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"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.

Arizona residents, Trump take competing tax plan appeals to Capitol

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.

As society grapples with how to treat vets, challenges continue to shift

WASHINGTON - Brad Allenby remembers being an Army officer during the Vietnam era and watching fellow soldiers return from the war suffering from trauma from what they had experienced there - trauma made worse by their reception at home.

White Mountain Apache seek tweak to law to let water project advance

WASHINGTON - A White Mountain Apache leader told House members Thursday that the tribe desperately needs to "replace the failing and terminal groundwater well system," but that current Interior Department regulations are preventing the tribe from moving forward on the project.

Flake, Kaine renew call for Congress to weigh in on ongoing military use

WASHINGTON - When Congress first authorized military action against terrorists in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Jeff Flake was a freshman member of the House and Tim Kaine was still mayor of Richmond, Virginia.

Democrats renew call for a quick vote on a ‘clean’ Dream Act bill

WASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday that there is a growing sense of urgency for a Dream Act vote - and a growing sense that they will delay the next budget bill in December if there is not a vote by then.

At least 1,100 in Arizona could lose TPS coverage, face deportation

WASHINGTON - Yesenia Chavarria traveled from Arizona and joined scores of immigrants outside the White House Tuesday to plead for an extension of their temporary protected status, a problem one expert calls "the most important issue most people have never heard of."

Advocates urge colleges to aid DACA students, lawmakers urge restraint

WASHINGTON - Colleges and universities may not be able to change immigration law, but they can do more to help those students faced with losing their protection from deportation.

Giffords to Congress: ‘The nation is counting on you’ after Las Vegas

WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords turned and shook her fist toward the Capitol Monday after telling lawmakers "the nation is counting on you" to act in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

As Scalise returns to Capitol, Flake repeats call for renewed civility

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, repeated his concerns Thursday that a breakdown of civility in politics has led to gridlock and, in extreme cases, attacks like those on former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 and Rep. Steve Scalise in June.

Franks back with ‘pain-capable’ bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks

WASHINGTON - House leaders said they hope to have a vote as soon as next week on a bill by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, that would prohibit abortions in most cases after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Buzz on rumored DACA deal dissolves to drone on what was really said

WASHINGTON - It was the greatest political deal that was - until it wasn't. Unless it still is. After Democratic leaders said Wednesday night that they had reached a deal with President Donald Trump to preserve DACA, without a border wall requirement, social media exploded - along with some Republican members of Congress.