purged suspicious accounts last month, Arizona Sen. John McCain lost 210,000 followers overnight – but it barely made a dent for McCain, who still had almost 3.2 million followers. The changes were much the same for the rest of the Arizona delegation, although on a smaller scale, with most lawmakers seeing.
PHOENIX – More than 4,000 African-Americans were lynched during the “lynching era,” from the end of Reconstruction in 1877 to about 1950. Eighty-eight percent of the lynchings occurred across 10 Southern states, according to “Lynching in America,” a 2017 report by the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal advocacy group in Montgomery, Alabama. The lynching era’s.
PHOENIX — More than 16 million people, many of whom are foreign, passed through the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in 2017. Most days, they only have to deal with immigration and customs inspectors. But one day last June, they dealt with a small, vocal group holding signs denouncing Islam. They.
WASHINGTON – Just days after President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, the Senate joined the House last week for their August recess. After a year of squabbling on immigration reform, and despite the nudge from the president, experts say it’s increasingly unlikely that anything.
PHOENIX – U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, said Latinos have become entangled in rising anti-immigrant hate over the past couple decades. The anti-immigrant movement merged with anti-Latino sentiment under the guise of border security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Gallego said. In response, Latinos have felt compelled to engage politically to combat the wave of.
WASHINGTON – The Arizona chapter of American Civil Liberties Union on Friday withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, after he blocked two constituents from his social media accounts. Both sides claimed victory in the fight, with Gosar’s general counsel calling it a fitting conclusion to a court case that lacked.
PHOENIX – Three people died every day on average on Arizona roads in 2017, and 152 people were injured, according to the Department of Transportation’s annual report on motor-vehicle crashes. Nearly three-quarters of accidents occurred from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The report, released Tuesday, draws a detailed picture of such things as how often.
WASHINGTON – Tucson mom Linda Robles was in Washington Wednesday to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency ban TCE, the chemical she blames for the death of one daughter and the birth defects of three other children. “Our community is tired of it,” Robles said at a Capitol Hill news conference with other parents whose.
WASHINGTON – Immigration officials defended the integrity of their agencies’ handling of family separations at the border, with one witness telling a Senate panel Tuesday that Border Patrol agents don’t leave their “humanity behind when we report for duty.” The comments came during a three-hour Senate Judiciary Committee hearing during which lawmakers grilled officers of.
WASHINGTON – A Navy widow whose husband died from kidney disease cannot sue the Veterans Affairs medical center that delayed his treatment, only to send a letter two weeks after his death urging him to seek immediate care. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Felisa Tunac waited.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday repeated a threat to shut down the government this fall if Congress does not approve the immigration reforms he wants, including funding for a border wall. But analysts say the threat, first made in a tweet Sunday, is likely little more than a political ploy that the president.
PHOENIX – Gina Roberts knows that when it comes to getting younger generations to vote, you have to go to them. That’s why the Citizens Clean Election Commission commissioned a mural along Roosevelt Row – a vibrant arts district in downtown Phoenix – to attract attention to their cause, she said. “You know what, we.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona lawmakers were among the handful of Republicans who introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday against Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the Justice Department probe of possible Russian election meddling. Republican Reps. Paul Gosar of Prescott and Andy Biggs of Gilbert co-sponsored the impeachment resolution to “restore power to the people,”.
PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court this year decided some of the most divisive cases in America, from detained immigrants to minority-voter rights to anti-abortion pregnancy centers. The rulings bolstered conservatives and dismayed liberals, according to law experts speaking in Phoenix. Lawyers and legal scholars from the Anti-Defamation League, a group fighting anti-Semitism and civil.
WASHINGTON – Reps. Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together Wednesday to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year. Grijalva, a Tucson Democrat, and Bishop, a Utah Republican, unveiled the Restore Our Parks and Public.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is pushing ahead on construction of the South Mountain Freeway, even through 115-degree temperatures, by ensuring its workers remain safe and hydrated. The long-envisioned project, which began in early 2017, is meant to cut congestion and drive times in central Phoenix by diverting traffic off Interstate 10 onto.
WASHINGTON – Andrew Medway wasn’t sure how his Mesa business was picked to represent Arizona at the White House’s “Made in America Showcase,” but he was still excited to be there Monday among companies that made everything from spacecraft to MoonPies. “We’re thrilled to be here obviously, but it came completely out of the blue,”.
WASHINGTON – The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water system, ending two years of back-and-forth debate in Congress on the issue. The measure was ultimately approved on a voice vote with no opposition after just five minutes of.
PHOENIX – Three years after the suicide of a decorated Army Ranger, friends and family of the victim are calling on state legislators to mandate the collection of data on suicide rates for military veterans in Arizona. At a news conference on Monday, State Rep. Jay Lawrence, Republican chairman the Arizona House’s Military, Veterans and.
WASHINGTON – Trump administration plans to revamp the Endangered Species Act were hailed this week as “long overdue” by industry groups, even as environmentalists called the changes a “a massive attack on imperiled wildlife.” The proposals unveiled Thursday by officials from the departments of Commerce and the Interior come a week after members of the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake vowed to try again after the Senate blocked a vote Thursday on his resolution supporting U.S. intelligence agencies and rejecting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 elections. The bipartisan resolution also called for sanctions on Russia and a congressional investigation into what.
PHOENIX – March for Our Lives, the student-led movement for sensible gun-law reforms, hosted a “Breakfast for Our Lives” on Thursday and announced a summer bus tour to educate and register young voters. This summer, March for Our Lives launched a 20-state bus tour, but because it does not include Arizona, local activists started their.
PHOENIX – As new apartment buildings crowd the downtown skyline and rents rise across Phoenix, low-income residents continue to rely on decades-old public housing. But that’s beginning to change: In June, the city announced that the A.L. Krohn East apartments in central Phoenix will be completely replaced with new units. Access to affordable housing is.
