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'We aim to remind Gannett where the value in its company lies — its journalists,' Republic reporter Richard Ruelas wrote.

For two days, unionized reporters at the Arizona Republic and 24 other newsrooms and across the country will walk off the job in order to send a message to parent company Gannett about unfair working conditions. Read more»

ASU President Michael Crow, left, and Fred DuVal, chair elect of the Arizona Board of Regents, confer after the regents meeting where Crow announced a new medical school on Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Arizona State University announced ambitious plans to open a medical school focused on medical engineering and technology as part of a new “ASU Health” initiative that addresses the state’s long-term health needs. Read more»

Migrants head back toward the bus that carried them from the border to Washington, D.C. In May 2022, Arizona started busing migrants from the state to Washington, D.C., which cost the state $3 million in three months.

At least 9,400 Latin American migrants have been voluntarily bused to Washington, D.C. - where they hoped to prosper - from Texas and Arizona in the past year, but instead have struggled to access quality food, stable and clean housing, work opportunities and affordable health care. Read more»

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Arizona, said she voted to stop the administration’s student debt-relief plan because it penalizes students who pay off loans, but the White House says the plan benefits the middle class. More than 300,000 people in Arizona had applied for relief under the plan before it was put on hold by legal challenges.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema joined two Democrats and all Senate Republicans Thursday to narrowly approve a bill overturning a federal program that would provide student debt relief to 16 million people, including more than 300,000 in Arizona. Read more»

The BLM reasoned that because livestock never stray further than two miles from a water source, any land on the monument further than that from water can be assumed to be safe from grazing degradation.

A federal judge heard arguments for competing summary judgment motions in a fight over the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s 2020 decision to allow cattle grazing on the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Read more»

Prosecutors wanted 17 years for Oath Keeper Edward Vallejo, an Arizona man convicted of seditious conspiracy for his part in the Jan. 6 attacks. But a federal judge gave him three years and three years of supervised release, citing his apparent contrition for his role.

Arizona resident Edward Vallejo was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison and three years of supervised release, a fraction of the sentence prosecutors sought for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Read more»

The closure comes at the advice of PACC’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, to allow a 'clean break' between dogs exposed to disease and incoming dogs.

Pima Animal Care Center is limiting the intake of new pets to only emergencies for one week to manage stem the spread of infectious diseases among dogs which endanger the entire shelter population. Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs hung LGBTQ pride flags from the Executive Tower on June 1, 2023, to mark Pride Month.

Gov. Katie Hobbs decorated the Ninth Floor balcony with four pride flags to kick off the start of the official month-long celebration of LGBTQ communities across the country, the first time pride flags are flying from Arizona’s executive tower. Read more»

Arizona's universal school voucher program that was estimated to cost only $65 million is now poised to cost the state $900 million over the next year, exceeding its available funding by hundreds of millions of dollars. Read more»

Karen Opoku-Appoh made it to the quarterfinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but was eliminated Wednesday when she misspelled 'ordonnance,' mistaking it for 'ordinance.'

The last of Arizona's three spellers at the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee were eliminated Wednesday afternoon, end of two days of competition that began with 229 spellers from every state and a handful of foreign countries. Read more»

An example already exists of what’s likely to happen if organizers of an interstate data-sharing system are unable or unwilling to invest the time and care needed to make it work effectively.

So far this year, seven Republican-led states have left the Electronic Registration Information Center, an interstate compact for sharing voter registration data, and amid the exodus, some states have said they plan to create their own data-sharing networks to replace ERIC. Read more»

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, and other conservative Republican members of the House at a news conference Tuesday opposing the debt-ceiling bill that passed the House Wednesday on a bipartisan vote.

The House approved a debt-limit bill that was almost universally disliked, but one which some lawmakers said they would vote for because failing to do so could spark a default - including Arizona lawmakers, where party lines were blurred by supporters and opponents of the bill. Read more»

Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott at a March 2022 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

"It is vitally important that citizens are able to address elected officials to share their concerns and opinions, but the public comment period should not serve primarily as a venue for orchestrated partisan behavior. Devoting an hour each meeting to public comments and limiting individual speaker time shows our commitment to hearing from our citizens, but mitigates against one group hogging the floor to further their own ends." — Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott Read more»

Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Raul Ortiz addresses the media during a press conference at the Del Rio Port of Entry in Del Rio, Texas, September 20, 2021.

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol announced his retirement Tuesday, following a tenure marked by the pandemic-era restriction known as Title 42 and thousands of migrant encounters by agents across the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

Chad Campbell, pictured here in 2014, will be Gov. Katie Hobbs' new chief of staff.

After several staff shake ups in the past few months, Gov. Katie Hobbs has hired former Arizona House of Representatives Democratic Leader Chad Campbell as her new chief of staff. Read more»

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