The devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey continues to unfold in Texas. Last night, more than 17,000 people sought refuge in shelters across Texas, according to the American Red Cross, and thousands of volunteers have made the trip to the state to help, including many from here in Arizona.
As the White House ponders whether to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Arizona’s junior senator is working to make the measure permanent. In addition, Sen. Jeff Flake believes the DACA decision should be in the hands of the legislative branch and not the president.
As Hurricane Harvey churned off the Gulf crashing into Texas, temperatures ahead of it dropped a full ten degrees in Houston, but caused a record high of 111 degrees here in Phoenix and record highs across the Southwest. NWS meteorologist Ken Waters explains why.
One of the key arguments on whether or not to legalize marijuana — recreational or otherwise — is that states will be able to benefit financially from collecting marijuana-related taxes. Colorado and Washington, which have legalized marijuana, are seeing revenue collections that have exceeded initial estimates.
Let’s turn again to the devastating flooding in Houston. One of the more fascinating things about Houston is its capacity for preparing for — and reacting to — massive floods. The city is built on swampland between meandering rivers and marshes that lead to the Gulf of Mexico to drain.
Now we’re going to check in with the Editorial Board at The Arizona Republic. It’s a regular segment where we’ll talk about the big issues facing the state and the region — featured in the newspaper’s Viewpoints section.