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The publicly-owned Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station -  set to shut down in the next decade - was one of six coal plants’ whose requests to keep dumping toxic ash into unlined or inadequately lined pits were denied. The Apache Generating Station was granted an extension.

The EPA denied the requests of six coal plants - including the Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station - to keep dumping toxic ash into unlined or inadequately lined pits, signaling the agency’s commitment to enforce the 2015 federal coal ash rules. Read more»

Advocates fear that HB2169 could preempt judicial discretion in complicated cases, leading to more kids in jail for having intimate relationships with their peers.

A proposal in the Arizona House to target predators who were able to plead felony offenses down to a misdemeanor and increase the punishments for sexual offenders could put teenagers in prison for having intimate relationships with their peers. Read more»

The resolution also proposes to stop the funding of law enforcement agencies through mainly fines, fees and forfeitures, which can cause tension between officers and their communities.

One state lawmaker wants Arizona police departments to focus on increased policing and deterrence programs to combat what he said is an out-of-control surge in violent crime, but critics say that his recommendations will only lead to increased incarceration for low-level crimes. Read more»

A district court judge struck down the use of Title 42 in November, but a month later the U.S. Supreme Court decided to keep the policy in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue.

Nearly 80 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the White House expressing their “great concern” that the Biden administration is walking back on its promise to restore migrants’ access to asylum and condemned the administration’s expansion of Title 42. Read more»

Pima Community College Chancellor Lee Lambert keeps plodding toward a restored school accreditation.

The PCC Governing Board will discuss the next in a long line of action steps required to get right with the Higher Learning Commission, which put the college on probation in 2013. Plus, OV wants bigger parks, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Armed vigilantes wearing tactical gear were captured by security cameras on Oct. 21, 2022, outside Maricopa County’s drop box in Mesa.

A federal judge on Friday preliminarily declined to block members of the group Clean Elections USA from gathering within sight of ballot drop boxes following complaints that armed and masked members intimidated potential voters during the 2022 election. Read more»

Paul Durham, a former member of the City Council and known for his integrity and environmental advocacy, died Wednesday in Tucson at 67. Read more»

Arizona is one of several states that rejected top-ticket candidates in the midterms who embraced the false conspiracy theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Democrats' dissent wasn’t enough to stop the Arizona House Municipal Oversight and Elections Committee from passing four Republican-sponsored bills aimed to instill faith in the election process back into voters, whom Republicans say have less trust following recent elections. Read more»

The record funding investment allocated by the legislature last year — which is a part of why school funding has exceeded the cap — has already been given to schools.

As schools across Arizona face down an impending fiscal cliff, lawmakers met on Thursday to discuss what their options are — despite the fact that legislation to address the issue has been ready to go since the session started. Read more»

Arizona got a grade of A for the strength of its smoke-free workplace laws and a C for its access to tobacco cessation services, but failed the other three categories – tobacco taxes, treatment of flavored tobacco and funding of tobacco prevention and cessation – in the American Lung Association’s annual report card.

Arizona lags behind in policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use and the state received failing grades in three of five categories and did not improve on any of its grades from last year, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report. Read more»

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Goodyear, speaks at a Jan. 26, 2023, press conference about border security.

An event dubbed “Border 911” - hosted by the group largely responsible for funding the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the 2020 presidential election - will take place on Saturday in Phoenix and feature at least one Arizona lawmaker and speakers connected to QAnon and hate groups. Read more»

Kern dismissed statistics that Arizona’s prison system is one of the fastest growing in the nation and that the state has one of the largest prison populations in the nation.

Fentanyl dealers linked to an overdose death could face the death penalty under an Arizona Republican proposal that critics say will also sweep up drug addicts and send them to death row. Read more»

Kari Lake at a 2022 campaign event in Tucson.

The Arizona Supreme Court struck down Kari Lake’s second request for the high court to take up her election appeal currently being heard by the Arizona Court of Appeals - where she is arguing the original trial judge set too high a bar and hopes to introduce new evidence. Read more»

Delia Rodriguez, a math teacher at the Valencia Newcomer School in Phoenix, instructs students on linear functions on Dec. 17, 2018.

A panel of policymakers and educators gathered at the U.S. Capitol to promote the American Teacher Act, which would authorize the federal government to create four-year grants for states to enact and enforce minimum school teacher salary requirements of $60,000 or more. Read more»

Emergency workers spray down a Chevrolet Tahoe at the scene of a fatal crash involving a U.S. Border Patrol pursuit in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on July 27, 2022.

Come May, border law enforcement agents will be prohibited from engaging in vehicle pursuit solely on the grounds of a vehicle failing to stop at a checkpoint or yielding to an agent attempting to pull it over, in an attempt to reduce incidents that have led to dozens of deaths. Read more»

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