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Arizona Lawmakers Debating Online Sales Taxes
In South Dakota v. Wayfair, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially allowed states to require online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes. Arizona is among a handful of states that has not adjusted its tax laws to reflect the last summer's ruling. A new bill could change that.
Mar. 18, 2019
Experts: Slipping Vaccination Rates Put Everyone At Risk
Currently, vaccination rates in pockets of metro Phoenix fall below 85 percent, including in Anthem and Fountain Hills' communities according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Mar. 18, 2019
Phoenix City Leaders Could Undergo Equity Training
A Phoenix councilwoman is trying to raise private money to conduct special training for city leadership. Laura Pastor wants to see managers in departments like transit, parks, neighborhood services, and others to participate in racial equity training. It would focus on recognizing the government’s role in racial inequities and find ways to improve or change systems.
Mar. 18, 2019
VA Report Finds Care At Phoenix Nursing Home Improves
Conditions are improving at a Phoenix VA nursing home, that’s one finding from a recent release of reports from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “I’m very proud of our staff that we were able to get back to a five star,” said Brian Bradshaw, chief nurse for geriatrics at Phoenix VA.
Mar. 18, 2019
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The latest “Glass Ceiling Index” released by The Economist says any movement forward has been stalled with the exception of a few nations — and the U.S. isn’t one of them.
Mar. 18, 2019
Boas: Karl Eller And His Legacy
Eller was known for leading several companies — including Eller Media, Gannett and Circle K — and for leaving millions to the University of Arizona business school. He was born during the Great Depression but benefited from approaching capitalism with integrity.
Mar. 18, 2019
AZ Islamic Community Holds Vigils For New Zealand
Several vigils were held over the weekend in Arizona to remember the 50 lives lost at Christchurch in New Zealand, including one vigil at the Islamic Center of North East Valley, where hundreds gathered Sunday night.
Mar. 18, 2019
Venture Capitalist Shares Insight On Facebook
Facebook’s dominance in the tech industry hit some significant bumps in the recent past — most publicly, during the 2016 presidential election and how the platform was used to influence voters, at times, with misinformation.
Mar. 18, 2019
BBC Look-Ahead: New Zealand
New Zealand, and the rest of the world, continue to mourn the 50 people killed on Friday in two mosques.
Mar. 18, 2019
Court To Rule In Appeal By Woman Convicted In Abortion Case
The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled to release a ruling Monday in the case of a woman convicted on fraud and theft charges for faking a cancer diagnosis to get the state to pay for her late-term abortion. Chalice Renee Zeitner was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Mar. 18, 2019
Charter School Reform Bill Moves To Arizona House
Last week, the state Senate gave its OK to a bill that its sponsor calls the most significant reform to the governance of charter schools since they were established. Critics, however, see it differently, and argue the measure is essentially toothless. The bill is now moving to the Arizona House.
Mar. 18, 2019
West Phoenix Among Nation’s Top Home Flipping Rates
In zip code 85031, more than 20 percent of homes bought last year were quickly resold for a profit. The flipping rate for the area between 43rd and 59th avenues and Thomas and Camelback roads was more than twice the rate for the entire metro area.
Mar. 18, 2019
The Takeaway: White Supremacy As A Coordinated Social Movement
Kathleen Belew is an assistant professor of history at the University of Chicago, and she has studied white supremacy and its growth. According to Belew, attacks throughout the world are not by "lone-wolves," rather, they are part of a larger movement by white supremacists, who are greatly influenced by those in the United States,
Mar. 18, 2019
The Takeaway: California Weighs Consumer Privacy Protections
The California Consumer Privacy Act, which passed in the summer of 2018, doesn’t go into effect until January 2020. In the meantime, a fight over how the law will regulate user data is ramping up in the California Legislature.
Mar. 18, 2019
Q&AZ: Why Do Cicadas Buzz?
Arizona has more insect diversity than any other state — including four dozen different species of cicadas. Best known for their loud buzzing in the summer, each species of cicada has their own unique call.
Mar. 18, 2019
Phoenix Could Sell $11 Million Downtown Parking Garage
A city-owned garage in downtown Phoenix appraised at $11,450,00 could soon go on the market. The city of Phoenix said several companies have expressed interest in developing the Regency Parking Garage.
Mar. 18, 2019
ASU Men
For the first time since 1981, Arizona State University's men's basketball team is making consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. However, the Sun Devils will need to play an extra game in the Big Dance.
Mar. 17, 2019
AZ-Based Marijuana Company Seeking Massive Expansion
An Arizona company that grows, processes and sells marijuana in several states is buying another company to create what’s expected to be one of the largest operations nationwide.
Mar. 17, 2019
Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Woman In Embryo Case
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that a now-divorced woman can implant fertilized embryos despite objections of her ex-husband. Ruby Torres and her former husband, John Terrill, signed a contract with a fertilization clinic saying that embryos could be used with the “express, written consent” of both parties in case of divorce.
Mar. 17, 2019
President Trump Continues Criticism Of Late Sen. McCain
President Donald Trump continues to criticize the late Sen. John McCain. The latest insults are over reports that McCain shared a dossier with information linking Trump to Russia.
Mar. 17, 2019

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