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Fare enough: Uber, Lyft surge ahead of cabs in campaign expense reports

WASHINGTON - Congressional lawmakers may not have voted on ride-sharing legislation, but they are voting with their pocketbooks, with campaigns spending more than 2.1 millon in 2017-18 on Uber and Lyft, far outstripping taxis. Arizona lawmakers were part of the trend, reporting $20,000 on the services.

In Indian Country, potholes can be a bump in the road to an education

WASHINGTON - Of all the problems facing tribal schools, impassable roads are not the biggest problem, "but it is the most annoying one." With three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads unpaved, students are often stranded and districts are forced to spend precious resources on bus repairs.

Thin on broadband: Tribal areas still struggle with lagging technology

WASHINGTON - To some Hopi, "just Google it," is an inside joke - only about 29% of Hopi households have broadband internet access, compared to 79% in Arizona and 78% nationwide. On tribal lands across Arizona, fewer than half the homes have broadband access, stifling business, health and schooling.

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.

Robocalls hit 3 million a day in Arizona, but help may be on the way

WASHINGTON – Despite efforts to block them, robocalls keep coming, with almost 3,2 million such calls made per day to Arizona phone numbers in the first four months of this year. New regulations and new technologies might help stem the tide, but not everyone is convinced.

Supreme Court turns down Arpaio, who vows fight to vacate conviction

WASHINGTON - Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed to continue fighting to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction for racial profiling, after the Supreme Court rejected his challenge of an appeals court ruling in the case.

Report: Latino voters flexed muscle in 2018, set to be a force in 2020

WASHINGTON - A new report says Latinos are on track to be the largest minority voting group in 2020, when an estimated 32 million will be eligible to vote, and that they began to make their influence felt in 2018, when a surge of Latino votes tipped Senate races in Arizona and Nevada to Democrats.

Crossing a line: Military encounter at border sparks Trump threats

WASHINGTON - A peaceful border encounter between U.S. and Mexican soldiers earlier this month became a political issue Wednesday when President Donald Trump picked up the incident and threatened in a tweet to send armed soldiers to the border in response.