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AZ Republican Party Elects Kelli Ward Chair, Incumbent Ousted
The Arizona Republican Party has elected a new chair. Kelli Ward, Arizona senator and U.S. Senate candidate, ousted incumbent Jonathan Lines in a vote on Saturday.
Jan. 28, 2019
The Takeaway: Growing Protests And Cries Of
In Venezuela, an element of political chaos left an uncertain future, as opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed the presidency. Although the U.S. and other countries were quick to sever ties with Maduro's government, there was an international backlash from Venezuela's allies.
Jan. 28, 2019
Ward Elected Chairperson Of Arizona Republican Party
Former state senator and U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward is the new chairperson for the Arizona Republican Party. The conservative firebrand won the party's vote Saturday at the state GOP meeting in Phoenix, ousting businessman Jonathan Lines.
Jan. 28, 2019
The Pulse: The Inner Workings Of Hospitals
Hospitals can be bewildering places. They operate according to their own special logic, which can make them feel a bit like a well-oiled machine — and a bit like organized chaos.
Jan. 28, 2019
Tax Filing Season Begins Following Shutdown
Tax filing season begins on Monday, just days after the 35-day partial government shutdown came to a close. It's expected that the IRS is backlogged after the shutdown, and that tax returns may be delayed.
Jan. 28, 2019
Federal Workers Still Waiting For Paychecks
After five weeks of not working or working without pay, federal workers are going back to their usual Monday morning routine. The government is back open, though it’s unclear when those workers will be paid. The White House has only said it will be “in the coming days.”
Jan. 28, 2019
How Did The Shutdown Affect Immigration Courts?
Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) estimated that, if the shutdown lasted until Feb. 1, the immigration court backlog would’ve grown by another 100,000 cases nationwide. But as we know, it ended just shy of that. The total for Arizona’s backlog in that time? Over 2,000 cases.
Jan. 28, 2019
Does Forecast For Slowing Global Economy Affect AZ?
The International Monetary Fund has cut its forecast for global growth for 2019, citing higher interest rates and higher trade tensions. The IMF now estimates global growth for this year to be 3.5 percent, down from 3.7 percent last year. So, how might that affect Arizona and the Southwest?
Jan. 28, 2019
Drought Plan, Sales Tax Increases On Agenda At Arizona Capitol
Arizona has until Thursday to sign off on a Drought Contingency Plan. The deadline was put in place by the federal government, which states that if Arizona doesn’t finish up work on the plan by the end of the month, the feds might implement their own water restrictions.
Jan. 28, 2019
Bill Proposes Initial Extension On Medical Marijuana Cards
An Arizona lawmaker wants to ease the financial burden on the state’s medical marijuana patients. Republican Sen. Sonny Borrelli is proposing to extend initial certifications on medical cards from one year to two.
Jan. 28, 2019
Phoenix Nurse Accused Of Rape Surrenders Credentials
A licensed practical nurse police say raped and impregnated an incapacitated woman no longer has his license. On Friday, the victim’s former caregiver Nathan Sutherland surrendered his nursing credentials.
Jan. 28, 2019
State Won
The Arizona State Board of Education will not withhold funding from the Murphy School District. The Phoenix district was at risk of losing up to 10 percent of its state funding for not meeting financial management standards.
Jan. 28, 2019
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
Audit Reveals 50 Firearms Missing From Sheriff
At least 50 firearms are still missing from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Announcing the results of an internal audit on Friday, Sheriff Paul Penzone said the missing weapons were issued between 1959 and 2006.
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
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

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