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Report: 1 In 5 AZ Kids Lives In Poor Neighborhoods
A new review of census data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows while the number of Arizona’s poor neighborhoods has dropped a few percentage points, from 22% to 20%, the state still has some of the highest rates in the country. One in 5 children lives in concentrated poverty here, according to the report.
Sept. 24, 2019
AZ Argues At 9th Circuit To Overturn Prison Health Fine
In 2018 a Federal judge fined Arizona $1.4 million for poor health care conditions in Arizona prisons. The judge had warned the state after years of litigating the Parsons v. Ryan prison health care settlement, that such fines were imminent if the Department of Corrections kept failing basic performance benchmarks.
Sept. 24, 2019
Education Board Considers Emergency Suspensions
The Arizona State Board of Education took its first step Monday to immediately suspend the certification of teachers who are arrested for or accused of sexual misconduct.
Sept. 24, 2019
Gig Economy Businesses May Soon Have To Provide Minimum Wage, Benefits
The gig economy could be deeply affected — especially rideshare drivers — by California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to sign AB5 into law last week.
Sept. 24, 2019
UA Suspends Men Accused Of Assaulting Black Student
Two University of Arizona students have been suspended from the school, following an on-campus assault. Criminal arraignment hearings were held Monday in Pima County. Earlier this month, two white students, 20-year-old Matthew Frazier and 19-year-old Matthew Rawlings, were accused of repeatedly yelling the N-word at the black student.
Sept. 24, 2019
The Future Of The Border Wall In Arizona
Arizona's shared border with Mexico has become the proving grounds for the Trump administration's push to build new border fences. Proponents say the fence is needed to keep out asylum seekers and illicit smuggling in the U.S. border region. Locally, the border is also criticized for the long-lasting effects it will have on the Sonoran desert's ecosystems.
Sept. 24, 2019
Who Should Run The San Juan County Government?
San Juan County, Utah, is divided in two. The southern part is made up of mostly Ute and Navajo people. The northern part is almost all white. Now, the two groups are at odds over who should run the county government. On Nov. 5, they’ll hold a special election to decide whether or not they should change the county’s form of government.
Sept. 24, 2019
FAA Awards $43 Million In Grants To Arizonas Airports
Several Arizona airports, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, will receive more than $43 million in federal infrastructure grants.
Sept. 24, 2019
Where Can 21st Century Men Find Fashion Influences?
Mainstream trendsetters in men’s fashion tend to be the people seen on screens, both big and small. So where can men look for fashion influences these days? And how much effort should men be putting into that?
Sept. 24, 2019
Soggy Weather Has Much Of AZ Under Flash Flood Watches
Much of south-central and southeastern Arizona was under flash flood watches Tuesday as residents in some areas cleaned up after winds downed trees and lightning struck at least two homes in metro Phoenix. No injuries were reported from those storm-related incidents Monday.
Sept. 24, 2019
Goodyear Raises Tobacco Purchase Age To 21
Goodyear is now the third city in Arizona to have raised the legal age to purchase tobacco products and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21. The unanimously passed ordinance amends the city’s 2002 smoking ban to include vaping materials.
Sept. 24, 2019
Faster Border Crossings Mean Cleaner Air In Nogales
Air quality significantly improved in the towns of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, after some tractor trailers began moving faster through border inspections.
Sept. 24, 2019
Grijalva and others push for transparency on border military deployment
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva and 33 other members of Congress in a letter asked Principal Inspector General Glenn A. Fine to look into “misuse and politicization of United States military personnel and resources" at the southern border.
Sept. 24, 2019
Tucson-Based Latino Actor Eyes New Mexico, Not Hollywood
A recent study from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that Latino actors like Fausto Olmos Renteria had just a tiny chance of getting a major role in a Hollywood blockbuster. As an independent actor, Olmos works in 6-10 productions a year. He recently played a supporting role in a film that’s been selected for the Oaxaca FilmFest in early October.
Sept. 24, 2019
Formerly Incarcerated People Address Lawmakers
Lawmakers heard from formerly incarcerated people at the statehouse on Monday at an ad hoc committee meeting on earned released credits for prisoners.
Sept. 23, 2019
How Phoenix Plans To Spend Pedestrian Safety Money
Three months after the Phoenix City Council approved $2 million for pedestrian safety, the Street Transportation Department has a plan to spend it.
Sept. 23, 2019
Q&AZ: What Happened To The Railroad Line West Of Phoenix?
The last time an Amtrak train served Phoenix, Bill Clinton was in his first term in the White House. Since then, Phoenix is the largest American city without Amtrak rail service — and remains the largest city in the country without a railroad mainline.
Sept. 23, 2019
Should AZ Legislators Get Bigger Paychecks?
In her Phoenix Magazine column, "Raising Phoenix," longtime Valley writer Amy Silverman argues lawmakers are underpaid. And public affairs veteran Kevin DeMenna says the legislature should spend more time in session.
Sept. 23, 2019
UA Study Suggests Shade To Protect Apache Trout
Rising stream temperatures are threatening fish across North America including one of Arizona's native trout species, the Apache trout. Researchers at the University of Arizona looked at which methods could be employed in Arizona streams to best protect Apache Trout from drought and climate change.
Sept. 23, 2019
Do Police Need A Breathalyzer For Legal Marijuana?
As more states legalize marijuana — Arizona voters could decide the issue next year — there are questions about how law enforcement officers determine if drivers have too much TCH in their systems.
Sept. 23, 2019

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