Posted in Indigenous News Infrastructure Internet

Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband

by Camila Pedrosa, Cronkite News January 20, 2022 Washington – Tribal advocates told a Senate panel this week the federal government’s effort to fund expanded broadband infrastructure in Indian Country overlooked a fundamental issue. Many tribes did…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

by Molly Hudson, Cronkite News January 20 2022 Phoenix – Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious omicron variant, which continues to spread in the state, a leading health expert said…

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Posted in Democracy Elections Voter suppression

On eve of key fight, Sanders asks: ‘Will Manchin and Sinema vote with GOP?’

“We are not going to win the elections in 2022 unless our base is energized and ordinary people understand what we are fighting for, and how we are different than the Republicans.” by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) board an elevator after a meeting on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Posted in Voter suppression

Manchin joins Sinema in destroying Democrat hopes to pass voting rights

“We’re old enough to remember a whole month ago when both Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin voted to make an exception to the filibuster for the debt ceiling,” Public Citizen sardonically noted. by Brett Williams, Common…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) speaks on the Senate floor on January 13, 2021. (Photo: C-SPAN/Screengrab)
Posted in Filibuster News

Sinema sparks fury by choosing filibuster over democracy

‘Shame on Her’ The Arizona Democrat’s continued opposition to filibuster reform puts her squarely “in McConnell’s anti-democracy camp,” said one progressive activist. by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, January 13, 2022 Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was…

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An endangered Mexican gray wolf known as Anubis was illegally shot and killed in Arizona on January 2, 2022. (Photo: Keith Hayes)
Posted in Colorado Plateau Conservation Environment Wildlife

Federal Action sought after endangered wolf Anubis killed in Arizona

“It’s tragic that Anubis was killed and many of us are grieving his loss, but despite this heinous crime, it is also profound confirmation that northern Arizona should be part of the wolf recovery effort.” by…

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Stewart Acuff of Jefferson County, West Virginia and Rev. Dr. William Barber of the Poor People's Campaign hold a news conference in Washington, D.C. on December 14, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Wealth Tax

‘Can’t afford’ Build Back Better? US billionaires saw $1 trillion wealth boom in 2021 alone

A new analysis shows that Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed tax on billionaires “would be more than enough to cover the expansion of the child tax credit in the Build Back Better Act.” by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Posted in Arizona Civil Rights Investigations

Hundreds of Arizona schools report inaccurate civil rights data, violate federal law

by Sam Kmack, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting June 14, 2021 PHOENIX—Hundreds of Arizona’s public schools failed to report accurate civil rights data to the U.S. Department of Education for the 2017-2018 school year, a violation…

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Arianna Bermudez comforts her son, David, in their apartment at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
Posted in Arizona Investigations

A mother needed Welfare. Instead, AZ used welfare funds to take her son.

Arizona spends a majority of its welfare budget on the Department of Child Safety. The agency then investigates many poor parents, sometimes removing their children for reasons stemming from their poverty. by Eli Hager, photography by…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021

Forget Manchin. Sanders says entire Democratic Party must show ‘guts’ against corporate interests

The focus of the party, says the Vermont senator, must be “to restore faith with the American people that they actually stand for something.” by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams December 22, 2021 Stressing a need to…

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Rancher Jon Pedotti walks on the cracked remains of a parched lake bed of his 1,561-acre ranch located along San Simeon Creek in the Santa Lucia Mountain foothills of Cambria, California during a drought on October 1, 2014. (Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Politics Water

Groups call on CFTC to shut down water futures market

“In this time of global-warming-induced drought in California, the last thing we need is to gamble on our precious water resources.” by Julia Conley, Common Dreams December 21, 2021 Warning Wall Street against commodifying what has…

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Posted in Events Featured Event News

Crater Radio and Liminal Café present a Harry Potter Holiday

TONIGHT! At Liminal Café With the Flagstaff Literacy Center,  December 20, 21, and 22,   5 pm ’till 8 pm Liminal Café is hosting readings from Harry Potter in the community space on the NW corner…

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Posted in Analysis Sustainability Water

Why the second-driest state rejects water conservation

Utah has some of the highest per-capita water use and is the fastest-growing state. Yet a powerful group that steers Utah’s water policy keeps pushing for costly infrastructure over meaningful conservation efforts. by Thursday, December 16,…

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Posted in News Politics Restart 2021

Build Back Better verges on collapse as Manchin attempts to kill child tax credit