WASHINGTON – A day after President Donald Trump walked back his statements on Russian meddling in U.S. elections, the issue still simmered Wednesday in Washington where some lawmakers said the president cannot make up for his “ridiculous” original statement. Trump said Monday that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “extremely strong and powerful denial” of.
WASHINGTON – Pork-barrel spending more than doubled over the past year, with the federal government allocating $14.7 billion to fund 232 earmarks, according to a report released Wednesday by Citizens Against Government Waste. The annual Congressional Pig Book said lawmakers continue to win earmarks – spending approvals that circumvent regular budgetary processes – even though.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed the “Officer Craig Tiger Act,” which provides more counseling services to public-safety officials who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder because of their experiences on the job. The law is named after a Phoenix police officer who was forced to shoot an assailant in 2012 and later took his.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers agreed that President Donald Trump was wrong to claim Monday that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, although their reactions to the since-withdrawn statement ranged from condemnation to rationalization. Trump sparked immediate backlash Monday after appearing with Russian President Vladimir Putin and saying he saw no reason why Russia.
PHOENIX – Voter participation is eroding across the U.S. and the situation in Arizona is a crisis, according to a study by the Morrison Institute of Public Policy at Arizona State University. The poor, minorities and young adults who would benefit the most by voting are the very groups that participate the least in the.
PHOENIX – Despite significant seizures of fentanyl over the past year, the lethal synthetic opioid keeps pouring into the country across Arizona’s border with Mexico, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Arizona Department of Public Safety say. “We are the tip of the spear for drug trafficking,” said Doug Coleman, the DEA’s special agent in.
WASHINGTON – A group of Western lawmakers unveiled a package of bills Thursday to “modernize” the Endangered Species Act by allowing more local input and encouraging voluntary conservation efforts. “Everybody wants to have endangered species protected, but doing it in the right way, where everyone is included in the process,” said Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott,.
WASHINGTON – The president of the Arizona Farm Bureau told a House panel Thursday that regulations meant to help the environment are actually doing the opposite, in part by harming ranchers who are in the best position to help. In testimony to a House Natural Resources subcommittee, Stefanie Smallhouse said that laws meant to protect.
PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill organized a letter of support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, stirring controversy when a story about his backing of President Donald Trump’s nomination was posted on the team-affiliated website and Twitter account. The letter, which was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee and vouches for Kavanaugh’s character,.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County patrol officers stopped Hispanic drivers for longer periods and searched them more often than other drivers, according to an annual report analyzing traffic-stop data. The results are similar to those over the past three years. Whites were stopped for an average of 13 minutes, compared with Hispanics, who were stopped for.
WASHINGTON – The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl had been tapped to act as a “sherpa” to help guide the Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate. Kavanaugh, currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was nominated.
WASHINGTON – Even before President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court nominee Monday night, advocates for a range of issues were bracing for what might come next. They knew they were likely to get a conservative jurist – the president had promised as much – but were trying to.
WASHINGTON – Customs and Border Protection is getting better at attracting and hiring job applicants, but the agency still faces thousands of vacancies in its law enforcement ranks, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. The report said that the number of Border Patrol agents actually fell from 2013 to 2017, at a time.
TUCSON – U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Friday toured a Southwest Key facility in Tucson where he decried the dozens of migrant children who are locked away from their parents and out of public view, with some of the detainees as young as 5. “Kindergarten age,” said the Democrat lawmaker, who represents much of southern.
WASHINGTON – Unemployment hit 3.8 percent in May, the lowest level in 18 years and a jobless rate that economists say represents virtually full employment. While that’s good news for workers, it’s causing problems for businesses that say they can’t get American workers to fill open jobs and they can’t get permission to hire foreign.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Democrats and environmental groups on Thursday welcomed the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who aggressively rolled back agency regulations even as he was dogged by ethical questions. The news was widely cheered by people like Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club, who when.
PHOENIX – Another attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona went up in smoke Thursday when Safer Arizona missed the 5 p.m. deadline to file petitions to get on the Nov. 6 ballot. A representative of the grassroots group said Thursday afternoon that it had collected about 75,000 of the 150,625 signatures needed to qualify.
PHOENIX – The next census is two years away, but Latino leaders across the country have voiced concerns over a citizenship question that will be included in the standard form for the first time since 1950. It’s “a tool that can be used to empower or to marginalize communities. This administration has chosen the path.
WASHINGTON – The Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday that his country’s relationship with the Trump administration is in better shape than it was a year and a half ago, but that there is still room for improvement. “The past year and a half have implied, I think, that we’re in better shape than.
PHOENIX – A group of Arizona Realtors on Tuesday delivered more than 400,000 signatures to the state Capitol in support of a ballot measure to constitutionally prohibit the state from imposing a sales tax on services. The group, Citizens for Fair Tax Policy, which was created by the Arizona Association of Realtors, says it opposes.
WASHINGTON – Immigrant-rights activists and lawmakers Monday accused the Trump administration of erecting a “second wall” to more than 700,000 potential immigrants – including more than 14,000 in Arizona – who have pending citizenship applications. The “Tear Down the Second Wall” campaign said the application backlog has almost doubled in the past two years. Joshua.
PHOENIX – Mexico’s crucial July 1 election will be the first in which citizens living abroad can vote without having to return to Mexico. “Mexico is a country that has the biggest amount of people living outside of the country,” said Yuri Gabriel Beltrán, a counselor with the Mexico City Electoral Institute. “Voting is like.
PHOENIX – First lady Melania Trump visited the Southwest Key shelter Thursday to talk to staff and children housed there. She toured a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Tucson earlier in the day. A few dozen protesters greeted Trump as she arrived at the west Phoenix nonprofit shelter for immigrant youth. Many donned.
WASHINGTON – The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it is moving ahead with its investigation of Rep. David Schweikert and his chief of staff for possible misuse of office funds and improper campaign contributions. The committee said it is also looking into whether the aide, Oliver Schwab, may have received outside income in excess of.
