Legislation to allow employers to pay some young people less than the voter-mandated minimum wage cleared a crucial hurdle Thursday. HB 2523 applies to part-time employees younger than 22 years old. If passed, employers could pay them as low as $7.25, which is the federal standard. The state minimum wage is $11 an hour.
State lawmakers are reconsidering the requirement that certain people should be on the sex offender registry for their entire life. House Bill 2613 would only apply in situations where the offender was younger than 22 at the time, the victim was at least 15 and the sexual contact was consensual.
After a bald eagle couple near Lake Pleasant lost three eggs to ravens and ring tail cats, their final egg of this breeding season is ready to hatch. People have been able to follow along live with a camera set up by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
A specialized rail car with a 16-foot boom sprayer will travel on the Grand Canyon Railway and apply a herbicide to protect the national park. The herbicide will control vegetation along the track and wipe out dry vegetation near it that can contribute to fires.
The federal government announced Thursday it was going to begin releasing newly detained migrants in Yuma. Those detained will be given a notice to appear at an immigration court hearing farther inside the United States.
Danzeisen Dairy is recalling several hundred bottles of cream due to insufficient pasteurization. The Arizona Department of Agriculture says Danzeisen is recalling 360 pint bottles of cream out of an abundance of caution.
Arizona’s drug overdose crisis is taking a dire turn. More than a year and a half ago the state declared a public health emergency, yet overdoses appear to be climbing at an unprecedented rate. The spike comes as illegally made fentanyl spreads through the drug supply, killing more people than any other drug.
The city of Flagstaff has come up empty again in its second search for a permanent city manager. A preferred candidate had been identified and offered the job, but that person said the approximately $200,000 annual salary wasn’t going to be enough.
A federal judge, for the second time in nine months, has blocked the Trump administration’s plan to force some Medicaid recipients to work in order to maintain benefits. The ruling blocks Kentucky from implementing work requirements and Arkansas from continuing its work requirement program.
U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement remains on hold, waiting for congressional approval. But the North American Research Partnership and the Cross Border Group have produced a report on how the USMCA would affect Arizona.
In especially violent war zones around the world, women are attacked and raped and often have children as a result of those sexual assaults. U.S. foreign policy can affect humanitarian efforts related to that, at times, based on how much financial assistance America provides.
Some sports, including football and soccer, have introduced rule changes to try to minimize the risk of concussions, and research continues in ways to diagnose and treat concussions. But one area that’s lacking research and resources is the study of concussions among women.
Listen to the sounds of Laurene Montero slinging mud to preserve the ancient structures at Pueblo Grande Museum. If you have suggestions or hear things that make Phoenix, Phoenix, send us a note at [email protected]
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally wants to know why the federal Homeland Security Department is releasing migrants into Arizona cities with little to no notice. She’s sent a letter to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with a list of questions.