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Opponents of expanded vouchers concede petition may have fallen short

WASHINGTON - The apparently successful petition drive that blocked an expansion of Arizona's Empowerment Scholarship Accounts may not have been so successful after all, with opponents of the law conceding they "definitely got the numbers wrong."


Opponents file petitions to halt voucher expansion; now the fight begins

WASHINGTON - Opponents of the state's expanded Empowerment Scholarship Accounts filed more than 140,000 petition signatures Friday to temporarily halt the program that would have allowed any student in the state to use public dollars for private education.


Opponents confident of meeting deadline to block school voucher expansion

PHOENIX - Organizers of a petition drive to put the state's expanded empowerment scholarship accounts on the 2024 ballot are confident they can collect the needed signatures before this weekend, when the vast expansion of the school voucher program would take effect.


Aprueban salario mínimo de $22 la hora en California

LOS ÁNGELES – El gobernador Gavin Newsom de California firma una legislación para empoderar a los trabajadores de comida rápida con nuevos salarios y protecciones en el lugar de trabajo.


Entrevista: Tragedia inspira a periodista a luchar por la prevención del suicidio

PHOENIX — Tras el suicidio de la madre de Laura Trujillo en el Gran Cañón, la periodista se embarcó en un viaje para entender lo que había pasado y encontrar maneras de ayudarse a sí misma — y ayudar a otros.


Flagstaff gets $32.5 million in latest release of infrastructure act funds

WASHINGTON – Federal officials announced the release Thursday of $32.5 million for pedestrian improvements along Flagstaff's Downtown Mile, the largest portion of what one official said will be biggest transit investment in the city in years.


Serena Williams’ retirement ripples through the Arizona tennis community

PHOENIX – Serena Williams’ retirement: Arizona tennis community discusses the impact of legend’s legacy


Imposing Northwestern-bound Mountain Ridge star Doost has a soft spot: mom

GLENDALE - Alexander Doost is an imposing 6-foot-6, 295 pound offensive lineman at Mountain Ridge High, who committed to Northwestern after receiving 18 offers from Power Five schools. However, he does have a soft spot. It’s for his mom, who passed away last year.


Tribal boarding schools much improved, but legacy of old schools remains

WASHINGTON - The abuses of tribal boarding schools are in the past, but the schools are not, entirely. Arizona, once home to 47 federal Indian boarding schools, has eight tribal boarding schools today. They aren't perfect, advocates say, but a far cry from past horrors.


Can’t hurt to ask: Arizona lawmakers raise earmark requests by $194 million

WASHINGTON - For a second straight year, Arizona Republicans refrained from requesting any funding for local projects in Congress, while Democrats boosted requests by $194.5 million, a 43% increase over last year, when earmarks were restored after a decade-long hiatus.


Hualapai leader urges Senate to OK water plan, as wells fail in drought

WASHINGTON – Hualapai Chairman Damon Clarke told a Senate committee Wednesday that getting access to Colorado River water is "the only feasible solution" for his tribe, whose wells are failing under the stress of the continuing drought.


House advances two abortion-rights bills, but prospects dim in Senate

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers split on party lines Friday as the House passed a pair of bills guaranteeing a right to an abortion, exactly three weeks after the Supreme Court overturned that right.