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Gov. Ducey Ending Pandemic Occupancy Limits For Businesses
Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a new executive order that lifts pandemic occupancy limits on businesses. Under the executive order, occupancy percentage limitations will expire for businesses such as restaurants, gyms, theaters and bars.
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How Newspapers Covered Arizonas Statehood
Arizona Statehood Day is Feb. 14 — this year will mark Arizona’s 109th as a state. And things were, as you might imagine, a lot different around this time in 1912 than they are today. In 1912, there were 16 daily newspapers published in Arizona and 46 weeklies; that was with a population of around 206,000.
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Feb. 12, 2021
Bill Could Make It Harder To Sue For COVID-19 Negligence
A bill in the Arizona Legislature could make it harder for people to sue businesses and medical professionals for COVID-19-related negligence that results in death or injury.
Feb. 12, 2021
Senate Republicans Push New Bill For Access To 2020 Voting Records
Facing defeats in court, Arizona Republican lawmakers are moving to change the law — retroactively — in a bid to eventually get their hands on voting equipment and ballots, even if it takes months.
Feb. 12, 2021
After Call To Change Policies, AMLO Says Deportations Continue
President Biden has ended the declaration of emergency at the border with Mexico, ordered by his predecessor two years ago. But Mexico’s president says U.S. deportations continue, as does Mexico's strategy to control migration at its southern border.
Feb. 11, 2021
Navajo Nation Citizen Appointed To AZ House Of Representatives
The Apache County Board of Supervisors has appointed a Navajo Nation citizen to fill an Arizona state representative seat left vacant after fellow Navajo Nation member Arlando Teller resigned to join President Joe Biden’s administration.
Feb. 11, 2021
Why NBA Draws The Line For Protest At Cutting National Anthem
The NBA is nearly a third of the way through its regular season, and some markets have started welcoming a small percentage of fans back into their arenas. Dallas hadn’t been one of them until this week, and that had given the Mavericks the opportunity to not play the national anthem, which is traditionally played before every game.
Feb. 11, 2021
COVID-19 Relief Efforts Lead To Scams, Financial Fraud
As Congress and the Biden administration continue talks on a new round of COVID-19 relief, the IRS is continuing to investigate fraud in previous versions.
Feb. 11, 2021
Why State Political Parties Have Been Taking On More National Issues
Looking at nearly 1,800 state party platforms between 1918 and 2017, researchers found state-level issues are often taking a backseat to those being discussed nationally.
Feb. 11, 2021
Senate Passes Bill To Limit Governors Emergency Powers
The Arizona Senate has voted to ask voters to curtail the governor's authority to assert emergency powers during future pandemics or other crises. If approved by voters, the measure would make a governor's emergency declaration expire after 30 days unless state lawmakers vote to extend it.
Feb. 11, 2021
New Arizona Bill Could Set Limitations On Short-Term Rentals
A new Arizona bill would permit cities to enact zoning restrictions that could set limitations on the number of short-term rentals. This is despite a 2016 law that hinders cities and counties from enacting such limitations.
Feb. 11, 2021
To-Go Cocktails Could Come Back To Stay In Arizona
Arizona restaurants had been selling alcohol to go before courts struck down Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order. State Rep. Jeff Weninger of Chandler and some colleagues have introduced a bill that would bring back take-out and delivery for cocktails.
Feb. 10, 2021
What States, Cities Can Do To Try To Prevent Renters From Being Evicted
Data from Eviction Lab shows there’ve been a lot of eviction filings in Phoenix, even during the pandemic. The Show spoke with Giridhar Mallya of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for more about what policies might help reduce evictions both here and nationwide.
Feb. 10, 2021
Arizona Lawmakers Say Pima County Eviction Ban Is Illegal
Two Republican lawmakers are asking the Arizona attorney general to block an eviction moratorium that Pima County supervisors approved earlier this month. Sen. Vince Leach and Rep. Bret Roberts allege the move violates state law and the state constitution because it blocks evictions that aren't covered under a federal eviction moratorium.
Feb. 10, 2021
Arizona House Panel Advances Bill Allowing Sports Betting
An Arizona House committee on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would allow betting on professional and college sports at tribal casinos and sites owned by pro sports teams after hearing from teams and the tribes that back the deal Gov. Doug Ducey cut with tribes.
Feb. 10, 2021
Biden To Ask Most U.S. Attorneys To Step Down
President Biden will ask U.S. attorneys from the Trump administration to step down, with a couple of exceptions.
Feb. 9, 2021
How ABC15 Linked Challenge Coin To Neo-Nazism
The Phoenix City Attorney's Office will be starting an outside investigation into a challenge coin made after a 2017 police incident. The coin was circulated among some officers to note the shooting of a protester in the groin in 2017.
Feb. 9, 2021
How Charter Schools Could Benefit From Improvements In School Transportation
Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled his state budget plan last month, and it’s a $12.6 billion spending plan. So you’d be forgiven if you didn’t notice the estimated $9.5 million for a grant program that would be devoted to improving school transportation.
Feb. 9, 2021
Why The U.S. Lags In Electing Female Officials
ASU Professors Magda Hinojosa and Miki Caul Kittilson looked into what other countries have done to get more women in elected office. Their book is called "Seeing Women, Strengthening Democracy: How Women in Politics Foster Connected Citizens."
Feb. 9, 2021
New Redistricting Commission Chair: Aiming For Consensus, But Probably Not Realistic To Avoid Lawsuits
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is holding its second meeting Feb. 9; the agenda includes discussions on items like hiring staff and attorneys.
Feb. 9, 2021
WATCH: Trump Impeachment Trial
Former President Donald Trump is on trial for a second time in the Senate. This time, the House has impeached Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection. Watch the proceedings.
Feb. 9, 2021