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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced oil and gas permits on federal lands will be fast-tracked, taking no longer than 30 days to review. He also ordered oil and gas lease sales be held in each state every quarter. To discuss, we’re joined now by Ed Hirs, an energy economist at the University of Houston.
For our Friday NewsCap segment, we discussed Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s decision not to share Arizona’s voter information with a Presidential Commission, health-care protests at Sen. Jeff Flake’s offices and other items. Our guests were pollster and radio host Mike O’Neil and Joanna Allhands, azcentral.com's digital opinions editor.
Since the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag took over the conversation surrounding the legendary awards in 2015, the Academy of Arts and Sciences has been trying to diversify. The Academy announced last week that it has opened its doors to 774 new members — many of them people of color and women.
As affordable housing continues to be a challenge in the Valley, Mesa nonprofit A New Leaf is opening 30 new housing units aimed at chronically homeless and low-income residents of Maricopa County. For more on this, I spoke with Laura Bode with A New Leaf.
Unless you’re from southern Arizona, when you hear the last name "Ronstadt," you’ll automatically think of legendary singer Linda Ronstadt first. And though her artistic impact has been felt internationally, the city of Tucson was associated with the Ronstadt family long before that — as early as the late 19th century with the Fred Ronstadt Hardware company.
Reality Winner, the former federal contractor, is scheduled to go on trial in October; she’s accused of leaking classified information to a media outlet. Scott Sagan writes about these inside threats. He’s a political science professor at Stanford, and co-author and co-editor of the book "Insider Threats."