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ATMs with digital currency popping up all over Phoenix metro

Cryptocurrency, or more simply virtual cash, allows users to pay for goods and services without physical currency and because it is decentralized it bypasses bank fees. The use of digital cash in collaboration with blockchain technology provides added security and transparency features that current financial institutions don’t have.... Read more»0

Court: Maricopa County wiretap may have run afoul of federal law

A federal appeals court ruled last week that Maricopa County prosecutors who used state law to get a wiretap as part of a 2011 investigation may have run afoul of federal wiretap laws in the process.... Read more»0

As McCain begins treatment, fellow POW reminisces, expresses hope

When Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor recently to lecture his colleagues about governing, it reminded John Fer of similar conversations he’d had with McCain – in a North Vietnamese prison.... Read more»0

Arizona lawmakers blast Trump’s tweeted ban on transgender soldiers

The response from many Arizona lawmakers was swift Wednesday after President Trump said in a series of tweets that transgender individuals would not be able to serve “in any capacity” in the military. Several criticized both the message and the medium, while Rep. Martha McSally — who frequently touts her status as an Air Force veteran — stayed mum.... Read more»0

Outpouring of support for McCain comes from far – and weird

The outpouring of support following this week’s announcement that Sen. John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor came from the expected Washington heavyweights, including current and former presidents, lawmakers and Cabinet members. It also came from some unexpected sources, as well as untold numbers of regular Americans.... Read more»0

Summer meals program rebounding after years of decline

Advocates and Arizona education officials say they are confident the summer meal program for low-income children will start to climb this summer, after five years of steady declines that saw meals served drop more than 50 percent.... Read more»0

Arizona highway crashes increase for 6th straight year

Motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities continued their steady six-year rise in Arizona in 2016, according to the most recent data from the state’s Department of Transportation.... Read more»0

House passes bills aimed at crimes committed by illegal immigrants

The House passed immigration bills Thursday that Republicans promised would take criminal immigrants “off the street,” but Democrats said would do little for public safety while having a “chilling effect” on immigrant communities.... Read more»1

Court says tribal agency has jurisdiction in state school labor dispute

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Navajo Nation Labor Commission can decide a labor dispute between state school districts and their employees at schools on Navajo land. ... Read more»1

Safe at home? Not if home is Arizona, new report card says

Arizona got an “F” for its safety policies, scoring particularly poorly on traffic safety, in a new national ranking of how well states are prepared to deter preventable deaths. Arizona ranked 44th overall, but 48th for road safety, where it was nicked for weak or nonexistent laws on child passengers, seat belts, vulnerable road users and distracted driving.... Read more»0

Dry conditions in prime Southern Arizona for ‘dangerous’ wildfire season

Southern Arizona is looking at a “very dangerous” wildfire season with a “tremendous amount of fire” after a spring of record dryness and above-average temperatures, fire officials say.... Read more»0

GOP, Democrats argue wildfire causes; SRP officials worries about effect

Republican and Democratic members of a House panel agreed Thursday that many factors have led to the rising number of wildfires in the U.S. That was all they agreed on. While Republicans said “frivolous lawsuits” have led to widespread mismanagement of forests, Democrats argued for greater focus on “the climate aspect.” ... Read more»0

Despite $1.2 billion in purchases, tribal land buy-back ‘treading water’

The Interior Department has “not accomplished much” in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund for the program.... Read more»0

HHS: Az health insurance premiums almost tripled since 2013

Health insurance premiums nearly tripled in Arizona between 2013 and 2017, the fourth-biggest increase among the 39 states that participated in healthcare.gov, a new report said. But the report does not mention the tax credits that many low-income consumers received under Obamacare.... Read more»1