Arizona

For Valley Sikhs, a painful anniversary is a call for ‘small acts of kindness’ and love

BY: - September 16, 2021

Four days after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi was planting some flowers around the edge of the gas station he owned in Mesa when a man, incensed by anti-immigrant sentiments and allegedly looking for revenge for the attacks, shot and killed Sodhi.  The man would later shoot at a Lebanese-American […]

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Senate plans to release 2020 election ‘audit’ report on Sept. 24

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Arizona Senate will release its long-awaited and repeatedly delayed election “audit” report to the public on Sept. 24. Senate President Karen Fann and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Petersen, who jointly issued the subpoenas that initiated the review of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County, will receive the report on the Senate floor […]

Activist group says it meant to allege ‘ghost’ votes from a nonexistent address

BY: - September 16, 2021

The leader of an activist group that issued a report last week full of baseless allegations of election irregularities provided an unusual explanation as to why she falsely claimed that two mail-in ballots were cast from a vacant lot: She meant to attribute those votes to an address that doesn’t actually exist and where she […]

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Campaign to block tax cuts hires signature-gatherers ahead of September deadline

BY: - September 15, 2021

The Invest in Arizona coalition seeking to let voters decide the fate of a massive tax-cut package approved by Republican lawmakers this year has ramped up hiring of paid circulators to gather signatures ahead of a deadline that is less than two weeks away.   In order to force a public vote in 2022 on three […]

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Arizona is the first state to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the […]

How the House reconciliation bill scraps Resolution Copper mine in Oak Flat

BY: - September 13, 2021

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana’s coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. The portion of the $3.5 trillion package approved on a party-line vote by the House Natural Resources Committee last week includes nationwide measures […]

Arizona communities prepare for arrival of Afghan refugees

BY: - September 13, 2021

State officials, Arizona refugee resettlement agencies and community groups are preparing for the arrival in the coming weeks of thousands of people evacuated last month from Afghanistan.  The International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, a refugee resettlement agency, welcomed 18 Afghan evacuees on Aug. 29. They were among the tens of thousands of people who fled […]

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‘We have the watch’: Stories from inside NORAD on 9/11

BY: - September 11, 2021

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supervised the excavation of Cheyenne Mountain, a peak pimpled with rocky outcrops and shaded by evergreen trees southwest of Colorado Springs. They pulled out the mountain’s innards and paved over the gravelly cavern, dividing the space into high-tech offices for U.S. military […]

Voter ‘canvass’ features big allegations, zero evidence, outright falsehoods

BY: - September 10, 2021

Nestled against the foothills of Estrella Mountain Regional Park, a nearly 3,000-square-foot house sits on an allegedly vacant lot. According to a report issued by conservative activists who have spent much of the past year since the election knocking on doors across Maricopa County and asking people about their voting history, the address in Goodyear […]

AZ Dems, youth call for historic pathway to citizenship package

BY: - September 10, 2021

Democratic elected officials from the Arizona legislature, the City of Phoenix and the Tempe Union High School district are urging President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders to pass legislation to secure a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented residents.  The push from the Arizona legislators, city council members and school board representatives comes as […]

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COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an […]

Light rail construction the final straw for Azukar Coffee, the latest South Phoenix business to close

BY: - September 8, 2021

Azukar Coffee could have been a destination along the light rail extension that will eventually extend from downtown along Central Avenue into South Phoenix, ending at Baseline Road.  Instead, the coffee shop that showcased Mexican culture and the neighborhood’s entrepreneurial spirit joins nearly two dozen other businesses as a casualty of the light rail construction […]