Politics

Put down the phone: Arizona bans cellphone use while driving

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2318 on Monday, which outlaws texting and driving or operating any hand-held mobile devices.

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Mothers and supporters of breastfeeding gather at Capitol for Nationwide Nurse-In

PHOENIX – About 20 people showed up to the Nationwide Nurse-In at the state Capitol to show their support for breastfeeding protections.


Crossroads: Ridesharing, delivery services, population boom challenge transit planners

PHOENIX – Transportation planners in Maricopa County work to provide sustainable mobility for a growing metro Phoenix.


Report: Latino voters flexed muscle in 2018, set to be a force in 2020

WASHINGTON - A new report says Latinos are on track to be the largest minority voting group in 2020, when an estimated 32 million will be eligible to vote, and that they began to make their influence felt in 2018, when a surge of Latino votes tipped Senate races in Arizona and Nevada to Democrats.


It’s official: Lemonade will not become Arizona state drink

PHOENIX – The Arizona Senate voted 18-12 against making lemonade the official drink of the state of Arizona. Some lawmakers voted no because they said there are more important bills to decide.


Crossing a line: Military encounter at border sparks Trump threats

WASHINGTON - A peaceful border encounter between U.S. and Mexican soldiers earlier this month became a political issue Wednesday when President Donald Trump picked up the incident and threatened in a tweet to send armed soldiers to the border in response.


Critics blast DHS environmental waivers that clear way for border wall

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security said ti will waive dozens of environmental, health and other laws to clear the way for construction on about 58 miles of border barriers, including 12 miles of fencing near Yuma, in a move quickly attacked by lawmakers and environmentalists.


Phoenix bishop brings anti-abortion, traditional marriage message to D.C.

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted was a featured speaker at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, telling a packed room that abortion is "an unspeakable crime," that leaders must open their hearts to Jesus Christ and that there is a "weakening of marriage" in the U.S.


Mueller report says Russian hacking once went through Arizona server

PHOENIX - The road from Washington to St. Petersburg apparently passes through Arizona, according to the Mueller report, which said Russian intelligence officers used a "leased computer" in Arizona to help funnel information stolen from hacked Democratic Party computers.


Better mental health services key to reducing police-involved shootings, Phoenix police say

PHOENIX – Phoenix police blame a growing number of 911 calls involving people with mental health issues for a spike in officer-involved shootings.


Same report, different take for state lawmakers eyeing Mueller report

PHOENIX - Arizona lawmakers looked at the same 448-page Mueller report and saw two different things, with two very different reactions, depending on which side of the aisle they are on. If there was a common thread, it was that nobody's mind appeared to be changed by the report.


House Ethics panel releases details in ongoing probe of Schweikert

WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee released details of its probe of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, that began last year finding "substantial reason to believe" he may have approved improper office expenditures and campaign contributions.