WASHINGTON – A last-ditch effort to get an immigration reform bill through the House was soundly defeated Wednesday, with almost half of the Republicans joining all Democrats to reject the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act on a 301-121 vote. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, was the only Arizona lawmaker to vote for the bill, with.
WASHINGTON – House leaders added employer checks and an expanded farmworker visa program in their latest attempt to get an immigration bill that can pass, but most lawmakers leaving a GOP meeting Tuesday morning appeared skeptical of its chances. “Working through it still,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, after the Republican caucus meeting. “Always good.
PHOENIX – Arizona anti-abortion activists hailed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling supporting pregnancy centers as a win for free speech and religious rights. “The ruling means that Arizona city government will not be able to compel a pro-life pregnancy center to communicate a message that violates their deeply held convictions,” said Cathi Herrod, president of.
FLORENCE – Officer Laura Orscheln sets up her binoculars and tripod and stands on a ridge overlooking the quiet desert near Florence. Scanning the desert for any movement, the Arizona Game & Fish Department wildlife manager spots something dark moving about a mile away. It’s just trash, so she sweeps her binoculars elsewhere. She’s “glassing”.
WASHINGTON – Critics of the administration’s policy of separating families at the border called it the equivalent of “psychological torture,” and even President Donald Trump said he did not like it as he ordered the policy reversed this week. But the “Angel Families” who went to the White House Friday told the president that separation.
PHOENIX – Advocates for the preservation of the Chinese Cultural Center have gained support from the Patriot Movement AZ, a controversial, conservative pro-Trump group that supports Second Amendment rights and a border wall. Lesa Antone, who founded the group that has drawn criticism over confrontations with Black Lives Matter and Red for Ed supporters, said.
WASHINGTON – Some conservative House Republicans bucked their party’s leaders Thursday and joined Democrats to kill a GOP-backed immigration reform bill, dimming chances that any reform bill will pass the House. After the Securing America’s Future Act failed on a 193-231 vote, House leaders quickly pulled back a second, more-moderate measure and called a late.
PHOENIX – Leaders of the Arizona ACLU and a Tucson-based coalition fighting to change immigration policy fear President Trump’s executive order will not end family separation and encouraged people to remain vigilant on immigration issues. Billy Peard, an attorney for the Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said Thursday that wording of the.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered immigration officials to keep undocumented immigrant families together, after weeks of mounting criticism over his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of families at the border. His executive order does not reverse the zero-tolerance policy, and adults caught at the border will still be.
WASHINGTON – The House is poised to take action on two Republican immigration-reform bills, but it was not clear Wednesday if House leaders would be able to muster enough support to pass either. Democrats strongly oppose both bills, with even the more moderate of the two derided by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, as “a compromise.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday agreed to proceed with the development of the South Central light-rail extension, however, the council also approved a motion directing Valley Metro to evaluate the possibility of maintaining four lanes of surface roads along portions of the $965 million project. The number of lanes is a major.
PHOENIX – Arizona is expanding drop-off services for unused and old medications to 13 pharmacies and additional police stations in a continuing battle against opioid abuse. “We know that so many times it’s friends, family, grandparents, kids that end up getting access to these dangerous opioids,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said, announcing the program.
WASHINGTON – Democrats and immigration advocates rallied Tuesday against the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that has led to the separation of families at the border, as immigration agency officials defended the treatment of children in shelters. It came as President Donald Trump headed to Capitol Hill to lobby House Republicans before an expected vote on.
PHOENIX – A recent nationwide poll indicates the general public doesn’t broadly support the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when crossing into the U.S. illegally. The Quinnipiac University poll released Monday found that 66 percent of respondents opposed the policy, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early May. Only 27.
PHOENIX – Akemi Vargas mourns the absence of her father, deported when she was 7. Francisca Porchas, a Puenta Arizona activist with a 2-year-old daughter, anguishes over children she says have been ripped from their families. And social worker Laurie Rosales, who has worked in immigrant detention centers in Eloy and Florence, worries about the.
WASHINGTON – Hugo Nuñez acknowledged that some drivers were unsettled when they first saw the drive-through X-ray machine at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. “The public at first was a little taken aback by it,” said Nuñez, a supervisory Customs and Border Protection officer at the Nogales port. “When people aren’t fully educated.
WASHINGTON – A year to the day after he was severely wounded in a gunman’s politically motivated attack, Rep. Steve Scalise took the field Thursday and recorded the first out for Republicans in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. It was the perfect statement to open the game, a Washington tradition where Democrats and Republicans preach.
PHOENIX – Political activism can be as simple as voting for a candidate or as statement-provoking as students lying on the Capitol lawn in a “die-in,” according to a growing movement of Arizona organizations teaching millennials, minorities and other underrepresented groups how to dive deeper into community issues. Progress Now Arizona, NextGen Arizona and other.
WASHINGTON – House leaders this week derailed an attempt by Democrats and moderate Republicans to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, announcing instead that they will bring two Republican bills to the floor. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday after a meeting of House Republicans that they had come together.
PHOENIX – A Phoenix subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously agreed to move forward a proposal to spend $149,000 on a study into a recent rise in officer-involved shootings, which already have exceeded the annual totals for 2017 and ’15. Phoenix police have been involved in 23 shootings from Jan. 1 through May 29, according to a.
PHOENIX – About 30 Arizona students held a “die-in” at the state Capitol Tuesday to honor the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people two years ago. They also want to pressure elected officials into enacting tighter gun-safety laws. The student-led March for Our Lives group organized.
PHOENIX – Mark Maddox is left with fragments of what should be his fondest memories: He’s lost the details of a family trip to Disney World, and forgotten most of what happened in the three Super Bowls he played in. Sometimes, he watches video of his games to help jog a memory impaired by too.
PHOENIX – The Obama Foundation launched its first Community Leadership Corps in Phoenix over the weekend, a six-month program designed to help young people bring about change in their communities. “It’s exciting, the idea of building something from the ground up,” said Breeonna Combs, one of 35 young people chosen to participate in the program..
