A contractor working for the Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas carries a box of ballots from the 2020 general election for auditing in Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on May 1, 2021. (Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Election Tampering Elections News

DOJ warns GOP-led Arizona election audit may violate Civil Rights law

“Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, May 6, 2021   Warning of the possible “significant intimidating…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Wild Fire

Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, experts in Arizona warn

“We didn’t see as much rain or snow,” said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “So that proposes the question, how did those plants respond? Going out in the desert, listening…

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Posted in Arizona News Voter suppression

Arizona near top of states for bills aimed at voting rights, limits

By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News April 26, 2021   WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers, who began the year with one of the highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, are winding down a legislative session…

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Posted in Arizona News SCOTUS Voter suppression

Supreme Court hears Arizona voting law case with national implications

“If you can’t vote because you are a Native American or a non-Hispanic in areas where car ownership rates are very small, where you don’t have mail pickup or mail delivery … or you happen to…

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Posted in Arizona News Republicans Voter suppression

GOP lawyer admits to Supreme Court that easier voting puts Republicans at ‘competitive disadvantage’

Blaring quiet part out loud “The mask is off. Republicans want to steal your right to vote and pulverize democracy because they don’t think they can win elections on ideas or humanity.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Arizona News Solar

Arizona efforts to boost electric cars get so-so grades in new reports

“We don’t mind paying our fair share and some extra fee to help pay for roads because we know that’s important but, you know, don’t scare people away before they even have a chance to buy…

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Posted in Arizona News Safety Net SNAP benefits

As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

EDS: An earlier version of this story misstated, in the second graf, the number of SNAP-eligible people who actually received the benefit in 2017. The Census Bureau said one in six who were eligible did not…

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Posted in Arizona Education funding News Vouchers

‘ESAs are merely a Band-Aid’: Arizona education advocates oppose bill to expand school vouchers

by Samantha Molina and Reed Harmon, Cronkite News Thursday February 18, 2021 Phoenix – Public education advocates and leaders of the Arizona School Boards Association’s Black Alliance and Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus gathered at the Arizona State…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus

Masks off: Bill would allow Arizona businesses to ignore city, county mandates

by Victoria Hill, Cronkite News Thursday, February 18, 2021   Phoenix – A House committee has passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow Arizona business owners to decide whether to enforce mask mandates for employees and customers,…

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Posted in Arizona Mining

Federal judge rejects Apache Stronghold request to block Oak Flat mine

by Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Saturday, February 13, 2021 Washington, D.C. –    A federal judge Friday refused to order a halt to the proposed Resolution Copper Mine on Oak Flat, land that opponents say is sacred…

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Posted in Arizona Conspiracy theories News

1 in 4 Arizonans still insist Trump won, as second impeachment begins

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News Thursday, February 11, 2021 s the Senate began debate Tuesday on a historic second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, a recent poll shows that more than half of Arizona Republicans believe…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News Unemployment

Lost jobs and rising hunger: St. Mary’s Food Bank shifts gears during COVID-19

We’re serving 1,000 families a day. That means we need a box of food for 4,000 people a day. This is why volunteers are very important. We have two volunteer shifts a day. One starts at…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Health officials keep close eye as COVID-19 variants found in Arizona

by Jake Holter, Cronkite News Tuesday, February, 2, 2021   Health officials have confirmed that the UK variant of the coronavirus has been found in Arizona. Now what? For the time being, more of the same: mask,…

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Posted in Arizona News Unemployment

Unemployment dips in Arizona for December, but jobs are still tight

by Ethan Kispert, Cronkite News   Phoenix, Az .    As COVID-19 pummels away in Arizona, unemployment in the state dipped slightly in December, with the restaurant and entertainment industries continuing to take the hardest hits. The…

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Posted in Arizona Corruption Politics

Trump pardons former Rep. Rick Renzi for fraud, extortion convictions

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News WASHINGTON –   In one of his last acts as president, Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned two Arizonans, including former Rep. Rick Renzi who was convicted of extortion, racketeering and other charges…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Health officials ramp up COVID-19 vaccines with new sites, eligibility in AZ

by Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News Friday, January 15 WASHINGTON – T he Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday it is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination programs, adding distribution at pharmacies and at a second state-run site in…

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Posted in Arizona Child Welfare News Safety Net

Report: ‘Child care deserts’ hit poor, rural Arizona families hardest

By Olivia Munson  Cronkite News Friday, January 8, 2021 Washington, DC     Arizona has 304,180 infants and toddlers who need child care but only 234,270 slots to accommodate them, with poor and rural families most likely…

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Posted in Arizona News Politics

Not the ‘blue wave’ they hoped for, but Democrats made gains in 2020

The work of community organizations to reach minority communities within the state “helped bring what blue wave we did see in November.” By Catherine Fusillo, Cronkite News Wednesday, January 5, 2021 WASHINGTON – For years, Democrats have…

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Posted in Arizona Health Care Investigations Pro Publica

After a violent crime, Arizona promised reforms for people with developmental disabilities. It has yet to deliver.

After a woman with developmental disabilities was raped and gave birth to a child in a state home, a task force recommended changes to improve care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. Only a third…

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Posted in Arizona Immigration News

US Agents threaten Christmas Eve raid against humanitarians giving aid to refugees near border

‘Complete Disregard for Human Life’ One volunteer noted the cruel irony of such actions “on the eve of a holiday meant to celebrate hospitality towards travelers from distant lands.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, December…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Elections

State, county policies impact rejected ballot rates in Arizona for November election

The rejected ballots show that Arizona’s election system worked as intended: Voters who were eligible to vote and followed state laws had their ballots counted. by Sam Kmack, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Monday, December 21,…

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Posted in Arizona Health Care Investigations

Arizona made a revolutionary system to protect people with developmental disabilities. Now it’s falling apart.

Arizona’s Independent Oversight Committees helped it become one of the best places in the country for the care of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. But now members say the state hasn’t provided necessary resources. by…

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Posted in Arizona Elections

As more red states legalize marijuana, some officials try to nip it in the bud

“This is a bipartisan issue [and] I think we’re at a tipping point. We’ve passed it in big states and small states, liberal states and conservative states.” by Justin Franz December 9, 2020 With his state…

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Posted in Arizona News Wildfire

Horse Fire actively burning in extreme terrain in AZ central high country near Crown King. Story update Sunday, Oct 25

Story updated Saturday, Oct 25, 2020, 10-AM MST Incident Management Team 1 issues final report by Meteor staff from Forest Service reports Sunday, October 18, 2020   Crown King, Ariz Crown King, Ariz., Oct 25, 2020…

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