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Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Placed On Leave
The district superintendent of Mesa Public Schools has been placed on paid administrative leave. The district's board unanimously voted on the action Monday in a special meeting but has not given a reason for the decision.
Nov. 19, 2019
GOP Lawmaker Proposes Capping Rates On Title Loans
State Sen. David Farnsworth (R-Mesa) is introducing legislation that would cap title loans at an annual interest rate between 24% and 36%, depending on the amount borrowed.
Nov. 19, 2019
Production Stops At Navajo Generating Station
A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and toward renewable energy and cheaper power. The plant will be torn down in three to five years.
Nov. 18, 2019
Lyft Threatens Exit From Sky Harbor If Fees Increase
Lyft has threatened to stop serving riders at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport if the City Council votes to increase fees on rideshare companies.
Nov. 18, 2019
Pima County Sheriff Orders Criminal Probe Of Deputy
The Pima County sheriff said he has authorized a criminal investigation into one of his deputies. The officer was shown on video pinning a teenager who was also a quadruple amputee. The Sheriff's Department released a statement on Monday.
Nov. 18, 2019
USDA Implementing Restrictions To Control Tomato Virus Threat
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is putting new restrictions on tomato and pepper imports to prevent a plant virus from spreading to the United States. That includes additional inspections of tomatoes and peppers crossing through Arizona’s southern border from Mexico.
Nov. 18, 2019
Made In Arizona: Laura Spalding Best Turns Mundane Objects Into Art
Walk alongside Tempe Town Lake right now, and you'll see what looks like a mirage in the distance. Artist Laura Spalding Best has been out here every day with a cooler and a hat painting somewhere north of 120 old street signs to create the mural.
Nov. 18, 2019
After Deadly San Luis Attack, Authorities Recover Grenade Launcher, Other Arms
Two men were killed at the scene, and a third died at a local hospital. Another person was wounded. Witnesses told authorities that the attack was carried out by masked gunmen who arrived in a dark sedan.
Nov. 18, 2019
Green Party Loses Recognition As AZ Political Party
Voter registration figures released Monday show the Green Party with 6,406 members in Arizona. It fell short of the required membership tally to appear on 2020 ballots.
Nov. 18, 2019
Pro-ESA Nonprofits Threaten To Sue AZ Department Of Education
Two pro-school voucher nonprofits are threatening to sue the Arizona Department of Education for failure to send on-time payments to parents whose kids use a special program to attend non-public schools.
Nov. 18, 2019
New County Attorney Signals Openness To Reform
It’s been a little more than a month since Allister Adel was appointed Maricopa County attorney, replacing now-Arizona Supreme Court Justice Bill Montgomery.
Nov. 18, 2019
As Charter Schools Grow, Teacher Unions Rise To Stop Them
Across the country, charter schools are growing, and teachers’ unions are working to stop them. The debate is taking center stage in states around the country, but the divide between charter schools and teachers unions wasn’t always there. The Arizona Republic’s Craig Harris went to seven states to delve into this issue, and find out what it means for Arizona.
Nov. 18, 2019
AZ School Resource Officers Start Training On Mental Health
Starting Monday, school resource officers will be offered training on adolescent mental health and what they can do to intervene effectively and safely.
Nov. 18, 2019
New Report Has Good News, Bad News for Rural AZ Schools
More rural Arizona high school students are graduating in four years than in the past, but fewer are passing at least one AP exam.
Nov. 18, 2019
Boas: A Turning Point For Mexico
The recent killings of American families from a Mormon offshoot group living in Mexico generated horror in the U.S., but in his latest column, Phil Boas argues that what happened in Mexico affected that country and its people in a more dramatic way.
Nov. 18, 2019
AZ Lawmakers Push To Let Cities Regulate Airbnb Again
Four state lawmakers have filed the first House bill of the upcoming 2020 legislative session. The quartet of Democrats is looking to repeal a 2016 law which prohibits cities and towns from regulating short-term rentals like Airbnb.
Nov. 18, 2019
BBC Look-Ahead: A New Israeli Government
A well-known messaging platform is under fire in India and an independence celebration takes on additional meaning this year.
Nov. 18, 2019
Book Highlights Women In Mexico Whose Husbands Go To U.S.
When NAFTA took effect in 1994, young men began leaving for the U.S. where they could make more money in a few months than they could in a year. The story of their journeys has been told many times in the years since, but what about the women they left behind?
Nov. 18, 2019
The Takeaway: Mormon Deaths In Mexico Reignite Questions About the Ongoing Drug War
Mexico and the United States are in an embittered battle with drug cartels, but some are calling into question its effectiveness as well as the media coverage.
Nov. 18, 2019
Phoenix Public Library Starts Waiving Overdue Fines
Phoenix Public Library said it forgave overdue library fines Monday. But you’re not totally off the hook. If you have a book that’s more than 51 days late, you will get a bill for the replacement fee.
Nov. 18, 2019

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