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Housing advocates want Phoenix to ban landlords from discriminating against renters who get public assistance. During Wednesday’s Phoenix City Council meeting, Miesha Fish stood at a podium in front of the mayor and eight members, took a deep breath and shared her story.
Feb. 2, 2023
mpox definition
It’s not uncommon to name diseases after animals. But during last year’s outbreak of monkeypox, controversy also broke out over its name. Eventually, the World Health Organization decided to change it. Here's why.
More Arizona science news
Feb. 2, 2023
Kenichi Zenimura
A new exhibit at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe explores “America’s Pastime” through the lens of World War 2 Japanese internment camps in the U.S. — two of which were in Arizona.
Jan. 31, 2023
a drag show at a venue
The state Senate judiciary committee will vote on a bill that would expand the definition of “adult cabaret” to include drag performances this week. LGBTQ advocates say that even if it doesn’t pass, SB 1028 promotes harmful attitudes toward drag performers and events.
Jan. 31, 2023
February is Black History Month across the United States. But how is it being examined in Arizona? It depends who you ask — keeping in mind the few answers which show up in a single story about the topic certainly shouldn't be considered exhaustive.
More coverage of race and diversity
Jan. 31, 2023
Jarrett Maupin
A number of people are calling for reforms to policing and the criminal justice system as a whole. Arizona civil rights activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin is one of them.
Jan. 29, 2023
Phoenix police headquarters
After weeks of protest, video footage of the arrest of Tyre Nichols was finally released Friday evening. Nichols died earlier this month — three days after the violent interaction with Memphis police. And law enforcement and public officials throughout the country — including Phoenix — issued statements of condemnation after seeing the footage.
Jan. 28, 2023
Phoenix Pride 2018
The state Legislature has introduced several bills this session that LGBTQ advocates say would be harmful if passed. The Trevor Project is a nonprofit focused on preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth. It released polling data this week that it says reflects some of that harm.
Jan. 25, 2023
On Sunday, protestors gathered at the state Capitol to voice their support for drag and abortion rights. Some carried signs, some came in drag, and many spoke out against recently proposed anti-LGBTQ bills that would restrict drag performances.
Jan. 23, 2023
estate planning document
The term death doula has been in the news a lot lately. But death doulas don’t just support a person as they navigate the dying process. They also support those looking to get their affairs in order.
Jan. 23, 2023
Arizona Capitol rally January 2023
A crowd of people gathered at the state Capitol on Sunday. They rallied together for various causes, including commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, and speaking out against a series of legislative bills targeting transgender individuals.
Jan. 22, 2023
Tucson police car
A Pima County judge has dismissed the criminal case against a former Tucson police officer who shot and killed a man using a motorized scooter in November 2021.
Jan. 18, 2023
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964
On this holiday celebrating the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., people are remembering his legacy in many ways. One of those instances was his famous visit to Phoenix and Tempe about a month prior to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Arizona marks 30 years of observing MLK Day
Jan. 15, 2023
members of Support Equality in Arizona Schools participate in a demonstration; a group of counter protestors stands across the street
In a protest against recent legislation, LGBTQ advocates laid out 180 trash bags on a lawn across from the state Capitol last week. It was the work of Support Equality in Arizona Schools, a group made up of high school students. Each one represents 10,000 LGBTQ youths in America who contemplate suicide each year.
Jan. 11, 2023
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The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, will award $100 million worth of grant money to help communities impacted by climate change and other environmental inequities.
Jan. 10, 2023
a court gavel
A new Arizona law goes into effect this year that would allow people to petition a court to seal criminal case records from public view. The law was passed in 2021 and became another opportunity at providing second chances for offenders.
Jan. 7, 2023
Phoenix police
A Wall Street Journal reporter was on assignment when he was handcuffed and detained by a Phoenix police officer in November. Now, after a cellphone video of the incident went public last week, police say an administrative investigation is underway.
Jan. 6, 2023
Influencer messages from the Project Unloaded SNUG campaign
A new gun violence prevention campaign is coming to Phoenix in the form of location-based TikTok ads aimed at members of Gen Z. Project Unloaded is the nonprofit organization behind the campaign: Safer Not Using Guns, or SNUG.
Dec. 29, 2022
Members of United Campus Workers Arizona pose for  photo during the Labor Day Launch of the $25 by '25 Campaign.
A union of workers at Arizona State University and University of Arizona is petitioning the schools to provide better job security, paths to promotion and thriving wages.
More Arizona business news
Dec. 16, 2022
Iran demonstration in Scottsdale
The Phoenix area has about 25,000 residents of Iranian descent. Every Saturday for the past couple of months, right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, a lively and vocal group of them has gathered to send a message to the world about the conditions in their homeland, hoping their message will be heard thousands of miles away.
Dec. 15, 2022


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