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COVID-19 outbreaks in AZ child detention centers worry advocates

As COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations continue to reach record levels in Arizona, some advocates worry that children in detention and rehabilitation centers are at risk and in the blind spot of public health agencies that are grappling with a furious spread of the illness in the broader community.

U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives.

Study: Body cameras didn’t reduce use of force for Tempe patrol officers

A study of the Tempe Police Department found that body-worn cameras did not decrease the use of force among regular patrol officers, but did have an effect among the agency’s specialized units. 

Secretary of state: Goldwater Institute attorneys should have registered as lobbyists

The Secretary of State’s Office found reasonable cause that the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix libertarian think tank and litigation center, violated a law requiring lobbyists to register with the state.

Is a parking lot a homeless shelter? Yes, according to City of Phoenix

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines recommend social distancing, hand washing and remaining at home whenever possible. But for most people experiencing homelessness, such recommendations are impossible to follow. 

Rep. Osborne tests positive for COVID-19

State Rep. Joanne Osborne announced on Facebook that she’s tested positive for COVID-19. Osborne, a Goodyear Republican, owns Osborne Jewelers. She wrote that she got tested out of an “abundance of caution and concern” after...

What to the slave is the Fourth of July?

Editor’s note: In February 2017, while marking African American History Month, President Donald Trump praised Frederick Douglass as “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more.”...

Family, former detainee say fumes at Eloy ICE facility is ‘poisoning’ women

Yanely Fernandez recalled the June night when her cellmate Yarjelis Chiquinquirá Madueño Dávila passed out in her arms.

As COVID-19 worsens, AZ is the first state to enact ‘crisis care’ standards

Arizona’s failure to contain COVID-19 means the state has the dubious distinction of being the first in the nation’s history to activate crisis standards of care for hospitals, according to a top administrator at the state’s largest hospital system.

Citizen initiatives file petitions with signatures to spare

Four ballot measures submitted their petitions by the deadline Thursday, and the campaigns say they are confident they have enough signatures to fend off any potential legal challenges aimed at keeping them off the...

Start date, online learning issues a concern for K-12 schools

Even with the start of the new school year pushed back to mid-August, with the possibility that it could be delayed further, some education officials are skeptical that the COVID-19 crisis will have abated enough for students to safely return to campus and want Gov. Doug Ducey to allow for more online learning to start the academic year.

House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it ‘nonsense’

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment, protect the planet from a warming climate and narrow long-standing racial disparities.

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