COVID-19 threatens migrant, officer safety at cramped ICE detention centers
PHOENIX - More than 440 detainees at the four Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers in Arizona have tested positive for COVID-19, and advocates are suing for the releas of detainees, which they insist is "the only appropriate remedy."
On their way north, pregnant migrants brave a harrowing jungle crossing in Panama
BAJO CHIQUITO, Panama – Panama has been overwhelmed by the increasing numbers of migrants coming through the Darién jungle that separates it from Colombia – an increasing number of them are pregnant women.
Migrant detention center operators defend response to COVID-19 in facilities
PHOENIX - The head of the private company that runs a migrant detention center in Eloy told a House panel Monday he is "immensely proud" of its operations, even as lawmakers questioned its response to the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 in Arizona: School officials say delay helps, but much still needs to be done
PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey this week delayed the start of schools to Aug. 17 in light of COVID-19 infections, but parents and school administrators said that while the delay is welcome they are still scrambling to figure out how to reopen schools safely this fall.
Districts, parents still unsure how to safely open Arizona schools
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Education has guidelines for schools to help them reopen in the fall. Now it’s up to districts to figure out the best options.
COVID-19 in Arizona: Ducey’s stay-at-home order isn’t enough, some elected officials say
PHOENIX – A Tucson nursing home reports two dozen COVID-19 cases, Arizona prisons are delaying admission of new inmates and Tucson police orders residents to stop partying.
Arizona House moves forward on code of conduct before session ends
PHOENIX – The House approved a motion by voice vote to move forward with a code of conduct that Republican leaders promised last year.
‘Let’s get to work’: Ducey touts accomplishments, lists water and education as top priorities
PHOENIX – In his annual address to the Arizona Legislature, Gov. Doug Ducey said he was “ready to get back to work” and that both Republicans and Democrats “think there is common ground to work together.” But newly ascendent Democrats vowed things will be different this legislative session.
Partnerships are crucial to saving dogs at Maricopa County shelter
PHOENIX – Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is always tight on funds and its facilities overcrowded. But thanks to creative marketing and partnerships, the county is able to place 95 percent of the dogs in homes.
In rural Pennsylvania, family detention a world away from the border
WASHINGTON – A former nursing home in eastern Pennsylvania has been converted to a family detention center immigrants, one of three such facilities in the country. Protesters want the facility shut down, but federal officials are eyeing ways to expand the number of such facilities.
Hispanics, blacks more likely to develop Alzheimer’s; cardiovascular diseases may be a factor
LAVEEN – The family network of care for Santiago González has become, over the years, as familiar as the lyrics of his favorite music. The family is like those of many of more than millions diagnosed in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s. But older Hispanics are more likely than older whites to be diagnosed with the brain disease, which affects memory.
Trailblazing lawmaker Ed Pastor remembered as tireless advocate, ‘legend’
WASHINGTON - Ed Pastor, 75, a trailblazing Arizona lawmaker who was the first Hispanic from the state elected to Congress, died Tuesday in Phoenix, his family said. Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff for Pastor, whom Ducey called "an Arizona trailblazer and public servant."