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Phoenix School District To Require All Students, Staff Wear Face Mask
The Phoenix Union High School District has announced it will require all students, staff and visitors wear face coverings when schools start on Monday, Aug. 2, despite a new state law that bans public schools from doing this.
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Adrian Fontes Enters Race For AZ Secretary Of State
Democrat Adrian Fontes announced his candidacy for Arizona secretary of state on July 6. Fontes is the former Maricopa County recorder. He was elected to the office in 2016 but was unseated by Republican Stephen Richer in 2020.
July 6, 2021
Phoenix Council Funds 2 New Homeless Shelters
Two new homeless shelters are coming to Phoenix, along with expansions and improvements at existing facilities.
July 6, 2021
Temporary Site To Provide Relief For Homeless People
Phoenix plans to add a temporary structure to provide heat relief for people living on the streets, but some leaders are disappointed with the timetable.
July 5, 2021
Afghans Who Helped U.S. Say They’re Running Out Of Time For Visas
The White House and Congress are vowing to help thousands of Afghans who face retribution for working with the American military. Some have come to the U.S. on special visas. But others are in danger of being left behind.
July 5, 2021
Prop 208 Organizers Push To Refer Tax Cuts To 2022 Ballot
Organizers behind the Invest in Education initiative are attempting to bring the Arizona Legislature’s recent tax decisions to a vote via referendum. They are challenging three measures, including the creation of a flat tax rate.
July 4, 2021
$15 Minimum Wage Qualifies For Ballot In Tucson
An initiative to raise the minimum wage in Tucson to $15 per hour has enough qualifying signatures to make the city’s ballot in November.
July 3, 2021
U.S. Rep. Gallego Chosen For Helsinki Commission
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently appointed a member of Arizona’s congressional delegation to a commission that’s independent of the federal government. The body has members from the legislative and executive branches.
July 2, 2021
Arizonas Vaccination Rate Is Still Below Average. The States GOP Politics May Play A Role
President Biden set a goal that 70% of American adults would have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the Fourth of July. About 20 states reached that target. Arizona fell short. And the state’s politics are likely playing a role in its vaccination efforts.
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July 6, 2021
Phoenix Construction Activity Close To 2005-06 Boom
Phoenix construction activity is getting close to levels seen in 2006, just before the housing crash and Great Recession. And the increased demand is creating jobs at city hall.
July 2, 2021
Phoenix Approves $46.5M For Wells Fargo Building
By this fall, Phoenix should own the Wells Fargo Plaza downtown. On Thursday, the City Council approved spending $46.5 million for the high-rise at First Avenue and Washington Street.
July 1, 2021
AZ Supreme Court Sets Limits On Claims Of Legislative Immunity
State lawmakers have absolute immunity from being sued by those who are the targets of legislative investigative reports, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
July 1, 2021
Supreme Court Upholds AZ Voting Restrictions
The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 6-3 vote, reversed a lower court ruling in deciding that Arizona’s limits on who can return early ballots for another person and refusal to count ballots cast in the wrong precinct are not racially discriminatory.
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July 1, 2021
AZ House, Senate Include ESA Changes In Final K-12 Budget Bill
The Arizona House and Senate passed a final version of the K-12 budget bill after settling previous policy differences that arose last week.
June 30, 2021
Jill Biden Calls On Arizonans To Get Vaccinated
First lady Jill Biden is asking Arizonans to get vaccinated. She stopped in Phoenix on Wednesday to highlight the need for higher COVID-19 immunization rates in the state.
June 30, 2021
Supervisor Gates Discusses Approach To Replacing Voting Equipment
Maricopa County officials announced that they would not be reusing the voting equipment that has been in possession of Cyber Ninjas in the state Senate Republicans’ audit of 2020 election results. To learn the latest about the county's approach to replacing the equipment, The Show spoke with Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates.
June 30, 2021
Author Explores Struggle With Misinformation
The misinformation that is so prevalent in our society today has overtaken much of the confidence that a significant majority had in U.S. institutions. To counter that, how much is required of groups — new and old? And how much do we as individuals have to learn more and pay attention?
June 30, 2021
AZ Lawmakers Still Dealing With Contentious Issues As They Try To End Session
The state’s fiscal year ends at midnight tonight. And while the Legislature has sent the main budget bill to the governor, along with several others, key differences remain in the budget bills dealing with criminal justice and K-12 education.
June 30, 2021
Dignity For Incarcerated Women Bill Passes Arizona Legislature Again
The “Dignity for Incarcerated Women” bill has passed the Arizona Legislature for a second time. The bill would guarantee free feminine hygiene products for Arizona’s growing female prison population.
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June 29, 2021
Rep. Bolding On Dissonant End To Legislative Session
Before the current Arizona legislative session can close down for the year, Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have to hash out their differences on a handful of budget items. Democrats have largely been sidelined throughout the budget process, and they’re mostly trying to stop bills from coming back to life.
June 29, 2021
Maricopa County Wont Reuse Voting Equipment Subpoenaed By Senate Republicans For Audit
Maricopa County election officials will replace all voting equipment subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate as part of a GOP-led review of the 2020 election results. The announcement comes one month after Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told county officials she had “grave concerns.”
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June 28, 2021