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Redistricting Fights, Lawsuits On The Horizon After 2020 Census
Lots of polls suggest many Americans are already focused on the 2020 elections — specifically the presidential race, or specific U.S. Senate races. But Wendy Underhill is looking a bit farther down the ballot, at state legislative races.
Dec. 13, 2019
Cross-Border Youth Tennis Program Celebrates Success With Rally In Nogales
A cross-border youth tennis program is hosting a winter celebration in Nogales on Saturday. It will include a free clinic for kids and an exhibition game with the University of Arizona men’s team.
Dec. 13, 2019
Feds Say Theyre Getting Closer To Public Charge Rule Rollout
Federal officials say they’re chipping away at legal roadblocks to enforce a rule that would disqualify people from becoming citizens, if they use too many public benefits.
Dec. 13, 2019
Corrections Department Will Use Inmate Fees To Pay For Locks
Arizona Department of Corrections Director David Shinn asked lawmakers Wednesday to sign off on a plan to use funds generated by inmates to help pay for new locks, HVAC and fire safety systems in state prisons.
Dec. 13, 2019
Bill Would Let Arizona Dairies Access Foreign Guest Workers
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping immigration bill this week. And if the current version becomes law, it would give Arizona dairy farmers access to foreign guest workers.
Dec. 13, 2019
Colorado River Tribes Call For More Sway In Western Water Talks
Earlier this year, Arizona — one of seven southwestern states that rely on the Colorado River — was in the midst of a heated discussion about water. Within weeks Arizona finished its portion of the Drought Contingency Plan. Tribal leaders in the state didn’t receive any accolades in Gov. Doug Ducey’s speech. But a recent Arizona State University report suggests they should have.
Dec. 13, 2019
AMLO Meets With ABC Daycare Victims In Hermosillo
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met Thursday with survivors and the relatives of victims of a tragic 2009 daycare fire in Hermosillo. Another meeting is planned for mid-March, and victims and family members are hoping for more concrete action by then.
Dec. 12, 2019
Concerns Over New Grupo Mexico Tailings Dam In Sonora
A huge, new tailings dam is being built at a mine in Sonora, Mexico, that was responsible for a toxic waste spill in 2014 considered the worst environmental disaster in Mexican mining history. A report out this week says the new dam poses even greater risks to communities downstream.
Dec. 12, 2019
DOD Watchdog To Review Border Wall Contractor
The Pentagon’s Inspector General plans to review a $400 million contract awarded to a North Dakota company to design and build a portion of the border wall in Arizona.
Dec. 12, 2019
Scottsdale-Based SuperShuttle Shutting Down
SuperShuttle’s iconic blue vans are delivering their last passengers on Dec. 31, according to the Los Angeles Times. The company is shutting down operations at the end of the year.
Dec. 12, 2019
NASA/UA Choose OSIRIS-Rex Sample Site
In 2016, NASA and the University of Arizona dispatched their OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Now, they have announced which area of the surface they plan to sample.
Dec. 12, 2019
AZ Lawmaker Wants To Ban Student IDs, Utility Bills As Voter ID
Ahead of the legislative session beginning in January, Republican state Representative Kelly Townsend pre-filed a bill to restrict acceptable forms of identification for Arizona voters.
Dec. 12, 2019
Gov. Doug Ducey Is Selling His Paradise Valley Home
The governor is hoping to get $8.75 million for the French farmhouse mansion that sits on a gated 2-plus acre parcel. Ducey and his family built the home in 2009, a year before he was elected state treasurer.
Dec. 12, 2019
U.S. Government Loses 2 Border Fence Funding Lawsuits
The Trump administration has lost two major court cases this week that, together, effectively block the U.S. government from using nearly $4 billion in military funds to build a new border fence.
Dec. 12, 2019
How Growth Is Changing Neighborhoods In Phoenix
Phoenix leaders like to promote the city being the fastest growing in the country. But growth isn’t necessarily a good thing in the eyes of some residents. It’s a story playing out across the 518 square miles that make up Phoenix. In September, it brought residents from north of Deer Valley 35 miles south to a PhoenixCity Council meeting downtown to protest a developer’s rezoning request.
Aging Boomers Could Mean Housing Boom For Metro Phoenix, Tucson
Dec. 12, 2019
Board Hears Appeal Of County Assessors Suspension
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors heard an appeal Wednesday of its decision to suspend Assessor Paul Petersen for 120 days without pay, but Petersen himself wasn’t in the room. Hours were set aside for the hearing, but it took less than half the time allowed.
Dec. 11, 2019
Phoenix Mayor OKs  Refugee Resettlement Program
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo consenting to a refugee resettlement program in Phoenix. Gallego is following Gov. Doug Ducey’s lead in welcoming refugees who are fleeing violence and persecution.
Dec. 11, 2019
ADOT To Replace Welcome To Arizona Signs With New Iconic Images
ADOT will replace all welcome to Arizona signs across the state. Instead of the signs displaying the Arizona flag, the signs will feature one of six vibrant, iconic Arizona images, such as the Grand Canyon.
Dec. 11, 2019
APS Chief Exec Apologizes To Customers During Hearing
APS chief executive Jeff Guldner has apologized to the thousands of customers who used an online billing tool that overcharged them. Guldner told the Arizona Corporation Commission that APS has a responsibility to do better.
Dec. 11, 2019
Aging Boomers Could Mean Housing Boom In Arizona
More than one in three U.S. homes is owned by someone at least 60 years old, according to real estate database Zillow. As baby boomers get older and downsize — or die — more than 20 million homes will hit the market.
Dec. 11, 2019

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