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Arizona school board meetings have been seeing an unprecedented number of disruptions by far-right, angry and yelling crowds furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools, many organized by outside groups led by Steven Tyler Daniels, a self-identified conservative “patriot” activist who is trying to launch a new fringe-right political party. Read more»

The Tempe Police Department recently released video from its DJI Phantom Pro 4 drone that it used to surveil protesters over the weekend, but the agency isn’t the only law enforcement in the state with the technology. Read more»

Gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety announced Tuesday that it will be spending $5 million in Arizona to try to back Democrats up and down the ballot, with a focus on the U.S. Senate race and winning control of the state legislature for the first time in nearly 60 years. Read more»

Employees from McClendon’s Select harvest celery at the farm in Goodyear.

Despite the federal government’s unprecedented efforts to aid businesses threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, small farms are being left further behind, according to one local small farm owner. Read more»

President Donald Trump said his executive order suspending some forms of immigration for 60 days is meant to protect jobs for American workers during COVID-19. But experts say it does little more than what has already been done to tighten immigration.

President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration in the face of the coronavirus will “not have much of an effect” on the jobs the president said he’s trying to protect, experts on both sides of the issue said last week. Read more»

After approving a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package just weeks ago, Congress added another $484 billion for health care, but mostly to revive a $349 billion loan program for small businesses that run out of money shortly after it opened.

Money could start flowing to distressed small businesses as early as this week, after the House overwhelmingly approved a $484 billion measure that refills the exhausted Paycheck Protection Program and adds funds for hospitals and other services. Read more»

What sounds like a student’s dream – three-day weekends every week – is a possible solution to a Phoenix-area school district’s budget woes. Read more» 1

One reason Arizona cities may have performed relatively well on a ranking of livability for people with disabilities is the age of the cities. Experts say younger cities are more likely to have buildings with elevators and other elements of modern code.

Peoria was ranked second and Scottsdale, Chandler and Gilbert all finished in the top 10. Organizations for people with disabilities credited everything from the weather to a long history of advocacy to modern infrastructure for the strong showing by Arizona cities. Read more»

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, shown Thursday during a press conference in Peoria, said the U.S. should set a 'D-Day' for resolving the issue of immigration reform.

“Leaders commit” to resolving issues such as reforming U.S. immigration policy, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said Thursday during a visit to Arizona. Fox, who served as Mexico’s president from 2000-2006, also said he’s become a “total advocate” for legalizing drugs. Read more» 1

Alberto Osio, CEO of Yolia Health, at his company’s office with BioInspire, a bioscience incubator in Peoria.

The city of Peoria has committed $5.5 million to an effort to create a bioscience incubator offering up initial funding, mentoring, free office space and access to laboratories. Read more»

Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs (left) and state Sen. John Nelson, R-Litchfield Park, listen as U.S. Sen. John McCain discusses the Pentagon’s decision to base F-35 fighters at Luke Air Force Base and McCain’s concerns about possible defense cuts that could take effect at year’s end.

In the wake of the Pentagon’s decision to base F-35 fighters at Luke AFB, McCain warned Thursday that potential defense cuts could cost thousands of jobs and $3 billion to Arizona's economy. Read more»

Three law firms dominate the legal work that goes into issuing state and local government debt in Arizona. Read more»