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Bill Under Construction To Double Gas Tax
In a legislative bill, Rep. Noel Campbell (R-Prescott) plans to ask the lawmakers to double the current 18 cent per gallon gas tax. Campbell says the rate hasn’t changed since 1991.
Sept. 27, 2019
Trump Administration Proposes Setting Refugee Cap At 18,000
The Trump administration aims to resettle no more than 18,000 refugees throughout the United States in the new fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
Sept. 26, 2019
$3,500 Reward Offered In Wildlife Water Contamination
A reward is out to find whoever who dumped toxic materials in a wildlife water basin. The motivation is still unclear, but a $3,500 reward is out to find the person or people that poured gasoline in an animal water catchment.
Sept. 26, 2019
Collecting Wood In Tonto National Forest No Longer Allowed
The Tonto National Forest has stopped selling permits to collect fire wood after the USDA issued a court-ordered injunction. A federal judge ruled that six national forests, including Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, failed to manage activities that could jeopardize the Mexican Spotted Owl.
Sept. 26, 2019
New Lanes Planned For Interstate 17 North Of Phoenix
Gov. Doug Ducey, transportation officials and local leaders announced $300 million in funding to expand Interstate 17 north of Phoenix, at least in a few years. That means three-lane traffic heading north between Anthem and Black Canyon City, and another 8 miles of flex lanes between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point.
Sept. 26, 2019
Asylum Ban Exception Sought For Some Migrants Waiting At Ports
Immigrant rights groups want a federal judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing the so-called asylum ban on migrants waiting to seek protection at a port of entry. The effort is part of an ongoing class-action lawsuit in California.
Sept. 26, 2019
State Rep. Jennifer Longdon Testifies On Capitol Hill
Arizona Democratic Rep. Jennifer Longdon testified Thursday before the U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee on the public health consequences and costs of gun violence. Longdon is a victim of gun violence. She was shot and paralyzed 15 years ago.
Sept. 26, 2019
Abortion Now Legal In 2 Mexican States
Lawmakers in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca decriminalized abortion on Wednesday, making it the second state in the country to do so. Lawmakers approved the measure in a 24-10 vote in a crowded chamber where activists in favor and against the legislation shouted and interrupted debate on multiple occasions, according to local media reports.
Sept. 26, 2019
Department Of Economic Security Head Resigns
On Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that the head of the Arizona Department of Economic Security has submitted his resignation. Director Mike Trailor’s last day will be Oct. 18.
Sept. 26, 2019
Heavy Rains Slam Sonoran Beach Destinations
Sonoran beach towns popular with Arizona visitors were slammed by rain over the past couple days. Bahia de Kino, an hour west of Hermosillo, received more than two-and-a-half inches of rain in recent days, bringing major flooding and forcing road closures.
Sept. 26, 2019
DHS Prepares To Regulate Lab Testing For Medical Marijuana
The Arizona Department of Health Services is preparing to comply with a new state law governing the testing of medical marijuana. The Medical Marijuana Testing Advisory Council met Thursday to discuss the challenges facing the state as it attempts to regulate legal weed.
Sept. 26, 2019
Cindy McCain Says Democrats Could Win Arizona In 2020
The wife of the late Republican Sen. John McCain says she can see Democrats winning Arizona in 2020. Cindy McCain appeared on the podcast "Women Rule" by Politico this week.
Sept. 26, 2019
Court: Independent Counsel To Investigate Complaint Against Montgomery
The Arizona Supreme Court is appointing an independent Bar counsel to investigate an ethics complaint against former Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
Sept. 26, 2019
WATCH: Acting Director Of National Intelligence Testifies
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before the House intelligence committee about a whistleblower complaint reportedly connected to President Donald Trump's communication with Ukraine's president. Lawmakers have demanded to see the complaint, which had been withheld.
Sept. 26, 2019
Sojourner Center Domestic Violence Shelter Welcomes Family Pets
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 4 women has experienced some type of violence in their lifetime, but there are other victims that we don’t always think about. The Sojourner Center is one of the only domestic violence shelters in Maricopa County — and possibly the state — that welcomes family pets.
Professor: Arresting Domestic Violence Victims Doesn't Help
Sept. 26, 2019
Maricopa County Sees Most Reported Cases Of West Nile Virus In AZ
Cases of the West Nile virus have been popping up more and more. Nearly 150 Phoenix-area residents have contracted the West Nile virus this year, which is the most reported cases in Arizona.
Sept. 25, 2019
Border Crossers Near Yuma Can Be Sent West For Remain In Mexico Program
The Border Patrol says migrants who enter the United States near Yuma can be sent to a Mexican city roughly 50 miles to the west while they wait for their asylum case to move forward.
Sept. 25, 2019
UA To Study Assault Prevention Program For Bar Staff
Alcohol is a factor in the vast majority of sexual assaults. That’s according to a researcher from the University of Arizona, who will help evaluate a sexual assault prevention program used by bars near the state’s three universities.
Sept. 25, 2019
BLM To Lift Fire Restrictions In Colorado River District On Friday
The Bureau of Land Management will lift its fire restrictions on public lands within the Colorado River District starting Friday morning.
Sept. 25, 2019
Arizona Construction Workers Older Than Overall Labor Force
The National Association of Home Builders compared the latest labor numbers compiled by the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. It found the share of construction workers under the age of 25 was 9% in 2018, compared to 12.3% of the overall labor force.
Sept. 25, 2019

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