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Whistleblower: Prison Locks Not Being Fixed, Records Faked
A supervisor at a troubled Arizona prison says the Arizona Department of Corrections and contractors hired to fix broken cell-door locks are failing to do the job and falsifying records. The allegations are outlined in a whistleblower complaint filed Tuesday by Lewis prison Associate Deputy Warden Shaun Holland.
Dec. 5, 2019
Attorney: Petersen Wont Have Access To Some Evidence
Embattled Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen has pressed the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for evidence as he prepares for a hearing over his suspension. The board has responded through its attorney.
Dec. 5, 2019
Lawsuit Claims GOP Lawmakers Violating Open Meeting Laws
Conservative lawmakers gathering in Arizona Wednesday for a conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council were greeted with protests and a lawsuit. The council, known as ALEC, has faced growing scrutiny over the model legislation shared at its conferences, which critics say provides corporations and special interest groups a chance to exert influence on state laws.
Dec. 5, 2019
Workshops Bring Low-Income Communities, Latinos Into Sustainable Energy Conversation
A new initiative aims to bring diverse Phoenix communities into the conversation around clean energy. The workshops offer practical tips to help consumers save a little money, but they’re also practices that can help lower emissions. Lower income communities and communities of color stand to benefit the most from improving on climate and pollution.
Dec. 5, 2019
Mexican Government Takes Over La Mora Massacre Investigation
Sonora had previously been handling the murder investigation, while the federal government handled other suspected crimes associated with the brutal ambushes.
Dec. 4, 2019
Mexico Prepares To Receive Millions Of Expats For The Holidays
This holiday season, Mexico expects the return of more than 3 million Mexicans living abroad — the vast majority coming from the U.S. And the government is launching a program to help them as they journey home.
Dec. 4, 2019
Mohave County Prohibits Non-Service Animals Inside Facilities
Mohave County is now prohibiting animals from county facilities, with the exception of service animals. They are no longer allowing pets inside county buildings.
Dec. 4, 2019
Final Change To Food Aid Program Could Hurt Rural Arizonans Most
New rules from the Trump administration could affect thousands of Arizonans who get waivers from the SNAP program’s work requirements. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps.
Dec. 4, 2019
 Mesa Proposing Ordinance To Prohibit Vaping In Public Areas
Mesa’s City Council proposed a new ordinance to prohibit vaping and e-cigarettes in public areas
Dec. 4, 2019
UA, Navajo Nation Create Navajo Law Fellowship
The University of Arizona is partnering with the Navajo Nation to increase the number of Navajo lawyers. The Navajo Nation and UA's law school have agreed to match financial aid awards to Navajo law students who are part of this new fellowship program.
Dec. 4, 2019
Youth Climate Strikes Planned Across Arizona
United Nations leaders are gathered in Spain this week for climate change talks. Here in Arizona, youth climate strikes are planned for Dec. 6.
Dec. 4, 2019
No Cash? Salvation Army Now Accepting Mobile Donations
Cashless shoppers have a new option to give to The Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign this year using their smartphone. Leaders hope adding Apple and Google payment options will boost fundraising to the campaign, which makes up 10% of The Salvation Army’s annual budget.
Dec. 4, 2019
Multimillion-Dollar Arizona Lottery Prize Goes Unclaimed
The winning ticket for a $14.6 million jackpot was never returned to the Arizona Lottery. No claim was made during the 180-day window for the winner to take home the prize.
Dec. 4, 2019
WATCH: House Judiciary Impeachment Hearing
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry. The Judiciary Committee is tasked with drafting potential articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Video is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Arizona time.
Dec. 4, 2019
McSally Says Companies Operating Substandard Military Housing Pisses Her Off
Republican Sen. Martha McSally blasted the companies that operate private on-base military housing during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday. The Senator was hearing testimony about the substandard housing conditions for military families.
Dec. 3, 2019
Panel On Incarcerated Women: Findings Were Ignored
The women leading a subcommittee on women’s issues in Arizona prisons say they were ignored and prevented from presenting months of work to an ad hoc committee on earned release credits. Laetitia Hua, a lawyer who championed criminal justice reform during her tenure as Miss Maricopa County, said Rep. Walter Blackman asked her to chair a subcommittee of the ad hoc committee in July.
Dec. 3, 2019
AZ Police Ramp Up Holiday DUI Enforcement
Arizona sheriffs and police chiefs gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday morning to announce a month of heightened DUI patrols for the holiday season. The annual tradition comes on the heels of a deadly 2018 holiday, when 261 people were killed in DUI-related crashes in Arizona.
Dec. 3, 2019
Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Resigns
The superintendent of the state’s largest school district has resigned. The Mesa Public Schools board accepted the resignation of Ember Conley on Monday night. Her resignation comes two weeks after the board placed her on administrative leave.
Dec. 3, 2019
Rocky Point Visitors Center Starts Petition For SENTRI Lane
The Rocky Point visitors center wants a trusted traveler lane at the port of entry Arizonans use to travel to and from the popular Sonoran beach town.
Dec. 3, 2019
Made In Arizona: LAcademie Baking And Cooking School
Dan Boman has been a chef for a couple of decades and has been teaching at Scottsdale Community College and Le Cordon Bleu. Settling with his family in Gilbert and using his years of experience, he recently opened L’Academie Baking and Cooking School.
Dec. 3, 2019

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