Justice

Court rejects long-simmering challenge to Proposition 123 school funding

PHOENIX - A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a long-simmering challenge to Proposition 123, the voter-approved 2016 measure that is set to redirect an estimated $3.5 billion to Arizona public schools over a decade.


USCIS balks on taking new DACA applications, despite court order

PHOENIX - The federal government is not accepting new applications for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, despite a federal court order that it resume doing so, but is instead "reviewing the court decision" before moving forward.


Arizona advocates fear fallout from Supreme Court’s contraception care ruling

PHOENIX - Arizona health care advocates said they are bracing for a flood of people seeking contraceptive care after the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that employers can deny the coverage on religious or moral grounds.


Court affirms ruling that Pentagon funding of border wall is ‘unlawful’

PHOENIX - Just days after President Donald Trump was in Yuma to praise construction of the border wall last week, a federal court reaffirmed its ruling that the administration's method of funding that construction was "unlawful."


Supreme Court reverses Trump administration, saves DACA – for now

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court breathed new life into the endangered DACA program Thursday, ruling that the Trump administration's attempt to end the program was arbitrary and capricious and must be reversed.


Supreme Court expands ‘sex discrimination’ to protect LGBTQ workers

PHOENIX - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Civil Rights Act protections against "sex discrimination" also protect gay or transgender employees from discrimination, even if they are not specifically mentioned in the 1964 law, a ruling welcomed as long overdue by Arizona advocates.


No reason to ‘make anybody uncomfortable’: NASCAR’s Bowman supports Confederate flag ban

PHOENIX – NASCAR drivers such as Alex Bowman and Bubba Wallace react to the banning of Confederate flags at all future NASCAR events


Phoenix police ban chokeholds in wake of Floyd death, protest clashes

The Phoenix Police Department will ban the use of chokeholds on suspects, a change aimed at regaining community trust in the wake of George Floyd's choking death two weeks ago while he was in Minneapolis police custody.


Night of relative calm follows curfew order; enforcement uncertain

After days of clashes between protesters and police, Arizona spent a relatively quiet night Sunday under a statewide dusk-to-dawn curfew that was ordered by Gov. Doug Ducey Sunday. It's unclear how much impact the curfew order had - and it's also unclear how strictly it will be enforced.


Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declares state of emergency, issues curfew to last all week

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a statewide Declaration of Emergency, setting a curfew starting at 8 p.m. Sunday and lasting for one week.


Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed split on whether the family of a Mexican teen shot across the border by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent. A court in Texas said no, but a court in a nearly identical Nogales case said those parents could sue for the death of their teen son in 2012.


DACA activists vow to keep up the fight as Supreme Court weighs program’s fate

PHOENIX – Arizona DACA recipients wavered between expectation and resignation Tuesday while the Supreme Court considered the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, a 2012 presidential order that protects 660,000 people from deportation across the country.