Security adviser Michael Flynn this past Wednesday denied that he spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak regarding a reprieve of sanctions on Russia. But that denial has been walked back after senior U.S. officials interpreted those conversations, suggesting they may have been inappropriate or even illegal.
House Education Committee this afternoon is scheduled to take up the Empowerment Scholarship Account bill after an identical version won the approval of a Senate committee last week. We talk with Jonathan Butcher, education director at the Goldwater Institute, and Chris Kotterman, government relations director for the Arizona School Boards Association.
It’s been a busy week for education. A new Secretary of Education was confirmed. Commentator Amy Silverman has a lunch pail full of reasons why we shouldn’t turn our back on public schools. Silverman is managing editor of Phoenix New Times. She blogs about her daughter Sophie at GirlInAPartyHat.com.
Senator Jeff Flake asking the Interior Department to exempt the Bureau of Land Management’s seasonal firefighter program from the current federal employee hiring freeze. The move comes during the time that pre-fire season recruiting typically gets underway.
With Donald Trump as president, the Dakota Access Pipeline will get a permit. While North Dakotans welcome the news, the tribe fighting the project promises a legal challenge, and protesters remain defiant in opposition.
A delegation of Mexican senators was in the Valley over the weekend to prepare for the possibility of mass deportations, and the removal of Guadalupe García de Rayos heightened the group’s sense of urgency.
The San Carlos Apache reservation has shrunk in size five times to accommodate the mining industry. So when Resolution Copper recently made plans to develop the largest copper mine in North America on Oak Flat, land considered sacred ground, tribal members said enough.
Last month, hundreds of thousands of Arizonans got a raise. That’s thanks to the voter approved ballot measure Proposition 206, which boosted the state’s minimum wage. But for businesses that care for people with developmental disabilities, this wage hike could be devastating.
Tonight is going to be a big night, astronomically speaking. To help break down the night-sky fun, I’m joined by Patrick Young, an associate professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and a researcher in astronomy, astrophysics and astrobiology.