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Protesting masks and racism education, the 'patriots' take on Arizona’s school boards

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»

What we know about police drones in Arizona and how they’re used

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 group to spend $5M on Arizona races in 2020

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»

Small farms struggle to get federal relief funds or help from USDA

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»

Critics say Trump order on immigration does little but stir up anxiety

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»

House OKs $484 billion in COVID-19 relief, loans could go out this week

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»

Looking to save money, Peoria school district considering four-day week

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

Four Arizona cities rank in top 10 on livability for people with disabilities

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»

Ex-Mx pres Fox: 'Total advocate' for legalizing drugs

“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

Peoria starts incubator to attract makers of medical devices

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»

McCain: Looming defense cuts would harm Az

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»

Analysis

Risky business? Understanding the biz of gov't bonds

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