“Put the bill on the floor and make him explain that he voted it down because he wanted to cut all of the money for families with children,” suggested one progressive commentator. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Oak Flat, known to the Apache as Chi’Chil’Ba’Goteel, was federally protected until it became part of a land swap approved by federal officials in 2014. The Save Oak Flat Act would nullify that swap. (Photo by Kevin Hurley/Cronkite News)
Posted in First Peoples News Toxic Chemicals

Tribe urges Sen. Kelly to support bill to protect sacred Oak Flat

  By Brenda Rivas,  Cronkite News Story Correction:   A Dec. 2 Cronkite News story about a demonstration urging Sen. Mark Kelly to support legislation protecting Oak Flat misrepresented outreach to Kelly’s office for comment. The story…

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Posted in Arizona News Policing

Phoenix police oversight office’s first director begins work

by Olivia McCann, Cronkite News December 8, 2021 PHOENIX – The first director of a new city office overseeing complaints filed against the Phoenix Police Department is on the job. Roger Smith runs the Office of Accountability…

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Tucson police officers respond to an officer-involved shooting in which a 61-year-old wheelchair-bound man was shot nine times in the back and side after allegedly shoplifting a toolbox from a Lowe's home improvement store on November 29, 2021. (Photo: Tucson Police Department)
Posted in Arizona Police Killings

Man in wheelchair fatally shot in the back by Tucson police officer

‘Indefensible‘ Richard Lee Richards was shot nine times in the back and side by a Tucson officer, who has since been fired, earlier this week.   Noting that up to half of all fatal U.S. police…

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A temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints outside Salt Lake City
Posted in Investigations Safety Net Utah

Utah makes welfare so hard to get, some feel they must join the LDS church to get aid

Utah’s safety net for the poor is so intertwined with the LDS Church that individual bishops often decide who receives assistance. Some deny help unless a person goes to services or gets baptized. by Eli Hager,…

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Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walk in the U.S. Capitol hallway on November 16, 2021. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
Posted in Filibuster Voting rights

Sinema digs in on Filibuster defense amid GOP’s assault on voting rights

Republicans and a pair of Senate Democrats are “using the filibuster to destroy and undermine the life of this democracy and the daily lives of people,” warned Rev. Dr. William Barber II. by Jake Johnson, Common…

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Kimberly Guilfoyle at a campaign event for then-President Donald Trump at Xtreme Manufacturing in Henderson, Nevada, on Sept. 13, 2020 Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Posted in Analysis Insurrection 2021

Texts show Kimberly Guilfoyle bragged about raising millions for rally that fueled Capitol riot

Text messages reviewed by ProPublica represent the strongest indication yet that members of the Trump family inner circle were involved in financing and organizing the Jan. 6 “Save America” rally, which immediately preceded the Capitol riot….

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Deb Haaland—then a Democratic congresswoman representing New Mexico's First District but now U.S. interior secretary—visits Chaco Canyon in 2019. (Photo: Monica Sanchez/Natural Resources Democrats/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Climate change Indigenous News

Indigenous leaders hail Biden’s proposed Chaco Canyon drilling ban as ‘Important first step’

“We are most hopeful that this action is a turning point where the United States natural resource management planning philosophy focuses on the protection of all living beings.” by Brett Wilkins, Common Dreams November 16, 2021…

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Right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has expressed opposition to a provision in the Build Back Better Act that would incentivize both fair working conditions at auto plants and the manufacturing and purchase of electric vehicles. (Photo: Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change News Restart 2021

Manchin leads charge against Biden’s electric vehicle tax credit

“Manchin thinks being pro-labor is un-American.” by Julia Colney, Common Dreams  Monday, November 15, 2021  Advocates for both workers’ rights and climate policy are condemning Sen. Joe Manchin’s latest statements opposing provisions in the Build Back…

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Ross, a resident of the Castaway Inn in downtown Reno, was forced to move out after the motel was bought by the developer Jeffrey Jacobs. Jacobs plans to demolish the Castaway.
Posted in Evictions Homelessness News

Reno developer plans to demolish motel that serves as housing lifeline

Jeffrey Jacobs has been buying and demolishing Reno motels for years. He promises the low-income tenants who live there he’ll find them a better place. Displaced residents of the Castaway Inn paint a fuller picture of…

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Illustration by Leland Foster, special to ProPublica
Posted in Hospitals Investigations Safety Net

St. Jude hoards billions while patient families drain their savings

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital promises not to bill families. But the cost of having a child at the hospital for cancer care leaves some families so strapped for money that parents share tips on spending…

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