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Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

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AZ Supreme Court says family courts can determine care, but only in special situations

By: - April 25, 2019

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that family courts have the authority to determine the type of care a child can receive in a case that centered on a divorced couple who disagreed on how to care for their child with gender dysmorphia.

DPS answers questions for KTAR, but not Arizona Mirror

By: and - April 24, 2019

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Kameron Lee told KTAR on Tuesday that all of the agency’s pistols with major flaws had been fixed by Fabrique Nationale Herstal, the company that manufactured the guns That came as a surprise to us, as we had specifically asked DPS in November 2018 what had been done […]

Arizona lawmakers poised to approve kratom regulations

By: - April 23, 2019

Lawmakers are planning to regulate a substance called kratom that is still undergoing evaluations by federal agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and has been making medical professionals nervous.

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How a Reddit thread helped us report on DPS’s firearm problem

By: - April 22, 2019

The Arizona Department of Public Safety created a safety bulletin video last year to alert troopers of a flaw in their service pistols that could cause them to fire unexpectedly or not fire at all.

After discovering critical flaw in gun, DPS quietly replacing guns issued to all troopers

By: - April 22, 2019

After discovering a critical flaw that could prevent the gun from firing, DPS began hurriedly replacing roughly 1,500 FNS pistols that replaced the previous sidearm in the name of cost savings.

Trump signs measure to finalize drought plan

By: - April 16, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a bill that finalizes the seven-state drought contingency plan.

Ducey signs bill loosening anti-BDS law in attempt to stop litigation

By: - April 16, 2019

A bill to loosen the rules on which government contractors can participate in boycotts of Israel in an attempt to undermine a lawsuit has been signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey.

Hate group Identity Evropa rebrands itself in Arizona

By: - April 15, 2019

The hate group Identity Evropa is attempting to rebrand itself and has chosen Arizona as its home in doing so. Non-profit news agency Unicorn Riot first reported on the filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission that bears the name of the founder of the group. The group’s leader, Patrick Casey, has described the name change […]

Republicans vote down bill to increase statute of limitations on child sex abuse

By: - April 15, 2019

A bill that would have increased the statute of limitations on civil actions for victims of child sex abuse was shot down during a lengthy and contentious committee debate.

Ducey signs bill to increase cap on rainy day fund deposits

By: - April 11, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Tuesday that will increase the amount of money the state is allowed to contribute to its budget stabilization fund, more commonly known as the “rainy day fund.”

Bill to amend anti-BDS law heads to Ducey, amid GOP claims that opponents are anti-Semitic

By: - April 9, 2019

A bill that would loosen the rules on which government contractors can participate in boycotts of Israel has passed a house vote amid fierce debate and will head to the governor’s desk.  

U.S. House unanimously approves state-crafted drought plans

By: - April 8, 2019

Legislation put forth by a powerful Tucson Democratic congressman that would make the Secretary of the Interior carry out the agreements made by the seven Colorado River states is expected to be voted on this afternoon.