Repercussions: How does lack of diversity affect policing?

PHOENIX – Arizona police departments don’t always reflect the racial diversity of the communities they serve, but experts disagree on the degree to which that makes a difference.


Justices grapple with baker’s right to deny service to same-sex couple

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices wrestled Tuesday with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights.


House panel OKs bill to allow concealed gun carry across state lines

WASHINGTON - A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would let gun owners with concealed-carry permits cross state lines without prior approval, as long as they followed local concealed-carry laws.


Police push back on report criticizing body-worn camera policies

WASHINGTON - Police department policies on the use of body-worn cameras, including policies of three Arizona departments, present the possibility for abuse of the technology, according to a report released this month by a national civil rights group.


ASU ‘evaluating’ whether Charlie Rose will keep 2015 Cronkite Award

PHOENIX — Arizona State University officials are “evaluating” the 2015 award presented to former CBS anchor Charlie Rose by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, after the Washington Post detailed allegations of sexual harassment made by eight women.

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Court: Online service must identify anonymous users to grand jury

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that an online job-rating site has to turn over the identities of anonymous users who posted comments about a company being investigated for its handling of a Department of Veterans Affairs contract.


Penzone to inmates on hunger strike: Food is nutritious, not delicious

PHOENIX – Maricopa County jail inmates went on a three-day hunger strike over the quality of meals served behind bars, but Sheriff Paul Penzone said Wednesday that taste is not the point.


No. 3 Wildcats men’s basketball ‘itching’ to play after challenging offseason

TUCSON -- With the offseason dominated by talk of an FBI investigation, the Arizona men’s basketball team is happy to shift the topic of conversation.


Supreme Court lets stand lower court rulings in Scottsdale police shooting

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that a Scottsdale police officer was justified when he shot and killed a man who threatened two people with a knife and advanced toward officers with two halves of a pool cue in his hands.


Phoenix official: Working with feds on immigration hurts local policing

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Assistant City Manager Milton Dohoney joined local officials from across the country Tuesday who said it's not their job to do the work of federal immigration authorities.


Arizona law enforcement agencies work to increase diversity, recruit young people

PHOENIX -  Arizona law enforcement agencies seek to fill hundreds of vacancies, focusing efforts on increasing diversity and recruiting high school- and college-age students.

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Court reinstates suit against Pinal deputy who fatally shot unarmed man

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court said a Pinal County sheriff's deputy must face a lawsuit brought by the family of an unarmed man he shot twice in the back in Eloy in 2014.