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Beth Lewis, director of Save Our Schools speaks during a news conference on the Arizona Capitol grounds on Sept. 23.

The effort to block school vouchers and let Arizona voters decide the program’s fate in 2024 is likely short of the number of signatures required to refer the new law to the ballot - a stark reversal to Friday's declaration by Save Our Schools Arizona, the group behind the petition drive. Read more»

A volunteer observer (right, dressed in orange) watches as Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona senate at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz. on April 27, 2021.

Republicans aligned with Trump have directed ire at electronic voting machines, and legislation has been introduced in Arizona and at least five other states to ban the use of ballot tabulators - even though hand counting ballots is incredibly expensive, burdensome, and time-consuming. Read more»

Alice Walker’s 'The Color Purple' and Laura Esquivel’s 'Like Water for Chocolate' are among the books that could be prohibited under Arizona’s ban on sexually explicit materials in schools.

A new ban on books containing sexual content makes its way into Arizona public schools this week, and critics worry self-censoring will add further stress to already overburdened teachers. Read more»

Beth Lewis, executive director of Save Our Schools Arizona, speaks during a news conference on the Capitol grounds on Sept. 23, 2022, after her group collected 141,714 signatures from voters who want to see the expansion of the state’s school voucher program put to a voter referendum.

Teachers and public school advocates on Friday submitted nearly 142,000 petition signatures to block the new universal school voucher program that was set to go into effect on Friday and let voters decide its fate in 2024. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich's legal leap into the abortion debate means that medical care is no longer available in Arizona. Republicans would ordinarily prevail in these midterm elections, but the issue is likely to drag them down with voters — and not just women.

A Pima County judge cleared the way for a near-total abortion ban in Arizona. Republicans can no longer hide from the issue. They must stand and run on their extreme power grab from Arizonans' personal lives. The GOP's slim margin on power in the Legislature means the Democrats have an opportunity to seize. Read more»

A Border Patrol vehicle speeds down a highway near Kitt Peak in 2014.

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, joined by other members of Congress, pressed U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to publish new guidelines for vehicle pursuits by agents following a year of deadly crashes. Read more»

Under tribes’ nation-to-nation arrangements with the federal government, states did not have the authority to prosecute alleged crimes on tribal lands.

U.S. lawmakers re-introduced legislation to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress considers how to respond to a case that complicated criminal jurisdiction. Read more»

Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward in July 2021.

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has the right to see phone records for Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Read more»

A ballot drop box in October 2020. A pilot program in Orange County, California included some drop boxes that had a scanner attached to give voters the option to scan a QR code before depositing their ballot, as a way to track their ballot.

Democrats were more likely than Republicans to use a mail ballot in the 2022 state primary - but despite all the rhetoric, plenty of Republicans across Arizona still used both mail ballots and drop boxes. Read more»

Secretary of State candidates Mark Finchem, on the left, and Adrian Fontes, on the right, during a debate Thursday night, televised on Arizona PBS.

Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, continually dodged questions and spouted conspiracy theories in a televised debate Thursday night against his Democratic opponent, Adrian Fontes. Read more»

The Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, where a special collection of more than 1,700 reel-to-reel magnetic tapes, containing interviews with Navajo elders and medicine people conducted in the 1960s-1970s, is currently stored.

The Doris Duke Indian Oral History Program, which captures the stories and fading languages of Indigenous people across the U.S., will digitize the materials stored at universities - but this time, tribes will have far more control. Read more»

Brenda Dickason of Tucson needs to keep expensive EpiPens on hand because of a bee allergy, but rising prices have made it hard for  her to afford medications. The Inflation Reduction Act includes several provisions that should help, including an annual $2,000 cap on out-of-pocket spending for prescriptions.

Under the Inflation Reduction Act, millions of Americans no longer will have to shell out thousands of dollars to pay for prescription medications through Medicare - one of the provisions of the new law intended to improve health care. Read more»

The ruling also negates a mandate that students 2 and older be required to wear mask inside Head Start facilities and vehicles as well as in crowded outdoor settings.

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a permanent injunction to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all Head Start program workers, volunteers and contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19. Read more»

City Manager Mike Ortega talking about a rental assistance program in August, 2021.

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega will make $300,000 a year with his base salary after the City Council voted last Tuesday at a regular meeting to give the seven-year top administator a raise and renew his contract for another two years. Read more»

A guard of honor prepares to transport the body of slain Constable Deborah Martinez from the scene on Thursday evening.

Federal agents arrested a Tucson man after they linked him to the purchase of a gun part used in the AR-15 rifle used to ambush and kill Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez and two others at a North Side apartment complex last month. Read more»

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