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DACA teachers, used to comforting, find themselves in need of comfort

Former Phoenix teacher Reyna Montoya said it was typical for undocumented children to come to her and talk about their troubles in school and their fears at home, where they or their parents might be deported. They came to Montoya because she understood. She was undocumented herself before getting a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.... Read more»0

Arizonans gave $1.5 million toward Trump’s $107 million inauguration

Arizona residents donated $1.5 million toward President Donald Trump’s record-breaking inauguration fund, dwarfing the $26,000 that Arizonans gave to the last inauguration of President Barack Obama, according to FEC reports.... Read more»0

Bill to exempt tribes from some labor oversight draws union concerns

Tribal leaders called on Congress to exempt their governments and government-run businesses from oversight by the National Labor Relations Board, a right they said is enjoyed by every other government in the country. But critics said that would remove any protections tribal workers might have.... Read more»0

Resolution mine official calls permitting process a barrier to business

The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs, a company official said Tuesday. But Rep. Raul Grijalva said "we have regulations ... to make sure environmental, public health and all other attributes of community impact are taken into account."... Read more»0

Advocates: Relatively small budget cuts could have big impact on Arizona arts

The Trump administration’s call to eliminate the NEA and NEH in next year’s budget would mean the loss of just over $1.5 million in federal funds for Arizona. While that number may appear small in a budget that’s in the trillions, arts advocates called it short-sighted — taxpayers “get a lot of bang for their buck with the small amount of funding they get from the NEA.”... Read more»0

Az biz leaders see interest rate hike as sign of improving economy

The Federal Reserve raised the key interest rate by a quarter-percent Wednesday, to 1.0 percent, a move that Arizona business leaders welcomed as one that is likely to benefit consumers in the state in the long run.... Read more»0

Grijalva & Gallego host kids of deported mom to send message to Trump

Angel and Jacqueline Garcia de Rayos could have spent Tuesday celebrating their mother’s 36th birthday, but the Mesa teens spent it in Washington instead to protest her deportation. The teens were invited by Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ruben Gallego to attend the first speech to Congress by President Trump – the man they blame for taking their mother away from them.... Read more»0

Ducey presses governors on need for civics education like Arizona’s

Gov. Ducey urged fellow governors to follow Arizona’s lead and implement civics requirements in schools to help improve the nation’s political engagement. "It’s cute when a 5-year-old doesn’t know who the current president is,” he said. "But when 10 percent of our college graduates believe that Judge Judy sits on the Supreme Court, it’s not that funny." ... Read more»0

Az officials welcome Trump admin's reversal of transgender students rule

Arizona officials have welcomed the federal government’s reversal of an Obama administration rule that required equal access to school facilities for transgender students, arguing that communities are better able to handle the issue locally.... Read more»0

Feds face Trump hiring freeze, with 100s of Arizona jobs vacant

With almost 500 vacant federal jobs in Arizona currently, many in the Department of Veterans Affairs, agencies are grappling with who’s in and who’s out. And lawmakers are keeping a wary eye.... Read more»0

Former DREAMer, Phoenix resident raises concerns at Sessions hearing

Former DREAMer and Phoenix resident Oscar Vazquez got his citizenship, served in the Army and is “living the American dream” – a dream he worries could be scuttled for others under a Justice Department led by attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.... Read more»0