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Sonora’s Largest University Gets Pro-LGBT Crosswalk
Sonora’s largest university has a new rainbow crosswalk on campus, a show of solidarity with LGBT students. Allies and members of the University of Sonora’s LGBT community gathered thousands of signatures and recently presented a petition to university leadership asking to be able to paint that crosswalk.
Jan. 15, 2020
Striking Mine Workers Rally At Arizona Capitol
Striking mine workers rallied at the Arizona Capitol during the Legislature's opening day in hopes of getting legislative action on mine workers’ rights. Union workers are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislators to intervene in the ongoing labor strike at Asarco, the Arizona-based mining subsidiary of the giant Mexican conglomerate Grupo Mexico.
Jan. 15, 2020
Cardinals Star Fitzgerald Returning For 2020 Season
Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is coming back to the team for the 2020 season. There was speculation the 36-year-old Fitzgerald might retire, but the team announced Wednesday he has signed a one-year contract. The veteran — who is among the most productive receivers in NFL history — posted to social media soon after the announcement.
Jan. 15, 2020
Climate Change, And Our Response To It, Is Making Life Hard For Desert Tortoises
Few species are equipped to handle a hot and dry climate better than the desert tortoise. But with climate change making their home hotter and drier, and energy projects meant to limit carbon emissions springing up in the desert, the tortoises are being hit with a one-two punch.
Jan. 15, 2020
WATCH: U.S. House Votes To Transmit Impeachment Articles To Senate
The House of Representatives is taking the formal step of voting to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which will hold a trial. After the vote, the articles are physically brought to the Senate. Watch the proceedings live on Wednesday morning.
Jan. 15, 2020
Bill Would Let AZ Student-Athletes Earn Endorsement Pay
Student-athletes at state universities and community colleges would be able to profit from their endorsements under the terms of legislation awaiting a vote at the state House. The proposal by Rep. Anthony Kern (R-Glendale) would override any rule or regulation that prohibits athletes from making money "as a result of the use of the student athlete's name, image or likeness.''
Jan. 15, 2020
Arizona Senate President Blocks Controversial Sex Ed Bill
Senate President Karen Fann has blocked consideration — possibly permanently — on a bill to put new restrictions on sex education in public schools. Fann said Tuesday that the proposal introduced by Sen. Sylvia Allen clearly needs work. But Fann also said the sweeping proposal to both limit the grades where sex ed could be taught and provide more parental oversight is quite controversial.
Jan. 14, 2020
Super PAC Wants AZ Latino Voters To Help Beat Trump
The former mayor of Los Angeles and an entrepreneur are leading a new super political action committee that sees Arizona as key to helping the eventual Democratic nominee beat President Trump.
Jan. 14, 2020
MCSO Monitor To Hold Community Meeting At Burton Barr Library
The retired police chief tapped to oversee court-ordered reforms of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will host a community meeting at Phoenix’s central library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Jan. 14, 2020
Blackman Sponsors Bill To Limit Travel Expenses
A bill sponsored by Rep. Walt Blackman would prevent public officials from being reimbursed for traveling by air for anything more than the cost of flying coach. The Snowflake Republican’s bill follows reports that NAU paid President Rita Cheng more than $30,000 for business- and firsts-class airfare to Russia in 2019.
Jan. 14, 2020
At Least 2 Well-Metering Bills At Arizona Capitol
Multiple bills in the Arizona Legislature are tackling well metering due to the lack of groundwater regulation outside of central Arizona. They come in the wake of an investigation by the Arizona Republic.
Jan. 14, 2020
Mexican Consulates Will Reinforce Legal Protection To Workers
Mexico is asking its consulates in Canada and the U.S. to help strengthen protections for Mexican workers before the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) takes effect.
Jan. 14, 2020
ANALYSIS: January Democratic Debate
Six Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Iowa on Tuesday, less than three weeks from the caucuses there. NPR reporters are providing background and analysis of the candidates' remarks in real-time. Coverage is scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. Arizona time.
Jan. 14, 2020
Decision Coming In Uber, Lyft Vs. Sky Harbor Airport
A decision is expected this week that could impact the future of Uber and Lyft operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Jan. 14, 2020
Some Asylum Seekers Have Court Hearings Hundreds Of Miles Away
Two weeks ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection started sending asylum seekers to Nogales, Sonora, to wait while their cases proceed through the U.S. asylum system. It’s part of the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program. There’s concern that migrants being sent to Nogales, Sonora, will have an even harder time accessing the asylum system.
Jan. 14, 2020
Republican Rep. T.J. Shope Reacts To Duceys State Of The State
Republican Rep. T.J. Shope (R-Coolidge) weighs in on Gov. Doug Ducey's State of the State address, including new requirements for mental health coverage and the announcement that a state prison in Florence will close.
Jan. 14, 2020
Wild Horse Advocates: New Fence Will Cut Off Salt River Herd From Resources
The Tonto National Forest is installing nearly four miles of fencing along the banks of the lower Salt River. It’s intended to prevent horses from crossing Bush Highway and keep nearby livestock from joining the horse herd. But advocates for the wild horses say the new fence could be dangerous for their health.
Jan. 14, 2020
The Political Implications Of Uranium Mining Around Grand Canyon National Park
Just before the holidays, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema introduced a bill that would ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park. It echoes similar legislation introduced by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva that passed the House of Representatives last year.
Jan. 14, 2020
Task Force On Countering Disinformation May Be First Of Its Kind
Late last year, the Task Force on Countering Disinformation held its first meeting. It’s run through Arizona’s Judicial Branch, and is believed to be the first state judicial branch in the country to do something like this.
Jan. 14, 2020
Hoffman Reacts To Duceys Education Remarks During Address
Education was, of course, a major theme during Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's State of the State address on Monday. But his comments were missing some key items, according to Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman.
Jan. 14, 2020

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