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This month, the LGBT community celebrated inclusiveness and diversity with the Phoenix Pride Parade. But about 100 activists staged a demonstration in the middle of the parade and asked for a larger voice in the Pride movement. They were from the group Trans Queer Pueblo, or TQP, which advocates for the rights of undocumented immigrants within the LGBTQ community.
In August 2014, a Phoenix police sergeant shot and killed Michelle Cusseaux, a mentally ill woman who answered the door with a hammer when officers came to take her to an inpatient psychiatric facility. It also prompted extensive reforms within the Phoenix Police Department.
Though there are examples of legendary pioneers in science like Isaac Newton who combined faith and science in their lives, religion and biology in particular have a complicated relationship. And that has led to discomfort for students who come from religious backgrounds but who want to have science-based careers.
The National Park Service’s maintenance budget is about $12 billion behind where it should be. And a pretty big chunk of that is deferred maintenance at Grand Canyon National Park — around $347 million.
Last November revealed deeper cracks among people in the U.S. than perhaps most people were aware of. Whether that was reflected in the political rhetoric or the actual outcome of the presidential election, the impact is still being felt.
Gov. Doug Ducey last week signed into law an expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account, or ESA, program — they’re basically school vouchers. With me to talk about ESA and other voucher programs across the country is Marty West. He’s an associate professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
It was an eventful week at the state Capitol last week, as lawmakers spent hours debating and voting on an expansion to the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program. Joining me now for a look-ahead is Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times.