Arizona ‘fake elector’ leverages notoriety selling mug shot merch as GOP convention delegates flock to Trump souvenirs

MILWAUKEE – Vendors sell Trump merchandise at Republican National Convention, celebrating the former president and his controversial legal battles.

Shot glasses shaped like Donald Trump for sale by Anthony Montgomery at the RNC (Republican National Convention) on July 16 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Amaia J. Gavica/Cronkite News)

AI-generated deepfakes could wreak havoc in elections, but Arizona officials are determined to avoid that

MILWAUKEE – Tech companies and elections officials are worried about the spread of AI-generated deepfakes and misinformation. At the Republican National Convention, a workshop presented by Microsoft explored the problem and some solutions.

This photo illustration from Nov. 17, 2023, shows a fact-checked image of news anchors where the claim about them was found to be false. In a Facebook video viewed by thousands, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer appears to hawk a diabetes drug. In another, “CBS Mornings” host Gayle King seems to endorse weight loss products. But the clips are doctored – the latest in a rash of deepfakes that hijack images of trusted news personalities and undermine confidence in the news media. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

Arizona Republicans embrace Trump’s pledge of mass deportations but some wonder at feasibility of expelling millions of people

MILWAUKEE – Former President Donald Trump’s vow to carry out mass deportations – removing at least 11 million people in the country illegally – was largely welcomed by Arizona Republican delegates at the party’s national convention.

Arizona delegates watch speakers on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee on July 17, 2024. (Photo by Grey Gartin/Cronkite News)

Arizona delegates support Donald Trump’s choice of JD Vance for vice president

MILWAUKEE – The assassination attempt fresh on their minds, Arizona Republican delegates cheered former President Donald Trump’s choice of Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance as his vice president, though some conceded they don’t know much about him.

The Arizona flag flies outside Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, where delegates cast their votes Monday for the GOP’s 2024 presidential nominee, Donald Trump, at the Republican National Convention. (Photo by Keetra Bippus/Cronkite News)

Amid heat waves and drought, Arizona Republicans reject expert consensus on climate change as ‘fake science’

WASHINGTON – Arizona heat waves and drought are exacerbated by climate change, experts say, yet Kari Lake and Republicans in Congress dispute the scientific consensus.

A billboard shows a temperature of 107 degrees at 7:25 p.m. on June 5, 2024 in Phoenix. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Biden’s Arizona firewall starts to crack as oldest Democratic delegate in the state calls for him to quit presidential race

In Arizona, a key battleground state, Democratic delegates willing to weigh in publicly on Joe Biden’s future have mostly rejected calls for him to quit the presidential race. That changed Friday when a 91-year-old delegate called on the 81-year-old president to drop his reelection bid.

President Joe Biden gives a speech at the Tempe Arts Center in September 2023. (File photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

Calls to 988 suicide hotline go to a crisis center in the caller’s area code, but may soon get routed to the closest counselor

WASHINGTON – The FCC has proposed a change in how 988 calls are routed, to end delays when callers end up speaking to a crisis center based on their own area code rather than where they actually are.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline signs at the William Howard Taft Bridge in Washington, D.C., on July 11, 2024. The city installed anti-suicide barriers and 988 signs along the bridge in 2023. (Photo by Morgan Kubasko/Cronkite News)

Stanton joins House Democrat calls for Biden to drop reelection bid as GOP ties Arizona Dems to president’s sinking ship

WASHINGTON – Rep. Greg Stanton of Phoenix joined a growing list of House Democrats calling for President Joe Biden to drop his reelection bid. Republicans are slamming Arizona Democrats who haven’t issued such calls. Biden has slipped in Arizona polls since a disastrous debate performance, and the GOP is determined to capitalize.

President Joe Biden flies to Arizona on Dec. 6, 2022. Seated on either side of him are former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Sen. Mark Kelly. Next to Kelly are Reps. Raul Grijalva and Greg Stanton. (Photo by Adam Schultz/White House)

Feds want to rush aid to public housing residents to stay cool during extreme summer heat, but Tucson and Phoenix are in no hurry

WASHINGTON – Arizona public housing authorities can expand utility assistance for cooling costs during extreme heat, but the Tucson authority won’t be participating this year. Residents face challenges accessing cooling, creating health risks as triple-digit temperatures hit the state.

Richard Monocchio, the top official for Public and Indian Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spoke at the Martin Luther King Apartments in Tucson on June 13, 2024, to announce emergency aid to help public housing residents pay utility bills. (Photo courtesy of Tucson Housing and Community Development)

Navajo uranium miners, people downwind of atom bomb tests demand justice as Congress lets aid program lapse

WASHINGTON – Congress let the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act expire June 10, leaving Navajo uranium workers and people downwind of nuclear weapons tests furious.

The BADGER explosion on April 18, 1953, at the Nevada Test site (Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office)

Arizona could see open primaries on the ballot this November, allowing independents to weigh in on presidential nominees

WASHINGTON – Backers of a ballot initiative that would open Arizona’s presidential primaries to independent voters filed over 500,000 signatures to get on the November ballot. Over a third of voters are independents, who make up one in three registered voters.

In addition to voting inside, Arizona residents were able to drop off their ballots at the entrance of Gila River Arena. (File photo by Michael Gutnick/Cronkite News)

Arizona’s homeless could be targeted by police under Supreme Court ruling allowing bans on public encampments

WASHINGTON – Arizona advocates fear the new Supreme Court ruling will have a disastrous impact on homeless people.

Arizona advocates worry what the new Supreme Court ruling means for local homeless populations. (File photo by Monserrat Apud/Cronkite News)