PHOENIX – This monsoon season, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will not enforce a law that permits some motorists to be billed for the cost of their rescue from flash floods because authorities worry people who can’t afford the fine won’t call for help. Under the so-called stupid-motorist law, motorists who drive around a barricade or.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake took the Senate floor Thursday to “sound the alarm” on President Donald Trump’s trade policies in a speech that quickly became a discourse on liberty, freedom and America “turning our back” on its responsibility as a world leader. The Arizona Republican’s 16-minute speech was another in a series of.
PHOENIX – Nearly a year after flood damage closed the Burton Barr Central Library, it will reopen June 16 with a party to celebrate new features like expanded areas for children and a room set aside for 3D printing. A daylong celebration June 16 will start at 9 a.m. with events for all ages, including.
PEORIA – On a scorching summer day, children run and laugh as they pelt each other with dodgeballs in the gym of Sundance Elementary School. OK, guys, pipe down, a volunteer counselor tells them. Lunch is about to be served. They scramble over to rows of long tables, demolishing hamburgers and yogurt parfaits swirled with.
PHOENIX – About 300 Native American coal miners, power plant workers and families rallied outside the state Capitol Wednesday morning to ask for 90 more days to figure out how to keep the Navajo Generating Station near Page operating. Community leaders said they needed the time to “slow this process down, answer important questions and.
MESA – The City Council has approved a $65 million deal to bring an Arizona State University campus to downtown Mesa, a move some business owners and residents lauded as an economic boon and a few residents worried would bring higher taxes. “Central Mesa is tired of merely surviving, not thriving,” Jen Duff said. “It’s.
WASHINGTON – Arizona election officials agreed Monday to settle a lawsuit that claimed the state’s two-track voter registration process was unduly burdensome and “irrationally” disenfranchised thousands of voters. Arizona voters can register for federal elections with a federal registration form that does not require proof of citizenship, but state registration – which is needed to.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, saying that doing so would violate his deeply held religious opposition to same-sex marriage. The court’s 7-2 decision left open many questions surrounding Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips’ refusal.
WASHINGTON – Raghunathan Srinivasan’s online interactions with Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, started off innocently enough. First it was emails expressing concern about efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act – Srinivasan’s 4-year-old son has a pre-existing medical condition but was able to get insurance through the act, which Biggs vehemently opposed. The responses were polite,.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration said it will let tariffs on steel and aluminum imports take effect Friday, a move that critics warned could spark a “tit-for-tat trade war” with Mexico, Canada and the European Union. Within hours of the announcement Thursday, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy vowed it “will adopt equivalent measures on a variety.
WASHINGTON – The House Ethics Committee confirmed Thursday that the Office of Congressional Ethics has referred an investigation of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, and a legislative aide. Neither office would confirm the nature of the investigation, but published reports have said the probe involves payments by Schweikert’s campaign committees to a consulting firm run.
NOGALES – The 1,475 undocumented children reportedly lost in the federal system “are not lost,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters Thursday, “they just don’t want to be found.” Nielsen visited the border near Nogales to discuss security issues with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Arizona National Guard and local ranchers.
PHOENIX – Rep. Martha McSally on Wednesday blamed the country’s lack of border security as one reason for Arizona’s opioid epidemic. “The overwhelming majority of drugs, up to maybe 90 percent, come through the nation’s ports of entry,” she told the House Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “In order to mitigate these illicit paths ….
PHOENIX – The news spread like wildfire: 1,475 immigrant children missing and nowhere to be found. No records of their whereabouts, and the federal government was being singled out as the party responsible. However, in the days after the initial news reports, more information has revealed the steps – and the multiple agencies involved –.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday said he believes that evolution should remain a part of Arizona’s science education curriculum, referring to state schools’ superintendent Diane Douglas attempts to remove or water down references to evolution. Douglas, the Arizona superintendent of public instruction, had recommended striking the word “evolution” from current science standards, saying.
GLENDALE – When Kevin Phelps met with Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill in November 2015, all was not well in Glendale. At the time, the once-harmonious bond between Bidwill’s Cardinals and the city – where the team’s home field, University of Phoenix Stadium, is located – was in shambles. The NFL franchise and the Arizona.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona cities were among the fastest-growing in the nation in 2017, according to population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau. The bureau’s “2017 City/Town Population and Housing Unit Estimates” said Phoenix saw the second-biggest increase among cities in nation, adding 65,852 new residents over the course of the year, or almost.
PHOENIX – The American flag doesn’t always bring people together. Old Glory was burned to protest the Vietnam War in the ’60s and, more recently, used by the “alt-right” and its opponents, and in demonstrations against police injustice toward people of color. But residents of one north-central Phoenix street, 11th Avenue just south of Northern.
PARADISE VALLEY – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey chuckled when he heard the word again. Closer. “You know, it’s this community that closed this deal,” the governor said. “This deal” is the awarding of Super Bowl LVII in 2023 to Arizona, which all 32 NFL teams unanimously approved on Wednesday morning in Atlanta. By Wednesday evening,.
PHOENIX – The City Council voted Tuesday to join multiple cities and states in a lawsuit to prevent the federal government from including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire. The measure to allow the city manager to include Phoenix in the lawsuit was approved 7-2, with Councilmen Sal DiCiccio and Jim Waring opposing..
PHOENIX – For the fourth time, the Super Bowl will come to Arizona. The NFL on Wednesday announced that Super Bowl LVII, to be played in 2023, will return to the Arizona Cardinals’ home field, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. It will be the third time the venue has hosted the event; Super Bowl.
WASHINGTON – Leaders of the three main border agencies told a House subcommittee Tuesday that loopholes in current immigration policy are letting large numbers of immigrants seek asylum by claiming “credible fear” of harm if they are sent home. “The basis for asylum is very generous in our country, and the credible fear standard is.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Union High School District has increased the number of students going to college – many of them the first generation to do so – through an innovative program that takes advantage of free financial aid and assures low-income youths that college is a realistic goal. Arizona students left more than $65.
