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On a party-line vote of 17-13, the state Senate has approved legislation that would expand Arizona’s racketeering laws to include rioting. We spoke with Republican Sen. John Kavanagh, a supporter of the legislation, and Democratic Sen. Katie Hobbs, who is opposed.
Feb. 23, 2017
resting in the shade
It’s been hot Down Under — like, record-setting hot. Australia’s seen a heat wave that caused temperatures and wildfire concerns to rise. To talk about some of those similarities between Arizona and Australia's desert areas is Dave White, a Fellow at the Global Security Initiative at ASU.
Feb. 23, 2017
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About 800,000 people suffer strokes every year in the U.S. Most of them are caused by a clot blocking a vessel, which cuts off pathways for blood to get to the brain.
Feb. 23, 2017
Planet Nine
The public can now join the hunt for the elusive Planet Nine, a massive planet astronomers believe might be hidden beyond Neptune.
Feb. 23, 2017
Now that Scott Pruitt is the head of the EPA, we wanted to find out what an Arizona environmentalist thinks some of the top issues might be. Pat Graham is the Arizona state director for the Nature Conservancy.
Feb. 23, 2017
When Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the Bureau of Prisons would phase out the use of private detention facilities in August 2016, it reflected a change in the Obama administration. On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions changed course, saying the previous directive from Yates “impaired the bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal corrections system.”
Feb. 23, 2017
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Student-athletes are often among the most recognized people on college campuses — especially at those schools with big-time sports. A University of Arizona researcher wanted to measure how allied some college athletes are with the LGBT community.
Feb. 23, 2017
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A look at Donald Trump's plan to overturn protections for trans students; why Trump's stance on China worries U.S. colleges; how the universe is changing.
Feb. 23, 2017
downtown phoenix light rail
Many Arizona mayors and real-estate groups are speaking out against a bill in the state Legislature that they say would take away their only economic tool they have to attract large-scale development and business investment. House Bill 2213 goes after Government Property Lease Excise Taxes, or GPLETs.
Feb. 23, 2017
A bill that could affect Arizonans’ rights to speech and assembly is moving through the state Legislature.
Feb. 23, 2017
Donald Trump
Even before he was president, candidate Donald Trump wasn’t shy about criticizing judges he thought had made questionable decisions. We spoke with Joseph Ura, an associate professor of political science at Texas A&M, has co-written a study called "Confidence and Constraint: Public Opinion and the Roberts Court."
Feb. 23, 2017
Traffic backed up on Interstate 17
A busy stretch of Interstate 17 will be resurfaced starting next month. Commuters can expect a series of weekend closures.
Feb. 23, 2017
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Crowds of protesters are growing outside the home offices of U.S. congress members around the country. Here in Arizona, Senator Jeff Flake has his own critics.
Feb. 23, 2017
protesters surrounded an ICE transport van
Arizona Republican senators voted Wednesday to give police new powers to arrest anyone involved in a peaceful demonstration that turns violent.
Feb. 23, 2017
Government Documents
After USDA-APHIS scrubbed thousands of public documents from its website, Russ Kick ramped up efforts to republish them on his own.
Feb. 23, 2017
south mountain park
One of Phoenix’s largest city departments may be adding staff. The Parks and Recreation Department has 55 rangers responsible for enforcing rules and maintaining more than 230 miles of designated trails.
Feb. 23, 2017
wheelchair user
Arizona lawmakers are considering a new bill on parking for people with disabilities. The legislation could cause problems for those who have physical disabilities but don’t use wheelchairs.
Feb. 23, 2017
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
More than 30 immigrants in the country illegally were freed from Maricopa County jails over the last four days after Sheriff Paul Penzone made a change in one of his policies.
Feb. 22, 2017
A lobbying group for the country’s biggest banks says they waste billions of dollars a year investigating suspicious activity. It’s now asking the Trump administration to change the way in which the finances of money launderers and terror groups are investigated.
Feb. 22, 2017
Desert
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about some new research into the so-called “Green Sahara” period. Another researcher has been looking at some of the reasons why monsoon activity lessened, helping turn the Sahara into the sand dune-covered landscape we know today.
Feb. 22, 2017

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