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AZ School Diversity Director Sees Teachable Moment In Racist Incident
Erica Maxwell is the state’s first ever associate superintendent of equity, diversity and inclusion, a position created by Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman.
Nov. 5, 2019
Invasive Buffelgrass Threatens Arizonas Saguaros
The invasive species can cause havoc on ecosystems, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum says its spread rivals water scarcity and climate change as the region’s "most pressing environmental issue."
Nov. 5, 2019
Lawyer: Petersen To Appeal Assessors Office Suspension
Next up for the elected official accused of running an illegal adoption ring is a deadline to appeal his unpaid suspension from County Assessor. Before Friday, Paul Petersen will ask for a hearing to reconsider his four-month suspension from a job that pays about $77,000 a year.
Nov. 5, 2019
CA Teacher Discovers A Butterfly With AZ Phone Number
A few weeks ago, a monarch butterfly flew through a California high school classroom window. Then, the teacher looked closer at the butterfly’s wings and saw small, human-made tags, including a phone number with a southern Arizona area code.
Nov. 5, 2019
Activists Celebrate Phoenix Police Decision To Fire Officers
Michael Britt London, the president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, told KJZZ they would not go forward with their threat of a no-confidence vote in Chief Jeri Williams. This comes in reaction to the chief’s firings of two officers last week who were involved in high-profile cases.
Nov. 5, 2019
How A California Immigration Law Helped Turn The State Blue
Twenty-five years ago this week, nearly 60% of Californians voted to pass Proposition 187. The initiative forbid free health care, education and other state services to undocumented immigrants.
Nov. 5, 2019
Salt Lake Tribune Becomes First Nonprofit U.S. Newspaper
In a historic and unprecedented move, The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper — the largest in Utah — is now a nonprofit.
Nov. 5, 2019
Podcast Based On Lost Tapes Of Murdered Journalist
The death of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles in 1976 following the bombing of his car in central Phoenix resonates Tuesday in this city and the broader world of journalism. Recently, an Arizona Republic team found a relative treasure trove: cassette recordings that Bolles had made.
Nov. 5, 2019
Dr. Joseph Sirven: Honest Placebos
In most placebo trials, the people taking placebos don't know what they're taking isn't medicine. Some new research out of Germany used “honest placebos,” where patients knew they were taking a placebo.
Nov. 5, 2019
The Takeaway: How Swing State Unemployment May Help Us Understand 2020
Since President Trump took office, he has continued to boast the high rate of employment across the country under his presidency. Jobs and employment played a major in his campaign, in the lead-up to 2016. And it’s been a point the administration has continued to drive home.
Nov. 5, 2019
Arizona Reinstating Tuition Program For National Guard Members
A week ahead of Veterans Day, Gov. Doug Ducey announced he is restoring a tuition assistance program for Arizona’s National Guard members that was scrapped amid last decade’s Great Recession.
Nov. 5, 2019
Museum Fire Leaves Behind Flood Risks Near Flagstaff
A watershed scarred by the Museum Fire has left homes and businesses north of Flagstaff at risk of flooding. That risk still stands, even after the region experienced historically low rainfall this monsoon season — the driest season on record, according to the National Weather Service.
Nov. 5, 2019
Recorder: Dont Mail Ballots, Drop Them Off At These Centers
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes addressed voters on Facebook Live on Tuesday morning. He said almost 2 million ballots were sent out to residents, but 75% of those had yet to be returned.
Nov. 5, 2019
At Least 9 U.S. Citizens Die In Cartel Attack In Mexico
At least three women and six children, all apparently U.S. citizens, were slaughtered by drug cartel gunmen in northern Mexico, officials said Tuesday. Six children were found alive, one child had a bullet wound and one child was still missing.
Nov. 5, 2019
Global Scientist Coalition Delivers Climate Warning
It’s been 40 years since the First World Climate Conference and more than 30 years since the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, yet climate change continues unabated. A global coalition of more than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries — 16 of them from Arizona universities — has issued a "warning of climate emergency."
Nov. 5, 2019
Contest Showcases Stories By Arizona-Sonora Border Filmmakers
It’s not uncommon for the U.S.-Mexico border to show up in the news and movies. But people who live on the border don’t always feel represented by those stories. That’s why a new cross-border film contest opened the door for amateur filmmakers to tell their own stories. "Cine En La Frontera" is a first-time short film contest for student and emerging filmmakers from both Arizona and Sonora.
Nov. 5, 2019
Sonoran Authorities Rescue Businessman Kidnapped In Arizona
According to a news release Sunday, the Sonoran Attorney General's Office was contacted by the FBI on Oct. 27 after a businessman was kidnapped in Eloy, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix. The man was identified only as Luis Ramon, a Dominican businessman who lives in New York.
Nov. 4, 2019
Rocky Point Searchers Threatened By Armed Group
The Madres Buscadoras de Sonora — or Sonoran Searching Mothers — were looking for additional bodies near the original site Sunday. That’s when they say a sizable group of armed men threatened them, telling them to leave immediately.
Nov. 4, 2019
2 Dead, Homes, Cars Burned During Agua Prieta Shootout
Five months after a deadly firefight rocked Agua Prieta, another incident Monday morning has claimed lives in the Sonoran city just south of Douglas. Two people were killed and another injured after the early morning shootout in the city.
Nov. 4, 2019
Mesa Police Chief  Submits Resignation
Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista has submitted his resignation, the city said in a press release Monday. The Mesa police union cast a no-confidence vote against Batista in June 2019 for what the union's president said was the chief's condemnation of officers investigated on excessive-force allegations and unwillingness to listen to officers.
Police Union Calls Off No-Confidence Vote Against Phoenix Chief
Nov. 4, 2019

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