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‘It doesn’t matter where children are born’: Migrant foster program may relaunch in Phoenix

FLAGSTAFF – Refugio, a Neighborhood Ministries program, allowed foster parents in cities across the U.S. to care for unaccompanied minors. The yearlong program ended three years ago but organization leaders are trying to revive the program in Phoenix.


Killer heat: Phoenix seeking solutions, hopes to become leader in climate mitigation

PHOENIX – In 2017, the Phoenix area hit a new record: more than 155 heat fatalities and the final tally could be even higher. City leaders are taking notice. Earlier this year, former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton deemed it “a public health crisis.”


Report: Hispanic motorists in Maricopa County still arrested, searched more often

New data on the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows racially biased policing has continued, even as some Latino elected leaders in NALEO say the state’s reputation is improving.


Realtor group files petitions to bar Arizona from ever imposing a tax on services

Although Arizona does not tax personal services, such as car repairs and child care, an Arizona Realtors group on Tuesday filed petitions bearing more than 400,000 signatures, hoping to get a measure on the November ballot that would bar the state from ever imposing such a tax.


Supreme Court ruling on travel ban stuns Muslim community

A Somali immigrant says the ban is personal because relatives are still trapped in the country. Rep. Paul Gosar said the ban keeps America’s borders safe. VERTICAL: Borderlands


Patriot Movement AZ supports preservation of Chinese Cultural Center

Leaders of the Chinese community advocating for the preservation of the center reached out to the Patriots group for its support of small business.

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Puente Arizona speaks out against separation of families at the border

‘Crime against humanity’: Pressure mounts against ‘zero tolerance’ policy separating children from families at border


Tucson activists denounce immigrant family separations

Community activists said the Trump administration is criminalizing immigration by wrenching children from their parents at the border and other tough-on-immigration policies.


Phoenix City Council votes to sue over citizenship question on 2020 Census

Phoenix City Council voted on Tuesday to pursue litigation against a 2020 Census question that asks about citizenship status.


FanDuel? DraftKings? Not in Arizona, where participation in DFS sites remains illegal

Participation in daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites such as FanDuel or DraftKings is illegal in Arizona, and experts don’t anticipate change anytime soon, despite the efforts of many.


Ducey: Lawmakers agree to raise pay for teachers, support staff

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday he had reached an agreement with lawmakers that would provide 20 percent raises to Arizona teachers among other concessions as educators continue their second day of a statewide strike.


#RedForEd: Ducey vetoes 10 bills to pressure Legislature to fund raises for teachers

As Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed bills and called for legislators to give him a state budget including a 20 percent teacher salary hike, school districts around the state began informing parents that schools would likely be closed as educators prepare to walk out April 26.