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Chandler police have increased training around interactions with people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities through such events as Pizza With a Cop in 2019.

Silver Alerts allow DPS to reach more people via phone notifications, broadcast alerts on TV and radio, and highway signs. Read more»

The Arizona Historical Society is now AAM-accredited as an organization, a recognition that will increase the state agency's visibility, after it shifted to focus more on diversity and inclusivity.

The Arizona Historical Society now has the stamp of approval of the American Alliance of Museums, which recognized the group’s ability to change and remain relevant as it granted AHS's first-ever national accreditation. Read more»

Phoenix police tackle Jorge Soria on a city sidewalk during a July 12 protest against ICE.

A man who Phoenix police arrested during an interview with the Arizona Mirror at a July 2019 protest and another bystander who police mistook for a right-wing agitator have filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Phoenix and several officers, claiming police unlawfully targeted and arrested them. Read more»

With the start of classes barely six weeks away, University of Arizona administrators still don’t know what the return to campus for fall semester will look like — or if it will happen at all. Read more»

A study of the Tempe Police Department found that body-worn cameras did not decrease the use of force among regular patrol officers, but did have an effect among the agency’s specialized units. Read more»

Arizonans traveling to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are subject to a 14-day quarantine as those states try to stem the spread of COVID-19 from “hot spots” states. In this file photo from March, international travelers wait to pass through customs at Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia.

Arizonans will face a 14-day quarantine if they travel to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, whose governors announced the restriction Wednesday to keep people from COVID-19 “hot spots” from bringing the infection with them. Read more»

A New York National Guard private administers a drive-thru COVID-19 test in Brooklyn, April 20.

CVS Health announced it will open 10 COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Arizona Friday, as part of the company’s second phase of efforts to help slow the spread of the virus. Read more»

Gun shop owners in Arizona attribute a sudden rush to buy guns in March to fears that COVID-19 would shut down gun shops, along with other businesses, or would thin the ranks of local police agencies. The file photo above is from a gun show in Houston.

Arizona processed a record 82,771 background checks on would-be gun buyers in March, as fears of the coronavirus drove people to gun shops in what one shop owner called “panic time.” Read more»

Only 20 of the nearly 1,200 sworn officers with the Arizona Department of Safety have body cameras, and they paid for them out of pocket, according to the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budget.

Gov. Doug Ducey’s fiscal 2021 budget proposes spending about $5 million to provide body cameras to all sworn personnel in the Arizona Department of Public Safety, but some critics of police use of deadly force worry the cameras will be used to protect officers more than the public. Read more»

Ducey at the 2020 Legislative Forecast Luncheon hosted by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, January 2020.

An often-asked political question by State Capitol observers these days: what will Gov. Doug Ducey do when his current, final term in office is over? What's his next dream job? Read more»

State Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, a Phoenix Republican, co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that would add jobs and housing protections for the LGBTQ community.

Several lawmakers and community leaders on Thursday said the state needs a law to protect Arizonans from being fired, denied housing or refused service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more»

Concerns over the spread of Novel Coronavirus continue to grow after an Arizona resident was confirmed to have contracted the respiratory illness. In China, more than 130 people have died, about 50 million have been quarantined in affected cities, and foreigners are being evacuated. Read more»

Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticized President Trump’s current immigration policies, which directly impact Arizona. Expanding legal immigration would strengthen the economy, she said.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren lashed out at the Trump administration’s immigration policies last Thursday night, telling a town hall crowd of 3,500 that “while Donald Trump may be willing to look the other way, President Warren will not.” Read more»

Tempe City Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage, with microphone, joined city officials from Ohio, Missouri and Texas on a panel to talk about the impact a proposed change to immigrant benefits could have on their cities.

A Trump administration plan to limit public assistance for legal immigrants simply “passes the buck down to cities who are going to have to figure out how to pay” for the lost benefits, local officials were told Monday. Read more»

Edgar Joseph loads plastic grocery bags into his car outside of a Fry’s Food & Drug Store in Phoenix.

Kroger, owner of Fry’s Foods in Arizona, will phase out plastic bags by 2025, becoming the latest company to respond to the backlash against single-use plastics. Read more» 1

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