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Families Must Wait Even Longer To Visit Nursing Homes
Families with loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are still unable to visit due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it's unclear when that restriction will be lifted.
June 18, 2020
A Collective Uncovers Unrecognized Layers Of Identity
The experience of motherhood isn’t created equal. When University of Arizona professor Michelle Tellez was pregnant with her daughter, she said her Ph.D. didn’t matter. It was a layer of identity she hadn’t thought about in her years of research and activism. She then co-founded Chicana M(other)work, with the title stressing the "other."
June 18, 2020
Some AZ School Districts Requiring Masks Ahead Of Local Mandates
A growing number of Arizona school districts are requiring face mask policies for the upcoming school year ahead of expected mandates by local governments. The Kyrene and Tempe Union and Phoenix Union school districts are three of the latest to put forward these kind of policies.
June 18, 2020
Supreme Court DACA Ruling Leaves DREAMers Feeling Relieved
On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected President Donald Trump's attempts to end legal protection for the thousands of immigrants who protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. What does the ruling mean for Dreamers who have anxiously been awaiting the decision?
June 18, 2020
This Latina first-time voter ‘can’t stay mute’ about racism
And as the pandemic hit this spring, Michelle Aguilar Ramirez, a young Latina in South Seattle, lost her interest in politics. But the Black Lives Matter protests have reignited her commitment. 
June 18, 2020
Estos son los jóvenes votantes latinos de
Aproximadamente cada 30 segundos, un latino cumple 18 años en Estados Unidos. Si se presentaran en las urnas para votar, estos jóvenes latinos podrían cambiar el resultado de las elecciones presidenciales de 2020 en Estados Unidos.
June 18, 2020
Dignity, Respect And Validation: Reacting To The Supreme Courts LGBTQ Ruling
On June 15, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling — one that says the Civil Rights Act protects gay and transgender people from employment discrimination.
June 18, 2020
How The Fight For Racial Justice Is Changing Juneteenth This Year
Juneteenth celebrated on June 19 marks the date in 1865 when slaves in Galveston, Texas, were first told about the Emancipation Proclamation — which had been signed by President Lincoln two-and-half years prior. The holiday wasn’t officially recognized in Arizona until a couple of years ago, when Rep. Reginald Bolding sponsored legislation that was passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor.
June 18, 2020
COVID-19 Mask Requirements Are Coming To AZ Cities
Some Arizona mayors were already planning to require face coverings before Gov. Doug Ducey gave local governments the authority to implement their own rules.
June 18, 2020
Paul Petersen Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Adoption Scheme
Paul Petersen, a Republican who served as Maricopa County’s assessor for six years until his resignation in January, faces a maximum of 17 years in prison for his guilty pleas on Arizona charges of fraudulent schemes and forgery.
June 18, 2020
Two Records In Three Days: 2,500 New COVID-19 Cases In AZ
Before this week, Arizona had never reported more than 2,000 new positive cases in a single day. Tuesday and Thursday both set records, and Wednesday was the third-highest day for new cases since the outbreak began.
June 18, 2020
Scottsdale Mayor Looking To Address Violations In Health Protocols
This past weekend videos of people enjoying the nightlife in Old Town Scottsdale also showed many disregarding health safety protocols. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane says the city is looking into possible measures to address this issue. However, Lane says he’s not looking to shut down the clubs.
June 18, 2020
Northern Arizona University Implements Pay Cuts, Flex Time
About 60% of employees at Northern Arizona University will take a pay reduction starting July 1 to meet a $100 million budget shortfall, a couple weeks after some faculty and staff were laid off, university officials said.
June 18, 2020
Pima County Board To Discuss Possible COVID-19 Safety Measures
The Pima County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting on Friday to discuss ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Doug Ducey has given local jurisdictions more flexibility to mandate face coverings in public and enact other measures.
June 18, 2020
Man Accused In Rapes Dating Back To 1996 Arrested In Prescott
Investigators out of Corona and Riverside, California, have Arizona law enforcement to thank for helping them locate a serial rape suspect. DNA evidence from six women sexually assaulted between 1996 and 2007 has been linked to 50-year-old Darin Cooke.
June 18, 2020
FTC Approves Final Settlement Charges With Axon Competitor
After months of legal challenges on both sides, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order that says the nation's largest body camera maker violated antitrust laws when it bought a competitor company.
June 18, 2020
How AZ Is Coping: Checking In With Bisbee
Over at the website, bisbeepride.com and on social media, Bisbee virtual pride is planning speakers, games, tours of the town people can enjoy remotely, says Ramon Garcia, president and CEO of Bisbee Pride.
June 18, 2020
How AZ Is Coping: Checking In With El Mirage
Many El Mirage-area businesses have already reopened, but their consumers might not be ready for them. That’s according to a survey conducted by the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, which represents six cities in the northwest Valley such as El Mirage, Surprise and Sun City.
June 18, 2020
High Court Rejects End To DACA Protections; AZ Leaders React
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign. The outcome seems certain to elevate the issue in Trump's campaign, given the anti-immigrant rhetoric of his first presidential run in 2016 and immigration restrictions his administration has imposed since then.
June 18, 2020
Despite Calls To Defund Police, Phoenix Adopts Budget
Calls to defund Phoenix police failed to move the Phoenix City Council on Wednesday. By a 6-3 vote, leaders adopted an annual operating budget with more than 40% of the general fund going to police.
June 17, 2020

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