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Supreme Court to decide if 2020 Census can ask about citizenship

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to fast-track a case challenging whether the Census Bureau can ask people their citizenship status, a move that advocates and local government officials fear will suppress immigrant participation.... Read more»

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State secret: Cost of presidential political visits remain elusive

Campaigns and political parties are supposed to reimburse the government for political use of Air Force One – at an estimated cost of more than $140,000 an hour -- but local government can be stuck with the bill. ... Read more»

Trump to visit Arizona for 1st time since contentious 2017 rally

When President Donald Trump touches down in Mesa on Friday to stump for Senate hopeful Martha McSally, the setting will be much different from 2017 rally in Phoenix that led to police firing tear gas at a crowd of protesters and a class-action lawsuit.... Read more»

Doctors, law enforcement to research concussions in domestic violence victims

Maricopa County prosecutors, Mesa police and health care leaders are teaming up to research the prevalence of concussions in domestic violence victims.... Read more»

If an Az resident harvests rainwater, will rebates come?

Tucson and other parched Arizona cities offer rebates for businesses and homes that harvest rainwater, but the practice struggles to gain momentum in the Phoenix area.... Read more»

Number of firearm background checks decline under Trump

In August 2017, Arizona saw a 12 percent decrease in gun background checks compared to August 2016. Background checks have continued to decrease since President Donald Trump has taken office.... Read more»

Ass't Tucson police chief Batista named to head Mesa department

A longtime Tucson officer has been picked to lead the Mesa Police Department, officials said Wednesday. Assistant Chief Ramon Batista will take over as the Phoenix suburb's top cop in July. He's served with TPD for three decades.... Read more»

Salmon leaves Washington – for a second time – with no regrets

Salmon announced this summer that he would not run for another term, and he will be replaced on Jan. 3 when Andy Biggs is sworn in to the 5th District seat in the 115th Congress.... Read more»

Arizona police agencies get low marks for body camera policies

Police departments in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson fell short in a new report that rated departments for policies that ensure that body cameras are a “tool for accountability, not a tool for surveillance” by agencies. ... Read more»

Man killed by more than 1,000 bee stings in Mesa park

A 23-year-old man who set out for a peaceful hike in an Arizona park died after being stung by more than 1,000 bees, a swarm so threatening it thwarted rescuers' repeated attempts to reach him. ... Read more»

Roll tape: Valley police deploying body cameras

Officers from ASU, Tempe and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recently deployed body cameras to their officers, following several other cities around the Valley, including Phoenix and Mesa.... Read more»

Mesa Boeing plant delivers world’s premier attack helicopter

The AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, in high demand worldwide, is only made at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Arizona.... Read more»

Mesa program offers struggling veterans an alternative to the streets

Soon after returning home from the Vietnam War, Marine Corps veteran Larry Hutchison said he found himself homeless in this Phoenix suburb. "I spent 30 years on the streets with drugs and alcohol trying to get rid of bad memories that I had," he said.... Read more»

Slain Mesa clerk’s uncle urges Senate to crack down on immigrant custody

Michael Ronnebeck was back in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to crack down on repeat offenders in the immigrant population in order to prevent another killing like that of his nephew.... Read more»

Tucson, other Az cities in top spots among best places for retirees

Arizona grabbed three of the top four spots in a new national ranking of the best cities for retirees, based on a town’s crime, weather, taxes and other factors. Mesa, Prescott and Tucson were ranked in first, third and fourth places.... Read more»

Phoenix gains in tech jobs, but still lags other cities

A national economic development expert says the Phoenix metro area shows promise when it comes to attracting science and tech jobs. A new Brookings Institution report ranks Phoenix 50th nationally in full-time workers employed by “advanced industries” out of 100 metro areas. ... Read more»

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