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Pentagon recognizes Salt River Project for supporting military

The Tempe-based utility received the Defense Department’s Employer Support Freedom Award on Friday at a Pentagon ceremony.... Read more»

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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»

As feds crack down on immigration, locals push to protect residents

Arizona city officials said Monday that while federal policy on immigration is shifting under President Donald Trump, municipalities still have a duty to make residents in their cities feel safe – undocumented or otherwise.... Read more»

Hillary Clinton appeals to Arizona voters to put state in blue column

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a pitched plea Wednesday night for Arizona voters, focusing her courtship on embracing Latinos and other diverse voters in a race that is tightening six days before the election.... Read more»

Donald Trump Jr. rallies Arizona voters to Republican cause

Donald Trump Jr. spoke at Arizona State University in Tempe on Thursday as part of an effort to rally his father's supporters in the final days of the election.... Read more»

Anti-gay Tempe pastor deported from South Africa, Botswana

The president of Botswana said Tuesday he had ordered the arrest and deportation of U.S. pastor Steven Anderson, who was banned from neighboring South Africa last week over his anti-gay views. Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, notoriously welcomed the gunning down in June of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, saying "there's 50 less pedophiles in this world." ... 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»

Armed Arizona

Federal program fuels police militarization

Millions of dollars in military-grade armaments are flowing into Arizona communities with minimal standards for training or oversight on how the equipment is being used.... Read more»

Legislature moves to block cities from banning plastic bags

Bisbee has banned single-use plastic bags and added a fee for paper bags, and Tempe and Flagstaff are considering following suit. But a bill before the state Legislature would bar cities, towns and counties from doing so. ... Read more»5

Scottsdale’s GoDaddy confident as Google enters domain market

Google Inc. lifted its invite-only access this week to the software giant’s new domain-name service. What does that mean for Arizona-based GoDaddy?... Read more»

ASU machine dispenses meds, not snacks

ASU students on the Tempe campus might grab potato chips or pop from vending machines on their way to class. And now they're also able to grab prescription drugs from a machine. ... Read more»

Four Arizona cities rank in top 10 on livability for people with disabilities

Peoria was ranked second and Scottsdale, Chandler and Gilbert all finished in the top 10. Organizations for people with disabilities credited everything from the weather to a long history of advocacy to modern infrastructure for the strong showing by Arizona cities. ... Read more»

Tempe church giving sanctuary to man fighting deportation

A Tempe church has offered sanctuary to a 24-year-old Guatemalan who said he came to the U.S. in 2007 on a work visa that was later revoked by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ... Read more»1

Activists: Tempe anti-discrimination vote sign of statewide momentum

Tempe is the first city in Arizona in which voters have approved protecting LGBT municipal workers. Advocates hope the change to Tempe's city charter will inspire other cities to adopt non-discrimination measures of their own. ... Read more»2

Tempe joins Az cities barring discrimination against gays

Just a day after the veto of a controversial bill that would have reinforced the ability of Arizona businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, the Tempe City Council unanimously voted to join three other cities, including Tucson, that have broadened civil-rights protections for gay and transgender people.... Read more»1

Google, Phoenix: Fiber could speed Valley Internet

Google will collaborate with Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe to develop ways to bring Google Fiber, its high-speed Internet network, to the Valley, the technology giant and the cities’ mayors announced this week.... Read more»1

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