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Push to replace Ginsburg renews focus on high-stakes Arizona race

WASHINGTON - Arizona's already high-profile Senate race drew new attention with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and news that a new Arizona senator could be seated in time to vote on her replacement.


‘We get more followers in times of crisis’: As pandemic limits in-person action, activism goes digital

Online activism is on the rise as organizers find creative ways to replace in-person protests and still show their support for movements like Black Lives Matter.


On anniversary of 2001 hate crime, Sikhs still fight for understanding

WASHINGTON - Mesa gas station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed in a Sept. 15, 2001, drive-by shooting, the first victim of a post-9/11 hate crime. But almost 20 years later, members of Sodhi's Sikh faith say they are still struggling for understanding.


ICE ramps up arrests, including 67 in Arizona, after lull from COVID-19

WASHINGTON - ICE this week touted the arrest of more than 2,000 immigrants, 67 of them in Arizona, in a five-week nationwide sweep as the agency recovers from a dip in apprehensions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Experts fear pandemic could spur dramatic spike in homelessness

A July report by University of Arizona researchers predicts the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown could increase homelessness in the state by 16% to 42%. But experts also say the pandemic could be an opportunity to find a way to actually prevent, mitigate and solve homelessness.


Latinos criticize lack of prominent roles at Democratic convention

WASHINGTON - Hispanic Democrats are upset with what they see as a failure to adequately feature Latinos in the just-ended Democratic National Convention, but Biden campaign officials claim it was the "most diverse national political convention in history."


Hispanic Democrats identify Arizona as a battleground state in 2020 elections

WASHINGTON - Arizona was identified as one of six battleground states for this fall's election, a status that state Democrats said has been 10 years in the making. The comments came at a forum of Hispanic lawmakers on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

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COVID-19 threatens migrant, officer safety at cramped ICE detention centers

PHOENIX - More than 440 detainees at the four Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers in Arizona have tested positive for COVID-19, and advocates are suing for the releas of detainees, which they insist is "the only appropriate remedy."


As pandemic rages, farmworkers say employers are ‘prioritizing production over … lives’

The spread of COVID-19 has forced scores of agricultural workers throughout the Southwest to make a choice between their health and their incomes.


Good roads, bad drivers: Arizona interstates deadliest in nation, report says

WASHINGTON - Arizona's interstate highways are in generally good shape, but they experienced the highest rate of fatalities in the nation in 2018, according to a national report released Tuesday.


Activists, parents call for the removal of police from schools

PHOENIX – As school districts across the country remove police from schools, many in Phoenix and Los Angeles are calling for similar action.


Amid COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter, providers push for equity in treating eating disorders

PHOENIX – Women of color, particularly Black women, often have been underdiagnosed and undertreated for eating disorders, but amid calls for equity, some providers are trying to change that.