PHOENIX – Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday submitted more than 10,000 signatures in his bid to qualify as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Arpaio joined a crowded field to replace Sen. Jeff Flake, who is not seeking re-election. Arpaio will face off against fellow Republicans Rep. Martha McSally of Tucson.
PHOENIX – More than 100 people on Monday lit candles and silently placed flowers outside the Arizona Capitol to memorialize the eight students and two teachers gunned down Friday at Santa Fe High School near Galveston, Texas. The families, students, activists and faith leaders stood as high school students took turns describing the victims. “I.
WASHINGTON – Wendsler Nosie Sr. told a Capitol Hill rally Monday that Native Americans face a slew of challenges today, from voting rights to environmental justice, but that none are as important as resolving water and land management issues. “There are many issues that need to be addressed and that need attention, but Congress doesn’t.
WASHINGTON – Two Arizona lawmakers were among the 30 Republicans who crossed the aisle and joined all Democrats to send the $868 billion farm bill to defeat in the House Friday. Republican Reps. Paul Gosar of Prescott and Andy Biggs of Gilbert voted against the bill along with other members of the conservative Freedom Caucus..
PHOENIX – The job involves working on a 400-horsepower truck weighing more than 20 tons with a full payload, driving on the right side of the vehicle and collecting garbage while much of the world still sleeps. Being a sanitation worker is no easy task, but someone has to do it. For those who think.
WASHINGTON – Arusha Gordon remembers hearing the decades-old stories from her Native American clients about the challenges of voting back then. Polling places were often miles off reservation and located in mostly white towns whose residents were not always welcoming, said Gordon, voting rights counsel for the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law. James.
PHOENIX – At the end of a bar sits a man with a distinct 5 o’clock shadow. He is glued to a TV showing a meaningless NBA game featuring the Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets. It isn’t meaningless to him because he pawned his wedding ring and car to cover a bet on the Suns,.
WASHINGTON – The high season is beginning in the national parks, but union officials say some seasonal employees who would normally be brought on to help are instead being turned away under a seldom-enforced rule. The 1040 rule says seasonal workers who put in more than 1,040 hours a year can’t be rehired without going.
WASHINGTON – Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said Friday that a new “master database of voters” should help Arizona and other states improve the accuracy of voter rolls and increase access to voter registration. Fontes was in Washington as part of a four-person panel of officials from around the country talking about ERIC – the.
PHOENIX – Legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey have reached a compromise on a state budget that would provide a 20 percent pay raise to teachers and $371 million in additional funding for support staff over five years, Ducey announced Friday. Ducey’s announcement, which did not specify how the state would raise money for the increases,.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK — More than 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year, but only a tiny fraction were people of color. A 2011 National Park Service report shows visitors to the national parks were mostly white. Just 9 percent were Hispanic, 7 percent were African American, 3 percent Asian and 1.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Gloomy skies and a rain-soaked field did not stop Republican lawmakers from returning to practice Wednesday at the baseball field where a gunman opened fire last summer, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who was on the field last June when the shooting began, said.
PHOENIX – Tens of thousands of educators will march Thursday from Chase Field to the Capitol to demand higher teacher pay and more classroom funding as part of the Red for Ed movement, in a historic walkout across the state. Here are the answers to some common questions: How many people will this walkout affect?.
WASHINGTON – First-time Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni may not have defeated former state Sen. Debbie Lesko in Arizona’s 8th District, but experts say Democrats can still consider the closer-than-expected race Tuesday a victory. Unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office show Lesko, a Republican, received 52.6 percent of the vote to Tipirneni’s 47.4 percent.
A federal judge’s pointed attack on the Trump administration’s attempts to do away with DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, drew stark and sharply differing reactions from officials and advocates Wednesday. U.S. District Judge John Bates on Tuesday called the decision to end the program “arbitrary and capricious,” and ordered the White House.
WASHINGTON – New campaign finance reports and recent polls on the U.S. Senate race in Arizona show good news for Democrats, as Republicans look ahead to a hard primary fight. The latest Federal Election Commission filings show Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, has raised over $8.2 million, more than the three leading GOP contenders combined. And.
GLENDALE – Arizona’s conservative Congressional District 8 will remain in Republican hands after the apparently comfortable victory of former state Sen. Debbie Lesko over first-time Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni in a special election Tuesday. Unofficial results posted by the Secretary of State’s Office showed Lesko with 91,390 votes to Tipirneni’s 82,318, a 52.6 to 47.4.
WASHINGTON – The National Labor Relations Board and Native American water rights aren’t usually associated with one another. But to the White Mountain Apache tribe they’re currently tightly entwined. A bill to give the tribe access to federal water-project funds has stalled in the Senate over language added in the House that would exempt businesses.
PHOENIX – Three high schoolers filed into the waiting room outside Gov. Doug Ducey’s office at 4:17 p.m. They lay down on the floor and settled in, with a plan to wait until one of two things happened: either authorities would arrest them or Ducey would agree to meet with them. In the lobby of.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday responded to plans for a teacher walkout by vetoing 10 bills and calling for legislators to craft a budget that includes his plan to increase teacher pay by 20 percent by 2020. Organizers with Arizona Educators United announced the walkout Thursday night, effective April 26. Leaders said 78.
PHOENIX – A controversial new law will levy a $250 fine on people who misrepresent their pets as service animals in such businesses as restaurants and stores. The law is meant to deter pet owners from abusing a system that protects people with disabilities, even though the lawmaker who sponsored the bill said it will.
PHOENIX – About 100 student activists demanding more effective gun laws staged “die-ins” across the Capitol on Friday afternoon, sprawling on floors outside the governor’s office and in the lobbies of the House of Representatives and Senate. Activists promised to stay through the night, if necessary, until Gov. Doug Ducey met with them. The governor,.
