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Rep. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, speaks at a Jan. 9, 2023, press conference.

Republican Arizona Sen. Jake Hoffman is urging the Arizona governor to sign a bill that would end the “practice of filming pornography in K-12 schools,” something that is currently not allowed or encouraged at public schools in the state. Read more»

The desk on the Arizona Senate floor for Sen. Janae Shamp, R-Surprise, displays the 'An Appeal to Heaven' flag, which has been adopted by Christian nationalists and other extremists in recent years. Shamp says she displays the flag because of its historical ties to the American Revolution and is unaware of its use by far-right extremist groups.

Arizona Republican state Sen. Janae Shamp proudly displays a flag tied to Christian nationalism and other extremist movements on her desk at the Arizona Senate, and says she embraced the symbol for its historical meaning and doesn’t care that “fringe groups” have adopted it. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s relations with abortion rights groups have soured over her defense of the filibuster and what they perceive as declining communication and engagement.

Abortion is set to be a major issue in 2024’s most competitive Senate races, but abortion rights groups could stay on the sidelines in Arizona after a party switch by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, whose seat is up next year. Read more»

Maricopa County Elections Director Rey Valenzuela, who oversees early voting, stands in front of a Lexmark printer the county uses to print ballots at polling places as he gives a tour of the county’s election warehouse.

After relying on retail-grade printers to print hundreds of thousands of ballots on the spot and then experiencing a countywide Election Day breakdown, Maricopa County is planning on spending millions to buy much larger, high-performance printers for each of its 2024 polling places. Read more»

Water flows through the Rilito beneath the Campbell Avenue bridge following monsoon storms in July 2021.

While Arizona wrestles with the future of its water, state Attorney General Kris Mayes filed a lawsuit against dozens of companies — including manufacturing giant 3M and the defense contractor Raytheon — for producing products containing PFAS or forever chemicals, causing "widespread" groundwater pollution. Read more»

'We aim to remind Gannett where the value in its company lies — its journalists,' Republic reporter Richard Ruelas wrote.

For two days, unionized reporters at the Arizona Republic and 24 other newsrooms and across the country will walk off the job in order to send a message to parent company Gannett about unfair working conditions. Read more»

ASU President Michael Crow, left, and Fred DuVal, chair elect of the Arizona Board of Regents, confer after the regents meeting where Crow announced a new medical school on Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Arizona State University announced ambitious plans to open a medical school focused on medical engineering and technology as part of a new “ASU Health” initiative that addresses the state’s long-term health needs. Read more»

Migrants head back toward the bus that carried them from the border to Washington, D.C. In May 2022, Arizona started busing migrants from the state to Washington, D.C., which cost the state $3 million in three months.

At least 9,400 Latin American migrants have been voluntarily bused to Washington, D.C. - where they hoped to prosper - from Texas and Arizona in the past year, but instead have struggled to access quality food, stable and clean housing, work opportunities and affordable health care. Read more»

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Arizona, said she voted to stop the administration’s student debt-relief plan because it penalizes students who pay off loans, but the White House says the plan benefits the middle class. More than 300,000 people in Arizona had applied for relief under the plan before it was put on hold by legal challenges.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema joined two Democrats and all Senate Republicans Thursday to narrowly approve a bill overturning a federal program that would provide student debt relief to 16 million people, including more than 300,000 in Arizona. Read more»

The BLM reasoned that because livestock never stray further than two miles from a water source, any land on the monument further than that from water can be assumed to be safe from grazing degradation.

A federal judge heard arguments for competing summary judgment motions in a fight over the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s 2020 decision to allow cattle grazing on the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Read more»

Prosecutors wanted 17 years for Oath Keeper Edward Vallejo, an Arizona man convicted of seditious conspiracy for his part in the Jan. 6 attacks. But a federal judge gave him three years and three years of supervised release, citing his apparent contrition for his role.

Arizona resident Edward Vallejo was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison and three years of supervised release, a fraction of the sentence prosecutors sought for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Read more»

The closure comes at the advice of PACC’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, to allow a 'clean break' between dogs exposed to disease and incoming dogs.

Pima Animal Care Center is limiting the intake of new pets to only emergencies for one week to manage stem the spread of infectious diseases among dogs which endanger the entire shelter population. Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs hung LGBTQ pride flags from the Executive Tower on June 1, 2023, to mark Pride Month.

Gov. Katie Hobbs decorated the Ninth Floor balcony with four pride flags to kick off the start of the official month-long celebration of LGBTQ communities across the country, the first time pride flags are flying from Arizona’s executive tower. Read more»

Arizona's universal school voucher program that was estimated to cost only $65 million is now poised to cost the state $900 million over the next year, exceeding its available funding by hundreds of millions of dollars. Read more»

Karen Opoku-Appoh made it to the quarterfinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but was eliminated Wednesday when she misspelled 'ordonnance,' mistaking it for 'ordinance.'

The last of Arizona's three spellers at the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee were eliminated Wednesday afternoon, end of two days of competition that began with 229 spellers from every state and a handful of foreign countries. Read more»

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