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Gloria Gomez/UA Don Bolles Fellow

Gloria Gomez/UA Don Bolles Fellow

Gloria Gomez is a senior at the University of Arizona and the 2022 UA School of Journalism’s Don Bolles Fellow. Gomez has interned at the Arizona Daily Star and worked at the Arizona Daily Wildcat. She is a dual major in journalism and political science, with a Spanish minor. She’s a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors and National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The UA School of Journalism started the fellowship in 1977 to honor Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic reporter killed in a 1976 car bombing.

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No evidence of Ducey claim that victims are being charged $800 for rape kits

By: - January 24, 2022

In his State of the State speech earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey claimed that women are being charged up to $800 in processing fees for rape kits — which would be illegal under federal law — but it’s unclear whether that’s actually happening. To back up its claim, the governor’s office provided the Arizona […]

Controversial Texas abortion law introduced in Arizona

By: - January 21, 2022

Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick has been a source of comfort for women dealing with unwanted pregnancies in the Phoenix area for more than 25 years. But an attempt to replicate Texas’ sweeping new abortion law that lets citizens police abortion restrictions could tie her hands.  Arizona is one of several states where Republican lawmakers are looking […]

Committee approves measure to ease SNAP requirements for ex-felons

By: - January 19, 2022

A bill to help individuals with drug-related felony convictions keep food on the table cleared committee on Wednesday, taking its first step toward becoming law.  The bill won approval in the House Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by the measure’s sponsor, Snowflake Republican Rep. Walt Blackman. It seeks to ease access for those with felony […]

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A day early, Arizonans can order free at-home COVID-19 test kits

By: - January 18, 2022

Arizonans can now receive free at-home COVID-19 tests alongside their online purchase packages, a day earlier than initially planned.  Each household can order up to four tests via the U.S. Postal Service website. Last week, the Biden Administration announced it was purchasing 1 billion tests, half of which would be available to order on Jan. […]

Ex-inmates would face less food insecurity under GOP proposal to ease SNAP restrictions

By: - January 18, 2022

For Kara Janssen, walking out the front doors of Perryville Prison in 2016 was stressful enough without having to worry about food security, especially with three children to think about.  “You get $200 when you’re leaving prison,” Janssen said. “They kick you out and say, ‘Good luck,’ and expect you to go and rejoin society.”  […]

Nativist Republicans call on Ducey to militarize the border to stop an ‘invasion’

By: - January 14, 2022

A nativist former top Trump White House official on Wednesday exhorted Gov. Doug Ducey to use Arizona’s National Guard to turn immigrants back at the border.   Ken Cuccinelli, a top United States Citizenship and Immigration Services official in Donald Trump’s administration, said Ducey has the constitutional ability to direct national guardsmen to remove those crossing […]

Democrats diss Ducey for ignoring school funding needs, COVID-19 challenges

By: - January 10, 2022

Democrats and public school advocates said Gov. Doug Ducey had two glaring holes in his final State of the State speech on Monday: funding for public schools and COVID-19. “If we truly want Arizona to be unstoppable, our priority should be increasing education attainment,” said Education Forward Arizona President & CEO Rich Nickel, referencing Ducey’s […]