PHOENIX – Arizona educators have overwhelmingly voted to walk out to demand higher pay and more dollars for the classroom. Speaking Thursday night in front of the Phoenix headquarters of the Arizona Education Association, organizers with Arizona Educators United, one of the grassroots groups backing the Red for Ed movement, said 78 percent of the.
PHOENIX – The Parkland shooting sparked the student-led national gun-control movement, but Phoenix leaders say reactions on social media toggle between support and opposition, with some gun advocates hurling profanities, insults and even threats at high schoolers. One person faxed a threat to an activist’s high school, but most people post their comments on the.
WASHINGTON – It’s been a good week for first-time Democratic candidate Hiral Tipirneni, with campaign finance reports and recent polls showing Arizona’s heavily Republican 8th District more competitive than it has been in years. But with less than a week to the election, most experts still see Tipirneni as a long shot to beat former.
PHOENIX – Arizona educators are voting whether to walk out of schools to protest low wages for teachers and support staff, with a decision expected by Friday. Starting Tuesday, teachers were asked to vote on whether they will participate in a walkout “in support of Red for Ed demands.” Arizona Educators United, the group that.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Tuesday approved the hiring of a special prosecutor to challenge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s claim that his contempt of court conviction should be vacated after his presidential pardon. The procedural ruling by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes after the.
PHOENIX – Many educators were skeptical Friday of Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to raise teacher salaries by 20 percent, and some lawmakers – who said they had not been briefed on the specifics of the plan – called the proposal a step in the right direction. However, they’re withholding judgement until the governor gives them.
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Gosar, D-Prescott, has never won less than 66 percent of the vote in Arizona’s 4th District, but that doesn’t mean potential challenger David Brill plans to back down from his Democratic principles. “We all want to see backbone,” said Brill, who is running in the Democratic primary in the 4th District..
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey announced Thursday a plan to increase teacher salaries 20 percent by 2020. This fiscal year, teachers would receive a 9 percent raise followed by a 5 percent raise next year and another 5 percent by the beginning of 2020. The 20 percent raise factors in last year’s 1 percent raise.
PHOENIX – The Arizona National Guard announced Wednesday it is sending 338 ground and air Guardsmen to the border by Monday in what has been named Operation Guardian Shield. The main objective is to provide support for the Department of Homeland Security’s mission to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, with a mission end-date of Sept. 30..
WASHINGTON – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus said Wednesday it will block plans “at any and all costs” to ask a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, calling the proposal a “blatant intimidation attack” on minorities. The question, last asked on the 1950 Census, will only dissuade immigrants from participating, shortchanging those communities in future congressional.
PHOENIX – Teachers around Arizona held “walk-in” protests Wednesday for the second time in as many weeks as Red for Ed leaders discussed going on strike. Organizers from Arizona Educators United, the grassroots movement leading the charge for Red for Ed, have not called for a walkout or strike, but said a decision would come.
WASHINGTON – Former Phoenix New Times executives and Backpage.com founders Michael Lacey and James Larkin will be in court this week in connection with a 93-count indictment charging them and five others with conspiracy, money laundering and facilitating prostitution. The indictment, unsealed Monday, charges that personal ads on the Backpage.com site allowed prostitution and sex.
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey dispatched 225 Arizona National Guard soldiers to the border Monday and said more will come later this week, the first of up to 4,000 troops that could be deployed over a four-state area. The action comes less than a week after President Donald Trump called for a military presence.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that DACA recipients no longer will be eligible for in-state tuition, saying state and federal laws prohibit it. The high court upheld an Arizona Court of Appeals ruling nearly a year after the Arizona Board of Regents announced it would continue to offer in-state tuition.
PHOENIX – With the Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade just one day away, organizers and members of Trans Queer Pueblo, a community organization providing political, economic and social services to undocumented LGBT people of color, have wrapped up a week of action leading up to Sunday’s events. It included a vigil Monday evening outside the.
WASHINGTON – Arizona will send about 150 National Guardsmen to the border next week as part of President Donald Trump’s plan to send troops to the border, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday. While the White House and the governors of the four border states are still working on details of Trump’s Tuesday call to.
PHOENIX – Arizona plans to send “approximately 150 National Guard members” to the U.S.-Mexico border next week, but questions remain about the duties and duration of the deployment. Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted Friday that his office was working with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security on the deployment. His office did.
PHOENIX – Leaders and activists in the Arizona Latino community are determined to flip Arizona from a red state to a purple state in November by mobilizing Latino voters. The Nov. 6 general election, which in Arizona includes the governor’s race, is considered a possible turning point by some Democratic state and local politicians. Arizona.
PHOENIX – Maricopa County residents who are deaf or have other disabilities now can text 911, expanding rapid response in a medical or police emergency to an underserved community. Officials said the text service will help more than 150,000 people in metro Phoenix who are deaf or hard of hearing, speech impaired or unable to.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – A plaque dedicated to two Arizona icons who have championed the Grand Canyon – Sen. John McCain and the late Rep. Morris Udall – was unveiled in an emotional ceremony Wednesday on the South Rim. The plaque, sponsored by the National Park Service and the Grand Canyon Association, honors McCain.
AVONDALE – Between class periods at Westview High School, police Officer Edward Toves sometimes studies the TV screens that stretch across the wall of his office, displaying footage from dozens of surveillance cameras. Other times, he stands in a hallway and chats with students – still keeping an eye out for anything that could threaten.
PHOENIX – Some Arizona classrooms will open their doors and hallways Tuesday night for walk-ins rather than walkouts to protest the lack of education funding in the state. More walk-ins are scheduled for Wednesday morning. Educators hope parents and other community members come to schools to show that Arizonans support their cause. The walk-ins are.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump declared “DACA is dead” in a series of tweets over the weekend, blaming Democrats for the failure to find a replacement for the deferred deportation program that he said last fall he would rescind. The tweets also blamed Mexico for failing to stop illegal immigration into the U.S. and urged.
