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Activists file initiative to add abortion rights to Arizona Constitution

A group of abortion rights activists filed an initiative to amend the Arizona Constitution to add a "fundamental right to reproductive freedom." They'll need at least 356,000 signatures by July 7 to get the measure on the ballot.... Read more»

Gila River Indian Community awarded $4.4 million to expand broadband

The Gila River Indian Community received a $4.4 million dollar grant from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to help improve access to and use of broadband internet service among tribal citizens.... Read more»

Voting ending in Tucson's Prop. 411 sales tax election

Tucson voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to drop off ballots in the city's special election on Prop. 411 special election, which would continue a half-cent sales tax for street and transportation improvements. Balloting in the vote-by-mail election began a month ago.... Read more»

More funds sought for drone inspections of Arizona transportation infrastructure

Bipartisan legislation would bring about $200 million to Arizona to use drones to inspect roads, bridges and other infrastructure – half for state, local and tribal governments to purchase drones and the other half to train pilots to fly them.... Read more»

Estados aún deben usar el dinero federal que era para zanjar disparidades de COVID

La administración de Biden anunció en 2021 que estaba invirtiendo $2,250 millones para abordar las disparidades de salud de COVID, pero un año después, se ha utilizado poco del dinero.... Read more»

States have yet to spend hundreds of millions of federal dollars to tackle COVID health disparities

The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address COVID health disparities - and two months later, grants were awarded to every state health department - but a year later, little of the money has been used.... Read more»

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How media reports of 'clashes' mislead Americans about Israeli-Palestinian violence

When reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, headlines often fail to mention who instigated the violence nor any hint of the power imbalance in the region - and headlines matter because many Americans do not read past them when consuming news.... Read more»

Decoding the price of college: Complexity of figuring out costs holds students back

Although about 85 percent of freshmen at four-year residential colleges receive some kind of financial aid, many families get scared off by the sticker price as the processes for bringing that number down are complex and far from transparent.... Read more»

Az Sen. Wendy Rogers facing Senate ethics probe after blaming Buffalo mass shooting on 'feds'

The Arizona Senate is launching an ethics investigation into Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers for her comments blaming the mass shooting in Buffalo on federal law enforcement instead of the white supremacist who is accused of carrying out the attack. ... Read more»

$23M awarded to TIA for runway safety work

A $23 million federal grant will help Tucson International Airport with major renovations, with the runway safety project receiving the largest amount from the first round of a $3.2 billion national program.... Read more»

Light Up Navajo initiative helps tribe with 'life-changing' access to electrical grid

Light Up Navajo III, a mutual aid project that extends service to Navajo homes without electricity - and where local Navajo utility crews work alongside other utility companies - is working to provide utilities a lot of people take for granted.... Read more»

2 Southwest tribes raise concerns over uranium storage

The possibility the Department of Energy will establish a strategic uranium reserve to increase the domestic stockpile of uranium comes at a cost: increased contamination borne by Native American tribes and local residents throughout the Southwest.... Read more»

Arizona recreational cannabis sales hit record $72 million in March

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continued to slide in March, dropping for the fifth consecutive month as recreational cannabis sales soared to new heights after a small lull in January 2022, going up at least $2 million per month in February and March.... Read more»

The most and least popular specialty license plates in Arizona in 2022

More than half a million drivers across Arizona have decked out their cars with specialty license plates, but they're more than just a decoration: They’re an active cash flow to nonprofit organizations that have raised over $8 million in the current fiscal year.... Read more»

A gift horse indeed: Equestrian vaulting opens doors for Arizona children with disabilities

Salt River Vaulters, an Arizona non-profit that makes it possible for children or adults with disabilities to participate in equine therapy and therapeutic vaulting, allows participants to grow physically and mentally and helps increase communication skills.... Read more»

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