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Group hopes to stop school voucher expansion before it takes effect

When Arizona students return to school in August, a new law could make the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts available to all 1.1 million of them. Unless a grassroots group of opponents has its way.... Read more»

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Contempt trial begins for ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio

Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, known for his hard-line stand against illegal immigrants, willfully violated a judge's order stemming from a racial profiling case, a federal prosecutor said on Monday as trial opened in Arpaio's contempt of court trial.... Read more»

Civil rights leaders want six Confederate memorials in Arizona removed

Local civil rights and faith leaders are pushing for the removal of six Confederate memorials in Arizona, calling them symbols of terrorism and bigotry.... Read more»2

Trump says privatizing air traffic control will speed modernization

President Trump’s plan to privatize operations of the nation’s air traffic control towers – including at least six in Arizona – will help speed upgrades to a system that has been slow to modernize, the White House said Monday.... Read more»

Phoenix freeways getting a better sensor of traffic congestion ahead

The Arizona Department of Transportation is installing pavement sensors that will allow the transportation agency to more accurately track traffic flow on Phoenix-area freeways. ... Read more»

Tucson, other Az cities buck Trump, pledge to stick to Paris climate goals

Arizona cities this week spurned President Trump’s plan to pull the U.S. out of a global emissions compact, with at least three mayors — including Tucson's Jonathan Rothschild — pledging their cities would hew to the emission goals laid out in the Paris accord.... Read more»

Trump plan to exit Paris accord riles Arizona Democrats, warms GOP

President Trump said Thursday the U.S. will withdraw from a global agreement on emissions that “handicaps” the economy, a move that Arizona critics charged will end up harming both the economy and the environment.... Read more»

Soccer notes

Open Cup ends for Phoenix; Reyna returns to field

Arizona no longer has a team in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after Phoenix Rising lost a heartbreaking match against the San Francisco Deltas on Wednesday night. The third-round match of the tournament earned the winner a chance to face off with Major League Soccer teams.... Read more»1

Arizona food deserts: How can leaders and residents address the issue?

Many Arizona communities have long struggled to address "food deserts" — areas that lack immediate access to healthy, affordable food. Local experts say there are a variety of ways to alleviate these hardships. Some solutions include broadening government-assistance programs, growing community gardens and building supermarkets.... Read more»

DACA teachers, used to comforting, find themselves in need of comfort

Former Phoenix teacher Reyna Montoya said it was typical for undocumented children to come to her and talk about their troubles in school and their fears at home, where they or their parents might be deported. They came to Montoya because she understood. She was undocumented herself before getting a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.... Read more»

Growing pains on roads across Arizona

Mayor Sandy Moriarty is used to getting these messages: frustrated emails from residents blaming Sedona’s traffic problems on tourists, asking the city to stop marketing to them. Occasionally, she’ll pick up an angry call with similar exasperated “rants.”... Read more»

Sessions: Sanctuary cities ‘dangerously undermine’ fight against gangs

Attorney General Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities Tuesday, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs. But Tucson Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said, “Local law enforcement agencies need to be focused on community policing and keeping the community safe.” said ... Read more»

VA unveils tool to give vets clearer picture of medical care, delays

Veterans advocates said they were cautiously optimistic about a new Department of Veteran Affairs website that aims to provide veterans better information on wait times and quality of care at the agency’s hospitals.... Read more»

Kelly: Trump is giving him ‘elbow room’ on what border wall should be

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a Senate committee Wednesday that his department will not build a border wall “from sea to shining sea,” but will instead use a variety of techniques to secure the Southwest border.... Read more»

New sheriff to close Arpaio's 'Tent City' jail

A controversial outdoor tent jail in Arizona that became one of the signature tough-on-crime projects of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be shut down, his replacement for the job said Tuesday. “Tent City”, long branded inhumane by civil rights groups, was no longer needed, new Sheriff Paul Penzone said. ... Read more»

Driverless Ubers back on Az roads, along with public’s qualms

Self-driving Uber test vehicles are back on the road in the Phoenix metro area, but not before the crash that temporarily sidelined the cars put the question of autonomous vehicles’ safety in the headlights.... Read more»

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