PHOENIX – Dozens of student recipients and supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, rallied Monday outside the Arizona Supreme Court in support of in-state tuition rates for DREAMers. The demonstration was in response to the court’s hearing of oral arguments in the case of Attorney General Mark Brnovich suing.
PHOENIX – Congress has passed legislation that brings the Amber Alert system for abducted or missing children to Native American reservations, a move to prevent deaths like those of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike. Ashlynne’s parents and Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, advocated for the Ashlynne Mike Amber Alert in Indian Country Act to close a loophole in.
PHOENIX – Thousands of Arizona teachers angry about pay rallied as part of the Red for Ed movement at the state Capitol on Wednesday and demanded a 20 percent raise, but organizers stopped short of calling for a statewide education strike. Organizers from Arizona Educators United, the three-week-old grassroots organization behind the Red for Ed.
WASHINGTON – For the first time in 70 years, Americans will be asked to report their citizenship status when they fill out their 2020 Census forms, a change that has angered immigrant advocates who fear it will harm minority representation. Critics said the change, announced by the Commerce Department Monday night, will lead to a.
PHOENIX – Hours after Gov. Doug Ducey suspended self-driving Uber cars on public roads, Waymo on Tuesday announced plans to begin ride-hailing service in metro Phoenix by the end of the year. Ducey’s order came in response to the release of a dash-cam video of a fatal pedestrian accident March 18 in Tempe involving a.
TEMPE – Stepping into the evening darkness from their silver Kia, a mother and her 20-something daughter walked toward the line of orange and clear bins filled with packets of fresh hypodermic syringes. The daughter, dressed in a college T-shirt, leaned against her mother as they waited for two kits of “short needles” and alcohol.
PHOENIX – “I will not be next! I will not be next!” Thousands of people of all ages chanted their retort to gun violence at the Arizona Capitol on Saturday, a massive protest connected to hundreds of thousands of March for Our Lives activists in Washington, D.C., and across the nation. They stood shoulder-to-shoulder, carrying.
WASHINGTON – The March for Our Lives was organized by students, but the hundreds of thousands who crowded the streets of Washington on Saturday to call for stricter gun regulations represented multiple generations. “I am a marcher of generations,” said Marsha Davis of Lewes, Delaware, who once marched against the Vietnam War. “I’m out here.
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland. – Arizona Sen. John McCain was recalled as both a friend and as one of the “most colorful characters” at the U.S. Naval Academy during a ceremony Friday where he was honored as one of the academy’s distinguished graduates. Former Vice President Joe Biden accepted the Naval Academy Alumni Association’s award on behalf.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords did not speak, but her presence was clearly felt at a news conference Friday of Democratic legislators and students from around the country who were demanding tougher gun laws. The Capitol Hill event, led by Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Ted Deutch and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar,.
PHOENIX – Two top level Arizona business leaders on Friday discussed the economic impact of “DREAMers” in Arizona and the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In a news briefing via conference call, they also highlighted a new national poll indicating the potential for bipartisan compromise on issues such as border security.
In a Phoenix conference room brightened by fluorescent lights, high school students spend hours pouring through spreadsheets and contracts. Their cellphones trill with text messages and reminders. Their faces reflect in the lights of their laptops as they tap on the keyboards. They’re readying for a revolt. The students are planning the Phoenix March for.
PHOENIX – Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, visited Arizona State University this week to talk about the cannabis industry and to promote efforts to legalize marijuana in Mexico. He sat down with Cronkite News reporters Lillian Donahue and Andrea Estrada, and he addressed trade relationships, upcoming elections in Mexico and his thoughts on President.
PHOENIX – A gun changed Jennifer Longdon’s life 13 years ago. “We were ambushed in a random shooting, pulling into a taco shop,” Longdon recalled this week. She was shot in the back; her fiance was shot in the head. “I was shot in the back and paralyzed,” she told a small news conference at.
WASHINGTON – Maricopa County once again saw the largest population gains among the nation’s nearly 3,200 counties, according to 2017 population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau. The county added an estimated 73,650 new residents between 2016 and 2017, well ahead of Clark County, Nevada, the second-biggest gainer with 47,355 new residents last year..
PHOENIX 一 More than 350 teachers sick of low pay called in sick Wednesday, shutting down nine Glendale schools and packing a legislative meeting considering further tax cuts to the wealthy. Instead of heading into their classrooms, Pendergast Elementary School District teachers traveled to the state Capitol, clad in #RedForEd T-shirts. “Our state doesn’t really.
TUCSON – Microchip IDs similar to those in pets have been embedded in hundreds of cacti at Saguaro National Park near Tucson to guard against theft. Officials said the chips can be used to identify stolen saguaros, but they acknowledge the technology can’t track them. Instead, officials are counting on the devices to deter thieves..
WASHINGTON – Witnesses and panelists on a House subcommittee agreed Tuesday that something needs to be done to close an $11.6 billion maintenance backlog in the national parks, but differed on how to pay for it. The latest report from the National Park Service says more than $530 million of the deferred maintenance is in.
SASABE – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke – arriving on horseback in full cowboy gear – met last weekend with law enforcement and local officials to tout the progress of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “Clearly, we are going to build a wall,” Zinke said. “Clearly, the design is not finished.” During.
PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear the appeal brought by Arizona to deny DACA recipients from receiving and retaining driver’s licenses, prompting the executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition to declare “justice was served.” “We always knew that we were on the right side of history and that.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s bridges generally are safe, experts say, even though the federal government says nearly 400 of them are in poor or “structurally deficient” condition. Bridge safety gained national attention Thursday when at least six people died after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on the Florida International University campus in Miami. The bridge collapsed while.
FLAGSTAFF 一 More than 100 residents, city officials and state legislative candidates packed into a lecture hall at Northern Arizona University this week to propose gun buyback programs, expanded gun registration requirements and the end of assault weapon sales in Arizona. The forum was conducted hours after Flagstaff high school students, along with thousands of.
