A family from Brazil, seeking asylum in the U.S., prepares to board a chartered bus that will take them from Somerton to the Casa Alitas shelter in Tucson. This family was fortunate: Men and women routinely are separated during processing at the border. (Photo by Kamilah Williams/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
Posted in Asylum Immigration

Asylum seekers dropped off in towns that have few resources get help from nonprofits

“For me to see people dropped off in the middle of the street, that’s not humanitarian. That’s not American and who we are and what we stand for.”  by Taylor O’Connor, Cronkite Borderlands Project May 3, 2021…

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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 Guns News Politics

5 gun bills – 3 from Democrats – are on different paths in the Arizona Legislature

By Ethan Kispert Cronkite News Guns are ingrained in the Arizona psyche, from the legendary Shootout at the OK Corral that morphed into tourist-dependent Tombstone to the CNN broadcast of Donald Trump supporters casually carrying long…

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Posted in Analysis Toxic Chemicals Worker Safety

Arizona study examines health risks faced by female firefighters

By Emma Ascott/Cronkite News April 15, 2021 PHOENIX  –  Nicole Minnick had been a firefighter for seven years when she gave birth in 2008 to her first child, a girl named Kyndal. A few months later,…

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Posted in Analysis Filibuster Politics

Biden endorses return to talking filibuster, Sinema mum

‘Democracy Is Having a Hard Time Functioning’ “That’s what it was supposed to be.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, March 17, 2021   President Joe Biden for the first time on Tuesday endorsed significantly overhauling…

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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 Analysis Coronavirus Health

Sedentary and stressed? Get outside to improve health during COVID, experts advise

by James Paidoussis, Cronkite News Sunday, February 21, 2021 Phoenix     Nearly a year of isolation and widespread closures has harmed the mental and physical health of many Americans. But Arizona state parks saw record visitation over…

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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 Congressional Oversight Family Separation Immigration News

Auditor says DHS knew ‘zero-tolerance’ would split families at border

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday that the 2018 policy followed a test program in west Texas in which officials were not immediately able to reunite separated…

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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 Legislature News Voter suppression

Hobbs calls for expanded voting rights, blasts GOP election proposals

“Some of these lawmakers are trying to rehash the debunked theories about the 2020 election as an excuse to limit access to voting and it’s shameful,” Hobbs said during a conference hosted by the Voter Protection…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Arizona’s second state vaccine site opens, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

by Sabrina Kenoun, Cronkite News Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Phoenix      Arizona health officials on Monday opened the state’s second COVID-19 vaccination site, at ASU’s Phoenix Municipal Stadium, aiming to build on the success of the…

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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 Indigenous News

Advocates, lawmakers hail Biden pledge to respect tribal sovereignty

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News Thursday, January 28, 2021 Washington, D.C. –   Native American policy experts and Arizona lawmakers welcomed President Joe Biden’s order calling for stronger relations with tribal governments, with one saying it “goes…

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Posted in First Peoples News Water

Pascua Yaqui win water funds, first of $150 million for Arizona projects

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Washington    – Pascua Yaqui Council members called it “a blessing” Tuesday. They were talking about $900,000 in federal funds that will be used to bring water to…

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