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Repulican lawmaker Matt Gress promises that his suite of pregnancy-related bills are solely aimed at protecting pregnant mothers. But some skeptics say that his proposals are a backdoor attempt to codify fetal personhood into Arizona law.

One state lawmaker promises that his suite of pregnancy-related bills are solely aimed at protecting pregnant mothers. But some skeptics say that his proposals are a backdoor attempt to codify fetal personhood into Arizona law. Read more»

A voter drops a ballot at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents were reported.

Tempers flared at a Arizona Senate election committee meeting after Democrats accused Republicans of pushing election conspiracy theories that are reducing the public’s faith in election integrity. Read more»

Arizona is set to host its fourth Super Bowl on Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium. The Valley will move into sole possession of fifth place on the list of U.S. metropolitan areas that have hosted the NFL’s crown jewel.

This year’s Super Bowl will mark Arizona’s fourth time hosting the game - and if history means anything, the city of Glendale is in for a wild ride when the Super Bowl returns to Arizona for its 57th installment. Read more»

Crime arrests shouldn't be life sentences in terms of finding jobs and housing.The Tucson City Council is making moves to assure they aren't.

People with petty marijuana convictions and minor crimes on their record may have those expunged or documents sealed if the Tucson City Council moves ahead with a measure it will discuss Tuesday. Read more»

The Law of the River was enacted 100 years ago and gives senior rights to California, and further complicating things is the Central Arizona Project, a 335-mile aqueduct that sends Colorado River water to Phoenix and Tucson.

While six states came up with a consensus plan last week regarding cutting water use from a dwindling supply of the Colorado River, a lone wolf — California — came up with its own. Read more»

The work of the Seven Generations Signature Initiative will begin in the spring at NAU.

Northern Arizona University has committed funding to implement several new initiatives across campus to help Indigenous students, promote traditional knowledge and establish partnerships with tribal entities. Read more»

Tucson and Pima County will take up several items involving people needing emergency shelter.

Tucson and Pima County will both take up measures and – let's face it – outright hopes and prayers about how to address the needs of people who need emergency housing. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

The number of signatures needed to put a measure on the ballot in Arizona would roughly double if a GOP plan to amend the state constitution is successful.

Republican lawmakers are seeking to place a measure on the 2024 ballot that critics say could further hamstring Arizonans’ efforts to pass their own laws by increasing the number of signatures required to put changes to state law and the constitution on the ballot. Read more»

14 states, including Arizona, were penalized on their report cards this year for giving regulatory preference to adult-use cannabis operations.

A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers. Read more»

From left, hospitality leaders Eliza McCoy, Rose Walz, Mark VanBeest and Jay Caiafa speak during a panel on hospitality safety at the It’s a Penalty conference in Phoenix Jan. 25, 2023. McCoy is vice president of prevention and awareness programs for the American Hotel & Lodging Association Foundation; Walz is director of human resources at Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort; VanBeest is vice president of external affairs & brand services, G6 Hospitality; and Caiafa is chief operating officer, Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts.

Up to 150,000 people are expected in Arizona for Super Bowl LVII, and It’s a Penalty brought together well-known names in sports, hospitality and tourism to shine a light on abuse, human trafficking and exploitation ahead of the big game. Read more»

Many municipal chicken laws allow residents to keep four to eight hens, often prohibiting roosters due to noise concerns.

Prompted in part by the high price of supermarket eggs, city councils from Arizona to Florida to Oklahoma have approved ordinances allowing people to welcome hens into their yards - but aspiring chicken owners who are motivated solely by egg prices are in for a reality check. Read more»

As we enter Black History Month, we have an opportunity to spotlight Black history which is American history, and reaffirm our commitment to Black joy, Black futures, and ensure a thriving Black community here in Tucson. Read more»

The special committee will review Hobbs’ appointments and then make recommendations to the Senate on what action to take. This is a novel approach: Throughout Arizona’s history, executive nominees have been reviewed by the Senate’s regular standing committees.

Republicans moved to create a new committee Thursday that aims to “evaluate executive nominations,” setting the stage for a major political battle between Gov. Katie Hobbs and Senate Republicans. Read more»

A sign outside Burton Barr Public Library in Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2022.

Arizona Republicans have taken another step in their attempt to completely overhaul elections in the Grand Canyon State, with a proposed bill that would force hand counts in the state’s elections, a practice that elections experts say would be logistically impossible. Read more»

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert at an October 2020 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally for Donald Trump in Scottsdale. Photo by

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus in 2015 - but Schweikert has quit the group, ostensibly because he was sick of being confused with the members of a similarly named far-right group of Arizona state legislators. Read more»

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