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Arizona Republican admits House ethics violations, agrees to reprimand, $50k fine

Rep. David Schweikert has admitted to 11 counts of campaign finance violations, misuse of congressional office funds and pressuring legislative staff to do campaign work, the House Ethics Committee said Thursday.... Read more»0

Lacking guidance, Az schools offer range of 'pandemic schooling' plans

When Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman ordered state schools to open for some type of in-person instruction on Aug. 17, they gave school administrators the flexibility to design a plan that best suits their districts. What they didn’t give them were directions.... Read more»0

Court rejects long-simmering challenge to Prop. 123 school funding

A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a long-simmering challenge to Proposition 123, the voter-approved 2016 measure that is set to redirect an estimated $3.5 billion to Arizona public schools over a decade.... Read more»0

Hoffman 'not optimistic' schools will be ready for Aug. 17 in-person reopening

Arizona Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman said Wednesday that the already delayed Aug. 17 start of in-person classes may have to be pushed back again in light of continuing concerns about COVID-19 safety.... Read more»0

Abrupt reversal of ICE rule lets int'l students in Az breathe easier

That ICE order that anyone here on a student visa would have to go home if their school was offering online instruction only this fall, announced just last week, was quickly challenged in court by 18 states and by universities across the country – including all three public universities in Arizona. ... Read more»0

White House calls for quick return to school; some Arizona parents, educators balk

A White House panel of parents, teachers and school administrators said Tuesday that reopening schools this fall should be the nation’s top priority, for the wellbeing of students and parents and as a move to “stabilize our society.”... Read more»0

Grand Canyon businesses claw back, slowly, after 2019, 2020 setbacks

After a prolonged government shutdown cut into their revenues in 2019, business owners around the Grand Canyon National Park said 2020 appeared to be on track to being a bounceback year for them.... Read more»1

Two Arizona tribes, advocacy group join suits over EPA’s clean-water rule rollback

Two Arizona tribes and a Phoenix-based advocacy group joined a pair of lawsuits this week to reverse a Trump administration clean-water rule that critics said would open the “vast majority of Arizona’s waterways” to pollution and degradation.... Read more»0

Az hospitals adapt to keep beds available as surge in COVID-19 cases tests system

Surging numbers of COVID-19 cases in Arizona have pushed some hospital intensive-care units to their limits in recent weeks, but health experts around the state said hospitals still have room to adapt – for now.... Read more»0

Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks

Arizona tribal leaders told House lawmakers Tuesday that moves to reopen national parks are being made without needed health safety measures to protect tribal members or park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»0

Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics

Federal regulators have given a Phoenix company the green light to study a hydropower project for the Little Colorado River, what opponents fear is a first step toward “destroying incredibly rare, beautiful, sacred resources.”... Read more»0

Despite slight dip, Phoenix still ranks high for solar power in cities

Phoenix dipped slightly in a national ranking of solar power capacity, even as the total amount of power generated and the power per person increased from last year, according to a national report.... Read more»0

Veterans' cemeteries go virtual for Memorial Day services this year

In a bow to COVID-19 health concerns, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services will be going online with the annual Memorial Day ceremony and related events at the state’s three military cemeteries.... Read more»0