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Legislature Releases Complaints Against Rep. Cook
An Arizona lawmaker arranged for the Pinal County sheriff to cancel a property seizure in exchange for a campaign contribution, according to one of two ethics complaints released on Wednesday.
Feb. 5, 2020
Flagstaff, Tucson Get Funds To Combat Human Trafficking
Transit agencies in Flagstaff and Tucson were among two dozen organizations across the country to receive federal funds to combat human trafficking.
Feb. 5, 2020
Trump Impeachment: Sinema Votes To Convict; McSally To Acquit
One of Arizona’s U.S. senators voted to acquit President Trump in his impeachment trial today. The other voted to convict.
Feb. 5, 2020
GCUs Canyon Ventures Offers Space For Startups, Interns
Grand Canyon University opened Canyon Ventures, an innovation space where startups and students collaborate. The university offers free workspace for the startups in exchange for paid student internships. More than 30 startups have claimed space so far to teach students marketing, coding and other skills. Students also can work on their own startups at the center.
Feb. 5, 2020
Atari Hotel Coming To Downtown Phoenix
If you’re from a certain generation, the name Atari means early-age video games and memories of Asteroids, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. And now Atari is being attached to a string of hotels — one of which will be based in Phoenix on Roosevelt Row. With The Show to talk about it is Napoleon Smith, who informally calls himself chief creative dude for the Atari Hotels.
Feb. 5, 2020
Lobbyist Accuses Sen. Ugenti-Rita Of Sexual Harassment
An Arizona state senator who became the face of the state’s #MeToo movement in 2018 is now facing accusations that she sexually harassed a female lobbyist. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita was among legislators, lobbyists and others who accused former Rep. Don Shooter of misconduct that eventually led to his expulsion.
Feb. 5, 2020
Nonprofits Group: Bill To Fund Arizona 211 Could Have Unintended Future Consequences
The group that represents more than 1,000 nonprofits says a bill that’s moving through the Arizona legislature that would fund the Arizona 211 information and referral system could have unintended consequences for other nonprofits in the future.
Feb. 5, 2020
Changes To Medicaid Could Impact Patients, Services In Arizona
The Trump administration is pushing a plan to change the way Medicaid is funded. The system covers low-income Americans, generally including kids, the disabled, pregnant women and in some cases, so-called childless adults. It’s paid for based on per-income capita for each state, with the state putting in a certain amount of money, and the feds matching that.
Feb. 5, 2020
Heres What Happened When Reporters Tested Electric Vehicles Around The World
Electric vehicles aren’t a new development. General Motors introduced the EV1 in 1996, but a lot of consumers have been drawn in by the style and limited availability of Tesla. Recently, a team of eight Wall Street Journal reporters decided to actually experience the cars and find out just how usable they really are. The results were a little mixed.
Feb. 5, 2020
Do Legislative Debates Change Lawmakers Minds?
We are now solidly in the midst of the legislative session, when residents show up at committee hearings to testify in favor or against certain bills and lawmakers themselves try to convince their colleagues of their point of view through debate on the House or Senate floor. But how much convincing and mind-changing actually happens?
Feb. 5, 2020
Arizona Health Department Monitoring Coronavirus
It’s been almost two weeks since someone in Arizona was diagnosed with the coronavirus. Jessica Rigler joined The Show to talk about what's happening. Rigler is assistant director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, the public health agency that’s monitoring the coronavirus in Arizona.
Feb. 5, 2020
What Trumps State Of The Union Could Mean For Arizona
President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, taking time to make his case for another term in office, boasting of a strong economy and — perhaps — encouraging a bit of drama along the way.
Feb. 5, 2020
Bill To Fund Senior Shelter Passes Senate Committee
More and more seniors, people 55 and older, are becoming homeless. And it’s not just an Arizona problem. It’s happening across the country. On Tuesday, a bipartisan bill that would fund a new emergency shelter for this growing population survived a big hurdle.
Feb. 5, 2020
The Takeaway: President Trump
Last night, President Trump delivered his third State of the Union Address, focusing on what his office called, "the Great American Comeback." But the president conspicuously avoided one major topic: impeachment, even as the Senate vote served as the backdrop for his speech.
Feb. 5, 2020
Two Guys On Your Head: Explanation Accessibility
Many factors play into how we make sense of the world and our place in it. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how the accessibility of certain explanations frames our understanding.
Feb. 5, 2020
Bill Would Divert Women From Abortion Providers
The anti-abortion Center for Arizona Policy is back at the Capitol with the same bill it tried to pass last year, but failed. The agency is having a little more luck as the Senate Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to set aside $1.5 million annually for what is being branded as "a family health pilot program."
Feb. 5, 2020
Lawmakers React To State Of The Union Address, Political Tension
President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address Tuesday night. It began with his refusal to shake House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand and ended with her ripping up a copy of Trump’s speech. Arizona lawmakers are reacting to what they saw. Democrat Tom O’Halleran said he plans to help bridge the divide.
Feb. 5, 2020
Ethics Complaints Filed Against Arizona GOP Rep. David Cook
Two ethics complaints have been filed against Rep. David Cook, who reportedly wrote love letters to an agricultural lobbyists whose interests the Republican lawmaker has supported at the Capitol. The nature of the complaints against Cook is unknown, as is who filed the complaints.
Feb. 5, 2020
Federal Judge Throws Out No More Deaths Convictions
A federal judge in Tucson has thrown out the misdemeanor convictions of four volunteers for the humanitarian group No More Deaths, but the government can appeal the decision. The case grew from a 2017 trip onto the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in western Arizona. The volunteers left food and water for migrants. They were convicted of misdemeanors in 2019, given fines and probation.
Feb. 5, 2020
Man Accused Of Killing Border Patrol Agent Extradited To U.S.
Federal prosecutors say Mexican authorities have handed over the last suspect wanted for the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The Justice Department says more than two years passed since Mexican authorities arrested Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga in connection with the killing. But now he’s been handed over to federal authorities.
Feb. 5, 2020

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