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Mitzi Castro hears the light rail train pass by her home every 15 minutes, a grim reminder, she said, of her experience on Wednesday, when Phoenix police stopped her because she hadn’t validated her $4 light rail ticket.

By Deagan Urbatsch, Cronkite News November 16, 2019
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Dozens of House Democrats renewed calls Friday for the Defense Department to investigate the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy thousands of active-duty and National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border -- but a Yavapai County lawmaker defended the president's actions.

By Wissam Melhem, Cronkite News November 16, 2019
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The Arizona state Senate wants a do-over of at least part of the trial where a jury concluded a staffer was the victim of racial and sexual discrimination.

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Calling the law a mistake, two House Democrats are leading the charge to repeal a 2016 measure that stripped cities and towns of their ability to regulate short-term and vacation rentals.

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For the first time in at least a year, more adult immigrants were apprehended at the southern border than families in October, according to numbers released Thursday by Customs and Border Protection.

By Megan U. Boyanton, Cronkite News November 14, 2019
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Hispanics are expected to be the largest bloc of minority voters by the 2020 elections, but advocates say those numbers will be of little use if potential voters aren’t motivated to turn out at the polls.

By Wissam Melhem, Cronkite News November 14, 2019
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State jobless rate drops 0.1 percent in October
Yavapai County down 0.4 percent from October 2018

The state's jobless rate dropped a tenth of a point last month. And you can credit at least some of that to the fact that Arizonans apparently like to dress up for Halloween.

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The fight over funding to administer the state's voucher program may be spilling over into court.

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Lawyer seeking faster Senate election gets day in Appeals Court
Ruling might have precedent value, but unclear if special election date would change

An attorney for several Arizonans asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to order a special election to replace Sen. John McCain — and sooner than the November 2020 vote set by Gov. Doug Ducey.

November 13, 2019
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Supreme Court justices appeared split Tuesday on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent.

By Harrison Mantas, Cronkite News November 13, 2019
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PHOENIX -- Arizonans who want to use marijuana recreationally would get more places to buy it under a plan unveiled Wednesday than a competing initiative proposal.

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that the move was made because of the possibility that NTEC would use the nation as a backstop for bonds needed to operate the mines in Montana and Wyoming.

By Harrison Mantas, Cronkite News November 13, 2019
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The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with the push to end the DACA program, with some justices suggesting that the Trump administration’s justification for the move was flimsy and did not take into account its full impact.

By Vandana Ravikumar. Cronkite News November 13, 2019
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Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday the ultimate solution for how to deal with "dreamers'' has to come from Congress.

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With a Northrop Grumman missile at his side, Gov. Doug Ducey helped formally inaugurate a new company facility Tuesday in south Chandler.

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There's nothing unconstitutional about sending a juvenile to prison for the rest of his life for a series of arson fires in Tucson, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled.

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The state's top Republican senator said Monday that immigration officials need to examine situations before veterans who are in this country illegally are deported.

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The Phoenix Shanti Group, a nonprofit that has been serving HIV+ patients with a history of drug abuse or homelessness since 1987, will close next year.

By Barbara Smith, Cronkite News November 11, 2019
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Arizonans have hand in, eyes on this week’s DACA hearing
U.S. Supreme Court to hear case Tuesday

Arizonan Yazmin Irazoqui-Ruiz can’t be in Washington when the Supreme Court considers whether the Trump administration can end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has allowed her to stay in this country and go to medical school.

By Lindsay Walker and Amy-Xiaoshi DePaola, Cronkite News November 11, 2019
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The Bureau of Land Management has a problem.

By Harrison Mantas, Cronkite News November 11, 2019
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Salt River Project confirms last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away
Staff to be reduced from 500 to about 50; O'Halleran introduced remedy

The Navajo Generating Station will shut down for good in a matter of days, the plant’s owners announced this week, once the plant burns through its remaining supply of coal.

By Harrison Mantas, Cronkite News November 10, 2019
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DNC officials said in a briefing Thursday that the shifting demographics in Arizona, its growing Latino population and declining approval ratings of President Donald Trump put the state in play.

By Wissam Melhem, Cronkite News November 10, 2019
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The Department of Health and Human Services has distributed $1.48 million to six clinics in Arizona that help underserved communities to improve their dental programs.

By Tyaun Marshburn, Cronkite News November 10, 2019
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Fall means changing leaves, a nip in the air and, of course, pumpkins, but when the Halloween season ends, pumpkins aren’t drastically discounted like bulk bags of candy, so nearly all of them wind up in a landfill.

By James Carr, Cronkite News November 10, 2019
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Federal judge: DOC must better define what inmates can, cannot read
Department given until mid-February to comply

State prison officials have been ordered to revise their policy of what inmates can -- and cannot -- see and read.

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