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Texting-While-Driving Ban Moves Through Legislature
Arizona is one of three states without an explicit ban on texting while driving, although the issue has come up at the Arizona Legislature each of the past several years.
Feb. 21, 2019
Census To Go Online For The First Time In 2020
For the first time ever, the 2020 Census will allow Americans to respond online. The U.S. Census Bureau thinks the change could save some money, but there are also challenges with the move.
Feb. 21, 2019
New Bill Could Restrict Citizen Initiatives And Circulators
Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill forward at the Arizona Capitol that would place new restrictions on citizen initiatives and the people hired to gather signatures to get them on the ballot.
Feb. 21, 2019
Arizona Moves To Regulate Peer-To-Peer Car Rentals
Arizona lawmakers are weighing what kind new regulations they should put on what's becoming the Lyft and Uber of car rentals. The proposal by Sen. David Livingston, R-Peoria, would set standard for things like insurance and safety when individuals choose to rent out the cars they own to others.
Feb. 21, 2019
A Bill To Expedite AZ
An Arizona Senate bill that would have created a statewide database of DNA has been dramatically scaled back and then was amended again, all within 72 hours. Arizona Republic reporter Bree Burkitt was at the hearing where the bill passed, and she joined The Show.
Feb. 21, 2019
The Takeaway: Clarence Thomas Questions Landmark Libel Case, Raising Concerns About Press Freedoms
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas injected new life into an old argument this week. After the Supreme Court refused to hear a defamation case, Thomas wrote a concurrent opinion arguing that the landmark 1964 SCOTUS case, New York Times v Sullivan, was in need of a judicial overhaul.
Feb. 21, 2019
Winter Storm Dumping Heavy Snowfall, Rain Across Arizona
Across northern Arizona, school, transportation and Navajo Nation officials have all told people to stay home, if they can. As much as 2 feet of snow is expected over parts of the north country. Flagstaff Pulliam Airport has closed because there's no visibility.
See Photos From The Valley, Flagstaff
Feb. 21, 2019
Lawmakers Will Debate Status Of Medical Marijuana Extracts
The Arizona Public Safety House Committee voted 5-2 this week to send the debate over medical marijuana edibles to the full House chamber.
Feb. 21, 2019
Bill Offering Lower Tuition For DACA Recipients Clears Senate
Arizona lawmakers voted Wednesday to create a special tuition rate for those who graduated from a state high school, but don’t qualify for in-state tuition. The primary beneficiaries could be high school graduates who have deferred-action status, or so-called "DREAMers."
Feb. 21, 2019
Sex Differences And Federal Standards, Drive Culture Shift In Biomedical Research
Biomedical research is undergoing a sea change, driven in part by federal funding requirements that studies consider biological sex as a factor. Part two of this two-part Arizona Science Desk series explores this cultural shift.
Personalized Medicine Propels New Understanding Of Sex Differences
Feb. 21, 2019
Prison Sentencing Reform Stalls At The Arizona House
Sentencing reform legislation stalled in the Arizona House on Wednesday. After refusing to hear a bill that would have reduced non-violent offenders’ time in Arizona prisons by 50 percent, Rep. John Allen scheduled his own bill that would allow earned release credits for up to 25 percent of a sentence.
Feb. 20, 2019
Tucson Joins Nogales In Fight Over Federal Concertina Wire On The Border Fence
Tucson City Council voted Wednesday night to support the small town of Nogales, Arizona, in its fight with the Homeland Security Department and the U.S. military on the Mexican border.
Feb. 20, 2019
Scientists Say Unprocessed Uranium Poses Little Threat
Grand Canyon’s safety director recently released a report that said three buckets of uranium ore had exposed park visitors and staff to radiation. But scientists said unprocessed ore poses little danger unless exposed at very close range for long periods of time.
Feb. 20, 2019
Hearing Scheduled Thursday In Separations Lawsuit
An independent federal investigator has said nobody knows how many migrant families were separated before last year’s zero-tolerance policy on the U.S.-Mexico border that led to court-ordered reunifications. But the ACLU wants the reunification order expanded to include them all.
Feb. 20, 2019
Nogales, Sonora, Opens New Shelter For Migrants
While temperatures have been dropping south of the border in Nogales, Sonora, the number of migrants waiting there to ask for asylum in the United States has gone up. So the city has opened a new shelter for migrants to help address the growing demand.
Feb. 20, 2019
Sinema Talks Improvements, Opportunities For Vet Care
Since the Phoenix VA became the flashpoint for inadequate care, Arizona's congressional members have been involved with attempts to bring improvements. At the center of those efforts has been Sen. Kyrsten Sinema​.
Feb. 20, 2019
Despite A Strong Economy, Income Inequality Increased
While the job market has been relatively strong and the overall U.S. economy has been recession-free for close to a decade, wages for people not at the top of the salary chain have been less than impressive.
Feb. 20, 2019
Lawmakers Debate Rewards For Teachers Whose Students Pass AP Tests
Under a bill moving through the Arizona Legislature, schools would be allowed to reward teachers whose students pass Advanced Placement exams. But some experts have criticisms of AP courses and tests.
Feb. 20, 2019
Bill Could Allow Eviction Of Tenants Who Use Vouchers
A bill moving through the Arizona House could give landlords the power to evict tenants who pay their rent with help from housing vouchers, nonprofits and churches. The bill moved out of committee this week.
Feb. 20, 2019
Phoenix Ranked 22nd Most Congested City In The U.S.
Phoenix is the 22nd most congested city in the country, according to a new global analysis.
Feb. 20, 2019

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