Tracy Abiaka
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News Reporter, Washington, D.C.

Tracy Abiaka expects to graduate in December 2022 with a master’s degree in mass communications. Abiaka has been a research assistant for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at ASU and an editorial intern for Phoenix Business Journal.

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Arizona back in court – again – as feds sue over tough voter ID law

WASHINGTON - Voting rights advocates on Wednesday welcomed the Justice Department's decision to sue over Arizona's strict new voter ID law that federal officials called a "textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act."


Brnovich will push to revive century-old abortion ban in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he will push to revive a 120-year-old ban on abortion, changing his earlier position that a law allowing abortions until 15 weeks of pregnancy would take effect this fall.


Court says states can try some tribal crimes; critics call it a ‘disaster’

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Natives for crimes against Native people on tribal lands, a ruling that critics called a "disaster" for tribal sovereignty and an "act of conquest."


Arizona providers, regulators can’t agree on abortion law after Dobbs

The Supreme Court decision Friday to eliminate a constitutional right to an abortion has "unleashed chaos" for abortion providers in Arizona, where there is little agreement on where the law stands now.


Biggs: White House aide ‘mistaken’ that he sought pardon after Jan. 6

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, denied he sought a pardon from then-President Donald Trump in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, after Biggs was named Thursday in testimony to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.


With Supreme Court on cusp of abortion ruling, Arizona advocates prepare

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling restricting or overturning abortion rights within a matter of days, but abortion providers and abortion-rights groups in Arizona say they have been getting ready for months.


Bowers: Trump efforts to overturn election devolved to ‘tragic parody’

WASHINGTON - Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers told lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection about the Trump campaign's persistent, and increasingly questionable, efforts to pressure state officials into overturning the 2020 elections.


Dreamer drama: Arizona man hopes play about his life drives DACA discussion

NEW YORK - Tony Valdovinos' story has taken him from Phoenix to off-Broadway and given him the chance to meet Barack Obama and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. But what's important to Valdovinos is the message the play "¡Americano!" delivers.


Supreme Court rejects Arizona’s attempt to defend ‘public charge’ rule

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed Arizona's attempt to defend a Trump-era "public charge" that would have made it harder for immigrants to gain permanent residency, after the Biden administration refused to defend the policy.


Advocates blast Supreme Court rulings denying bond hearings to migrants

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that noncitizens being held for deportation are not entitled to a bond hearing after months in detention, decisions that advocates said could let the government keep migrants behind bars indefinitely.

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Several Arizona officials in the mix, as Jan. 6 committee hearings begin

WASHINGTON - The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will start presenting evidence Thursday night from more than 1,000 witnesses - including a number of prominent Arizona Republicans.


Atwood’s final appeals fail, Arizona executes second inmate in a month

WASHINGTON - Convicted killer Frank Atwood was executed by lethal injection Wednesday morning, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid to stop his execution for the 1984 murder of an 8-year-old Tucson girl.


Federal court refuses to block Atwood’s scheduled Wednesday execution

WASHINGTON - Convicted killer Frank Atwood was down to his last appeals Tuesday, after a federal circuit court rejected a bid to stop his Wednesday execution for the 1984 murder of an 8-year-old Tucson girl.


GOP Senate hopefuls try to shrug off Trump endorsement of Masters’ bid

WASHINGTON - While other Republicans tried to downplay the impact of former President Donald Trump's endorsement this week of Blake Masters' bid for Senate, analysts said the nod could be the "rocket fuel" Masters needs to move to the front of a crowded field.


College debt relief plan could mean $111.9 million for 10,000 in Arizona

WASHINGTON - More than 10,000 Arizonans could see $111.9 million in federal student loan debt erased as part of a $5.8 billion loan discharge announced this week for former students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges.


Arizona parents on the hunt for baby formula turn to each other for help

WASHINGTON - The nationwide shortage of infant formula has led to store-imposed limits on purchases, long drives and frantic internet searches by frazzled parents, who have turned to each other to make up for what they see as a lack of government action.


Are Arizona lawmakers upset about being on Russian travel ban list? Nyet

WASHINGTON - All nine House members from Arizona - and one late senator - made the list of 963 U.S. citizens Russia has imposed a travel ban on in the escalating sanctions fight between the two countries. If they're not laughing about it, most are taking it as a badge of honor.


Tribal police agencies struggle to attract, maintain officers, panel told

WASHINGTON - A Navajo Nation official told a Senate panel this week that the tribe’s police department lacks the resources to attract and retain officers, a problem that experts say is faced by tribal police departments across the country.