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After court ruling, those living near The Zone wonder whats next
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has given the city until July 10 to start disbanding “The Zone,” a homeless encampment spanning several blocks west of downtown. One woman living in a shelter nearby says she hopes that when city officials decide what’s next, they’ll remember the humanity of those living in "The Zone."
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Hobbs fires entire AZ-Mexico Commission board
The Arizona business community is reeling from Gov. Katie Hobbs' move to fire en masse the entire board of directors for the Arizona-Mexico Commission.
Feb. 22, 2023
Panel passes 2 bills boosting teacher pay and benefits
Despite a 20% pay raise in 2018, Arizona teachers are still some of the lowest paid in the nation. A state House committee passed a bill that would boost teacher salaries by $10,000.
Feb. 21, 2023
AZ Senate bill would require cities to destroy homeless encampments
The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that would require counties, cities and towns to get rid of homeless encampments.
Feb. 21, 2023
Schools are the focus of several AZ gun bills right now
Every year, Arizona lawmakers introduce and debate gun-related bills — both those that seek to expand where and how gun owners can have and use them, and measures that would limit those things. This year, as Gloria Gomez writes, guns in schools seems to be a prominent issue.
Feb. 21, 2023
This is how Arizonas most far-right lawmakers want voting to work
Arizona lawmakers are continuing to debate election-related bills. Some of the recent proposals include getting rid of vote centers, and requiring all voters to re-register every decade. Jen Fifield of Votebeat joined The Show to talk about what’s been going on at the state Capitol.
Feb. 21, 2023
Hobbs pledges at least $500K to flip Legislature blue in 24
Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs is facing resistance from the Republican-led Legislature on several fronts — including the state budget and her nominees to run agencies.
Feb. 21, 2023
WATCH: Biden speaks on Russia-Ukraine war anniversary
President Joe Biden is delivering remarks in Poland on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden on Monday made a secret visit to Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of U.S. support.
Feb. 21, 2023
Republican lawmakers want Arizonas digital highway signs to stay in their lane
The way Rep. Neal Carter sees it, those electronic signs along freeways and major Arizona roads should be spreading safety messages to motorists, not telling them how to run their lives.
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Feb. 21, 2023
Díaz: City Council runoff could shape south Phoenix
On Wednesday evening, the Arizona Republic Editorial Board is hosting a debate at South Mountain Community College between the two candidates in the 8th district — Kesha Hodge Washington and incumbent Carlos Garcia.
Feb. 20, 2023
Senate committee OKs ADOT nominee after grilling
The Senate committee vetting Gov. Katie Hobbs’ nominees to lead state agencies will be meeting later this hour to consider two more nominees. But a third potential director has been removed from the agenda.
Feb. 20, 2023
What the history of drag teaches us about today’s controversies
A bill from Republican Sen. Anthony Kern passed out of committee that would make drag shows fall under the definition of "adult cabaret performances," which is usually reserved for strip shows. And that’s just one of many similar bills being introduced nationwide. Dr. Lady J says while it may seem trivial to go after drag queens, people who know the history behind it are scared.
Feb. 20, 2023
Legislature debates concealed guns for college students
A bill that would allow a university or community college student to carry a concealed firearm on campus is moving through the state Legislature.
Feb. 20, 2023
Tempe officials set to consider replacements for street and park names with KKK ties
City of Tempe council members will vote on March 2 to rename parks and streets that have ties to former members of the Ku Klux Klan. Over 200 suggestions from the public were posted on the city’s forum page, following a call for input from community members.
Feb. 20, 2023
Arizona lawmakers want to reduce the length of trains following Ohio derailment
If you've been stuck for minutes or hours waiting to get across railroad tracks, Arizona lawmakers are moving to provide relief.
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Feb. 19, 2023
Hobbs meets with Mexicos president and Sonoras governor
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs traveled to the Mexican state of Sonora on Friday in her first international trip since elected into office.
Feb. 18, 2023
ACLU supports withdrawal of execution warrant of Aaron Gunches
The ACLU filed a motion to the Arizona Supreme Court in support of a withdrawal of an Arizona prisoner’s death warrant. Last month, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office requested the withdrawal while pausing executions in the state. Prisoner Aaron Gunches had the only pending death warrant in the state.
Feb. 18, 2023
Biggs sends questions to FBI director on FISA database searches
An Arizona congressman is asking the FBI director if the agency is mining data from spying on foreign nationals for mentions of U.S. lawmakers, political candidates and party officials. In a letter sent this week, Rep. Andy Biggs said he wants answers by early March.
Feb. 17, 2023
Chandler mayor touts innovation at State of the City address
On Thursday, Chandler mayor Kevin Hartke praised his community as a “city of innovation” at the annual State of the City event. Hartke touted the city’s strengths, including the educational opportunities granted to residents. He also announced that Grand Canyon University would be “expanding its footprint” there.
Feb. 17, 2023
Bill would limit which foreign firms can buy state land
An Arizona House panel approved a bill that would block the sale and lease of state lands to foreign governments and some foreign corporations. The bill imposes restrictions on any company based in China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria or Venezuela.
Feb. 17, 2023
NewsCap: A witch hunt, a veto and future of AZ politics
Former gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones and former legislative leader Chad Campbell joined The Show to talk about the search for a new nominee to lead the state health department, Gov. Katie Hobbs’ first veto and more.
Feb. 17, 2023