Politics

DHS plan to close Flores ‘loophole’ likely to get tied in knots

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration unveiled new rules to replace the Flores agreement, a 1997 court ruling that severely limits the amount of time migrant children can be held by the government, but advocates say plan is flawed and that Flores is not likely to go down without a fight.


Phoenix light rail to expand with the defeat of Prop 105

PHOENIX – Voters soundly rejected Proposition 105, which would have killed Valley Metro light rail in Phoenix and redirect the funds to street repairs. They also defeated Proposition 106, dealing with public pensions.


Disability service providers feel overlooked in state-Flagstaff wage spat

WASHINGTON - As state and Flagstaff officials battle over who should bear the cost of the city's higher minimum wage on state contracts, service providers for people with disabilities say they feel caught in the crossfire.


A year later, some efforts to honor McCain move forward as others stall

WASHINGTON - Senators have added the late Sen. John McCain's name to defense and veterans bills, and one Arizona school district plans to name an elementary school in his honor, but other tributes to the longtime Arizona lawmaker appear to have stalled in the year since his death.


Court upholds ruling that town conspired with fundamentalist church

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court upheld a lower court's finding that Colorado City, Arizona, had been run as an extension of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, violating non-members' rights in the process.


Protesters, proponents and the cultural clash over Phoenix police

PHOENIX – Police departments have looked to technology for solutions to criticisms, such as body-worn cameras to monitor police and public behavior and early-intervention software to sniff out bad behavior. Experiments with better community engagement, including civilian review boards with subpoena power, also are being considered or field-tested. Phoenix police plan to launch accountability procedures to document every time an officer draws a gun.


Without federal disaster aid, states are left to fend for themselves

BONDURANT, Wyo. – Without a federal major disaster declaration, FEMA assistance isn’t available. Either states pay to rebuild, or people are on their own.


Wildfire-vulnerable communities search for ways to live with growing threat

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. – Despite federal fire suppression costs quadrupling and an increase in employed firefighters, the damages caused by wildfires has increased fivefold.


Goodyear mayor sides with Nike in dispute involving Ducey, controversial shoe

PHOENIX – Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord opts for Nike plant in her city.


Phoenix police roll out more body cameras; 950 officers now have them

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Police Department continued its rollout of body-worn cameras, issuing the devices to about a dozen officers Wednesday in the Cactus Park Precinct in north Phoenix.


Trump vows Census will ask citizenship; critics decry ‘scare tactics’

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump vowed that his administration is "absolutely moving forward" with a push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, just hours after the Census Bureau said it would not do so, a reversal advocates dismissed as a "scare tactic" by the president.


Phoenix to look into new system to track, measure police conduct

PHOENIX – Phoenix will take steps to collect and analyze data on police performance, the City Council decided Tuesday. It also is considering a poll to measure community attitudes toward police and a civilian oversight board.