Social Justice

House passes LGBTQ rights bill; critics say it tramples religious rights

WASJHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to expand civil rights protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy, a move supporters said will grant those groups "the full equality under the law they deserve."


Judge tells lawmakers Arizona federal courts are overloaded, overworked

WASHINGTON - The federal district court in Arizona has been struggling to keep pace with a staggering civil and criminal caseload in the growing state, and it needs more judges to keep up, a judge from the court told lawmakers Wednesday.


Senators press Capitol police on security breakdowns before Jan. 6 riot

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema joined other senators asking police officials Tuesday how it is that an FBI report warning of the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol did not reach the right officials before the attack.


‘The balance of risk has shifted’: Cancer screenings plunge during pandemic

PHOENIX – Preventative cancer screenings have plummeted during the pandemic, prompting cancer specialists to work to increase awareness about the need for early tests.


Vaccinated seniors set sights on travel and reunions with family and friends

PHOENIX - Seniors in metro Phoenix are being prioritized in Arizona’s phase 1B of vaccinations, and many are planning for what they want to do next.


Three influential Arizonans share their goals and challenges – and their inspiration

February is Black History Month, and Arizona PBS is honoring the contributions and achievements of Black Americans. Meet three influential leaders who have made an impact on our community.


Masks off: Bill would allow Arizona businesses to ignore city, county mandates

PHOENIX – The House Commerce Committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would allow businesses to choose whether to follow mask mandates issued by cities and counties.


As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

WASHINGTON - The number of food stamp recipients in Arizona has surged over the past year, but advocates worry that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is still only reaching a portion of those eligible for assistance.


Pandemic prompts changes to HIV testing and treatment across Arizona

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local HIV service providers to get creative and adapt, launching such services as Zoom appointments, drive-thru, at-home and mobile testing.


The realism of imitation firearms: Who benefits and who suffers?

PHOENIX – Realistic imitation firearms are useful for training and profitable for gun manufacturers. But since 2015, 212 deadly police shootings nationwide have had victims holding fake weapons.


Workers rally in Phoenix, U.S. for $15 minimum wage, end of reliance on tipping

PHOENIX – Leaders in Arizona labor organizations joined a nationwide rally for a $15 minimum federal wage and to get rid of tipping. President Joe Biden added the measure in an economic stimulus plan to relieve the fallout from COVID-19.


Auditor says DHS knew ‘zero-tolerance’ would split families at border

WASHINGTON - Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions knew the Trump administration's immigration policy would separate families at the border but moved ahead with it anyway, a Justice Department official told lawmakers.