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Light rail phoenix
As construction continues for two light rail extensions in Phoenix, leaders are feeling optimistic about adding more.
Jan. 19, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr.
People from across the Valley marched in downtown Phoenix on Monday to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The annual march comes at a time when passing national voting legislation is stymied by the U.S. Senate and as the state Legislature considers new voting restriction
Jan. 17, 2022
Eastlake Park civil rights memorial in Phoenix
On a day designated to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the city of Phoenix added history to a civil rights memorial. In 1997, the Civil Rights Memorial at Eastlake Park was created as a public art project to reflect a decade-by-decade history of the civil rights movement in the United States and Arizona
Jan. 17, 2022
Voting sticker
Martin Luther King III and his family hosted an event in support of the John Lewis Freedom to Vote Act in Phoenix on Saturday. A similar event will be held in Washington, D.C., for Martin Luther King Day.
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Jan. 16, 2022
The filibuster is busting democracy protest sign
A hunger strike is once again being used to put pressure on Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to help pass federal voting protections. Three groups began a hunger strike in front of the Arizona Capitol building on Friday in support of the Freedom to Vote Act.
Jan. 15, 2022
Martin Luther King III
Elected officials, civil rights leaders, interfaith leaders and community activists joined Martin Luther King III and his family at an event in Phoenix Saturday, focused on the passage of federal voting rights protections.
Jan. 15, 2022
Sonoran Searchers
A group Sonora that searches for people who have gone missing published a video this week asking cartel leaders to assure the safety of those looking for the disappeared.
Jan. 5, 2022
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The Biden administration abruptly pulled out of settlement talks with the ACLU and other legal groups supporting separated families last week.
Dec. 21, 2021
Arts enthusiasts in Arizona now have one of their own distinguished advocates in the nation’s top spot as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts as ASU professor Maria Rosario Jackson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Saturday.
Dec. 20, 2021
Marijuana plants
More than 1,500 applications have been submitted for 26 licenses in the Arizona Department of Health Service’s marijuana social equity ownership campaign.
Dec. 17, 2021
Basketball player's hand gripping ball
The intersection of sports, politics and culture isn’t a new phenomenon. The Show spoke with former New York Times sports columnist William C. Rhoden to learn what has and hasn't changed about the crossover.
Dec. 14, 2021
ASU Hayden Library entrance
The ASU Police Department has made an arrest relating to vandalism, including damage to a copy of the Quran, in an interfaith reflection space in Hayden Library in the center of the Tempe campus.
Dec. 10, 2021
Phoenix City Council chambers
Two Phoenix City Council members who often represent opposing views found common ground Wednesday when they voted against a police proposal.
Dec. 1, 2021
Phoenix police sign
Phoenix will pay $5 million to the family of Muhammad Muhaymin who died while in police custody. Before the council voted on the settlement Wednesday, Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia said it is not justice, "Justice would have been for Muhammad to have had housing and resources."
Nov. 17, 2021
A new investigation from the Arizona Republic finds cannabis convictions in the state disproportionately impact people of color, and that their first conviction on a pot charge often led to other charges, once they were released from prison.
Nov. 17, 2021
phoenix city hall
Phoenix is preparing to open the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as part of the budget approved by the City Council earlier this year.
Nov. 16, 2021
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
After months of study, the administration recently announced new policies on oil and gas drilling in the Chaco Canyon region.
Nov. 15, 2021
Tempe City Hall
Tempe has approved the CROWN Act, which bans discrimination in schools and workplaces based on hairstyles.
Nov. 15, 2021
Douglas Port of Entry
Mexico’s president traveled to neighboring Sonora Thursday to oversee the progress of what he calls his “justice plan” for the mining community of Cananea. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s visit is meant to discuss progress on his Justice for Cananea plan announced in July.
Nov. 11, 2021
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A four-year study has come to an end and ASU's Michael White is sharing the findings. White and his research team partnered with Tempe Police Department to show how police de-escalation training translates to encounters.
Nov. 10, 2021


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