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First Light Rail Ridership Decline Reported
“We have been operational for 10 years and have had a lot of ridership success,” said Hillary Foose with Valley Metro. “But we are starting to see a decline and really based on our customer complaints this seems to be a concern.”
Jan. 28, 2019
Arizona Food Banks Bracing For Government Shutdown Effects
Federal workers went a month with no income, making it more difficult for many to put food on the table. And, federal benefits for food came early, forcing families to budget over a longer period than usual. These unexpected needs will affect Arizona in the coming weeks as the uncertainty continues.
Federal Workers In Phoenix On Shutdown: 'Damage Has Already Been Done'
Jan. 28, 2019
Bill Would Exempt Minor League Players From Minimum Wage Laws
A key House Republican is proposing to let baseball teams work their minor league players as much as they want without having to worry about overtime — or, in some cases, paying them at all.
Jan. 28, 2019
Vermont College To Close, Arizona College To Help
A college in Vermont will close but not disappear, thanks to a college in Arizona. Prescott College will hire some Green Mountain faculty, house all its academic records, and create a center that carries on Green Mountain’s name.
Jan. 28, 2019
Sedona Utilizes AI To Help Improve Roads
Fixing city roads can be a long and costly ordeal, but Sedona has piloted a system to improve the process. The city hired RoadBotics Inc., and its specialty is assessing road conditions via data collection and machine learning.
Jan. 26, 2019
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone Suspends Possee
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone has temporarily suspended the agency’s volunteer posse.
Jan. 25, 2019
Critical Need For Blood Donations In Arizona
Blood is going out the doors of Maricopa County’s only blood provider faster than it can be brought in. With donations low, the nonprofit Vitalant is shuffling blood between hospitals to meet the need.
Jan. 25, 2019
Government Reopens; AZ Delegation Reacts
Arizona’s Congressional delegation was largely in favor of reopening the federal government and continuing negotiations over building a wall on the U.S. Southern border.
Jan. 25, 2019
U.S. Sends Asylum Seekers To Mexico
U.S. immigration officials will begin returning as many as 20 migrants per day to Mexico as they await an answer to their asylum applications.
Jan. 25, 2019
Federal Workers In Phoenix: Damage Has Already Been Done
A group of federal workers in Phoenix had mixed reactions to news that Washington has reached a deal to end the partial government shutdown. They heard the news less than an hour before a planned rally over the shutdown.
Jan. 25, 2019
Flagstaff Mayor: Federal Gov’t Deal Not A Real Solution
President Donald Trump and Congress have reached a deal to reopen the federal government, but the deal is only good until Feb. 15. Citing a need for a long term answer, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans issued a stern series of statements Friday saying the three-week deal is “not the solution our community or our country needs.”
Jan. 25, 2019
Policy That Makes Asylum Seekers Wait In Mexico Likely To Be Tested
Lawsuits are expected to try to stop the federal government from making some asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their case goes forward in immigration court, and any legal challenge is likely to be filed in the Ninth Circuit where the practice has reportedly gone into effect.
Jan. 25, 2019
Bill To Revise Mail-In Ballot Procedures Clears Senate Committee
Arizona Senate Bill 1046 has been successfully voted out of committee by the Senate. The bill, which passed on party lines, said those who receive ballots by mail may only return them by mail and not drop them off at polling places.
Jan. 25, 2019
Shutdown Ends, Trump Warns Congress It Has 3 Weeks
President Donald Trump announced the end of the five-week-long government shutdown Friday, but warned if Congress doesn’t fund a border wall project in three weeks, he will work around it to fund the wall.
Jan. 25, 2019
Dramatic Drop In Acres Burned During 2018 Wildfire Season
Arizona saw fewer wildfires and a dramatic reduction in the number of acres burned in 2018.
Jan. 25, 2019
Valley Business Developing Road-Sensing Technology
The Arizona Legislature is looking to improve road safety standards during its upcoming session. One local business is looking at changing road technology to improve safety.
Jan. 25, 2019
Metro Phoenix Home Prices Leveling Off
Home sales have been flattening nationwide over the last year. And that means home prices are also falling and sellers are slow to adjust. Home value website Zillow reports a 7.6 percent home price appreciation for Maricopa County during 2017.
Jan. 25, 2019
Arizona Crime Rates Lower Than National Average
A ranking of cities based on crime rates by The National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) puts Arizona's metro areas above the the national average, or safer than average. Arizona's safest city by their measure: Florence, and least safe is Flagstaff.
Jan. 25, 2019
For One Migrant Who Returned To Mexico, Long Path To Opportunities
Jessica Gonzalez, now 28, was one of the more than 1 million undocumented Mexican immigrants who left the United States in the last decade, bringing net migration from Mexico to a net zero, according to Pew Research estimates. Like many young returning migrants, Gonzalez faced challenges in transferring her American education and in finding work.
Jan. 25, 2019
Gov. Ducey Takes Aim At Hacienda Leadership In Tweets
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is Tweeting about the 29 year old woman who was raped and impregnated by her caregiver at Hacienda Healthcare. He is also taking aim at Hacienda’s leadership.
Jan. 25, 2019

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