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Arizona's expanded Silver Alert system helps those with developmental disabilities

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

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Diversity efforts garner praise as Az Historical Society achieves first national accreditation

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»

Police critics arrested after 2019 immigration protest sue Phoenix, police

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»

Arizona universities prepare for fall semester amid spike in infections

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»

Study: Body cameras didn’t reduce use of force for Tempe patrol officers

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»

Northeast states slap quarantine on Arizona travelers to stem COVID-19 spread

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»

10 CVS drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites opening Friday

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 sales rose to record levels in March, as COVID-19 fears climbed

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»

Plan to equip all DPS officers with body cameras has some public advocates skeptical

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»

Monday musings: Analysis

Ducey for president – but in D.C. or Tempe?

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»

Bill would expand anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ community statewide

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»

What you need to know about Novel Coronavirus and how to avoid it

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»

'We need to live our values every day': Warren’s Tempe town hall spotlights immigration reform

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»

City officials weigh local impacts of Trump admin plan to trim immigrant benefits

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»

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all its grocery stores by 2025

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

A year after U.S. left Paris climate pact, mayors still cling to fight

When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Accords last summer, five Arizona cities — including Tucson and Bisbee — joined hundreds around the country that vowed to live up to the Paris climate standards even if the U.S. wouldn’t.... Read more»

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