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It is difficult for law enforcement to identify and apprehend violent predators, as Lyft will only turn over information to victims or police if forced to do so by a subpoena or court order.

A law firm filed an unprecedented raft of lawsuits across the country that claim the ride-hail giant Lyft refuses to adequately monitor rides or require in-car cameras and dash cams to mitigate attacks, and ignores complaints from victims of violence. Read more»

Public school districts are required to make teacher salaries publicly available and curriculum and books are accessible to interested parents, but private schools have no such requirements.

Since applications for the expanded Empowerment Scholarship Account program opened, roughly three of every four students who sought school voucher funding had never set foot in an Arizona public school - subsidizing tuition for students who already attend pricey private schools. Read more» 1

The Canyon Mine, about 15 miles south of the Grand Canyon.

A new poll of likely voters in Arizona signals strong, bipartisan support for a permanent ban on new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon – and hope for the passage of the Grand Canyon Protection Act, a bill that would permanently ban the practice. Read more»

Minimum wages will rise because of inflation in more than a dozen states next year.

Low-wage workers in more than a dozen states — and many more cities — could get unexpectedly large raises next year, thanks to minimum wage increases that will reflect soaring consumer prices. Read more»

State Sen. Raquel Terán, D-Phoenix, speaks with Dora Vasquez, the Executive Director of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans at a roundtable with community members about the Inflation Reduction Act in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 29, 2022. Deanna Mireau, 72, (left) and Joanne Romero, 74, (right) are listening in the foreground.

Retirees in Arizona struggle to divide monthly social security payments of $1,667 between rent, food and healthcare bills. Provisions in the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act seek to ease some of that budget strain by introducing caps on rapidly rising Medicare costs. Read more»

Road work in early March 2022 on East Ft. Lowell Road.

The Sentinel published a guest opinion by the Complete Streets Coordinating Council, regarding sorely needed improvements to 1st Avenue. Unfortunately, the opinion included an incomplete representation of actions by the RTA’s Technical Management Committee and its Project Review Taskforce, which we co-chair. Read more»

Female brewers work together to pour grains into the mill.

In 2020, women from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border made history with the first collaboration between all-female brewers. Two years later, they were back in Tucson, creating a second edition of "Las Hermanas" beer. Read more»

Where you’ve been and who you’ve interacted with are not difficult for governments and corporations to find out.

The FTC filed suit against Kochava Inc., accusing the data broker of selling geolocation data from hundreds of millions of mobile devices - an issue as numerous state laws criminalizing abortion have thrust the perilous state of personal privacy into the spotlight. Read more»

About 500 drivers gathered at Port of Oakland in California to protest a state law defining how independent contractors can conduct business, which may require them to become employees at cargo companies.

The Port of Oakland won a stipulated permanent injunction against two protesting truck drivers who last month disrupted operations at the state’s third largest port over a new state contractor law. Read more»

A new Biden administration plan would forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt for people making up to $75,000, a plan that conservatives say goes too far and progressives say does not go far enough.

There are nearly 900,000 Arizonans who could benefit from the Biden administration’s plan for student debt forgiveness – and almost as many opinions about whether or not the plan is worthwhile. Read more»

Adult-use and recreational sales have overtaken medical marijuana, as cardholders abandon certifications and established businesses wrestle with the need to change with the times. Read more»

The March for Our Lives rally in June, 2022, drew thousands to Washington, one of several cities across the U.S. - including Phoenix and Tucson - where protesters gathered to demand action on gun reform laws.

Ghost guns have been used in shootings by teenagers too young to legally buy firearms in New Mexico, Arizona, Maryland and California - but state-level efforts to close loopholes on unserialized weapons produced with Polymer80 parts continue to fall short. Read more»

RedForEd marchers as they move toward the Capitol in April 2018 as part of a protest over low teacher pay.

A new report shows that teachers in Arizona faced a 32% wage penalty in 2021 compared to college-educated workers employed in other fields - the fourth-largest teacher pay gap in the nation, behind only Colorado, Oklahoma and Virginia. Read more» 1

A ballot initiative to reform elections and campaign finance laws was barred from the November ballot on Friday afternoon by the Arizona Supreme Court after a week of legal activity that saw the measure’s fate reversed. Read more»

Faced with a shortage of child care workers, states have cobbled together a hodgepodge of changes designed to address different facets of the problem, from raising classroom ratios to lowering the age of child care employees.

The federal Department of Education allows child care providers to participate in its Public Service Loan Forgiveness program - but only if they work in a nonprofit or federally run child care center for 10 years, leaving many out in the cold. Read more»

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