Morgan Fischer
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News Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Morgan Fischer expects to graduate in May 2024 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a minor in political science. Fischer has worked as politics editor for The State Press and interned at RightThisMinute.

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New Museum of the American Latino has first exhibit in Smithsonian space

WASHINGTON - "¡Presente!" opened last month in the National Museum of American History in Washington, the first exhibit by what will eventually become the National Museum of the American Latino - approved in 2020, but still years from opening a standalone museum.


Biden to honor McCain, Giffords next week with Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON – Arizona icons Gabrielle Giffords and the late John McCain were among the 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom announced Friday by the Biden administration.


Supreme Court says ‘remain in Mexico’ policy for asylum seekers can end

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday said the Biden administration can terminate a Trump-era policy that let the U.S. turn away asylum seekers at the southern border and force them to wait in Mexico for their court proceedings.


School lunch program, a ‘game changer’ for kids, gets last-minute reprieve

WASHINGTON - A pandemic-era program that greatly expanded access to school lunches won a last-minute extension through the summer, "fantastic" news for the tens of thousands of Arizona kids who have relied on those meals, advocates said.


House gives final OK to compromise gun-reform bill, first in decades

WASHINGTON - The House Friday gave final approval to a bipartisan gun-reform bill that is the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades, voting just hours after the measure cleared the Senate.


Firefighters get pay boost, say more needed as wildfires keep growing

WASHINGTON - Advocates welcomed the announcement that federal firefighter pay will increase by as much as $20,000 this year, a potentially "life-changing" step for the chronically underpaid crews. But they say more still needs to be done to attract and retain firefighters.


Former coach keeps spotlight on Russian detention of Brittney Griner

WASHINGTON - A plain shirt, a pin, a number. For the past 41 days, basketball legend Dawn Staley has posted that photo to her social media accounts, just part of the outpouring of support for Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, who has detained in a Russian jail since Feb. 17.


Bill advances for ‘truth and healing’ panel for Indian boarding schools

WASHINGTON – A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would create a commission to investigate Indian boarding schools, despite Republican concerns over the scope and power of the commission.


Advocates hope endangered status for wildflower helps save San Pedro, too

WASHINGTON – Federal officials this week declared the Arizona eryngo, a rare wildflower, an endangered species, a move advocates hope will also help boost efforts to save the San Pedro River where the plant is found.


Arizona lawmakers split as House passes gun reform after Uvalde shooting

WASHINGTON – Arizona legislators voted on party lines this week as the House rushed through a pair of sweeping gun reform bills just weeks after a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school left 19 students and two teachers dead.


After Uvalde, Arizona schools balance hard and soft deterrents to attacks

WASHINGTON - With little hope that state lawmakers will pass gun-control measures in the wake of the latest school shooting, Arizona educators find themselves balancing the competing goals of hardening schools while making them welcoming places.


Despite record-high gas prices, Memorial Day travel nears pre-pandemic levels

WASHINGTON – Higher prices for gas, airfares and just about everything else do not appear to be holding back travel this Memorial Day weekend, which is “falling back to pre-pandemic levels,” experts said Friday.


Flagging devotion: ‘Flags-In’ event prepares Arlington for Memorial Day

ARLINGTON, Va. - As an honor guard member, Airman 1st Class Connor Zierse spends his days at Arlington National Cemetery, but Thursday was different, The former Buckeye resident was there for the “Flags-In” ceremony, helping decorate the 260,000 graves ahead of Memorial Day.


Arizona again near bottom of states for per pupil spending, Census says

WASHINGTON - Arizona was again among the worst states in the nation for per pupil spending on K-12 education in 2020, according to a recent Census Bureau report, a ranking that advocates said was embarrassing but not surprising.


Arizona traffic fatalities reached 15-year high in 2021, U.S. data shows

WASHINGTON - Arizona traffic fatalities hit their highest level in 15 years in 2021, when the state saw a 6.5% increase in highway deaths that experts blame in part on bad driving habits made worse during the pandemic.