Social Justice

Six years later, slain Border Patrol agent’s family still seeks answers

WASHINGTON - Six years later, Josephine Terry still has trouble talking about the murder of her son, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a Rio Rico shootout where guns were later traced to a botched government investigation.


Details on Comey’s Russia discussions with Trump concern lawmakers

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers expressed dismay Wednesday at advance copies of former FBI Director James Comey's scheduled Senate committee testimony showing Comey had repeated discussions with President Donald Trump about probes of Russian influence with the administration.


Criminal justice reform efforts stall at Arizona Legislature, including push to ‘Ban the Box’

TUCSON – Nearly 30 years ago, Calistro Manuel Mejias robbed a drug dealer, but something he didn’t expect happened. One of the men with Mejias choked the dealer to death.


Flake bill would let U.S. military strike ‘non-state actors’ like ISIS

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine introduced a use-of-force resolution Thursday that would let the president take military action against "non-state actors" like al Qaeda, ISIS and other terror groups.


Supreme Court sends second divorce settlement case back to Arizona

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Arizona Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling in a divorce settlement between a retired member of the military and his ex-wife, the second time in a week it has done so.

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May 22, 2017 Newscast

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Court: Reading death-row inmate’s outgoing mail violates his rights

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Department of Corrections violated a death-row inmate's rights to an attorney and to free speech when officers read mail the prisoner was sending to his lawyer, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.


How social media may be contributing to gang interest among AZ teens

PHOENIX -- About one in five 8th graders in Arizona say “it would be cool” to belong to a gang, according to the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey of more than 57,000 students statewide. The same goes for 17 percent of 10th graders, and 13.1 percent of 12th graders.


Giffords joins Democrats accusing Trump, GOP of pandering to NRA

WASHINGTON - Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined House and Senate Democrats Wednesday to accuse Republicans of pandering to the gun lobby with bills to do away with gun-free school zones and deregulate silencers, among other measures.


Gun sales in state start to climb back up after January’s Trump slump

WASHINGTON - Gun sales in Arizona have started to rebound after a brief January slump that experts attribute to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.


Arizona law enforcement agencies stress need to hire officers, announce job fair

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and other Arizona local leaders came together earlier this week to highlight their need to hire more law enforcement officers and shore up their “depleted” departments.


Family members hail opening of office for victims of immigrant crime

WASHINGTON - A new federal office that will assist victims of crimes committed by immigrants brought "relief and a sense of accomplishment" to parents of Arizona crime victims, on hand Wednesday to witness the opening of the office.