Ryan Knappenberger
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News Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Ryan Knappenberger expects to graduate in December 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Knappenberger, who has worked for the State Press and ASU Blaze Radio, is working for Cronkite News in Washington this spring.

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Arizona near top of states for bills aimed at voting rights, limits

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers began the year with the third-highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, but it appears only a few will survive as the Legislature winds down. But voting rights activists say those few bills will still disenfranchise minority voters.


Critics blast bill that would purge names from list of mail-in voters

WASHINGTON — Voting rights advocates and Arizona Democrats on Wednesday denounced a bill that would remove voters from the Permanent Early Voting List, calling it an attempt to disenfranchise up to 150,000 voters, particularly those of color.


Biden balks at first chance to raise refugee cap from Trump-era lows

WASHINGTON — Refugee advocates were "deeply disappointed and frustrated" by the Biden administration's failure Friday to reverse historically low Trump-era refugee limits this year, something then-candidate Joe Biden had promised to do.


Giffords, congressional Democrats call for action on gun reform bills

WASHINGTON - Backed by a field of flowers that represent the thousands killed by gun violence each year, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined Democrats who said Congress can act on gun reform or "can let the shooting continue."


March saw record-high number of unaccompanied minors stopped at border

WASHINGTON — The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border surged in March to one of the highest monthly totals on record, and the almost 19,000 unaccompanied youth stopped there set a record, the latest data shows.


Report: Arizona a ‘shining example’ for Democrats wooing Latino voters

WASHINGTON - Democrats looking to win the Latino vote should take their cues from Arizona, which was held up as a "shining example" of how it's done by the author of an election post-mortem on the Latino vote.


School yard: Officials welcome new 3-foot rule for COVID-safe students

WASHINGTON - Arizona school and health officials welcomed Friday's announcement that COVID-safe social distancing for students can be reduced from 6 feet to 3, but they did not appear to be rushing to embrace the lower standard.


House OKs bills easing path to citizenship for undocumented residents

WASHINGTON - The House passed a pair of bills Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal status to undocumented farmworkers.


DHS chief defends Biden border policy at time of ‘historic’ challenges

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended strong immigration policies amid "historic and unprecedented challenges."


State officials confident they can meet Biden’s May 1 vaccine deadline

WASHINGTON - Arizona health officials said the state is already on track to meet President Joe Biden's challenge of allowing all adults to register for COVID-19 vaccinations by May 1.


Biden insists border’s closed, unveils plan to halt migrants at source

WASHINGTON - The White House had a strong message on Wednesday for migrants who are flocking to the southern border in hopes of getting into the U.S.


Committee vote moves Haaland one step closer to historic Interior post

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee narrowly voted Thursday to advance Rep. Debra Haaland's nomination to be the next secretary of Interior, moving her one step closer to becoming the first Native American to head a Cabinet-level agency.


GAO: Pentagon estimates of border duty costs, impact were unreliable

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon did not have reliable estimates for the cost of its work supporting Homeland Security efforts on the southwestern border and did not assess the impact of those efforts on military readiness, a new report says.


Judge tells lawmakers Arizona federal courts are overloaded, overworked

WASHINGTON - The federal district court in Arizona has been struggling to keep pace with a staggering civil and criminal caseload in the growing state, and it needs more judges to keep up, a judge from the court told lawmakers Wednesday.


Report: Arizona continues to trail other states in higher-ed support

WASHINGTON - Arizona continues to be one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to funding higher education, still reeling from deep budget cuts that were made during the recession, according to a new national report.


Federal judge rejects Apache Stronghold request to block Oak Flat mine

WASHINGTON - A federal judge Friday refused to order a halt to the proposed Resolution Copper Mine on Oak Flat, land that opponents say is sacred to the Apache people and will be destroyed by the mine.


NRC credits Palo Verde response to worker’s license application error

WASHINGTON - Operators of the Palo Verde nuclear power plant told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thursday they have addressed oversights regarding the error with an operator's application.


Auditor says DHS knew ‘zero-tolerance’ would split families at border

WASHINGTON - Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions knew the Trump administration's immigration policy would separate families at the border but moved ahead with it anyway, a Justice Department official told lawmakers.


Hobbs, other state officials discuss 2020 election ‘conspiracy circus’

WASHINGTON - Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told a national panel Thursday that the best way to combat election misinformation is with truth, even if "there are some folks who are never going to believe anything I say."


Supreme Court halts hearings on Trump border cases after Biden reversals

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court postponed upcoming hearings on two Trump administration immigration policies Wednesday, after both had been reversed on the first day of President Joe Biden’s term.


Ban on new private prison contracts will not reach ICE detainees

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden's order that the Justice Department stop contracting with private prisons could affect thousands of inmates.


Expert: COVID-19 cases may have leveled off after deadly winter surge

WASHINGTON - COVID-19 cases in Arizona may have reached a plateau after a deadly two-month surge, one health expert said Wednesday, but that does not mean the pandemic is under control.


A year after first case in Arizona, COVID-19 is now a leading killer

WASHINGTON - COVID-19 is on the verge of becoming the leading cause of death in Arizona, surpassing cancer and closing in on heart disease, according to the latest data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.


Biden’s path to citizenship for immigrants could face an uphill battle

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden unveiled a sweeping immigration reform bill that would create changes for DACA, undocumented immigrants and ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries.


Washington in unprecedented lockdown days before Biden’s inauguration

WASHINGTON - When President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday, it will be in front of a National Mall fenced off to crowds, just one in a series of extraordinary security measures put in place the face of threats of armed protests by right-wing and pro-Trump groups.


Officials prep for possible inauguration protests at Arizona Capitol

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Capitol is surrounded by two rows of chain-link fence and police presence has been increased, as authorities brace for possible violence in response to the inauguration next week of President-elect Joe Biden.