WASHINGTON – Outgoing Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake doubled down Thursday on his criticism of President Donald Trump and the GOP’s “seeming amnesia” in the face of Trump’s attacks on democratic institutions. “It is a measure of how far we have fallen that we must fight for the basic ideas of American liberty and the.
The Parkland, Florida school shooting has spurred rallies, school walkouts and a national conversation about guns. Cronkite News spoke to protesters at a rally at the Arizona state Capitol on Wednesday, the one-month anniversary of the shooting. Hover or tap on the portraits to hear their views. Christiana WarrenSenior, 18 Mountain View High School “…I’m.
Students and activists in Arizona and from coast to coast spoke at rallies, walked out of schools, registered to vote and observed 17 minutes of silence for the 14 students and three teachers shot to death one month ago in Parkland, Florida. National Walkout Day offered a connected, collective moment of anger and sorrow to.
WASHINGTON – Thousands of shoes lined the lawn in front of the Capitol Tuesday, a display advocates said represented all the children killed by firearms since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School six years ago. “We wanted to make the absent people present here,” said Oscar Soria, senior campaigner for Avaaz, the group that.
PHOENIX – Supporters of abortion rights spoke out Tuesday against a Senate bill that would require women seeking an abortion to answer detailed questions, such as the reasons they want to end their pregnancy, before undergoing the procedure. Eight women stood silently on both sides of a lectern outside the state Capitol, wearing red cloaks.
PHOENIX – The shooting that killed 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, has sparked student walkouts, launched angry debates on Facebook and Twitter and spurred gun-restriction policies from the White House to statehouses across the country. Teachers have been drawn into the conversations, cast into roles as student protectors – possibly armed. President Donald.
PHOENIX – High-school student Jordan Harb, flanked by Arizona lawmakers and a representative for the state school board, delivered a gun control message on Monday: “We want our lives taken into account.” Harb, a junior at Mountain View High School in Mesa, urged the Legislature to enact gun control measures in the wake of the.
WASHINGTON – An Arizona state lawmaker and a Phoenix Dreamer were among 68 people arrested Monday during a Washington protest on what was supposed to be the last day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. State Rep. Isela Blanc, D-Tempe, and DACA recipient Karen Ibarra were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police along with.
WASHINGTON – Even before she lost the Democratic primary in the special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, Brianna Westbrook had her sights set on a primary in August when the seat will be up again. Westbrook said Wednesday that her campaign has collected 800 of the more than 1,200 she is likely.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Fire Capt. Courtney Jenkins is the former president of a black firefighters’ group. But he doesn’t focus on race. “I see myself as a man first, and culturally second,” said Jenkins, 55. “I realize there’s only one race, and it’s human.” The captain of Fire Station 57, nestled at the foot of.
WASHINGTON – It’s been nine months since a gunman shot Matt Mika in the chest and arm during a baseball practice with congressional lawmakers outside of Washington, D.C. He still hasn’t fully recovered. “I look normal, but I look better than I feel,” Mika said. “People that go through something like this, it takes a.
ELOY – Arizona officials are installing a system along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson to warn drivers about dangerous dust storms. The system of radar, cameras and electronic message boards is being installed along a 10-mile stretch of I-10 where it meets State Route 87, southeast of Eloy. The system is part of construction.
WASHINGTON – Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko had a commanding lead over a crowded Republican field in the hotly contested special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, according to early returns Tuesday from the Secretary of State’s office. The unofficial returns also gave Democrat Hiral Tipirneni a comfortable lead in the Democratic primary,.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider an Arizona case that asks whether the Age Discrimination in Employment Act applies to government agencies with fewer than 20 employees. The case stems from the 2009 firing of Mount Lemmon Fire District Capts. John Guido and Dennis Rankin, who were the oldest employees in.
WASHINGTON – When Sen. Jeff Flake said he would work to restrict access to AR-15s for those under 21, he somehow managed to unite pro-gun advocates and gun control groups who think little of his response to the Florida high school shooting. The Arizona Republican tweeted this week that he will work with Sen. Dianne.
TEMPE – City officials have opened a low-income housing development targeted to veterans and their families to give back to those who served their country. The 50-unit development, Valor on Eighth near downtown, already has been leased to 45 low-income residents, including 13 veterans and their families, said Tina Lopez, chief development officer for Save.
PHOENIX – More than 100 students and activists marched through downtown Phoenix on Friday, saying law-enforcement officers placed in schools to protect students instead make them feel less safe on campus. The protest comes just more than a week after a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 high school students and faculty members..
As the nation continued to grieve the loss of 17 high school students in the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cronkite News took a look into how many deaths among Arizona children involve firearms. According to a 2017 report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, firearms-related fatalities increased by 29 percent from.
WASHINGTON – The Agriculture Department wants to make it harder for states to get around the rule that limits childless, able-bodied adults to three months of food stamp benefits unless they get a job. The USDA said Thursday that it plans to allow states to waive the work requirement only in counties with an annual.
MESA – The captain of the Mesa High School basketball team started the protest on Snapchat. A 15-year-old sophomore merged the social media brainstorming into a solid plan. At noon Wednesday, 300 students streamed out of their classes, met at a flagpole and walked half a mile to a nearby park to rally in support.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Legislature likely won’t debate a single piece of gun control legislation this session, after House Democrats failed Tuesday to force a vote on a bill to ban bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. Rep. Randall Friese and Rep. Daniel Hernandez, both Democrats from Tucson, co-sponsored a.
WASHINGTON – A week before the special primary to fill former Rep. Trent Franks’ seat in Congress, new campaign finance reports show a Democrat has raised and spent more than any candidate in the heavily Republican district. Federal Election Commission reports show Hiral Tipirneni had raised $306,318.78, well over the $270,491.38 raised by the next-highest.
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.