Government

Stanton talks Phoenix hosting mega events and more in full interview

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton reflects on the city’s three-year streak for hosting mega sporting events like the 2015 Super Bowl, the 2016 College Football Championship and this year’s Final Four in an interview with Cronkite New’s Jake Garcia.

North Carolina bill brings reminders of Arizona’s past at Final Four

GLENDALE – NCAA president Mark Emmert said at a Final Four news conference that the organization’s board of directors will make a decision in the coming days about whether the NCAA will hold championship events again in North Carolina, where lawmakers have overturned House Bill 2.

With GOP plan dead, advocates offer ideas on fixing ailing Obamacare

WASHINGTON – Obamacare remains the law of the land after Republican efforts to replace it fell apart last week, but even its supporters concede it’s a far from perfect law. Now is the time, they say, for the needed changes to make it a law people can live with.

Trump hits Freedom Caucus; experts say members have little to fear

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to target the House Freedom Caucus, which helped block his Obamacare replacement bill, but analysts say the conservative Republicans in the caucus can likely withstand his threats.

Flagstaff City Council approves slow down of minimum-wage increase

PHOENIX – After months of council meetings, hundreds of emails sent to city council members and hand wringing from supporters and opponents, Flagstaff residents have an answer about the future of the city’s minimum wage: a more gradual increase that will still reach $15 an hour on schedule.

Obamacare replacement fails; Arizona lawmakers say fight goes on

WASHINGTON – House leaders withdrew their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act just minutes before a scheduled vote Friday, but Arizona lawmakers on both sides of the issue said they expect the fight over Obamacare to continue.