Doing more time: Ex-felons face long odds, long wait to restore voting rights
TUCSON - The years paying off their debt to society is just the starr for ex-felons who are trying to regain their votiing rights - they face more years and hurdles in Arizona, one of the more difficult states to get the vote back. But former felons say it's worth the fight, and some state officials and advocates agree.
Weather conditions set Maricopa County up for better air than last year
PHOENIX – Maricopa County is seeing improvements in air quality from last year.
Game track: Arizona, Sonora install cameras to monitor large animals along the border
EL RANCHO LAS AGUILAS, Mexico – Sonoran and Arizona game officials recently set up dozens of remote cameras to track large animals, many of whom range back and forth across the border with Mexico.
Tucson council votes to support Nogales in fight against razor wire
TUCSON – The Tucson City Council voted Wednesday night to support the border city of Nogales in its fight with federal authorities and the U.S. military over concertina wire strung along the border fence.
Venezuelans in the Valley rally in support of Venezuela’s new opposition leader
TEMPE – The Venezuelan community in Arizona gathered to express support for Juan Guaidó and optimism for the future of Venezuela.
Victims of Baptist Foundation scheme still recovering 20 years later
PHOENIX – Anne Mezzapelle Cacace was one of 11,000 investors who lost $580 million when the Baptist Foundation of Arizona, or BFA, a registered nonprofit, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1999, in what prosecutors described as a Ponzi scheme. To this day, it is considered one of the largest affinity frauds in U.S history.
Buckle up? Not in every seat in Arizona, which some experts frown on
WASHINGTON - Buckling up saves lives, particularly during the busy holiday travel season, but safety experts saw Arizona's relatively lax seatbelt laws leave a lot to be desired. One state expert disagrees, saying Arizona actually does better on seatbelt use than many states with stricter laws.
Anti-Defamation League review: 6 Supreme Court cases that delight conservatives, dismay liberals
An Anti-Defamation League annual review of SCOTUS opinions paints a picture of this year’s Supreme Court decisions on immigrant detentions, voting rights for minorities, religious rights at a Colorado bakery and anti-abortion pregnancy centers. How people view those decisions depends on their ideology, a panel of legal and political experts says.
Extreme-heat warning for this week prompts renewed plea for water donations
Next week is forecast to be a scorcher in the Valley, and city officials are asking for more water donations to help those in need.
Study: Arizona No. 43 in voter turnout; minorities, youth and poor are hurt most
PHOENIZ – Arizona ranks 43rd in the nation in voter turnout, with the poor and the young least likely to exercise their right to vote, according to the study, released at a press conference Tuesday by the Arizona Clean Elections Commission and the Morrison Institute.
As fentanyl overdoses rise, cartels are eager to funnel more of it through Arizona
Federal and state authorities continue to battle Mexican drug cartels as the opioid epidemic is fueled by the lethal synthetic opioid fentanyl.