Investigations

Which Arizona businesses got paycheck protection loans?

More than 81,000 emergency loans worth as much as $13 billion were made to Arizona small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program aimed at saving a reported 680,000 jobs, according to data released July 7 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Arizona’s first Capitol monument was to Confederate troops. Why?

The Arizona Department of Administration is looking into what kind of process may be needed to remove a monument to Confederate soldiers at the state Capitol, but state law leaves the decision up to the agency’s director, and, by inference, his boss, Gov. Doug Ducey.

The ‘historical silence’ of the Black workers who made Phoenix prosperous

Big Pete Pearson, Arizona’s King of Blues, writhed in pain every night before collapsing into an unsettled slumber. Markings from cotton burrs pierced his dark, rugged skin and burns from the blistering sun seemed to be tattooed on his hands.

A black mother called 911 for her son’s mental health crisis. Tempe PD brought rifles, a riot shield and...

Adrienne Bryant had called 911 for a mental health crisis with her son before, so in January, when she had to call the Tempe Police again, she wasn't prepared for the response: officers in riot gear, a K9 unit and rifles aimed at her front door.

Barely 10% of pandemic rental aid has been given out in two months

More than 11,000 Arizona renters have sought emergency rental aid during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the state has given money to fewer than 550 people, and spent barely 10% of the $5 million set aside to help renters avoid eviction. 

Tempe blurs all police body camera footage public records requests

The Tempe Police Department’s policy for releasing body worn camera footage dictates that all videos will be entirely blurred by default, something that open-government advocates say violates Arizona’s public records law. 

Homeland Secrets: Shootings by HSI agents get little scrutiny

First came the crash, reverberating off the walls of the retirement community like a “mini atom bomb,” then a barrage of gunfire shattered the desert morning calm. Neighbors working in their garages and gardens scrambled...

‘Sanctuary cities’ amendment would force police to do immigration enforcement, experts say

Republican proposals to amend the state constitution to ban sanctuary jurisdictions would in essence force local law enforcement agencies to take direction from federal immigration officials to identify and detain people, according to local immigration experts.

Extremist group Patriot Movement AZ agrees to settle federal lawsuit with Valley churches

Members of the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ have reached an agreement in a federal lawsuit brought by small Hispanic churches who sued them for disrupting their work of welcoming migrant families.

A Latino in the White House? Not yet, but why not?

It took 220 years for us to elect our first African American president. Looks like it’ll take a bit longer before we elect our first Latino. When news broke last week that Julian Castro had dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination, I wasn’t terribly surprised.
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