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Searching Commission Head Hopes To Bring Peace To Families Of Missing
Last fall, the Sonoran Congress approved the creation of a commission to oversee searching for the state’s many missing people. Dr. Jose Luis Gonzalez Olivarria, its new head, is a longtime forensic investigator with the state Attorney’s Office and has years of experience identifying human remains.
Feb. 11, 2020
U.S. Attorney For AZ Holds News Conference On Sanctuary Issues
The nation’s top prosecutor announced plans Monday to crack down on sanctuary policies. On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona called a rare news conference to follow up, even though the state doesn’t have any sanctuary cities.
Feb. 11, 2020
Advocate: ICE Should Release All The Transgender People
For the past few years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has faced heavy criticism from some for its policies and treatment of migrants. Some progressive politicians and activists have even called for abolishing the agency. And concerns have heightened because of how transgender detainees are being treated.
Feb. 11, 2020
What More Second Chance Funding Means For AZ Inmates
Gov. Doug Ducey wants about $8 million in this year’s budget to expand or facilitate substance addiction services, particularly for people who end up behind bars. And during his State of the State address, he emphasized the need to expand Second Chance programs in prison.
Feb. 11, 2020
Why Regulators Cant Shut Down This Phoenix Marijuana Grow Facility
The 2018 case of a Phoenix marijuana grow facility is just one example of the struggles Arizona has encountered while trying to regulate medical marijuana under the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act of 2010.
Feb. 11, 2020
How Autofill Technology Is Changing The Way We Communicate
Is autofill fundamentally changing the way we communicate with one another? The Show sat down with Ed Finn. He’s the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University.
Feb. 11, 2020
Will Arizona Democrats Get A Voice In State Budget Talks?
Democratic state lawmakers have released their budget proposal — "the people’s budget," as House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez is calling it. Democrats are hopeful they’ll still get a seat at the table to settle the final budget, but is that realistic?
Feb. 11, 2020
The Takeaway: Coronavirus Continues To Spread Despite Mass Quarantines In China
Across the globe, the spread of coronavirus shows no signs of slowing down. On Monday, the Associated Press reported that more than 40,000 people have been infected globally. The death toll is also on the rise, with more than 900 reported dead so far. The majority of those cases in China, where everyday life is at a standstill.
Feb. 11, 2020
How Small Fibers Can Make Concrete Stronger
Construction has been a key component of Arizona’s economy. And, a key component of construction is concrete. Barzin Mobasher says worldwide, ten billion tons of concrete are used each year, and much of that needs rebar to help reinforce it. But, fibers are increasingly becoming more of an option, and they could be beneficial in boosting concrete’s tension.
Feb. 11, 2020
Herstam: Why Lobbyists Are Targeting AZ House Dems
Six Democratic lawmakers are the focus of business lobbying groups. Political observer Chris Herstam explains how Democrats could actually become the majority in the state House after November.
Feb. 11, 2020
Amy Silvermans Raising Phoenix: Lost In Juvie
Amy Silverman's latest Phoenix Magazine column tells the story of a young man with mental illness who’s been in the custody of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections on and off over the past few years.
Feb. 11, 2020
How A UA Professor Is Changing The Conversation About Graffiti
Stefano Bloch grew up in Los Angeles as a graffiti writer, facing a difficult home life with an out-of-the-picture father and a heroin-addicted mother in a gang-ridden area. Bloch is now a professor of cultural geography at the University of Arizona and author of "Going All City: Struggle and Survival in L.A.’s Graffiti Subculture."
Feb. 11, 2020
Federal Judge Rules Against Rosemont Copper Mine
A federal judge on Monday overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of a controversial open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona, citing that mining is damaging the habitat of jaguars and other endangered species.
Feb. 11, 2020
Leadership Academy Offers Intensive Training For Principals
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal designates quite a bit of new spending for education — about $600 million in new funding to be exact. A small slice of that would go to a program that focuses on educating school leaders instead of students.
Feb. 11, 2020
Officials: Coronavirus Spreads Easily, But Isnt As Lethal As Data Suggests
The World Health Organization is in talks to speed up the global response to the coronavirus outbreak. But state health officials want Arizonans to know there’s still no reason to panic.
Feb. 11, 2020
AZ Lawmakers Look To Boost Their Daily Expense Pay
Arizona lawmakers are trying again to raise the amount they receive for daily expenses, this time with a proposal that will only boost pay for lawmakers who live outside Maricopa County. The proposal approved on a 6-1 vote Monday by the Senate Government Committee would increase daily expense pay for those lawmakers from $60 a day to the federal rate of nearly $190 per day.
Feb. 11, 2020
Untold Arizona: A Quiet Bass Fishing Paradise In Sonora
San Pedro de la Cueva is about as remote a corner of vast, sparsely populated Sonora as there is. Nevertheless, Arizona and other U.S. bass anglers have been heading there for decades to enjoy the spectacular scenery, laid back way of life and — of course — top-notch fishing. In the latest installment of our Untold Arizona series, KJZZ goes to the waters of the El Novillo reservoir.
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Feb. 11, 2020
Conservationist Ship Attacked In Vaquita Refuge
The crew of a conservationist ship that patrols Mexico’s Sea of Cortez to protect an endangered porpoise came under fire by suspected poachers over the weekend in a “critical zone” where there have been several sightings of the nearly extinct vaquita marina porpoise.
Feb. 10, 2020
Lawmaker Fights New Uber And Lyft Fees At Sky Harbor
The Phoenix airport would be barred from adding fees to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft under a proposal introduced in the Arizona Legislature. The move by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers led by Republican Rep. Travis Grantham is designed to prevent new fees Phoenix wants to impose even if the state Supreme Court rules that they are legal.
Feb. 10, 2020
Maricopa County Pledges More Polling Spots For Primary
Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors on Monday approved 229 voting sites for the upcoming Presidential Preference Election.
Feb. 10, 2020

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