Haleigh Kochanski

Haleigh Kochanski

News Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Haleigh Kochanski expects to graduate in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. She is a digital reporter for Cronkite News in Washington this spring.

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Officials grill water utility over response to earlier Luke AFB spill

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Corporation Commission grilled a West Valley water company Wednesday, asking why it did not respond more aggressively after chemical agents were discovered in water from its wells five years ago.


House OKs bill to ban mining on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON - The House voted Friday to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, with supporters calling protection of the landmark canyon a "moral issue."


Arizona efforts to boost electric cars get so-so grades in new reports

WASHINGTON - Arizona got middling scores in two new national reports on states' efforts to boost the number of electric vehicles on the road, which advocates say is proof that the state has a long way to go.

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Debating grading: Bill, executive order will not affect student grades

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Department of Education wants to make sure parents understand their kids will be getting letter grades this year - and to drive home the point, the department sent the message in capital letters.


EPA awards $220 million for uranium mine cleanup on Navajo Nation

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it will award contracts worth up to $220 million to three companies for the cleanup of some of the hundreds of abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.


Arizona gets grades from failing to ‘OK-ish’ for anti-tobacco efforts

WASHINGTON - Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. but two recent national reports say Arizona - like most states - needs to do more to help people break free from using tobacco products.


Arizona mayors join plea for $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill with city aid

WASHINGTON - Six Arizona mayors were among hundreds who urged Congress to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill that includes $350 billion for state and local governments who say they are on the front lines of the crisis.


Border wall foes hail order halting project, but say it’s only first step

WASHINGTON - Border wall opponents said President Joe Biden's order to pause construction of the wall is "a huge win." But they also said it's not the end of the fight, noting that they want to make sure no more is built - or that it's taken down.


Health officials ramp up COVID-19 vaccines with new sites, eligibility

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday it is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination programs, adding distribution at pharmacies and at a second state-run site in the East Valley and broadening the number of people eligible for the vaccine.


Arizona lawmakers split as Trump impeached by House for a second time

WASHINGTON - No Arizona lawmakers broke party ranks as the House Wednesday impeached President Donald Trump on a mostly party-line vote, just one week after a deadly mob attack on the Capitol that critics said was incited by the president.