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Extra Funding Unclear For ESA Program
The Arizona Department of Education says it doesn’t have enough money to administer the Empowerment Scholarship Account program — and many lawmakers appear to agree. That, however, doesn’t necessarily mean the agency will get extra cash next year.
Oct. 24, 2019
500,000 Temp Workers Needed For 2020 Census Count
The 2020 Census starts January, launching a massive effort to count the country’s population that determines federal funding levels and states’ seats in Congress. But to do that accurately, census officials will have to employ about half a million temporary workers nationwide. The U.S. Census Bureau officially launched its Phoenix office Tuesday to prepare.
Oct. 24, 2019
Fired AZ Senate Staffer Is Negotiating Return
By this time next week, Talonya Adams should know whether she’ll go back to work at the Arizona Senate, and under what terms. Adams was a Democratic staffer there until 2015, when she was fired.
Oct. 24, 2019
Using Buildings To Create Cleaner Economy
How can the buildings where we live and work contribute to a “cleaner” economy? A conference that focused on connecting companies and cities around this idea wrapped up Thursday in California.
Oct. 24, 2019
New Arizona PBS Show Showcases Unseen Artists
The arts community in the Valley has undergone dramatic change in recent years. A program making its debut Thursday night on Arizona PBS Channel 8 aims to introduce its viewers to relatively unknown artists from unseen art communities.
Oct. 24, 2019
AZ Republicans Storm Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing
On Wednesday, dozens of Republican members of Congress stormed the closed-door proceedings of the House impeachment inquiry at the U.S. Capitol. The standoff caused what some witnesses said was a five-hour delay before Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper could bring her testimony behind closed doors.
Oct. 24, 2019
Santa Delivers 80-Foot Tall Christmas Tree To Arizona Mall
There’s exactly one week until Halloween and, in a couple months, it’ll be Christmas time — but you might not even need to wait that long. On Thursday morning, Santa delivered an 80-foot tall Christmas tree to the Outlets at Anthem.
Oct. 24, 2019
Mesa Reanimates Cemetery Tours Ahead Of Halloween
On Saturday, the Mesa Historical Museum is reviving its Mesa Cemetery Tour. The exclusive tour will wind around the cemetery’s more famous residents like Mesa settler, Daniel Webster Jones and Ernesto Miranda, whose legal case led to the establishment of the so-called “Miranda Rights.”
Oct. 24, 2019
Record Number Of California Condor Chicks Found In Southwest This Year
A record number of wild California Condor chicks have been documented in the Southwest this year. One of the formerly endangered birds hatched near the Grand Canyon earlier this month.
Oct. 24, 2019
School Voucher Program Struggles Due To Lack Of Funds
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said she needs more funding to carry out Arizona’s school voucher program. Parents have complained about slow responses, and missed deadlines to enroll their children.
Oct. 24, 2019
The Takeaway: Some Parents Are Saying
Many parents and teachers think homework needs to be reduced, or even eliminated, for elementary school children.
Oct. 24, 2019
Court Removes $100K Cap For AZ Car Crash Victims
The State Court of Appeals voided a law first enacted in 2006 limiting the amount victims may collect in restitution at $10,000. Last year, state lawmakers increased that amount to $100,000, but the court unanimously ruled that the cap, no matter how high, is unconstitutional.
Oct. 24, 2019
How Rep. Jennifer Longdon Found Her Voice As A Disability Advocate
Since Democratic Rep. Jennifer Longdon was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives last year, she’s made plenty of news. Along the way, she’s also created more awareness about people with disabilities. But how did she get to where she is today? Well, her journey started more than 14 years ago.
VIDEO: Rep. Jennifer Longdon Shares 4 Tips On How To Be A Good Advocate
Oct. 24, 2019
New Loop 202 Named Congressman Ed Pastor Freeway
The new 22-mile South Mountain part of Loop 202 will be named after a longtime Arizona congressman. The new name will be Congressman Ed Pastor Freeway after the longtime representative who died in 2018.
Oct. 23, 2019
Arizona Health Premiums In Federal Marketplace Drop
Premiums for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace are going down in Arizona, according to new federal government data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Open enrollment starts Nov. 1.
Oct. 23, 2019
Mexico Mayors Trying To Meet With President Repelled With Tear Gas
Dozens of mayors from throughout Mexico tried to push for an audience with the president. Instead, tear gas was used for the first time during this administration to repel them.
Oct. 23, 2019
Mexico’s Immigration Institute Commissioner Accused Of Racism, Xenophobia
The leader of Mexico’s immigration office is under fire after giving statements with racial and xenophobic connotations. He stated that Mexico will deport every single transcontinental migrant and that they should take the last massive deportation as a warning.
Oct. 23, 2019
Why A Frys Grocery Store Is A Big Deal To Downtown Phoenix
After four years of planning and building, a brand new Fry's grocery store is open, and it's being welcomed as a sign of downtown's continued growth and ability to grow while also addressing the area's longstanding status as a food desert.
Oct. 23, 2019
Board Of Supervisors Moves To Suspend Petersen
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to notify Assessor Paul Petersen that it plans to consider suspending him for up to 120 days. The board is required to give Petersen five days' notice. It can't remove him from office and he's refused to resign.
Oct. 23, 2019
Study: Average Arrest Costs Migrants Family $24,000
How much does an immigration arrest cost the family of the person detained? That’s one of the questions researchers aimed to answer in new data released Wednesday.
Oct. 23, 2019

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