Arizona treasurer: Longtime legislator Martín Quezada makes a bid for treasurer post
Martín Quezada has been a state legislator and school board member for much of his career. Facing term limits, he’s now vying to be the first Democrat elected state treasurer in years.
Corporation Commission: Democrat Lauren Kuby sees a bright future with solar energy
Democrat Lauren Kuby is running for the Arizona Corporation Commission with Sandra Kennedy. She is a former Tempe City Council member and sustainability scientist.
Push and pull: Unions play multiple roles in police reform efforts
MADISON, Wisc. – The power dynamic with some police unions has shifted – whether by choice or force. Some union leaders have tried to lead change, others have made concessions and some are fighting to maintain their power.
‘Reform around the edges’: Changes to policing have been piecemeal, not comprehensive
ALBUQUERQUE – Reforming a vast, complex system of law enforcement will require innovative and proven solutions, a holistic approach and the willingness to change. So far, we’ve seen “reform around the edges” – with individual departments, cities and states tackling elements of police reform.
Latinos working frontline jobs powered U.S. economy during peak of pandemic, report says
LOS ANGELES – At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Latino community made significant contributions to maintaining the country’s gross domestic product. New numbers show the Latino population is making great contributions to the economy as labor workers, homeowners and college graduates.
Murals paint memories of those lost to police violence across the U.S.
SALT LAKE CITY – Across the U.S., artists paint murals to memorialize victims of police violence. For some, they serve as public gravesites, spaces of remembrance and community. For others, they are difficult reminders of loss.
Arizona football dwells on the wins despite loss to Mississippi State
TUCSON – University of Arizona’s football team has had a disappointing last few seasons, but coach Jedd Fisch says the team’s rebuild is starting this season after reloading the roster in the offseason. The Wildcats faced two tough opponents in their first two weeks, pulling off a surprising upset on the road at San Diego State, but falling to Mississippi State at home as their rebuild continues.
‘It could have been me:’ Hundreds of migrants in Tapachula die alone, unidentified
TAPACHULA, Mexico – The unidentified remains of more than 52,000 people are lying in mass graves, forensic service facilities, universities, forensic storage and safeguard centers across Mexico. This “forensic crisis” is playing out in a smaller but no less tragic way in Tapachula.
An Olympian, a burrito, a failed drug test: Former ASU runner Shelby Houlihan looks to rebound after doping ban
PORTLAND, Ore. – Inside the journey of U.S. Olympic distance runner Shelby Houlihan, who received a four-year doping ban but believes the positive drug test was triggered by a meal from a food truck.
AmeriCorps grant gives Arizona food banks more resources to help food insecurity
MESA – AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, has granted $180,000 to the Arizona Food Bank Network to fund 33 VISTA positions in the state. VISTA workers will dedicate a year to giving back to food insecure communities.
‘Growing up in trauma’: Young migrants in Tapachula cling to fragments of childhood
TAPACHULA, Mexico – Thousands of migrants pass through Tapachula, Mexico, each in a journey northward, often bound for the U.S. One in three are children, which presents special risks.
‘Five-alarm crisis’: Teachers face mental health crisis due to low pay, pandemic stress, scant support
Navigating low salaries, pandemic worries and burnout: Many teachers will tell you this is the job description of modern educators. The result is an expanding mental health crisis among U.S. teachers – a problem so dire that many are leaving the profession.